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Using Resin Bases With Combat Zone Miniatures
by Tom Weiss

Bases can enhance the look of a painted miniature a lot, especially if the decoration fits their theme and your gaming table.

Since most games of Combat Zone are played in an urban environment youíll want your figures based on some kind of pavement or urban rubble. An easy way to do this is to use commercially-produced cast resin bases.

Bases for gaming shouldnít be spoiled with details, should have some room to place the figure, and they shouldnít be too tall. The bases used in this article are from Atenocitiís Workshop and are 25mm round bases like those you get with EM4 miniatures.

What you will need:

  • miniatures and bases
  • wire cutter, file and modelling knife
  • waterproof sanding paper
  • superglue
  • PVA glue
  • epoxy putty
  • fine sand, small stones or other decoration

Iíve washed these bases with black paint to show detail. You donít need to do this of course.

Ensure the bottom of the base is flat, sanding if neccessary.

Take care when sanding resin because resin dust is very bad for you, your family, pets, etc.

To sand safely, put a piece of waterproof sanding paper in the sink, add some water and then sand your bases. Wash the dust down the drain.

Remove the basing tabs from the miniatures, removing any remaining metal using a needle file.

The feet should be as flat as possible: Bend them to shape if necessary.

Now glue the model to the base.

Place small balls of epoxy putty under the feet of the figures. Add a small drop of superglue and push the figure into place onto the base.

The epoxy will fill any gaps and together with the superglue it will give a very strong bond.

Remove excess putty with a modelling knife while it is still soft.

Since I want my bases a bit more dirty and detailed to use in a ruined urban area, I added some more details.

I cut some plates from 1mm cardboard to represent broken bits of pavement and glued these and some small stones onto the bases using superglue.

I then added PVA glue and sprinkled the area with sand. Donít add too much PVA unless you want a lot of rubble, two or three small places are fine.

When the glue completely dry paint with a basecoat of earth brown. This helps hold the sand to the base.

I prefer to use an enamel like Humbrol as it covers very well and will try dry to a much harder finish than acrylic paint, but thinned down acrylic paint also works. It starts to look like a real base now.

For me, the next step is to paint the figure: You can handle the base without worrying about removing the paint.

I painted the pavement in a very dark grey and drybrushed it in lighter grey in successive layers.

The earth was drybrushed with sand colours and the rim of the base painted dark grey.

Finish the base with matt varnish so the paint doesnít peel of when handling the miniature.

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