Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Cobble Bases

 Not a model but this is related to a current project. So I thought you might be interested in my first attempt at green stuff bases. It all started because I found myself with a set of bases, like the one to the right, intended for models that where not on a stand designed to fit in the slot. I am really irked when I see finished models with what can only be described as an unnatural hole at their feet.

 So I wanted to do something about it. I had read a few things about green stuff bases, but mostly using molds or a stamp, I had neither. So I started by making up some green stuff and laying it out flat on the base as seen here.
Next I took a sculpting tool and made several marks, I wanted it to look like caked mud when it was painted.

I found that they needed a little more texture so I took some heavy grit sand paper and just pressed it against the green stuff to make it look a bit rougher. This worked great with the first two but some of the paper stuck to the third and I found myself picking pieces of sand paper off (annoying and I had to refresh some of the sculpting).

I am going to paint them Mournfang Brown and hit them with a couple of coats of Agrax Earthshade wash to get down in the crevices.

Finally here it is after the first coat of brown. Some green is showing through so I will need to do a little more work.

So far I like the result and find it preferable to having my model straddling a gap in the ground. Just tempting dwellers below to come get him.

If any of you have done something similar in the past I would love any pointers you may have. I have a whole bag of 20 mm space marines bases that have this issue.

Next time I will include a list of my current projects and some general pictures of stuff I have been working on.