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For my friends birthday, I'm getting/painting the khorne lord on Juggernaut that came along with the new warriors of chaos army book. I feel that the base has got a tad bit too much negative space on it, and want to add cracks onto it somewhat like the one on archaon's base, albeit much more shallow. Any help on techniques?
A good way to get cracks on a base is to use cork board. You cut out the cork slightly smaller than the base. Then you cut or pull apart the cork, this gives you the crack or cracks if you divide it again. If you pull it apart you get much more rough edges, I do it that way most often. Afther that I cut down the out edges the the cork that border the base edge because the cork is flat and I like a more interesting looking shape on the bases, but it looks good flat as well.
Another way is to use foamboard or plasticard, and cut out your cracks & continents. This works especially well for lava bases.
Another option is to take something like archaon's base, or the base from a warwalker / dreadnought in 40k and make greenstuff stamps of the cracks. Just put some water on, press a blob of greenstuff to the crack, pull it off and let cure.
Then put a thin layer of greenstuff on the new fig's base and use those stamps to make cracks in it. Nice and reusable for basing the bulk of an army if you want.
I use that method for my eldar bases, so you can get an idea what it looks like:
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