As a wargamer I believe it is important to play with fully painted models.
As players, and friends, we are setting aside time from the day to build a new reality when we play our games. Through the interaction of rules, models, and terrain we are creating a simulation of another place and time.
Everything should support this simulation, perhaps even going as far as damage effects and thematic gaming music.
Or is that taking things a bit far?
Painted models, since they are the biggest part of the game help push this created reality, or help kill it fast.
Have you every played a game against somebody what has a half-built and unpainted army?
Is that a fair use of the time?
NOW I do realize that one size-does-not-fit all and we all approach this wargmaing hobby with different real life pressures of time and ability.
Barring certain circumstances most of us can get our armies up to tabletop standards- three colors, a wash, and some details picked out. I always advice to start with tabletop so you can play painted, and then over time as you have time- maybe over the coming year go back and bring up each model or unit standard.
That aside, regardless of your painting ability and time, there are TWO BIG hobby elements that you can make sure you have covered that will improve the look and visuals of your model independent of painting them…
…and they are easy to mass produce and turn out army wide.
Basing your models is the first hobby-easy upgrade.
Bases, depending on the system show angles of fire, reach of the model, and real-time table space it occupies. Many players just glue the model to the base and play…
But you are missing on an easy chance to upgrade and frame the look of your model.
Easy basing options are some sand and rocks on the base, followed by a primary color, wash, and drybrush/highlights.
Another option is just flock and static grass for more traditional gaming models.
Glue, static grass, flock, and done.
Upgrade on the upgrade are bases that have some built up features- like stacking cork board, or battlefield ruins, or even going with scenic bases for your models- which while a bit more costly save a ton of time and just require basic painting.
Next hobby upgrade- a simple simple one is to drill out the gun barrels on your models.
Plastics make it easy, but even metal models are soft enough to drill.
Of course if your army doesn’t have any “guns” you will be skipping that part.
Your thoughts, tips, and ideas on some EASY non paint hobby upgrades for your models?
Simple things to take the visuals to that next level?