Good morning guys.
Firstly a little information on basing, I believe that some times yes basing can be overdone and take all the attention from the models themselves, the trick is to get the bases to complement the style/colours of the models placed on them. A basic, but different basing scheme is a great way to finish off an army, pulling it all together and adding to the overall feel. Sometimes the simpler is better, trying to keep to only one or two colours and only simple additions like tufts/flock and the odd rock. Many people go through through phases with basing, though most pick the easiest and quickest way to get a model finished. I remember when all I did was; PVA, sand, drybrush. Now I’m obsessed with “No Sanding Filler” and slate. In my opinion it’s best to experiment, but always make sure the model is part of the base and not just plonked on top of some resin bases you just bought on ebay, this can be achieved from weathering like mud splatter and dust. Obviously this doesn’t work when your painting a clean looking army marching over a sparkling marble floor. “Basically” it’s up to you what you do with your basing, it’s your hobby, but I advise trying new things out, experiment, you may find your next basing phase.
Since I started posting images of my work on Twitter and on certain blogs, I have been asked many a time on how I did my basing on my last project, so I have put together a quick tutorial on how I achieve my basing. These bases are for a Malifaux project I’m working on but there will be no model on these, but I am just using them as an example.
The first thing I did was go out in to the garden and pick out some appropriately sized chunks of slate.
I then apply “slap” “No sanding filler” to the base, any brand will work, I have used multiple in the past but I recommend you use the ready mixed stuff, where you just have to add a little water to make it malleable. While this is still wet I then push my basing items in to it and then clean off the sides with a wet finger. With some basing items, and depending on the model you may want to pin them to the base, but for what I was doing this was fine.
I always try to keeps the main colours very simple an in theme with the rest of the model, 90% I just use brown as a base colour, and then drybrush with lighter shades till I’m happy.
Any detailing you have added just paint as you would a normal model, with highlighting and shading etc, but if you are after something quick, drybrushing these items would do.
I always paint the edges with black, I don’t know why, I just feel like it gives the model a border. You can use the base colour as you used but I haven’t done this in a while. Then it’s time to add the finishing touches, the things that make the bases pop. I have used simple tufts and ivy to these bases to match others I have but you can literally add anything, flowers, leaves, just remember to keep it “basic”.
Hopefully this rough tutorial can help you in someway. Just remember there is more than just sand out there to put on your models.
Any question, critique or comments are more than welcome.
Thanks for reading.
Andy – @Praetoriian