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What does everyone else base their armies with?
i don't really want to use grass or snow flock as i think it doesn't really suit my scheme (mainly steel and gold).
i was thinking sand, but try and colour it red (im thinking of converting a Dragon- see my post in the 'Sleeping ones Wake up' thread, and it would be cool to have the mars army to tie in with that)
does anyone know how i might colour the sand red? i can't really spray the sand once it is on the base, due to the model being there first, but i was thinking of using red food colouring and water in a big tub of sand, and the evaporating off the water, leaving just some reddish sand. it doesn't need to be coloured much.
obviously i wouldn't buy sand from GW. Â£2.50 for a pot of SAND? It's as common as muck. literally.
so, yes, what do you base your army with, how do you base it, how can i base mine etc. etc. etc.
You can try model train stores. They have flock in all shapes, sizes, and colors I once found Shag flock for dollhouses. Imagine your Necron hordes marching to flay their enemies over thick 70's Shag carpeting. Replace the Power Matrix on your Lith with a Disco ball and they'd be all set.
Seriously though, aside from train and dollhouse hobby stores, you could try painting the flock after you put it on the model, just be very careful when painting around the feet. I find watering down the paint and using multiple layers works best.
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With stuff like sand, when painting it, don't worry if you get a bit of paint on the feet. When walking through dirt, you're going to get a bit on your feet if you're bare-foot.
Coarse sandy material glued with PVA.
Paint it dark brown.
Drybrush graveyard earth (heavy)
Drybrush Bleached Bone (light)
Add Static grass in patches.]
Personally I use rubble to give my models a city fighting motif. With the occasional dead grass. All of which is available at any model train store. I add trophies/dead bodies/skulls on the base of course. :cool:
i use sand and static grass
Why dont you just get some red sand from a builders merchants?
I was thinking about basing some 40k minis with concrete..cast a thin layer of concrete in the shape of the base, stick it down when its set and then stick the mini on it, you could then shade and ink it, give it pothoiles etc...i was thinking of a battle scarred city scape type surface- not sure how it would look though
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I like to paint first with scorched brown, then after a light coat of PVA glue, apply modelling sand. I then use tufts of statis grass to break it up. Works great!
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As for GW sand - it might be more expensive than going out in your yard and getting dirt - but you will get a nice consistent quality. You probably don't want to use dirt anyway but rather sand. The nice thing about the GW sand as opposed to say woodland scenics or other model railroad stuff is that they have different sized sand mixed in that adds a nice variety. Also a tub of their sand will last you forever. You can easily do several armies and not run out.
At any rate - back to your topic: I would recommend against red food coloring, ink, etc. for a mars surface. It will be too red. I would look more for rust colors. a reddish orange mixed with brown.
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For my bases I use sand, it is GW brought sand but it does well enough. My Space Marines have it done grey, a recent model was grey too but with static grass. Its very simple to get a good look, and sometime its the simple things that makes a model.
As to your base, I'd say sand and possibly Terracotta with a lighter drybrush of maybe a mix of Terracotta and Dark Flesh? I dunno.
Myself, I use dried paint pigments, sticks of which I purchased a year or two back, ground to appropriate grain (might vary depending on intended effect) and then painted. Works well for me.