Join us as we try out the new range of basing materials including sands and static grasses from Kromlech. Kromlech have previously specialised in miniatures, but have recently expanded into a range of modelling and basing tools/materials, check out our recent cutting mat review if you’ve not seen it.
Kromlech have kindly sent us a sample of their 7 new basing materials, each of which come in protective plastic container. All of these basing materials are priced at €3.99 (around $4.50) and contain enough material for many, many bases. The containers of sandy materials come with 150g of material, and the grasses come with 15g.
First on the list is the Fine Basing Sand, this has the smallest grains of sand available from Kromlech with each grain in this container being between 0.1 and 0.5mm.
A step up from there is the Medium Basing Sand which contains 150g of 0.5-1.2mm grains of sand.
The Course Basing Sand is another increase in size, everything in this container is 1-1.5mm.
Last of the sands and a big step up in size is the Gravel Basing Sand, these range anywhere from 1-4mm with most of the grains on the larger end of the scale in our sample.
On to the grasses we have the Summer Green Static Grass. This is a really lush & healthy looking grass and looks like it would work really well for forest or jungle themed bases.
There’s also the Spring Meadow Static Grass, this one is a nice mix of colours and looks quite realistic.
And there’s also the Chaos Wasteland Static Grass, perfect for foliage that’s been scorched by fire or for creating unnatural/evil themed bases.
Basing materials are not the only things Kromlech sells in these little pots, they have also released their own range of Battle Dice. This is the multicolour set but these dice come in a variety of solid and pearl colours which range in price from €5.99 to €6.99 (around $6.70-$7.90). You get 35 of these 12mm D6 dice per set, and with the range of colours available it should be easy to find a match for your army. The multicolour set that we have contains seven different colours (Black, Blue, Yellow, Red, Orange, Green, White) and you get 5 of each of those, which make it perfect for those occasions when you are rolling a bunch of dice and need a different colour to represent a special/heavy weapon, or the roll of a special character. The plastic container they come in means they’ll be well protected, and you can easily throw them into your bag when you head off to a game.
Getting back to the basing materials, its time to test them out. Here you can see a handful of 25mm plastic bases that are used in popular wargames like Warhammer 40k. All we need to do with these is add some PVA/craft glue to the top surface and pour some of the basing materials on top, lets see how it goes…
Here’s what the Fine Basing Sand looks like when applied to a base. When used alone like this it’s a very subtle texture, you could even paint it white for a good snow effect.
Next up is the Medium Basing Sand, as you can see there’s quite a difference in material size and a much deeper and more noticeable texture.
Our third base is the Course Basing Sand, another step in the direction of larger material and deeper textures.
The last of the sand-like materials is the Gravel Basing Sand. As you can see there is a huge difference here, these pieces could easily represent rocks on the bases of 25-28mm miniatures or even rubble/debris from a ruined warzone.
Now that we’ve had a look at the sands, here are the grasses. You can see this base makes use of the very lush looking Summer Green Static Grass, along with some more of the Fine Basing Sand to finish it off.
Next up is the Spring Meadow Static Grass, this one looks even more realistic to us than the Summer Green version.
Lastly, a type of static grass we’ve not seen for sale before, Chaos Wasteland Static Grass. This deep black grass could represent something demonic and unnatural.
To make the best bases you’re going to want to combine a few of these materials so that you have a more natural looking range of sizes and textures. Below you can see we’ve combined a little bit of each of the sands, plus some of the Summer Green Static Grass to create a great base for a 25-28mm mini.
The difference using a few basing materials makes!
There’s so much life you can bring to your miniatures with a good base, so a range of basing materials like this is a great tool for any hobbyist. We like that kromlech’s sands are separated by size, so you can either choose one or two types for your basing scheme or pick up the set and have a huge amount of control over how you bases are textured. The grasses will add another layer of interest and texture to the bases, it’ll be really interesting to see how people use the black Chaos Wasteland version in future. We appreciate these coming in durable containers, as we’ve purchased sands and grasses from hobby stores in the past which have come in non-resealable plastic bags. We also threw the Battle Dice into this review since they come in the same container, these will be handy when we need different coloured dice to track a different weapon or attack in-game. If you’d like to see the rest of Kromlech’s new range of modelling and basing tools/materials, head over to bitsofwar.com