For a while now, I have wanted to design a base that contained decorative tile patterns resembling Spanish kiln-fired floors. A couple weeks ago I did just that, and the sculpted outcome was fabulous! These base texture patterns are easy to paint, and provide a high quality appearance to finish off a figure. They are designed to sit on top of a standard 25mm gaming base, or to be a 25mm base in itself. The nominal size is 1″, even though the actual size varies with the unique edges. This refers to the base size, but figure heights of 25mm-32mm may work great on these. I made 4 different patterns:
The first is a dual sized, straight tile pattern with a piece of scrap wood debris on it. I impressed myself with how well the detail came out on the wood. Second, I wanted an arc pattern that merged with each other to mimic large circular tile designs on the ground. This base uses squares that are all the same size. Third, is another arc pattern that contains dual sized tiles. The smaller tiles are rotated in a diamond shape to contrast the larger square units that surround them. Fourth, is the most complex of the units. It contains a damaged stone post section that is surrounded by dual sized tiles. The smaller tiles surround where the post is located on the ground and extend from the post in a cross fashion. In one direction, the cross pattern is 3 tiles wide, and in the other it is 2 tiles wide. (For those who like seeing natural elements in their molded figures, the broken stone post on this piece is actually a piece of crystal I picked up while walking in the mountains. I love to incorporate items from my hiking adventures.)
Painting these was as easy as cake. A couple examples I have pictured here. I simply spray painted a flat, dark red base on the raw plastic castings to start. Next, I washed the base with a watery dark brown. Once dried, I drybrushed the tiles with their primary colors, in this case orange and blue. To finish I mixed white with both of those colors to create a brighter version of them, and lightly drybrushed the tiles a second time. Super easy! Super quick! Super simple! The texture on the bases did all the work for me. Each tile protrudes from the base at a slightly different height. This was intentional to make some of them stand out more than others, and give a more natural appearance after the units are painted.
If you would like some of these bases for yourself, drop myself or Ettrick a note. We would be happy to make some for you. Right now, I am selling the set of 4 for $1. You can not beat that for a base texture!
The larger, closed version of Ettrick’s bug pods have hit the production table. This pod measures 50mm across and is intended for use with 25-32mm table top game figures. Any scale, however, would do fine; that is the beauty of nature for this type of piece.
For those who would like to purchase some of these hand cast pods for themselves, there are a couple options. You could obtain them from the store on this site, or, if you prefer to purchase from a brick and mortar shop, HobbyTown USA carries them. Simply contact the Missoula HobbyTown USA at (406) 541-8697 and request sku# SAGV02-06 (LARGE SCI-FI BUG POD). They stock them on hand. This HobbyTown USA can also transfer product to your local HobbyTown USA store.
Here is a list of other handcast items they sell:
- Tulloch Intimidator $3.50ea – sku# SAGV01-02
- Semolene Cheif $3.50ea – sku# SAGV01-03
- Sci-fi bug pod (closed) $1.00ea – sku# SAGV02-03
- Sci-fi bug pod (partially open) $1.00ea – sku# SAGV02-04
- Sci-fi bug pod (open) $1.00ea – sku# SAGV02-05
- Large sci-fi bug pod (closed) $2.00ea – sku# SAGV02-06
Production recently started on an all new line of bug pod pieces. So far, there are three pods under work that represent different status stages of a tunnel opening for burrowing bugs. More styles and variations are on their way. These units are aimed to be usable with 25mm – 28mm terrain, but considering the overall style of the pieces, terrain scale is not limited. It encompasses a much wider variation.
Above is just a small example of two versions of these pods. Sculpted by artist Ettrick, he explains his intent with his newly created lot:
“The closed pod serves as simple terrain detail or marker for spawn points in wargames with alien bugs. It may also function as zone indicators with one at each corner. Some people use the pods to indicate a hidden alien bug which cannot be targeted by opponents though they, or their commander, may know something is there. This allows for standard movement according rules without disclosing the type of alien bug it happens to be and thus increasing the fog of war in your tabletop wargames or roleplay adventures. Using the open and partially open pods players may even designate which style represents which alien bug type.”
Not only has Ettrick managed to enter the RPG production revolution, he is making a product that competes with and beats the major production cost of miniatures worldwide. Two thumbs up! It is nice to see a new face in the price and production war. Here are a couple pics on the Miniature Wargaming site. These pods may be purchased from the store on this site.