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Back before GW "improved" its Web sites, there used to be some great painting guides, including one that offered suggestions as to basecoat and highlight colors for painting flock for, say, "ash wastes," "woodland," etc. You know, the basic basing stuff. Well, now I can't find it, and I'm trying to find an equivalent. Does anyone know of another guide out there to painting bases? I'm looking for a guide to ALL different basing types, not an article on just snow bases, or only city ruins, etc.
Barring that, does anyone know a good way to paint gravel for a "ruined city" base? How about the dark dirt for "woodland?" Naturally, I'll glue static grass on that one afterward. I'm just thinking about the dirt part.
I mean, I can GUESS how to do it, but I'm curious how other have done it?
well heres what i would do:
charadon granite all over, drybrush lightly with codex grey, top off with a slight dusting of skull white. (or even rotting flesh if the mood strikes you for some mold.)
normal soil i'd flush the flock with chaos black, heavy drybrush with dark flesh, then a very light topping of graveyard earth.
stipple on something here and there to break the surface up a little around where you plan to put grass..
I'm partial to blazing/firey orange myself, makes the soil look a little iron-saturated/autumn-ey
p.s the skin-tones can be used to good effect and produce some really neat results.
Arachnid's suggestions sound solid. Bleached bone can often be a good highlight for ruin bases as well, as it is both bright and dirty at the same time, if you know what I mean.
Woodland? Base coat Scorched Brown, then drybrush Bestial Brown and Graveyard Earth.
Nevertheless, going to look for articles for you. If I find one, I'll share it in this thread.
oh man, I know what you're talking about. I had that page bookmard...so much for that!
What's even worse is that I followed one of the guides and made a base that I really like but...I forgot the recipe!
I mean I could experiment and waste time but if anyone happens to have those saved in some form, I'd gladly see those tutorials posted here or sent to me. I think I'm looking for some scorched ground or something like that, basically it was a brown ground.
well, here's one that's quick and very effective:
overbrush of calthan brown (leave a bit of the black in crevices)
drybrush Khemri brown.
*optional* Lighter drybrush of graveyard earth *optional*
Light drybrush of bleached bone.
your own natural looking soil.
This one is really pretty universal as varying the intensity of the steps can produce completely different results, everything from rocky steppes to arid desert to fresh plant-soil.
add in a layer of space wolves grey or rotting flesh or even blood red after the khemri layer and voila! alien soil!
ooh, and don't forget the washes.. they work here too, especially devlan mud, to make the base look like... uhhh... mud...
* the graveyard earth isn't really neccessary since khemri and it is almost alike.
p.s the secret is to keep it to a few steps and have a high contrast, or it'll turn out like sludge.
Last edited by arachnid; June 9th, 2009 at 20:19.