One of the singular delights of running Lost Hemisphere is the working relationship we have with Jeff over at Dragon Forge Design. Our very first sponsor, Dragon Forge has been a part of helping bring you Lost Hemisphere and Lost Hemisphere Radio for years now. All of my models, even my Colossals, end up on Dragon Forge bases, and look so much better for it.
As most of you are by now no doubt aware, I’ve been working on Zevanna Agha’s theme force, The Invisible Army. This is a project piece – a specific list I’m building with very limited options. Thankfully, it’s a very limited theme force in terms of what I can field, so it wasn’t hard to determine how many bases I’d need of each size to field all the options available to me… but which bases?
My Retribution are based on a mix of Jeff’s Forgotten Empires, Ancient City Ruins and Stone Floor. My Circle Orboros stand on Wasteland II, and the Drop Bears, my (*shudder*) Cygnar, based on Goth-Tech. For the Invisible Army, I needed a concept…
… and I decided that, for whatever reason, the Old Witch of Khador has commandeered some troops and a warjack or two and embarked on an expedition to the fabled continent of Zu. There she has discovered mysterious ruins of an ancient civilisation that apparently liked skulls and poking their tongues out.
Thus, the order went in to Dragon Forge… Send me a bunch of Aztex!
And lo, Jeff sent me a bunch of Aztex. This isn’t a closeup shot, I know, but it still showcases a bunch of things.
1. Range. 30’s, 40’s, 50’s, and plenty of options for each. For this particular series, Dragon Forge actually has thirty different 30mm bases, fifteen different 40mm bases, five different 50mm bases, and two different 120mm bases… and that’s not including the special “hero” set, which has nine more base sculpts and a giant skull accent for you to mount somewhere interesting.
2. Detail. Even at this distance you can see the detail on the bases, and there’s even recesses for water effects on some of the 50’s.
3. Clean sculpting. Across the entirety of my base order, there maybe half a dozen that I’ll want to run a hobby knife around the edge of to clean off a tiny bit of flash. Every other base? Clean as a whistle. None of the bases in this article were touched by a hobby knife or file prior to photos being taken, even the painted ones. That’s darn cleaned. No mould lines, no air bubbles, all the detail is crisp as it should be.
4. Colour. Okay, this is completely irrelevant since I’ll be painting them all anyway, but it always amuses me to see how many different shades of grey I can find in one order of bases 😉 For those unaware, resin’s colouration is dependent on added pigment. It’s not in any way an indication that there’s anything wonky, it’s just a different colour. Merp.
Slightly blurry picture is slightly blurry, but I wanted to showcase some of the 40mm’s to show the breadth of the range. The top right base is putted and aged stonework. Not too flashy, perfect for an Army Painter tuft to represent some vegetation in the cracks. As we move to the centre we get a step down with a bone left by some mysterious predator. Top left we have most of an intricate carving, and then the two lower bases show more precision stonework, the borders having been worn down over time.
Left and right, same bases. The painted one was essentially drybrushed up to the stone colour you see in front of the face, and then painted with washes to keep the colours fairly muted. I’ve often joked that painting miniatures is all about being able to stay within the lines; it’s actually somewhat true with these. This series is by far the most complex of Dragon Forge’s that I’ve undertaken, but the depth and detail mean it was still a very easy task to make a base worth of Khadoran Expeditionary Steel.
Then there’s the 120mm. You’ll recognise the face of our warrior from the 50mm above, but the head’s largely intact. The cracks in this stonework instead cross the torso and lead into the tiles on the left. I’m going to have fun colouring this one… and I’ll need to figure out how water effects work to fill the trough on the right…
These are some of the bases I’ve knocked out so far, and I couldn’t be happier with the set. I’ve got a lot of work ahead of me to get the rest of the unpainted ones done, but it’s worth it. I love that each of these bases is a detailed work of art, but at the same time is subtle enough not to overpower the paintjob on the miniature itself. Also, given the more dynamic posing we’re seeing nowadays and how many models like to lean, having a solid chunk of resin as a base makes me a lot more comfortable about my models being more stable and not tipping over.
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