Lava Bases

Concept pieces for a new line of lava bases. A friend of mine is building a new demon army and is looking for a set of custom bases to highlight the force. His design calls for solid rock over glowing lava cracks – sort of like the thumb nail to the left. After creating a pair of bases matching the design, I threw together two other ideas just to see what else I could come up with.

The first two bases are made using Apoxie Sculpt. The material is inexpensive, but continues to display deficiencies when sculpting fine detail. The lava channels in base #1 are shallow due to the loss of flexibility in the epoxie after about 10 minutes of working time. Surface texture is from a piece of concrete. Base #2 is all “cold lava” with no channels for hot lava. Texture is from a bit of resin rubble.

Base #3 is made with Procreate. This epoxie has none of the rubberyness of green stuff and takes detail very well. The same concrete rock is used to apply the texture, but this time the detail is much more complete and deeper. Base #4 is a complete departure from the design request. This base uses floor tile to create free floating flagstone in a pool of lava made from basing paste.


  1. #1 by RonSaikowski on May 4, 2008 - 8:33 am

    Very nice.

    I like the different concepts and explanations.
    I like number three personally for the closest match to the pic but number four looks like something I would use for an independent character that way I could get some lighting from the underside to create some cool effects.

  2. #2 by Tim Mayer on May 5, 2008 - 8:22 pm

    Always good to see ProCreate in use!

  3. #3 by Hugh on August 1, 2021 - 6:15 am

    How is the base glowing , please don’t say it’s just paint hi lights ! Because it really looks like the light from each lava flow is reflect ing of the table? If not a light under the base then how is the light of lava flows reflecting on the table?

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