As a hobbyist with lots of plates spinning I’m always looking to speed up the process of building and painting minis. Since I base most of my minis with sand it takes several steps to get things done – pva glue down sand and wait for it to fully dry, use watered down pva to seal the sand in place, then paint the sand, sometimes there is additional washing and drybrushing before you could even get to flocks and static grasses etc. With Deathzap especially I’ve been spending more time basing the figures than I have been painting them.
Then I remembered Lukes Aps on YouTube and his Geek Gaming Scenics ‘base ready’ range. He puts flock, gravel and sand all in a bag together so all you have to do is apply glue shove the base into the mix and it is essentially done.
Here’s my cheap knock off for folks with easy access to a model railway shop – 1 bag of Woodland Scenics 2mm Medium Green Static Grass, 1 small bag of Javis Scenics Extra Fine Brown Ballast Chips, 1 small bag of Javis Fine Ballast Chippings. Put it all in a pot and stir/ shake vigorously (as the grass naturally wants to sit on top).
Then all you have to do is apply some pva to your figures base and shove them in. I’d recommend applying a fairly thick layer of pva and then after a few minutes gently patting the larger stones to make sure they’re fixed in place.
Here’s my latest addition to Deathzap a League of Zandor Conqueror Platoon looking flashy with their one step bases!