Menoth Bases

When people see my Protectorate of Menoth army on the gaming table, I am always asked how I do my bases. The usual preconception is that its green stuff with lines etched in. However this is not the case. So I thought I would post on my blog how I have achieved my desired affect.

The base is textured plastic card from Antenocitis Workshop a name which I have no idea how to pronounce! The product is Wills Crazy Paving which you get 3 approx A5 size sheets for currently £3.18.

I then cut out the circles using templates a pound coin, milk carton top, and a 40mm base for the various sizes of base. These are then glued in place and painted using P3 Bloodtracker Brown and P3 Menoth White Base.

At the moment the bases are painted in only these two colours, but at some point in the future I will be attempting more shading and highlighting.

The Vessel of Judgement caused me a few problem! I could not find a suitable size template, plus one sheet was not big enough. So had to cut two halves and green stuff the join.

Magnets and Movement Trays

Whilst playing with the Ogre Kingdoms army without Gnoblars I never saw the need for magnetised movement trays and miniatures.  However now the Warriors of Chaos have found their way on to the battlefield with ranked up units I need some magnetised movement trays.

So I turned to OG Games to purchase some Rare Earth Magnets, I got 100 for £10.00 at 10p each I think thats a bargin.  Next some sheets of A4 Magnetic Paper to stick onto the movement trays, at £1.40 per sheet another bargin.  I opted for the Games Workshop Modular Movement Trays as I have used these on my Ogres and found them to fit the job nicely, however you don’t get enough corner pieces if you want a border on all four sides (cuts the number of movement tays in half).  Priced at £5.40 I could assemble the 8 movement trays I required.

First I assembled the movements trays.  The A4 Magnetic Paper was cut to size and stuck in place on the base of the movement tray.  The magetic paper was only 0.3mm think so doesn’t raise the miniatures to high off the base of the movement tray.

Next I fixed the rare earth magnets to the base of the miniatures.  The magnet were just short of being flush with the base, so used some Milliput to fill in the gap.  A drop of super glue, onto which the Milliput was placed.  Then another drop of super glue onto the Milliput and the rare earth magnet was pushed into the Milliput on a flat surface.  This ensured that the magnet was flush with the bottom of the base.  The cavalry bases needed some of the plastic cut away to accomodate the magnet.

While these were drying I applied PVA and sand to the borders of the movements trays.    Once dry I painted the borders.  I decided not to paint the magnetic sheet as it looks very similiar to Scorched Brown.  My painting technique for borders is..

Prime Chaos Black
A coat of Scorched Brown
Heavy dry brushing of Graveyard Earth
Light dry brushing of Bleached Bone

To complete a coat of gloss varnish Ard’ Coat for protection, followed by a coat of Testors Dull Cote to dull it down again.  Static grass was applied in places.

At £18.20 to assembed thats only £2.27 per movement tray and the whole army is magnetised. Bargin!!

Leaf Litter

I have purchased some Leaf Litter from Antenociti’s Workshop and it arrived this week.  Leaf Litter is a bag containing a mixture of natural materials which can be used to model fallen leaves, wind blown leaves, climbing plants, dead ivy leaves and brown vine leaves.

I wanted to add some more detail to my Ogre Kingdoms army bases and movement trays, and thought some sprinkled leaves would do the job.  I purchased the three different shades (brown, green and light green).
I would definitely recommend this product and Antenociti’s Workshop, after purchasing a few items from them I have never had any problems and the products are always of an excellent quality.