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Michael Stockin:

My stuff is all on plain, flat bases and will be pretty generic when done - the typical gravelly grit with some static grass kinda fare. The only deviation from this is one unit of my Huntsmen that I have themed very much as scouts/rangers, in my head they operate very much in the montane wildernesses so I got some scenic resin bases that are woodland/forest themed and a set of slate/rocky themed ones too, and I've mixed and matched them across the unit. Even the scenic ones though I've opted for the more 'realistic' end of the spectrum and where possible I haven't used many that involve people standing on top of logs etc.

I get where you're coming from though, I've seen loads of Space Marines etc. stood atop massive chunks of cork before and I just think 'why?'...

The ones I find funniest is when the base seems to be an entire cross section of the ground beneath the model, with sewer pipes and everything else - unless it's a diorama where the sewers (and what lurks within) are an integral part of it, I just don't see the point. Does your army not look ridiculous when they're all mounted twice the height of your opponents' and how the hell do you get enough room to store them!?

Ooh! Skeletons, skulls and bones are another one too!

Like, as soon as you kill an enemy they become bones on the floor!? :-P

Would it be too dark to have heads and bodyparts instead?...  :unsure:

I base my models with sand, grass and rocks. Sometimes with bits of wood or flowers. Rarely some barely visible crumbled structure. With my sci-fi models I go in the direction of blasted semi-urban landscape, with stuff that can randomly fly around in explosions.

I try to keep my models quite close to the ground. But a couple of heroes I've put on a low mound or even a rocky outcrop. It's a mixed plate: they look really nice most of the time, but sometimes they will of course completely fail thematically. The example of a rocky rise in the middle of a bridge is a good example. Then again my models mostly stand on the shelf, so their function is perhaps more display than looking good on a gaming table.

Problem with purist basing is that the base will look weird sooner or later, unless you always play on a surface that matches your army's basing. Some use transparent, clear bases so that whatever is underneath the model shows through. That's probably the best solution if you cannot stand the sight of a situationally non-fitting base.


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