SUPPLY LIST: Building a Custom Base For Your Mini

Written by on November 27, 2019

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Welcome to the fifth miniature painting supply list for Mini Primetime, hosted by the incredibly-wealthy and wildly-philanthropic Will Friedle.

This episode features Laura Bailey learning how to craft custom bases using supplies you can find at your local craft store. Check out the video below to learn how to craft the custom bases of your dreams.

To paint your own Jester miniature like Ian Phillips of Iron Tusk Miniature Painting and to craft your base, you’ll need the following supplies. You can pick up your own Mighty Nein miniature set, which includes Jester, right now at or wherever Steamforged minis are sold.

And now, on to Ian’s suggested supply list!


Use your own judgement as to which brush will fit your needs. Everyone approaches mini painting differently. Ian suggests the Wargames Mega Brush set as they offer a wide variety of brushes (pretty much everything you’d need) in one set.

However, if you need a more affordable option, just make sure you have a brush for dry-brushing, a brush for detail work, and a brush for highlights.

Be sure to use brushes you’re prepared to throw away after working on your base, as they are likely to get ruined while working with the glue.


Mini painting handles are far from necessary for your mini painting needs, though some painters do find painting with them makes the hobby easier. Like almost everything involving mini painting, this is very much up to what works for you. Before purchasing one, it may be a good idea to visit your local hobby store and try one out before you buy one.

However, if you want to use the exact same mini painting handles as Ian and Will, they use either the Hobby Holder or the Citadel Painting handle.


Laura and Will used a variety of DIY crafting supplies for their custom bases, most of which can be found at your local hobby store. Let your imagination go wild here!

The sands, mosses, and rocks that we used came as part of the Army Painter Battlefield Base Set.











Though we have a lot of supplies listed here, we want to remind you to follow your art heart. The paints listed above are just the ones we used, but this is your mini, so use whatever paints you would like..

Next week’s episode will feature the one and only Matthew Mercer learning how to create skin tones, face details, and aging effects. He’ll be painting guest player Khary Payton’s character, Shakäste, our favorite suave-as-can-be cleric.

Thank you to our first time sponsor, Art Dads Art Pads, for their straightforward support of this episode. Remember, you can draw on ‘em.

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*This article was a collaboration with our dear friend and Mini Primetime writer, Matt Key.

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