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Now I've finally got to painting my Blood Angels and after sorting out the colour scheme etc I'm now having trouble with the basing... I'm wanting my BA's to be true to fluff as much as possible, this has flowed through the whole paint scheme... including the bases..
Now being that Baal is a red desert planet, I thought a simple red desert would be a good representation of who they are...
In making this I've found the base to look rather boring... so I come asking for your advice..
So my questions.
1. How have you based your BA's?
2. Has anyone else tried this?
3. How would you paint a red desert?
Thanks in advance.
I base my Blood Angels with the normal grave yard earth up to bleached bone base with static grass flock. The main reason I do this is that the red of the marines looks good against green of the flock. Some of my guys also are based on rubble black brought up to codex grey. This is mostly assault marines to look like they are jumping into fortified positions (even though in the game I wouldn't do that).
Remember marines seldom are defending thier planet, they attack. Thier bases will seldom match thier homeworld. Also you don't want you models to blend in you want them to stand out and look great
If you build a man a fire he will be warm for a night. If you set a man on fire he will be warm the rest of his life.
I have about 3500 pts of Blood Angels and i usually base them with gravel that i get off the side of the road. Then i paint the sides of the bases vermin brown. The brown and red complement each other and they look great when arrayed together.
This reasoning is sound, but I prefer it a model's base does match their homeworld. An Iron Fist with a metallic base or a Space Wolf based in snow reinforces the fluff associated with the army and makes the entire model flow as well as lending to the overall feel of the army.Remember marines seldom are defending thier planet, they attack. Thier bases will seldom match thier homeworld. Also you don't want you models to blend in you want them to stand out and look great
As for the topic at hand, could you post pictures of your current bases Luke? I really like the idea of red sandy bases, but as mentioned it has to be just the right shade to not clash with the red of the armor. I would think a mixture of red and dark brown would look swell. I think the trick would be to mix the colors in a way that they have a natural layered look.
A decent size rock here or there will help a lot with the monotony.
Yeah, I see that any race could be on any planet... so I figure I may as well represent my home planet.
Here is a couple of pics of how they are looking so far. First image showing the direction of the painting scheme (base not painted up to the second image) and the second image showing the base scheme so far.
Was also thinking about looking at getting some red sand dust stuff from a model shop..
They actually look pretty cool. The whole red sand thing works with them.
I agree with most the guys here, the edge of the base should be a darkish brown.
Try maybe: 1/4 brown and 3/4 red. My mate does that.
They do look good as is, but for my money I would go with something a little browner. This is what comes to mind when I think of red desert:
I think that the base needs to stand out a bit more from the armor of the model.
What material is that you've used? I would either buy some really fine sand or preferably gather some outside. Needs to be as fine as you can get it I would think for the base, then on top of that layer add in a few larger larger particles for rocks.
Yeah that pic good.. maybe redder... like this
though you could go as far as...
I think I'll go look at the options at the store today and get back to you all. Fine sand would look quite good and down right should look different.
What I've used so far is green stuff (creating groove crests) and GW modelling sand with out rocks... I think i'll add helmets , skulls and rocks to chop it up..
Brown around the edges?.. I'll try it...
Last edited by Lord Lucias; March 1st, 2008 at 20:58.
Normally to do the base I PVA stick on the sand then 80/50 water PVA it all once set... is this the way everyone else does it?