Friday, October 5, 2012

Secret Weapon Miniatures - Basing Products Review Part 1 - Crushed Glass!!


Carrying on with the theme of basing that CitizenSmith started, I thought it was high time to show you guys what I have been doing recently with Secret Weapon Miniatures' range of basing materials, which I used recently on my various entries for Golden Demon UK.









Like all of us I am sure, we have all tried to replicate snow bases on our miniatures, with varying degrees of success. I have tried baking soda and pva, white flock, you name it I have tried it, and I was never fully satisfied. However when I saw this product, I knew I had to try it, and boy I was not dissapointed!!



This product is like nothing I have seen before. Difficult to use and apply properly, and takes quite a bit of care to use (a good dust mask is a must) but the results are worth it: unbeatable realism and a sparkley sparkle (scientific term) that is eye catching and genuinely pleasing to look at.


The base for this was just a standard resin plinth, built up using a mix of cork and milliput, and some fine sand to give it a rough rocky appearance. After priming black, I airbrushed it dark grey, then gave it a light wash of some thinned down blue ink, to give it a colder appearance, and to help tie it into the Dwarf, as blue was the shade colour on the flesh. I then drybrushed with a lighter grey, before applying the snow mix.



I mixed the glass and water effect until it was a thick clumpy paste, then used a metal sculpting tool to apply it to the base around the model. I also added some dangling icicles by getting some clear acrylic rod (I use these as a book binding tool at my work, but I am sure you can get them online for fairly cheap), heat it gently with a lighter, then stretch it out with tweezers and scrape it with a scalpel until you get some nice sharp looking icicles. After sticking these on where needed with some super glue, I then painted them with some leftover realistic water to make them shine a bit more.



All in all, a cracking product that delivers unbeatable realism. Be careful during usage, but if you want your models to stand out, then I heartily recommend it!!

Look out for my review on Secret Weapons bricks and leaves soon!!

2 comments:

  1. Hmm, awesome work. And great walkthrough, I've found some rods I'm going to try (very cheap too).

    http://www.hobbylinc.com/htm/pls/pls90291.htm

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  2. Yep. Secret weapon and Dragon Forge Designs are my go to companies for any basing needs. Great products and damn near flawless resin casting.

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