|They may not have been expertly painted, but there's a lot of them with color on, so impressive enough for my tastes...|
By my last count I had 149 painted Clanrats. This count turned out to be off by 1. I discovered I have 150 painted Clanrats (don't worry they aren't particularly well painted, just reasonable enough to serve on the tabletop). Of these I had 130 on joined bases of (on average) 5. This helped speed play, but it makes piling in difficult and moving over and around terrain a nightmare. For a while now I knew I would have to rebase these models. But this wasn't a job I looked forward to. I finally bribed myself with a nice glass of whine and luckily it turned out that a few simple tricks make it a one evening and one lunchbreak type of job.
|Only two feet broke off at the ankle during this part of the operation. Both where fixed later on.|
|Add primer, then add the base rim color. Never skimp on primer, it will just make the base color go on badly.|
|Apply texture paint, put superglue on Skaven feet, apply Skaven, repeat...|
- With the texture paint still wet I don't get the wobbly feet I would get on a dried up texture as the feet push the paint aside.
- Superglue reacts with the moisture in the wet texture paint, making the bond form earlier.
After fixing Skaven number 130 in place I let the entire project dry for the night.
|Alas poor brush, I knew him well.|
|Texture paint dried and ready for a wash, now to find the time...|
|Found the time, Skaven ready for action (as soon as the wash is dry).|
And here is a final shot after sticking a full box of Mordheim Tuft onto the bases. You can also run this tutorial with GW texture paints of course, but the Vallejo ones come in a much bigger pots (at a better price) and offer quite a lot of choice in color. I would advice buying them in store as the color displayed on a web page has pretty much nothing to do with the color in real life.
On to a few group shots, just to show off :) After that a bit on rebasing my old metal orcs
|I've included the command figures that had to watch the process from the display case and stuck my two battle standard bearers in the position of honor (in the rear).|
Rebasing Ruglud's Armoured Orcs
|Moving on to Ruglud's Armoured Orcs and their unfortunate 25mm rounds.|
|Preparing 32mm round bases for Orc occupants.|
|Discarding the old bases.|
|Wave goodbye to the slotta tabs at their feet.|
|Add a pin to each orc to ensure proper adhesion to the 32mm base.|
|I would never have guessed the many dunks in paint stripper and multiple rebasings these orcs would go through on the day they where bought.|
Last, but certainly not least, I used a liberal dose of grass tufts to (sort off) smudge the rather straight edges of the cork and the rest of the base together. Now Ruglud's Armoured orcs are ready to continue terrorizing the Mortal Realms in style on a proper sized base (and hopefully I'll reduce the amount of opponents asking me if those are goblins...youngsters these days, no memory of the old'uns that came before ;) ).