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I'm seeking ideas for basing my Orks. You know, which colour to paint the base and whether to use sand/grass/gravel etc, so I'm interested to see what you guys have used. Any tips to give me? ^^
Pics more than welcome.
I say use gravel, and I use graveyard earth for my bases, but thats just me.
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I painted mine kommando khaki (I think...) and used beach sand. Super cheap and very unique looking, if I do say so myself.
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it depends on a number of things really
- how much do time / effort do you want to spend per model? Horde armies generally are less effort because there's so many!
- what colours are on the models and are they brighter or darker models?
- do you have a theme that you want to use?
- have you already started painting models before thinking about basing?
- What materials do you have available to you and/or are you willing to acquire more?
without these defined there are literally hundreds of ways to base models. I personally prefer to decide how to base before finishing modeling, because that often affects how things are modelled.
for Instance if I plan to use sand then have a layer of flock, grass, snow etc on top, i often put spacers under the models feet (1mm Plasticard is perfect) so that when I apply the basing materials (sand before painting, flock after) the model still looks like he's standing on the grounds, rather than in it.
If you want to spend money, you can actually buy sculpted bases in many styles, such as from Back to Base-Ix or Iron Halo that look really groovy.
Another cool idea is to create tiled bases using tiled styrene that you cut and glue down, but again you need to do that before attaching models to bases...
I'm a bit of a maniac, but I think bases really enhance a model's appearance, and I like to make them versatile, as I play on many different tables.
here it goes:
sand the base
Let it dry, then add white glue diluted with water and dish washing liquid to solidify it
black ink it
dry brush graveyeard earth
dry brush bleached bone
add static grass in patches
brush grass with brown ink
paint the side with scorched brown.
That base will look fine just about everywhere: on green tables, urban tables, desert tables, tundra tables, jungle tables.
Done in large batches, it is not that much work either. Here are some examples:
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I used elmer's glue and a mixture of sand and small gravel, which worked fine, but has tended to flake a bit. I think watering down the glue is a good idea, and you should also keep the the gravel small. Painting the base the color of the material you're gluing on will also help.
I've seen AKM's work in person, and it's definitely some of the best work I've seen.
By the way AKM, what do you mean by 'sand it'? With sand paper? I also noticed that the bases have a gravel-like texture, but you didn't mention adding any. Did the glue just take on that texture when solidifying, or did I miss a step?
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I run a Stalingrad theme. Black edges, gray rubble/stones with snowy patches of artificial snow. Looks cool and the white contrasts nicely with the ork skin.
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AKM, that looks really effective. Might have to steal that idea. ^_^
If you use colors on the side of the bases (instead of brown) for each 30's (12's or whatever size you use for your boys), you can identify your squads of boys easily. I usually use squads of 30, which means that I have 2 groups (blue and red) of 1 nob, 29 sluggas, 3 BSs and 3 rokkits, and have 2 squads of 1 nob, 29 sluggas and 3 BSs (orange and green), as I tend to use BSs more often than rokkits. Same for shootas.
Alright, AKM, have had a go at what you suggested and am pretty pleased with the outcome. It's by no means perfect, but tabletop quality in my book. Not having based anything in well over a year, I'm hoping they will improve with practise. I like the look though.
Thought I'd share a snap in return for your help.