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I'm about finished painting part of my Gk army (750pts out of 2500pts.. ARGH!!! )
Anyways i've decided to base them on tiles, a some what regal idea of the administratum buildings cracking up under the weight of the realm of chaos.
So basically tiled floor cracked and destroyed with lava or red ashened ground showing through.
Any ideas? I've been told by GW that the best way would be green stuff, but that seems like a costly practise, another thought was some kind of card or paper.
Any help is appreciated
Around here there's lots of houses or businesses being remodeled and built, occasionally you can find piles of those old square or hex floor tiles that around the size of a base. I've used them to make scenery before, and nothing is more fun than shaping them to look ruined, cause you get to use a hammer
Plasticard would serve your purpose well. Cut it into squares the size you wish your tiles to be. Then arrange the plasicard squares on your bases. You can further cut these tiles to simulate cracks and the like and use GS/pollyfilla/plaster to model the shape of the ground underneath. Plasticard can be bought in a variety of thicknesses, so you can tailor the size or your tiles quite precisely.
GS could easily be used to simulate lava flowing through cracks in the tiles. Rubble and other urban terrain could be represented with grit, small bits of slate, sand and use of the GW urban terrain plastics used in cityfight.
Hope this helps buddy.
I'm doing something similar with my eldar. What i've done is this:
1) get some foamcore (foamboard) and cut it to a roughly base sized piece.
2) peel off the paper from the foamboard, making sure that there's no other glue remaining on the actual foam. A NOTE: I've found that different brands of foam board are better /worse for this. The one i ended up using is black, and the paper comes off cleanly. Make sure you don't buy too much before you do this test.
3) with a nail / file / pen lightly score the foam so that you have your "grout" lines.
4) spray or paint a thin coat of watered down white (PVA) glue so that you fill in the holes in the foam.
5) decorate as you would otherwise. Stuff i've added was the vertical part of the wall, gravel, rubble, etc.
6) make sure you put some long pins into the feet of your models, drill THROUGH the foam and the base. glue the models to the base by bending the pins at 90deg in th bottom of the base and gluing the pin to the base. If you try and glue the model directly to the foam it'll peal off and destroy your base
Hope this helps. Remember to seal all the foam with PVA glue before priming!!
Thanks for the replies...
Well I think the actual tiles would be hard to come across around here and maybe a pain in the donkey...
As for the plasticard.. well a friend had told me to do that also and so far I think its the best way to do it.
My main issue is that all my characters are painted and glued to their base and i'm afraid that removing the base will wreck havoc on my men... but i guess it may be the only way around it... I also like the idea of green stuffing for lava effect etc..
As for the foam board, i'm thinking that also maybe a bit big, though i'd like to use some walls etc on a few random models.. it would set the mood a bit more...
I suppose now the question is how do you paint an effective tile pattern or colour..
A part of me just wants to flock it and get it over with :cry: BUT we must soldier on
If you have difficulty removing the men from their bases then don't fret. Grab yourself a knife and cut around the feet of your models, so that they come away with an extra layer of base on the soles of their feet. This does wreck the base, but thats far better than damaging the models IMO. You can then use a file to remove the bits of base left on the feet of the models and voila - good as new.
Resist the urge to just flock - your bases will look very cool if you spend a little time on them and will really add to the models. Good luck with whatever you do, post some pictures when you're finsihed.
hum you say you wanthum sorry buddy upper managment scared the gods chaos away.... administratum buildings cracking up under the weight of the realm of chaos.
If you do things right people wont be sure if you have done anything at all.