Anyone who has ever done any miniature modeling or wargaming will tell you there is one essential thing you need to make your miniatures really pop: a decent looking base. It can make or break your efforts. Basing your model is so important, it is said that a bad base can ruin a great paint job and a good base can improve the look of a mediocre one. And for most table-top gamers, especially, they have their own go-to method for applying flock and basing material to get the look they want.
Depending on what I am basing, I will use sand and gravel, or a texture paint, or a tuft, or static grass, or small rocks, etc… but sometimes I wish basing were a bit faster. I don’t always have the time to use a static grass applicator and fiddle around with white glue. And then I found out about Gamers Grass.
Gamers Grass is a Portuguese company specializing in grass tufts, flowers tifts, and other simulated plants for basing your miniatures and overall I was really impressed with their selection (which you can find on their website). They offer several different static grass sizes–from 2mm to 12mm in height, as well as a bunch of different colors.
They also package their tufts in two ways: (1) they offer the standard round tufts which we are all familiar with (i.e., Army painter) but (2) they also offer their tufts under a ‘wild’ category, where the tufts are made in a variety of shapes and sizes in order to simulate a less manicured appearance to the tufts (as if they were in nature, where grass grows imperfectly).
So I contacted the company and they sent along four products to review.
I was impressed with the speed in which it arrived–given that this was coming from Portugal, it got to me in five days time!
One of the products they sent along was from their line of Battle Ready Bases, which are essentially plastic bases (ranging from 20mm to 60mm, in round, square, oval, or lipped shape) . I received the highland 20mm square bases set:
I carefully removed the bases from their packaging and examined each one closely. A few of the tufts were at an odd angle and some glue from under one of them could be seen by the naked eye, but given that these all seem to be done by hand, they are really high quality. And once the miniatures you paint are placed on them, you can’t see the defects in the few where they exist.
You will have to forgive me, as I don’t have any prepainted miniatures without pudding bases at the moment. But I did have a primed Bolt Action US Marine lying about from Warlord Games’ plastics that I was able to use for demonstration purposes. Here is what the bases look like when you have a figure attached:
And it was as easy as putting dabs of superglue on the miniature’s feet and then pressing and holding for a few seconds while the glue set. And I was done.
I can see a lot of use for these bases, especially for the casual gamer who isn’t really into the hobby-aspect of the game but still wants their miniatures on a nice base. Anyone playing Bolt Action in any sort of winter or rocky/mountainous terrain would really get a lot of good out of them, particularly if they rely on the Warlord Games’ plastic sets because the plastic miniatures are free standing without attached bases. Similarly, anyone using Wargames Factory AWI kits would also find these work really well.
They wouldn’t work for miniatures on pudding bases, however, unless you cut the pudding base off of the models before securing them down. And the only real criticism I have of these bases is that the ground itself could use a bit of highlighting. They are very dark and that helps to accentuate the colorful tufts and rocks on top, but it is a little odd for me. Admittedly, this is a personal preference and I am sure most people who would use these would not care.
The remaining three products are grass tufts and I admit I was very excited about them.
I have a bunch of ancients sitting around waiting to be based–and I got to work right away applying the grass tufts to both the group bases and the single bases. I primarily used the 6mm wild light green grass tufts and the 4mm standard light green grass tufts and was quite happy with out both complimented each other and brought the base (and the miniature) to life.
I have to say I really like these tufts and I will have to be sure to acquire more from their range. I would love to see how their flowers and shrubs stack up to Army Painter’s range, so that may be the next thing I review.
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