Basing makes your minis look worse.
There, I said it. It's true.
I admit, before I knew anything about the hobby I saw some random mini somewhere and thought 'Oh, there's even sand on the base, that's sort of cool'. I thought it was a fun gimmick.
Then I learned that it was, bizarrely, standard practice. It baffles the imagination. The idea that someone would take care to paint up a nice mini and then decide it's not done without beach sand and surplus asbestos fibres in a shade of atomic green unknown to nature.
Last year a friend of mine suddenly said in the middle of a Fantasy game, out-of-the-blue 'hey, none of your models are based!'. He was surprised. I'd been playing this guy for over a year at that point - he'd seen my Elves grow from 500 points to 2'500, week by week. He'd never once noticed that every one has a plain black base.
Well of course he hadn't. The eye just slides right over a plain black base, ignores it, edits it out of reality. When he looks at my army all he sees are painted models (since I've never fielded an unpainted one). When I look at the painted parts of his army all I see are little squares of sand dotted with spiky tufts of acid-green pubes.
I am aware that mine is a minority position, but what bothers me is that my fully-painted (and I don't just mean three colours) armies with inconspicuous plain black bases catch more flak and provoke more opprobrious comments than the rest of my club's unpainted armies combined.
You'll never hear anyone at my club say 'Are you going to paint that unit, Clive?', but 'You should really flock your bases, Azezel' is a regular thing every few months. It rather gets to a chap...
Painting is optional, but you have to sand and flock your god damned bases.
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Sisters of Battle - The Order of Glory Undimmed - 2'500 Points | High Elves - House Cyredeth - 2'500 Points | Bretonnians - The Muster of Sir Jules Estelle - 3'000 Points
Last edited by Azezel; 04-17-13 at 11:04 PM.