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    Volunteer
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    The following is a short explanation of how I go about making a base for a new ship mini. For the 1/1200 scale ships I use the following dimensions:

    Unrated 2 – 14 guns                                   30 MM x 40 MM
    Unrated sloop of war 16 – 18 guns          30 MM x 60 MM
    6th rates 20 – 28 guns                               30 MM x 70 MM
    4th & 5th rates 30 – 60 guns                    30 MM x 80 MM
    2nd & 3rd rates 64 – 98 guns                   30 MM x 100 MM
    1st rates >100 guns                                     40 MM x 100 MM
    1) I use acid free mat board for bases. It’s inexpensive and a sheet lasts forever. It is easy to cut with a sharp Xacto knife or a guillotine type paper cutter like I use. Next I liberally coat both sides with two coats of spar varnish. This helps prevent warping from the moist sculpting plaster later.
    2) After the varnish thoroughly dries, the plaster can be applied. I use vinyl spackling for sculpting the sea base. I determine how I am going to orient the sails on the ship and then sculpt the waves slanted across the base in the desired direction.

    3) After the plaster has set up a bit but not completely hard, I will push the hull bottom into the plaster to mark it.

    4) When setting it aside to fully harden I set a weight down on the center of the hull impression to ensure the base dries flat and does not bow up. I am sorry I do not have a photo of this on a plastered base, so I just took one of the weight contraption I use sitting on a varnished blank base.

    (This weight keeps the base flat while the plaster dries)

    5) When completely hard the base can be painted. I completely coat the base with a navy blue.

    6) When that dries I apply a light dry brushing of aqua green with the waves and white against the wave crests. If it is a calm sea base I skip the white.

    7) After the paint is dry the base is coated with Americana Triple Thick Gloss Glaze, or I have also used Mod Podge Gloss. When completely dry the base will be almost hard as rock but can still be carved with a Xacto knife if needed to make hull fit adjustments.

    8) I prefer to add a name and nationality to the ships I build. I create my labels using Microsoft Word and print out the sheets, I keep them in a binder and when I need a label I just cut it out.

    9) I save clear plastic packaging to cut up for this purpose. I cut a strip the same size as the base but a bit longer to take the label.

    10) After I cut out the label to size, super glue is used to glue it to the clear plastic. Then the base is super glued to the plastic strip.

    11) This not only helps the bases glide easily on the sea mats, but it also protects the ship information I write on the underside of the base.

    So that is it! I tried other methods early on and different paint schemes, but I rarely vary from this method now.

    I hope this was helpful.

    Cheers

    PS: In the draft form this post is perfectly formatted, but for some reason the submitted version is messed up. I apologize for it but I can’t understand why it is.

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    #88120
    cmnash
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    I hope this was helpful.

    Very! I have been wondering how to do bases for some of my ships for a while – this is very helpful for me.

    In the draft form this post is perfectly formatted, but for some reason the submitted version is messed up. I apologize for it but I can’t understand why it is.

    Looks fine to me!

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    #88176

    Thanks for the tutorial, Vol.

    Your bases are always a joy to view. And now you’ve given away your secrets for everyone to use!

    Self taught, persistently behind the times, never up to date. AKA ~ jeff
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    #88293
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    Drats! I hadn’t thought of that!

    "Research is what I’m doing when I don’t know what I’m doing"
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