Saturday, March 1, 2014

Stop pushing me around

With the figures painted and based and everything else... it was time to make a movement tray!

This would be done in the usual method, starting out with a sheet of mat board covered in refrigerator magnets.  Ranking up and positioning the figures was the typical challenge, attempting to make them look interesting but not hit each other in the face with the stupid swords!

I had a few sheets of baked sculpey, which were cut into strips.  This would lock the figures in place in addition to the magnets.

I started to position the strips around the unit, making sure that it did not get too snug.  I have actually trapped minis inside a tray once of twice. :-)

Now for the side strips.  You have to be careful here to keep things at a 90 degree angle.  Things can get a little out of whack if you are pushing on the line of bases too much...

All four sides are in!

The excess is cut away, and texture is added to the sculpey.  I carved some lines and cracks that lined up with the bases around the edge as much as possible.

I also added some of the foliage and broken pillars that appeared on the bases.  I concentrated on the corners, so that it would not interfere with the figures.  Also, I could cover up the joints in this way.

Using the same colors as I did on the bases, the tray is painted to match...

You can see that it really starts to emerge now.  This called for a little more variety in the colors, since much more of the surface is exposed (no figures standing on it!).

Shading is added, and the cracks between the stones are more defined.

I am taking pictures of the completed unit now!


  1. Replies
    1. Thanks for the kind words, and for checking out the blog!!!

  2. These guys all together are magnificent! The base is really neat too.
    On another note, I am starting to get jazzed up about Adepticon. I am looking forward to seeing your figs and display in real life! I may have missed this, but are you doing both 40K and Fantasy this year?

    1. Thanks! I will be doing 40K this year. It takes at least a few years to get a WFB army together, so I am waiting for next year on that. :-)

  3. Do you glue coins to the bottom of the bases?

    1. No, the coins just happened to be there :-)

    2. What do you put on the model's base so the tray's magnets can hold them?