Making Sabot Bases
The main bit of my sabots are 80mm x 80mm laser cut bases from Warbases.co.uk . The slots into which I put the troops are built up from 3/32” balsa wood.
I use Polyfilla to build up the sabots.
then paint them using Dulux Tawny Crest 1 emulsion paint. This is much cheaper than any sort of acrylic paint and is available in sample pots from B&Q. (edited 28th April 2015 – B&Q have changed their paint supplier and no longer sell Dulux paint. It is still available at Homebase)
to texture the sabots I use Buff ballast from Woodland Scenics. First of all I glue on some fine grade ballast using PVA glue
Then I add rocky patches using a mix of medium and coarse grades
I paint the whole thing with a mixture of 1 part water, 1 part emulsion paint (as above) and 1 part PVA glue, then leave it all to dry out overnight.
The sabots are drybrushed with Citadel Bleached Bone, then White.
and I add summer mix static grass ( from Javis) and a few Silfor Tufts.
The finished sabots with troops in place.
An interesting take on sabot basing – I had not thought of using such a wide border around the minis. It would be useful for those minis with leveled spears…