MicroArts and CoolMiniOrNot bases
MicroArts Studios (http://microartstudio.com/index.php), in conjunction with CoolMiniOrNot (https://www.coolminiornot.com/), recently used crowdfunding (Kickstart- https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/coolminiornot/coolminiornot-base-system-featuring-micro-art-stud/description) to begin producing themed plastic base inserts. These varied widely with everything from Desert to Forest and Tech to Chaos Wastes, each included a number of three different sizes (20x 30mm bases, 12x 40mm bases, and 2x 50mm bases). Being the base obsessed nut that I am I picked up several of these but of course no where near as many as I desired (really wanting some of those Desert bases once they hit the general market). My collection includes; Planking, Tech, Arcane, Jungle, Pipework, Mystic, and Ancient. The last two looking perfect for my dwarfs as well as general role playing while the rest either fit other genre’s or just appear fun to paint (I’m looking at you Jungle set).
The pieces are designed to plug into a round base but could easily be used on their own if one prefers a more streamlined look. Personally, I have become very fond of this style of presentation as it feels like a matted frame around a nice piece of artwork and is large enough to hold interesting details and create a micro environment for the figure to exist in.
The bases’ sculpts are creative, beautiful, and nicely varied within each set I received. The injection molded plastic holds some very crisp detail and the mold lines are barely visible so make for very fast clean up. That they have the potential to be much cheaper than resin is very exciting to an addict like me. There are all kinds of fun bits to entertain the painter and viewer alike. Everything from scorpions on the desert theme and magical pools on the Arcane to wires and piping of Derelict and the lush growth of Jungle. As soon as I saw them I had to put a couple together to paint up immediately. Besides, I had several figures that have just been waiting for the right presentation.
As I had two converted Hasslefree dwarf spearmen left over from my Kings of War Regiment (see previous posts) I picked out two of the Ancient set. I also pulled out two of Planking to attach a couple of Hasslefree pirates I have been itching to paint. The Ancient two painted up easily and look great all on their own.
As I already had the pins in the figures’ feet it was simply a matter of finding where they fit best without any trimming. I’ll adjust and remove details on future figures but wanted my first to be unadjusted. They really set figures off beautifully and will tie warbands together wonderfully in addition to personalizing role playing characters. I am hoping we see even more themes in future but have plenty to keep me busy for quite some time.
I’ll be posting updates as I use more of these as I really love working with them. Besides, Belit and her first mate are coming along well and deserve a photo shoot of their own.