I like my movement trays to serve two purposes:
1. Accentuate the basing scheme and/or theme of the army. For example, my Chicago GT, Khorne Demon army was about blood and an over the top demonic like pits of hell thing. The basing needed to emphasize that for the bloodletters and other models. So I even extended that further to the movement trays. Painting internals of the tray to match the bloody pattern.
Another example, the VC Bashin' Orcs, the theme is beating up skeletons and zombies. I try to add to the detail of the army by doing this.
2. Have width to protect the miniatures (It seems there is always a game in a tourney, whether intentionally or unintentionally where your opponent slams his all metal unit into yours. When you spend lots of time on conversion and paint work, you do not want this to happen, especially to your crazy front rank conversions.)
In this particular tutorial, I'm building the movement trays for my Warriors of Chaos army. This is an army that I started several years ago. So now that I'm expanding this army, I am going to build the trays very similar to what I did in the past, ie. the one pictured below.
The main materials:
The next picture is the underside of the tray. Here you can see the randomness with the Apoxie sculp exposed in areas adjacent to the plastic. When I built this tray, I actually first built the tray and then drilled some wire into the plastic styrene strips on the edges of the tray. The wires are what hold the apoxie sculp in place, similar to the reinforcing steel in concrete. That's a very time consuming and somewhat tedious way to construct the tray.
In the next post, I will begin walking through my new way of constructing the trays, but keeping a similar look as we build movement trays for my two Chaos Knights units.