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I think basing is a must. It does lend a finished look too the model.

My preference is always for simple. The base should look good with the model when in hand or a display case, but shouldn't distract from it.

I like to think if the base as an extension of the take or gaming mat. So for me I point my bases green, and use sand/gravel for the top. This way the base looks like a part of the table.

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I just paint my bases light brown and glue some sand on the top. Im building an Armaggedon table so it makes sense, the light base is a great contrast for black minis, and I paint the armor flat black (Rakarth Flesh with 3-4 black washes) so it already gives them a dusty look.
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I prefer* simple basing myself, paint the base (usually black) and then use sand/flock on the top leaving the sides plain.

If units are hard to distinguish between each other I often will paint the edges of the base different colors to denote units. This also has the advantage that if they change squad/unit numbers and layouts a simple band of paint can be used to reorganize units without having to repaint squad markings.

*prefer in my own painting...I love looking at the incredibly intricate and beautiful bases that others are willing to knock themselves out for

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I always base my minis, I usually do it by painting the whole base what was calthan brown, then glueing on a layer of sand with tufts of grass. High rankers such as sergeants or battlesuits get more intricate bases with maybe some battle field debris or enemy dead, the higher the rank, the better the base

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I only do very basic basing. Sides are black with flock and ballast glued to the top. Nowhere near as advanced as what many people do but it does really help tie the look of all my models together. Sometimes i will throw on a bit of battlefield wreckage if the model warrants it. I use the same combination of flock and ballast on all my terrain too so it looks ok on the table. I like the idea of the sides being color matched for squads or units but for me that won't work. I have too many models and I am forever mixing and matching unit compositions, so I would end up with a rainbow.

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I have too many models and I am forever mixing and matching unit compositions, so I would end up with a rainbow.
Well I mainly use it for my Harlequin army so the rainbow look works...my marines have more boring squad designations like gun color or kneepad markings.

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I only do very basic basing. Sides are black with flock and ballast glued to the top. Nowhere near as advanced as what many people do but it does really help tie the look of all my models together. Sometimes i will throw on a bit of battlefield wreckage if the model warrants it. I use the same combination of flock and ballast on all my terrain too so it looks ok on the table. I like the idea of the sides being color matched for squads or units but for me that won't work. I have too many models and I am forever mixing and matching unit compositions, so I would end up with a rainbow.
Bit of the opposite myself. I keep practicing techniques until I find something I like though I've never gone too complicated.

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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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I tend to think plain black is bit lacking but a single color painted on the base can be easily enough.

If you consider those folks with unpainted or poorly painted armies, their bases are almost always as shabby as the rest of the army. So in many cases it makes sense to require models to be based. However if you do a proper job painting to begin with, I think you earn a lot of leeway with your bases, and if you want plain black them so be it.

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I see basing as an optional detail.

If the models in question are not part of something that is intended to look amazing in the first place or you don't think it would improve the aesthetics then don't worry about it. My Imperial Guard and Blood Angels are painted (or getting there) but I haven't even thought to base them because I just have them because I like the way they play. They're lucky they got painted.

If the models are part of an army that is intended to look good or if basing would make the army look better then go for it. Many hobbyist don't consider a model complete unitl it is based. My Tau and fantasy Empire are getting based, mainly because I thought the models needed an extra bit of color (Empire) or basing would go with my fluff (Tau). And bases don't have to be anything extravagant either; I usually only do one layer of highlights on my bases and they look pretty good.

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