I've managed to paint up another two bases of Vikings tonight and two on Thursday night so now have 12 bases worth completed (or 72 Vikings). Tomorrow night's job is to finish basing these four stands. I still need another 4 stands for the Viking army and also another 4-6 for my Norse-Irish army.
My basing system has become a bit more complicated so takes longer than it used to.
1. Base figures- to make it easier I usually base 3 figures before painting and paint them on the base, the others are superglued to a spare offcut of MDF and are added to the base once all are painted.
2. Use Selley's Permafilla for texture and add either a few stones or barkchip to represent larger rocks (if I use barkchip at this stage I also cover the barkchip in a layer of PVA which seals it and also shrinks as it dries to give it a protective coating -an old trick learned painting Esci/Airfix/ Revell 1:72 scale plastics many, many years ago- the PVAs makes a flexible protective coat which paint will adhere to and not flake- an issue anyone who used to paint the old style plastics will not doubt be familiar with)
3. Once the permafilla is dry cover base in PVA and add a layer of beach sand with some larger rocks.
4. Once that is dry undercoat with a black interior house paint- test pot form local DIY store)
5. Dry brush with a dark brown (and dark gray for the rocks) followed by a drybrush of a light brown.
6. Add patches of static grass the base
7. Add clumps of Silfor late autumn grass and also some dark green Woodland Scenic clump foliage for contrast.
A bit involved but I like the finished product.
Here are a few pictures of the Vikings- I'll get some decent ones once the last four bases are finished.
In the foreground is the remains of a LBM transfer- I accidentally cut out a large shield transfer which was too large! What a waste!
The bases are 8cm x 5cm- which is what I use for FP (foot protected- heavy foot), my lighter troops are on 8cm x 6cm bases. I now have settled on 6 figures per base 4-5 figures in the front rank with 1-2 in the second, it gives it a nicely animated look.
I have been tempted to make "official" Impetus width bases (12 cm) but our games on a 6x 4 table have found that 8cm (essentially the 15mm scales suggested widths) means we still get to use flanks a lot more than is possible with the larger bases on this size table- and I'm so far down the path with this system now I refuse to change!. If I ever play Jamie or Jason in Christchurch (they are starting to get into Impetus) I will either develop some sabot bases to fit these smaller bases on, or even add some 4cmx5cm bases with 2-3 additional figures to bring them back up to 12cm width. I really don't see it being too much of an issue. Kent is now working on his Crusader army and will be using the same basing system as me and since we are other only 28mm ancients players down here it doesn't matter what system we use!