My 30mm bevel bases are great, but I am having issues with them. Let's talk about that, shall we?
Yes. We shall.
So first problem is that some early minis look just swamped by their bases. True 25mm scale need so much decoration to fill the void, it is eating into painty sculpty time. So that is a concern, but only on some figures.
Problem numero two is that I am running short on display and storage space. Space is a hard thing these days. Also the bases do not fit doorways easily so my city scenery is cramped and tricky to use.
Third problem is I am running low on 30mm multibases and money is getting tight.
So the obvious solution was to downsize to 25mm bases for figures that need it... stick to 30mm for the rest. Basically use the bevel as the constant. This also means some models can have hex bases (Talisman) and so long as the topping i similar it all looks unified. I did some tests and liked the result.
80's Skeletons and zombies looked particularly swamped. This test warband nails it for me- they can swarm together suitably Harryhausen style.
I played with Renedra bases for a little while, and they are still great for gaming. However, I decided the bevel let me pick up the mini by the base- so better for display details like mushrooms and ferns. My collection is part gamer, part painter, part collector. It make sense to have the base as handle.
I also like the black edge as it is what I grew up with. Renedra is great for gaming minis because of the low profile, and is the next best thing to washers (but the paint sticks nicely). I will still ship my minis with Renedra by default.
Another thing that ha been bugging me with my standard system is that it does not quite conjure the mossy, burn scrub from John Blanches paintings. Tufts also look out of place.
So to that end upgraded my dirt mix from beach sand to a special blend of flock (sawdust), wood chips and pet store shellsand, to give a more John Blanchey scrub feel to the base when tinted with scorched brown and olives. The goal is to have that rotten, mossy feel where you are like 'what the hell is that? Feel. I want to hide details in the base and have people go 'hey look..'
Welp, I will have to sleep on it. Comments welcome. :)