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Has anybody got any ideas for how I could base my tyranids?
First, I'd say that you're not finished painting. Go over those claws/blades with some bleached bone, and put some gryphonne sepia wash over that.
Second, the base already has a good texture, I'd just paint it. You could go for a dark gray or dark brown, then drybrush a lighter shade of the same color over it and call it a day.
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As already stated it looks like you already created your base. It is usually best to design and create the base while you are still in the assembly phase of creating the miniature. Once you start painting a figure that is already glued down and textured - whatever you add tends to look added to the figure rather than a part of it. Not to mention it is much harder to get everything situated and looking "natural".
If it isn't too difficult you may be able to remove the figure from the base and "re-do" the base.
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Thanks for the feedback about the painting, I will give the suggestions a go. As for the basing I think I will stick with the sand I just wanted some input from people about which theme to go for with the base ie. desert, urban etc. I'd like to know what people think would go with the colour scheme I've got, if not I will probably go with the standard brown with lighter drybrushing, with a few patches of static grass.
I found a cool way to do 'snow', i use this on my nids because it contrasts well with my red & black scheme.
To do snow, first i get some G.W snow flock and some gloss varniish. I smear the varnish onto the base, then i pour snow flock over this. I then use a old brush to smear varnish over this and then pour more snow flock on this. It gives a nice snow & ice effect which is what snow looks like after people have walked on it and it's re frozen. And plus you can do a whole army with this for thhe price of a pot of flock and a pot of varnish. I used the same pots on two armies annd and i got loads left. And you can do this once the model is complete so no smashing the base off to re start it. And you can paint the rims grave yard earth, this is what i do and the G.W eavy metal team, it helps the model look nice on any kind of board.
This may be helpful.
Modelling: Bases for little plastic men | Games Workshop
Last edited by Chubby_Jedi; June 23rd, 2010 at 22:35.
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You are right about using the static grass, it tends to make the base look much better. Without it I find my own bases may appear rather blank with just sand/gravel.
You can try to add a little bit of green stuff to the base before you apply sand to it. Just a small amount smoothed down will help to make the ground the bug is on look more real because the when the sand goes over it the base looks bumpy. It's also a good thing to do with any leftover green stuff you have after modelling so it doesn't go to waste.
I like the sound of the snow/ice bases, have you got any pictures?