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Monday, September 30, 2013

Miniature Bids and Building A Base

We've all bought and sold figures through evilBay eBay and if you've sold anything you've probably been disgusted at the fees they charge. These fees not only reduce the amount of profit earned by the seller, but also increases the cost to the buyer. eBay has gotten away with this because up until recently, it has been the only game in town. But those days are now over.  

Miniature Bids, an auction site dedicated solely to our hobby,  is now open for business and it charges NO FEES to the seller. That's right, no fees for listing, no fees for selling. To increase the visibility of your auctions you do have the option of purchasing advertising packages and these are reasonably priced. Their auction site can b found HERE

Last week I posted my Secret Agent Babe. She is from Reaper Miniatures and was sculpted by Jeff Grace.


I wanted to do a quick walk-through on the basing of this figure as it was custom built and also I thought it might be interesting to the non gamers who read this blog. 

One of the things I like most about her is the dynamic pose and I really wanted to enhance that when I did the basing. The best way to do that in my opinion was to elevate her and have her raised leg appear to be  hanging in mid-air. 


First I stacked three tiles that I picked up at the Hobby Lobby and glued them together, attaching the figure to the top.


I then covered that with  fine, buff ballast.


Next I gathered rocks in a variety of sizes from my backyard and glued them at varying heights around the tiling, This was covered in a mixture of fine buff ballast and medium brown ballast. 

The ballast was painted in Reaper Olive Green and highlighted with Reaper Turf Green mixed with white up to the highest points. The rocks were painted in Reaper Military Grey and highlighted with Reaper Ghost Linen while the recesses were darkened with Vallejo Black Ink. I used flower clumps from Scenic Express and Autumn Leaves from Secret Weapons to add colour and interest.

There are many things I love about this hobby and one of them is starting out with something that looks as crude as that and making it look like this.


And tomorrow she will find a new home when the winners of my Give Away are announced. 

As of this writing, there is still time for some of you to put a hex on Ray to prevent him from winning. That may not be necessary as the word on the street is that the Dice Gods abandoned Rousell in yesterdays game.  The little weasels luck may have finally run out.



94 comments:

  1. Good idea with putting her up higher, really adds to the fig. I´ll flag up the giveaway later, and btw, you according to my blog roll, you posted 4 days ago, the thankyou post.

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    1. and..after testing the captcha thingy, the numbers , wether a 3 or 4 set of digits they are totally irrelevant, you can type anything in, as Long as the letters are correct it always Posts.

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    2. I just wish everyone would stop using captcha all together. It takes so much time and most of us painters are near to blind!

      Hey, are you ready for me to destroy you one week from today in the Neapolitan Challenge?

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    3. I´m ready !:-D I´m Not really pleased with how any of the pics have turned out but never miond, tis all fun :-D
      Just posted the last shout about your and pat´s Giveaway
      http://paulsbods.blogspot.de/2013/09/bodstonian-trappers.html

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    4. I'm finally getting down to doing the detail work on my babe. I'm looking forward to it as it should be loads of fun.

      I got the promo and that's somewhere around 50 entries for you now!!

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    5. You brought in the highest numbers, after that was me with posting at Reaper and after that was Fran. But no one outdid you on sheer number of entries. Methinks that your odds of winning are quite high!

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  2. The base you made, when you go into detail about it all, is very impressive. I thought she came like that. I've never posted something on ebay so actually don't know much about the fees. I thought auctions generally charged a 5-10% fee.

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    1. Gamers will sell entire armies at $150-$300.00 and when you take fees out of that, it stings. And we all have Paypal fees on top of that. Truly, none of us make much of anything in profit on eBay.

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  3. Very interesting how you based this model. Really nice work Anne. Now off to check out this Miniaturebids outfit!

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    1. Thank you Rodger. They've only been up for about a week and since there's no fees it's not a bad idea to give it a whirl.

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  4. How does Miniature Bids make money then? I have been trying to sell some stuff online back where I am at but the hidden fees charged by e-commerce trading platforms are really high. Just like in the real world, the landlords make all the money!!!

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    1. It looks to me like they hope to make money through selling extra's through advertising. For those folks who sell loads and loads of stuff on eBay, this could be a profitable market for them. Lots of guys I know do this and if they switch over, Miniature Bids will do very well.

      The other good thing about it is that the whole site is dedicated to our hobby.

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  5. Never used eBay be it for minis or other stuff. Hate it that you have to pay for all the protection stuff and there are so much fake things on it...
    Great figure (as always). Hadn't you made this step-by-step I would've believed she came with this base. I love that the rocks are breaking out the standard base. Gives so much dynamics to the miniature.

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    1. I felt that pose needed to be showcased so I came up with this. I'm really getting into making more elaborate bases. I'm doing it with all my Stonehaven gnomes and having loads of fun with it.

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  6. I've never used eBay either.
    Fascinating the beginnings of that figure. You made everything about it look natural.

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    1. I remember seeing my first tutorial and thinking "Wow, that's how they did that" It does help all of us when someone shows how they did something new.

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  7. Great tutorial, thanks for that!

    I used to sell old stuff on eBay, but Miniature Bids is really a ray of hope!

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    1. This is something I really need as I hate eBay. I've been selling direct through forums, but that can get dicey as I've had one gent get out of hand with me. I need an extra layer of distance between me and the buyer. This may be just what I'm looking for.

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  8. Very nice work Anne. Everything from the top of the head to the edge of the base looks like it goes together. Top notch job. As for Ray's luck yesterday it was below average, but not disastrously so. He will say different and that he only had one good dice roll all day and then I rolled equally high. The truth is a little more complex and did involve him driving 2 of my units off with a single unit so it was not all one sided!

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    1. I always like reading the different batreps to see how everyone viewed the game. I'm surprised Ray hasn't posted his yet as he's usually pretty quick about it. I do want to know if it's true that he's a hedge hugger :)

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    2. Ray did make the best use of the terrain (including Hedges) but the Term "Hedge Hugger" is used exclusively for the Irish player.

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    3. Now I know the truth! Ray has accused him of it, but then Fran says Ray's the "Hedge Hugger" One must always get third party verification when dealing with those two!

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    4. I call them Stadlr and Walldof after the two grumpy muppets who always argue while watching from their box the other muppets on the stage.

      Yes the term Hedge hugger was and is most often applied to Fran, however any player there who loiters behind foliage will also take the title for a short duration soon forgotten and then reattached to Fran moments later.

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  9. Great find Anne, will be looking into them for future sales and buys.

    Cheers Sander

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    1. I do hope they are successful as we all need a dedicated auction place. It will make finding things so much easier and it will feel like it belongs to "us" rather than to some evil corporate entity.

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  10. Both tutorial, model and photography rock girl!

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  11. Cool figure, and the higher base is indeed suberb on her!
    Love the hair as well, been trying this last week but didn't turn out as good as yours!
    Well done.

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    1. Hair can be a real pain in the arse to get right. I still can't manage to paint red hair properly.

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  12. Wow, I didn't realize how much work you did on the base! That's pretty amazing. You could probably sell custom bases to other figure painters. Pretty great. You know I love seeing the process.

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    1. The figures only come with a plain, slotted black base. Everything else you see is something we've had to add or to build. These things can get really elaborate and I'm still considered a novice at it.

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  13. Hola
    Buen si señor muy buena la escena
    La construcción muy interesante y los colores elegidos me gustan
    Un 10
    un saludo

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    1. Hello my friend,

      I'm glad that you like it. One day perhaps I can do something that approaches the bases you build!

      Slainte!

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  14. That is one great looking mini and base, I will try copying some of your suggestions on coming RPG figures I will be working on

    On the subject of Ray, maybe his luck will hold as he had already put his name in

    Ian

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    1. I'm looking forward to seeing you post those Ian.

      Ahh, but I won't be drawing the names till tonight so there's hope for the rest of you yet!

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  15. Anne your painting has really come a long way in a short period of time also. And the scene you have created for her is perfect. You did right with the stones coming out behind her as it offsets the weight of the picture as she jumps off them. And very very nice work on the model itself! Congrats! Hopefully I win this as I would love to have it up in my display case! :)

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    1. I'm afraid she would pale in comparison to the the works you have in your display case. I really do have to come up with something special for that Dwarf I got from you. He's a King and I want to make it look like he's in his Hall, but I'm not sure how to do that and still have all sides of the mini visible. I will think on it for awhile and look at some artwork to see if inspiration strikes.

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  16. this is fantastic work! I love the step by step pictures. I really like seeing how you do it.

    Everything looks really well put together and the figure itself looks amazing!

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  17. Nice work Anne, always nice to see how the final look is achieved and the work that goes into producing it. I am sure Ray's luck is over thanks to Fran's conversion. Although I may be recieving a punishment for my latest mischief :)

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    1. Well, if Fran reads the comment I left at Big Lee's place we can keep each other company in the dog house!

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    2. I'm in the dog house from the mini I painted :) I saw your comment earlier and howled with laughter

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    3. On the one hand, I hope Lee does it. On the other hand I'm afraid of what the big fella will do to me if Lee does it!

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  18. Great looking mini, as always. I'll definitely check out any alternative to eBay. It's done OK by me over the years, but the creeping fees are now taking a 10% bite out of all sales.

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    1. I like the idea of this being a place dedicated solely to us. To be effective though a lot of people have to use it and a lot of people have to be aware of it. It's in its infancy so we'll see how it goes over the long haul.

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  19. I really do adore that base, dear, I love seeing the moss, the grass, the little flowers and shrooms that you use....

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    1. Just wait till you see the two gnomes I just got done with. They are so cute and I really did some extensive work on one of the bases. I did my first little tree and I'm so proud of it!

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    2. one day, when you return to this hobby, you will make me an Elven forest with moss and everything :P

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    3. I've got a rather large collection of Wood Elves that need painting. I'm still not a good enough painter to tackle them yet. But when I do, I will post them here or on Facebook and dedicate them to you darling:)

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  20. I really like this base; your how to comes at a good time. I am working on the Russina Napoleonic Elizabehgrad Hussars; my wife is Elizabeth; and their uniforms are grab in 1812. I want to put something on the base to make them stand out. Voila, you've shown me how to do so. Thanks.

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    1. Thank you Mike. I'm looking forward to seeing what you come up with!

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  21. You did do an awesome job in every way, building her up a ton. And sticking it to ebay and their stupid fees is fine in my books. Hate that place

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    1. They do stink and as long as there's no competition they hold the entire market. I hope these guys outcompete them.

      Holy Christ, you're being nice to me. Am I dying?

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  22. The finished base is stunning! As is the Secret Agent Babe herself.

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  23. Seeing you make that base just blows my mind. So cool that you can do that with just three tiles from Hobby Lobby. And hurray for something that's not Fleabay! I can't stand selling anything on that site. It's either craigslist, or asking around, or "I guess I'm not selling it."

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    1. You should see the scratch builds of some of the gamers I follow. The things they do are nothing short of brilliant.

      For sure would love to see them get real competition.

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  24. It's a great tutorial and an even better miniature. Thanks for sharing! :)

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  25. I have been looking at Miniatures Bids on Facebook for a while now, you're right about eBay though it kicks you in the crackers twice, the base work is so good Anne and well explained, good luck with the draw and a pox on Ray's chances as well!

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    1. Thank you Fran! I'll be doing the draw in 45 minutes so there's still time to sacrifice a small furry animal in hopes that it will put a stop to his unholy success!

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  26. Very nice tutorial. Good to see how it comes together and it looks fantastic!

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  27. To be honest I'm not sure about Miniature Bids...

    Anyway I'm looking forward to the announcement of the winners tomorrow... ;-)

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    1. They've only been up for a week. I do wish them the best though as competition in the marketplace tends to benefit everyone.

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  28. I love this figure: so well painted with beautiful colours! The pose is awesome and the base is perfect for her.
    I didn't post about your give away , sorry but
    1-I'm a too lazy guy !
    2-I didn't have time because I'm a too busy guy !
    3-I'm a generous guy : I let the gifts to the others even Ray if he wins one ...

    I use a lot ebay : I've found very good stuff for reasonable prices: it takes just time (and luck!) to find the good trade. It's bad for selling because of the price of the fees, right, but it's also a good place.
    I just grew up the "Postage and packaging" price....

    I hate captcha: sometime it takes more time to tape it than to write the comment !

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    1. No worries Sam Wise. It was a success and loads of people got to learn about Pat's books so that's what counted.

      eBay in the States is lousy. There are never any really good deals and by the time you pay postage, you're often paying more than you would at retail. Hopefully this will allow sellers to lower their prices and everyone wins.

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  29. Wondeful base and tutorial. It really complements the figure and your method is one I never really considered before but gives lovely results.

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    1. Honestly I'm new to this and just began really basing a few months ago so my methods are still a bit crude. I'm at the "make it up as I go" phase!

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  30. Excellent work Anne! I love seeing how it all came together and you've succeeded in featuring her finest asset, so to speak. ;-)

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    1. These sculptors certainly do know how to carve a babe!

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  31. Fantastic work on that base Anne! And I like the tutorial very much, how you have done it! Thanks for sharing, I keep this in mind! ;-)

    Greetings
    Peter

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  32. I may have to look into that site. I have some minis I wouldn't mind selling.

    And I applaud your base work. I rarely want to take the time to be that elaborate.

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    1. Some of the stuff you have might be pretty rare and could fetch a good price and then you can take that money and buy some new figures.

      I used to dread basing, but now I'm beginning to look at it as a single piece of art and am enjoying it.

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  33. That is pretty cool. Yeah, eBay rip off I would prefer Amazon over th I have always been impressed with the base of your figurines and the photography as well. Will check out the miniatures in new site.
    Keep up the good work Anne.

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    1. When eBay first started out it was pretty good. There were loads of good deals, but now it's the same as paying retail and unless you're buying just from one seller the shipping charges will kill you.

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  34. That was a great tutorial Anne, love the way you built up the layers. Really top notch work.

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    1. Thank you Michael. Nice to see you out and about on the blogoshphere!

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  35. Had a look at the auction site a few days ago, but nothing of interest to my projects. However, ANYTHING that is likely to knock eBay off its perch is worth supporting.

    The tutorial is really interesting. Could do with more stuff like this on the blogosphere. Well done and thanks.

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    1. There's nothing I need there either, but if the word spreads and they grow in time there will be. I'm really hoping they do well and that we all benefit as a result.

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  36. That really is a fine looking figure Anne, and it was very clever the way you based it too! I shall look forward to receiving her in the post in a couple of weeks, when I win her in the draw tomorrow ;o)

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    1. Thank you Ray! I'm going to grab a bite and then do the draw. Good luck to you!!

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  37. Agreed. Tremendous detail Anne. Looking to do some fantasy stuff myself

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    1. I'm looking forward to seeing you do it! I need more people here on the Darkside with me!

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  38. Fantastic painting and basing, Anne. Truly artistic! Dean

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  39. amazed, really wow...what a transformation...i love that the rocks are from your back yard as well..ha..no cost...this turned out amazing though...and cool on the new site...i have bought but never sold on the other...

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  40. Very nice work Anne , great work .
    Slainte!

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  41. I love that you've found an alternative. eBay has gotten WAY out of hand, and that was back before. Sounds like things have only gotten worse, and that's a shame.

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