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i have finished several orcs and goblins units but i don't know how to make a good base.
i don't want it to be simple like, "i'll just stick on the green stuff on it and im finished".
please help me....
I like to use black as a primer, and start off with a dark olive drab base color. I gradually lighten it to about camo green lightness. I don't like very bright colored orcs. Often I will use a thinned brown wash about half way through painting the lighter coats just to give it a more brown look.
However, If I want to paint them quickly, I prime them white. Then I use very thinned paints, almost like a stain. I paint one color on the area and let it flow into the deep areas to give instant shading. I use a green-brown paint wash to stain the skin, and various browns for most everything else. Then I paint a couple of details. Not quite as good as those painted up, but MUCH quicker. And for hordes of Orcs, quick is good.
Washed from white:
im kinda tallking about the base, not the orc himself....
I just realized that. I have no idea why 'base coat' was stuck in my head. :blink:
Maybe this is more help. I usually use a one part putty, like squadron green, testors, etc, to texture the base a little when I put the mini together. If there are any slotta bases, I also fill the slot with this putty, its a lot easier to work with than two part epoxy putty (green stuff). It squeezes out like toothpaste and there's no mixing involved.
Then, before I prime the mini, I glue on some small gravel or rocks. I use coarse sand for the gravel, and clay cat litter for small rocks. Sometimes I will also glue on larger features, such as a bolter pressed into the mud, a piece of torn metal, rubble, etc. I get those from the leftovers in my bitz box. Exactly what I use depends on the setting for the army, urban rubble, waste land, etc. At this point I don't put any flock on the base.
Then I prime the mini and the base. You'll eventually paint all the items you add to the base. Leaving rocks and wook natural colors doesn't work becasue the scale of the colors are off and they don't look right next to a miniature. You can add slabs of 'stone' of other large features, and use those to pose you figure on them.
Then I paint the mini and finally the base. After the painting is done I add small amounts of flock or static grass, and sometimes a bit of tall grass or lichen for plants. When the glue is dry I spray the whole mini with one more coat of Testor's matt sealer.
i think im gonna stick a lot of stones on the bases, like they are living in the mountens.
Here's the simple way:
1) Brush on a thin coat of PVA glue on the base
2) Dip into small container of sand, covering whole base.
3) Let stand for 5 minutes and then remove and tap the base over the container to knock off the loose sand
4) Paint on a little bit (it takes just a few drops per base) of a 50/50 water/PVA mixture (add a drop or two of dishwashing soap into the mixture).
5) Let stand overnight.
6) Paint base color and sides of base the same shade
7) Let stand overnight and then drybrush with two lighter shades of base color.
I use playground or acquarium sand, adding in a bit of tiny gravel for stones.
You can add more details but for tabletop armies I use simple bases for my troops b/c there are too many models to spend that much time on each base. Highlighting makes for very good looking, fast, simple bases.
As for colors: I like to choose a color that contrasts the figures well. For my orks (40k) I use a dark earth color, usually highlighted with snakebite leather and bleached bone.
One other tip: I suggest you flock and paint the base before you paint the character; it makes painting the boots IMO easier since you don't have to worry about getting glue & ground color on your finished model.
That is some of the most expierienced painting I have seen in ages, I mean Jesus, you must have alot of spare time! Those are stunning!
I usually use brown on my bases, and if I wish to convert their bases I use real rock. One time I actually found a big enough rock for a guy and stuck him on it, looks pretty impressive, well LOOKED. . .
Now I find it broken up into many pieces.
*stand up and claps* Varey varey nice models.