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My Tau armies fluff is that their from a Desert world, and I used a 50/50 mix of Scorcged brown and Vermin brown, but it looks to Dark for the base, any suggestions?
Try this out it is super easy and cheap as dirt. I usually wait unitl a lot of models are done and have been known to do up to 40 bases in two sittings of about 1.5 hours each.
Paint the bases with 50/50 water-Elmers white "school glue"
While still wet, dip base into Kitty Litter, or sand, or laundry powder. (combiniations of the above are most excellent to make Dessert appearance)
allow to dry (2-3 hours) and paint a heavy coat with Scorched Brown
Dry brush with Bronzed Flesh or Snakebight Leather.
Dry brush with Bleached bone.
If desired (optional) add a few drops of glue to strategic palces on the base, and dip base into light brown static grass, allow to dry and then dry brush a bit of Bleached Bone onto the static grass to make it look dry and dead, this will add varity to the bases.
This will give you a soft desserty look that not only has varied colours (like the real thing) but also has texture. Tips to remember, always keeps paints thin since two or three thin layers looks much better than one think layer. Allow bases to dry overnight prior to drybrush phase, and when drybrushing always use the least amount of paint and do repeated layers until you acheave the look desired.
Best of luck and if you want to view the final efffect contact me, I can send you pics.
I use desert bases too, and bestial brown and snakebite leather work fine for me!
should u do the bases after or before u put the model on?
I have muddy bases for my SM chapter. What i do is i put poly filler on the base, wait until it is hardened and then paint bestial brown. When that is dry give it a coat of flesh wash. I always do my bases after the model has been glued on. Mainly because i always glue my minis to their bases first, so it will give me something to hold when i am painting it. Secondly because i found that if you do the bases first and then glue the mini on to them the minis tend to break off the bases due to the fact that the sand for example was not stuck on well enough and thirdly when i am painting the mud, i find it gives a more relistic look if there is mud on the bottom of my SM legs.
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I did this wierd base only because i didn't have the right colors. I painted terracotta then overbrushed bleached bone. Simple, and it doesn't look too bad. Not sure how to describe it.
I'm also desert. I do it:
Graveyard Earth basecoat
Drybrush Desert Yellow
light drybrush Golden Yellow
That static grass/Bleached Bone combo sounds cool, I gotta try it sometime.
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