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Forest Bases
Forest Bases, 25x25mm
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by: Andrzej Snigorski [ ENDRJU007 ]

Introduction

A forest (also called a wood, woodland, wold, weald, holt, frith or firth) is basically an area with a high density of trees. Since forests cover about 30% of total land area there is quite high possibility that figure you choose to paint stood at least for some time in the forest. Was it a Roman soldier, SS-man or some legendary hero – you can usually depict them in the forest without bending the history too much. For some types of creatures forest is a natural habitat – if you want to paint an elf, dryad or rusalka, the forest is almost only choice for a base.


The Kit

Micro Art Studio offers 64 bases showing small parts of a forest. 12 of them are round (25mm diameter), 8 of them are rectangular (25x50mm) and rest of them is square in sizes from 20x20 to 50x50. All bases are created by Łukasz Krysa and Sebastian Makowski.
Described kit is from 25x25mm range so it is obviously dedicated for miniatures.
Each kit contains 4 bases randomly chosen from 12 piece range. They are packed in standard Micro Art Studio blister with name of the kit printed on it. Parts are protected by dark-grey foam.
Each base shows very small part of forest ground with fallen trunk, mushrooms, bracket fungi (polyporus), ivy (or Traveller's Joy or honeysuckle, it’s hard to tell and I’m not botanist), leaves, stones and grass. Number of details packed on such small surface is really vast. Bark on the trunks has very well-defined texture, each leave is sculpted precisely allowing painter to obtain nice and convincing look even in such small scale. Fungi growing everywhere and ivy crawling on the tree trunks give the bases look of old, virgin forest – real wilderness.


Assembly and Painting

Each part of the kit is separate base so no assembly is needed.
No painting instruction is attached, but I believe that everyone has seen a forest at least once in a lifetime.
Nice example of painting is show on MAS catalogue (picture available below the text) but the final result depends in 100% on how the painter wants to depict his forest. It may be merry and sunny, it may be dark and gloomy – it’s painter’s choice.


Detailing and quality

Bases are cast in grey resin. Details are really crisp and well-defined. No seam lines are visible. Flesh even if it is present is hard to define taking the nature of base under consideration. Few small bubbles has been spotted but once again – the can be easily fixed or painted as a part of a nature’s plan (i.e. bubble on a mushroom visible on one of the pictures may be painted as partially rotten/eaten mushroom). All details are sculpted with great care and in the same time very natural, live-like look of the forest is kept.


Conclusion

Really nice set of four bases that may be very useful for wargamers whose army is located in the forest. Kit may be also very useful for any miniature painter who would like to place his figure on nicely sculpted, tiny base.
Other perfect use for these tiny bases may be using them as parts of bigger bases – they may be easily fit into a bigger part of terrain with a plaster or other material. In this way their usefulness is not only limited to 28/30mm miniatures but also for bigger-scale painters who may easily adapt them to their needs.
Some delicate problem with placing figures may be caused by shape of the bases – fallen trunk is main part of each base and there is almost none flat surface. Figures have to stand on the trunk so some of them may be difficult to fit – right position for the figure have to be found, not as on flat bases where you can place the figure anyhow you want. It is a price that has to be paid for so naturally looking base of such small size.

Strongly recommended!

Picture of painted bases came from Micro Art Studio’s website.
SUMMARY
Highs: Good quality, very nice details, great wilderness mood. May be easily adapted as part of bigger base or even diorama.
Lows: No flat surface to fit the figure easily. Few small bubbles.
Verdict: Perfect bases for wargamers and other miniature painters that would like to show their tiny figure on a nice, small base. They may be useful also as parts of bigger diorama. 4,88€ for 4 pieces is also quite good price. Recommended!
Percentage Rating
90%
  Scale: Other
  Mfg. ID: B00504
  Suggested Retail: 4,88€
  Related Link: Product on vendor's site
  PUBLISHED: Sep 23, 2010
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 85.58%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 85.26%

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About Andrzej Snigorski (endrju007)
FROM: WOJEWODZTWO PODKARPACKIE, POLAND

My first contact with model making took place over 20 years ago – I’ve made few models of planes when I was 9. They were all destroyed in one disastrous accident. Pain after loosing results of my own work was so big that I’ve left model making for about 15 years ;) . I’ve returned to building models...

Copyright ©2019 text by Andrzej Snigorski [ ENDRJU007 ]. Images also by copyright holder unless otherwise noted. Opinions expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of Historicus Forma or Silver Star Enterprises. All rights reserved.



Comments

Nice bases.Thanks for the news Andrzej.
SEP 23, 2010 - 02:16 AM
Thanks for reading Engin! These bases are nice indeed. I have plan to use one of them as part of bigger base some day (or even a diorama). I'll let you know how it worked for me. Andrzej
SEP 24, 2010 - 12:47 AM
I have a couple sets of these and agree they are great for 54 mm figures as part of a larger setting. The detailing is, indeed, excellent.
SEP 24, 2010 - 01:18 AM
These will look great with some Wood Elves - thanks for the review!
SEP 26, 2010 - 12:07 PM
Al, Rudi, Thanks for reading and comments. Al, thank you for confirming my idea of using these bases as part of bigger setting Andrzej
SEP 26, 2010 - 07:57 PM
   

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