Thursday, March 26, 2009

Cork as a Basing Material

Wandering around in the kitchen section of a department store, I came across some cheap cork table-mats. Somewhat impulsively, I bought a few with the idea that they'd make a good basing material for my miniatures.Pictured are two bases - one painted for a bloodletter of Khorne, and one un-painted for a daemonette of Slaanesh. Having been designed as a table mat, the cork has the virtue of having two flat surfaces. This means that not only can you glue it effectively to the base, but also have a relatively flat surface on the other side for balancing the miniature on. By dividing the cork up in to smaller chunks, it is easy to create some "rubble"-like bits and pieces as well (as demonstrated on the daemonette's base), which don't have to be flat in the slightest.

When painting, the cork provides some wonderful textures to explore. On the bloodletter, I've simply drybrushed the cork with skull white. Later on, I'll add some other tones to it as well as adding flock and green bits. The cork can readily represent general rubble and detritus, as well as rock, outcroppings, cooled magma, and so forth.


The 25mm Warrior said...

That's brilliant! Gonna go get some wine now :)

-come over to and vote for what you want me to do next!-

Klaus said...

Great idea!
And cheap too.

Mike Howell said...

A lot of hobby stores sell cork bedding for model train tracks. It's an inexpensive way to get multiple thicknesses of cork. I like to put some superglue around the edges and throw sand in these to soften the edges a little and make the individual chunks less obvious.

Chris said...

Great idea, will definitely use this one.

Kevin said...

Yeah, I definitely have to pick up some cork. I've always thought it would look good and be effective and you proved it!

Cawshis Clay said...

Cork is totally great as a basing material…and it comes with Wine! I've found that if you cut Corks for wine bottles, they fit perfectly onto a normal base. I've based my Vanguard using cork to give them additional height. I love the stuff.

Your demon bases look great and simple too!

jabberjabber said...

Hi Folks - thanks for all the comments! :)

I've also used the occasional wine bottle cork - they can be very cool (and hold the smell of the wine for a while!). I now prefer the table mats, simply because they're already flat on two sides.

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