Just wondering how many of you out there care one way or another what kind of base your miniature comes on. The reason why I ask is that I still see comments on forums and blogs where folks express a dislike for slotta-base minis. "Too bad it's slotta-based" is a similar refrain, and I'm not entirely sure if that's because those people don't like basing their miniatures, or what?
To be fair, I used to not consider slotta-base minis as a collecting option. Looking back, the reason was simple: I did not know HOW to base them! I was used to simply splashing some paint onto the Ral Partha or Grenadier or Heritage mini base and that was that. But slotta-base? Umm, there would be an ugly gap in the base of the mini, and since it wasn't textured, it would look...fake? Plain? I don't know. Years later, the "secret" of basing came to my attention, and it was something like "Oh, so THAT'S how you base a slotta-base mini!"
Now it's hard for me to NOT do extra basing work on whatever project I'm working on. At first, I simply glued the fixed-based mini (like the many Reaper DHL models I have) to the top of a spare plastic base, and then used spackle to blend in the terrain with the base. You know, so it didn't look like a mini glued to the top of a spare base.
But wait, there's more? You mean I can buy a base with edges higher than the bottom? Oh, so now I can glue the mini to the bottom of the base and use the spackle to level off the base, and everything is neat and tidy? Damn, what will these kids think of next, pre-formed custom bases so I can create my own little dioramas?
This year, I think I will have to go ahead and take a mini, hack the base off of it, and pin it to one of them there fancy new-fangled bases. I'll be sure to add that to the To-Do list, and hope to share the results down the road.
Now, if I see a mini I like, I'll add it to my collection regardless of what kind of base it comes with (or what scale it is, but that's another entry for another time). I mean, it would be a shame to pass up a perfectly good Remorhaz...I mean, Frost Wyrm or Erekose simply because they were slotta-based. Which reminds me, I still need to pick up the Frost Wyrm and paint up my Erekose sometime this year.