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I need some help with basing. For my first army i just used the plain old green edges with flock. But i wasnt pleased with the result. Now that i have started a 2nd army i would like to put a bit more time into the basing, ive decided to the current GW technique of small grey/white rocks and a bit of static grass, with bestial brown edges.
The only thing i cant quiet figure out is what colour you paint under the top part of the base!?.. do you leave it black and just use the PVA glue, grass/rocks. Or do you paint it brown (or some other colour) first then add those things?
Also, Ive been told that the way to use static grass is: put your PVA glue on, sprinkle static grass in clusters. covering about 1/3 of the base. then hold the model and blow the grass upwards for it to stand up. If that is wrong then please correct it.
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Well, the grass is to your personal preference of course. As far as the base color, just leave it bare plastic. Maybe even rough it up a bit with a file or some sandpaper so the glue will stick better. After you get all the texture glued on there (not the grass) prime it, then paint it. Theres a sticky with a bunch of different cool bases, some how to make, some you can buy.
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For a good, realistic grass base, I paint it a dark green first, then I "paint" on my glue. I have a container for my static grass, which I place my mini into. Then, I place the flock about 5mm high onto the glued area. Now, my secret, I rolll the grass. Take a round file, or a small brass rod (or whatever is round) and I roll it over the grass, applying moderate pressure. Then I gently blow off the excess and roll it again. If there is any missing, I just repeat the process. If you roll it good, it just "stands" up! Works like magic and the grass stays in the glue alot better.
When you build you minature base it with sand (BEFORE YOU PRIME YOUR MODEL)
Paint it Scorched Brown. paint the edges Scorched Brown too.
Then heavily drybrush the sand with Beastial Brown. Paint the edges Beastial also.
Then lightly drybrush the sand with Bleached Bone.
Paint your rocks a Codex Grey/Chaos Black Mixture (This step is optional)
Then paint the rocks Codex Grey.
Then Highlight the edges Fortress Grey.
Wait for the rest of your base/mini to dry completly.
Put small amouts of PVA glue in little dots, and then sprinkle static grass on.
(NEVER try to blow the extra static grass off, i tried this and the grass then flatens and then doesnt have a appealing look. Insted of blowing the grass of try shaking the excess grass off.)
This is how they do it at my GW, and this is how i do it. At my GW store the staff actualy paint well and put time and effort into their work, with a smile. :yes:
I have said it before and I will say it again. Basing is something that is only limited by your imagination. You can use any number of objects to get any number of designs. I have used cork tiles, sprue bits, small gears, plasticard, sand, various flocking gels, flock, copper mesh, etc. etc. etc. to make bases ranging from dirt, grass, urban rubble, swamp, etc.
The key is to think of the base as a part of the model and assemble and test fit it before painting. Prime and paint it just as you would the rest of the figure. This will give a more unifying look to the figure as a whole.
As for the static grass - I personally use zap-a-gap for the grass but PVA glue should work. I do indeed blow on it gently from slightly below the model and turn it as I am blowing. this gets the grass to better spread out in a more natural look. If it gets to flat you can always add more to fill it out.
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Thanks guys, that's all i needed to know.
The third explanations sounds about right to me
although i will have to add slighty more grass & rocks if its going over sand, because i dont want them to have a 'desert' look, Just a neutral grass/plain/field look. One that will blend in nicely with most battle-fields, & still look nice without grabbing too much attention (good or bad) I think the sand/grass/rock/dirt with brown edges will acheive that :yes: .
I hate doing specific base types like desert or snow etc,. you can end up with an army marching around a desert with snow at their feet lol.. I wouldnt do those types unless i was making my own battlefield to match the base type & vice versa.
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I typicaly do my bases to reflect the temperament of the army as well as to be used on most types of gaming tables.
Method as follows:
Another layer of watered-down PVA to strengthen the bond
brown ink on the sand
drybrush bestial brown
drybrush bleached bone
patches of PVA
static grass (and yes, blow on your model, or put it upside down and tap it to remove excess glue)
I sometimes add a bit of flesh wash on the grass to make it look mudier
I paint the edge of the base scorched brown (but snot green or bestial brown give nice effects too)
If you do this for all your models, it does not take too long, looks very good, and can be used on most tables.
Meh the technique i use is probally the most neutral style of bases.Originally Posted by DA_recruit
A) If your fighting in a city, you can argue that your models are standing where the concreate was blown away.
Fighting on a snow table you can argue that your models are stading on a small area where the snow has melted.
C) Fighting in a desert you can say that the grass is a desert plant of some sort.
D) Fighting in a grassland, well you that there are muddy areas in the grass.
E) Fighting in the woods, well this is probaly the most suited look for this basing technique.
But again i just want to say you cna fight on any table and it wont look out of place!