Tuesday, November 27, 2012

How to make simple bases

A short time ago, a member of the Bugman's Brewery forum asked me how I do my bases... the answer to this question gives me the perfect opportunity to write a post without showing any dwarf.

Basically, I glue small pieces of cork to make the stones on which my models stand, and I cover the remaining plastic with thickening medium to add some relief to the base.Once the medium has hardened, I use an old brush to apply water-diluted PVA glue on the places where moss or grass is supposed to grow and I sprinkle the whole base with fine sand.


When the glue has dried, I basecoat the base with Chaos black... and the painting job can start! For the rocks, I apply a base of dark grey, such as GW Adeptus Battlegrey. For the ground, I use dark brown, like Vallejo Chocolate Brown and for the grass, Vallejo German Cam. Dark Green.

I then drybrush the stones with lighter and lighter colours (Codex Grey, Fortress Grey and Bleached Bone) and paint the sand with different tones of green. Et voilà ! Two bases (rather) quickly done.

6 comments:

  1. I have wanted to ask you for YEARS how you do your bases - thanks for all this!

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    1. Well, next time, don't hesitate to ask: this could inspire me for a post.

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  2. Excellent! I am going to follow this tutorial for some miniatures in the future. Been looking to do something different with my bases for a while now. Now to pop open a few bottles of wine to steal the corks. (What do you mean you can buy cork? Don't be silly!)

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    1. The wine has its pros and cons: pros, it's good. cons: it's difficult to get a flat surface to glue your models on! You'd better buy a board of cork... (and of course a few bottles of wine ^_^)

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  3. I like your bases, thank you for showing us how you have done yours.

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