Apr 19

Oops… Miniature Basing Done Wrong

Modeling Tips,Mordheim Models
Author: Ashton Sanders

When I based my two orcs, I used PVA glue to glue down the sand, wood, etc. What’s wrong with that?

How not to base your model

If you can’t understand the picture, the sand, wood and rocks that I glued to the model’s base detached itself from the base, and yet remained intact. Fortunately, I was able to just grab some rubber cement, and glue it down again without too much hassle.

From this experience, I have two recommendations for you:

  • Do not use PVA glue on the base.
  • Before gluing things to the base, ruff it up a little (ie. with a knife) to give the glue something to stick to.

-Ashton Sanders

Tags: Basing, Miniatures, models, Mordheim,

4 Comments so far

  1. Heinyken April 19th, 2008 12:59 pm

    Haha, oh ouch! That really sucks, Ash! Really rough sandpaper would probably do even better.


  2. Jacky-Boy April 20th, 2008 5:23 am

    😛 Yeah that sucks quite a bit. The way I do my bases, is I super glue the figure’s feet to the base, and then use PVA to stick sand and grass around the feet. This way the figure has a secure holding to the base.


  3. Ashton Sanders April 20th, 2008 8:59 am

    Interesting. Good idea Jack.

    The only problem I see with it, is it ends up looking like the model is sinking into the sand (or he’s been standing there for eons while dirt piles up around his feet =]).

  4. Andrew December 8th, 2008 10:46 pm

    Wow! I use PVA to glue down the sand, but that’s never happened to me before. I superglue the model, and smoosh greenstuff around the base (I rearely use slotta models). I have considered moving to using only PVA glue to mount the model, but after seeing this photo I think i’ll stick to superglue.

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