10.22.2010

Top Tip: Washers

It's been awhile since I've done a Top Tip, primarily because you don't want to call something that unless you're sure it is!  Can you imagine the grief I'd take from my Official Strictly Average Criticizer (hereafter forever referred to as the O-SAC for short) if I put some lame *SELF-EDIT* 'here's how to thin your paints with cat urine' Top Tip?

That's no good.  Anyway, I've started using a washer on the bases of my models, both plastic and metal, for a couple of reasons - not least because I like the way the base looks when the flocking is glued on. Check it out.

This is the example.  The model on the left has the washer on its base; notice the subtle gradient of the base?  The Terminator and Nurglesque Slayer are standing on flat bases.  See the difference?



It wouldn't be a tip if I didn't tell you how to put it... er, do it.  Take a washer...

...glue the washer.  I originally started doing this to 1) weigh the base down and 2) use slotta bases for non-slotta models.

I use accelerator for everything.  EVERYTHING.  Forget plastic glue - I don't have that kind of time.

Here's an example.  This model is plastic but with heavy, metal arms.  He was fairly stable but the extra weight on the base means he ain't tipping over.

You can see the dividing line between washer and base in this pic - believe me, you can't in real life.  Anyway, it's an example of the raised base close up.

The background models are older - they don't have the washer, so they're super-boring now.  Sad for them.

As an aside, I'm working on menu pages for old content.  I think I'll call this section 'Just the Tip.'  Too much?

3 comments:

Alex said...

Hey, that's a pretty good tip, its tip-top. I think it would be at its most effective on models with larger bases - subtle, yet dynamic at the same time

b.smoove said...

Just the tip? Too much? Shame, sir. Shaaaaaaame.

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