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Written by Don MacVittie   
Thursday, 17 July 2008

Well, based about 2/3rds of the 25/28mm US Infantry tonight, have some left. There are 119 figures in the review, if my count is right, though I may pull out about 12 of them (duplicate sets I ordered like the test figures I showed here not too long ago).

I also got quite a bit done on that 1:16 Knight, and reorged my basing supplies.

Ever notice that we (wargamers) keep some of the strangest stuff in the world for basing? You get that "Ohh, a dead ant! He might come in handy...." thing going on. I have box upon box of basing supplies, and only actually use one box worth for most projects.

Oh well. A big secret: I hate basing. Seriously. It's tedious, messy, and one slip of the brush could turn a well-painted miniature into a sand dune or grassy knoll. But it's what makes the miniature. Well based is beautiful, poorly based is ugly. Most of mine fall somewhere in-between.

Tip of the night: Use filters. Very very thin layers of slightly darker paint run into the grooves. Most of you know this, but for those who don't, it's a huge benefit, it will make an acryllic paint job comme alive if well done. And it's not that hard, just mix a bit of a darker color into the base coat and it creates shadows. Easy. We use both filters and washes. Filters make great dusting for AFVs also.

Off to get some rest before work!


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