Hi. Welcome back. So hows that itch going? You should probably see a doctor.
You know... switching to Renedra 25mm bases with 4mm magnets for my scifi figs has been one of the best decisions I have made since breakfast.
Renedra feel free to send me free stuff for endorsing you ;).
The speed I can base up figures has made a huge impact on my hobby mojo. Trays of minis which once languished in the 'too hard' basket, now stand based up and primed and excitingly ready for color.
With 25mm vs 30mm bases I lose stability, however it occurs to me I can snap my models onto decorated 30mm washers using the hefty magnets for some games if I desire. These bases allow for tighter storage- which is my biggest woe right now next to lack of energy from my recent illness.
Losing base decoration room actually means I don't spend any time worrying about it, and filling that empty space was eating a great deal of time. Sure my bases wont win any awards but they are fast, unobtrustive and keep the focus on the mini. I opted to give both my fantasy and scifi bases the same green-grey base coat, and vary the drybrush colors on that. Keeps it quick and effortless.
I figure all this lacklustre basing gets the figure game ready- I can back and tart up the bases when I am further along.
I like seeing GW minis on non GW sanctioned bases. Gives me a little tickle. Not sure why. But 25mm rounds are game legal... also amusing. I also like bubble tea. Also not sure why.
So now I have the excitement of knowing soon I will have heaps of rogue trader, street violence and 2000 ad figures to paint and play. I am most excited to finally have my RT mercs and adventurers, plus an unhealthy amount of iron claw space pirates out and based, and I found a few gene stealer cultists I forgot I had.
To paint this huge influx of figures I have returned to my trusty prepaint and tint technique, using four layers of overbrushing and dry brushing with a huge soft brush, which I will then glaze over with color at my leisure.
Painting on a preshaded model is much nicer and easier than facing a black surface, plus the tooth the dry brushing gives the surface a paper like quality that helps take the color layers.
Heres are some test figures (still have to finish the marines- the skin is flat color and the shading on the armor is a bit rough. Anyway. .. enjoy.