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    This tutorial is for how to make very simple, very easy, very cheap movement trays for your Battle for Skull Pass set!I got Skull Pass just before christmas, and is my first foray into Miniatures. This is also my first tutorial, and I hope it helps some people out (sorry about the awful images, camera was still in macro mode for most of the pics!)Stuff you need:
    1) Sprues, you should have these left over from your BFSP set after removing the figures!2) Cardboard, suitable stuff would be like from a shoe box. The good thing about shoe box card is one side is nice and smooth.3) Stanley Knife, or a sharp hobby knife or even scissors!4) Side cutters.5) File, not hugely neccessary, but helps a bit.6) Ruler with CM and/or MM7) Super Glue8) PVA Glue9) Crappy Brush10) Piece of A4 paper with a nice 90 degree corner11) A Pen12) Gravel/Sand/Static Grass - Only really need this if you did this to your mini's too!13) Primer, preferably spray on14) Selection of paints, the same as the ones used to do your minis would be best.*note: Hobnobs are optional, and will not be used in this tutorial.Let's begin!First we need to measure the base, this one is for a group of 20 Goblin Archers. Each base is almost 2cm, or 20mm square. This group of gobbos lines up in a 10x2 row. We also need to allow an extra 1cm or 10mm on each side of our group for the raised part (sprue) to go!(note: the bases are not exactly 20mm, so with a squad like this with 10 figs in a row, we'll have about 4/5mm extra space on the long side. It's up to you if you want to compensate for this, but get it too small, and they won't all fit!)On the card measure a nice rectangle of the dimensions 21cm x 5cm. Probably best to do it on the rough side, so we don't ruin the smooth side. To do this with good corners is easy. Draw a straight line a little over 21cm, then mark the start and end of 21cm on that line. Now place the corner of the A4 paper along this line, and make a mark along the corner. It is now easy to see where we need to line up the ruler to make a nice corner! Do this until you have your 21x5 rectangle. Or if you have one handy, use a protractor or a proper squared edge thingy.Place the card on something that won't matter if it gets ruined by knife marks (I used some thicker card underneath). Place your ruler along one of your edges then, using the Stanley Knife (or whichever knife like implement you got), cut out your base. Using a knife over scissors ensures you wont crease and fold your card, and that you get a nice straight cut. It is a good idea to hold the ruler steady with your other hand. Unfortunately I only have two hands, and one was needed for the camera in this pic :PNow grab your piece of Sprue and cutters. The bits we want are the outside edges of it. This is because the outside of the sprue is clear of bits sticking out, and will be great on the inside of our tray so our models go in nicely. Chop 4 lengths, one for each side of our tray. I cut them a little longer, so I can then cut them more accurately easier. Using the flat side of the cutters cut a nice flat edge on one end of the sprue, place it on your card, and then cut the other end the same, so it is a perfect fit!, do this with all 4 pieces, so they all fit just inside the edges of the card, next cut each end of the lenghts diagonally at 45 degrees, so when we place them on the card they line up with each other! Before gluing them down check that they fit on the card well and have no big sticky out bits from where we trimmed them down, and freed them from the rest of the sprue. You can either cut really closely with the cutters, or file them down (or both). Bear in mind we wont see these parts once we've added the sand, so it isn't vitally important.Next we'll need the superglue. (not sure if PVA will hold as well, I haven't tried it and have oodles of superglue handy. Also I wanted it to dry fast!) Glue the sprue to the card by adding glue to the underside of the sprue making sure to not forget a blob also on each of the diagonal corners. Apply a little pressure and hold the pieces in place for a few seconds while they bond. Try not to glue your fingers to the sprue, else it will be difficult to carry on with the rest of the tutorial.*This next step isn't really important, unless perhaps you are not adding sand or grass etc to the tray. I did it as I have some spare Green Stuff (A kind of modelling putty that you can get from Games Workshop). Just smooth the cracks in the corners over with some stuff. Remember when we add the sand later, these edges shouldn't be visable.Once the glue is dry we'll be adding the Sand, so get your piece of A4 paper and fold it in half (you'll see why later) unfold it so we have a nice crease down the middle, and lay it on your work area. Pop the pen onto the paper and lie your tray over the edge of the pen. This allows us to slop glue onto the edge whilst not covering the paper also. It also allows us to get the tray off the paper without knocking all the sand off with our clumsy hands.Using our crappy brush, apply glue to the outer edge and top of the sprue, then wipe away any glue that made its way underneath your tray or on the inside edge of the sprue. Now open your tub of sand, and tip it out all over the gluey area. Give a short while for it to dry a tad and let the sand stick to the glue (I'm impatient, and waited only 30sec or so) then lift up the tray not touching the sandy area, and tap any excess off onto the paper. Wipe off any sand that may have stuck underneath the tray, or on the inner edge. Use the unbristly tip of your gluebrush, or a finger will be good Pop the tray down on the side and take off the pen, you can now pick up the paper and using our crease, easily pour the sand back into the pot. (Yes, I am a genius)Repeat this for the remaining edges (this should be 3, unless you somehow created a triangle, or a ludicrous shape with more than 4 sides) On the long edges of the tray, you could have 2 goes at it, to make sure you have enough sand to go the whole edge. When the last edge is done, it's easy to lift the tray off the paper without touching the edges, by using the pen as a see-saw, so you can get underneath it to hold it.Now you have a really easy, really basic, really cheap movement tray for your troops! All thats left is to prime and paint it! Unfortunately it is 2am, so I'll leave the tutorial here, as you can just use the same painting method as you used on your minis bases!Hope someone can use this, thanks!
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