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Chaos_Born

Master Necromancer
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Jan 17, 2012
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I have begun a series of how to paint guides much like the showcase of showing off your masterpieces this is to show off how you paint your undead. Do not be bashful feel free to share so we can catalog a good variety and mix of wonderful undead tutorials. Please leave the holy water and stakes at home. So I have Hijacked chaos Born's little thread.
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Santa



Hi, I'm thinking of getting back into painting my army so that I can take them to tournaments, and to qualify for entry they must be based.

Now I've never based a model before, and I was just wondering what kind of stuff people use; what sand type stuff people put on, what colours you use to paint them, what do you do for centerpiece model bases etc

Thanks in advance and please don't forget to post up pictures of your work:thumbsup:

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Scottnissen

Ghoul
Apr 22, 2012
105
Anaheim
RE: What do you do for bases?

I use elmers glue and a cheap brush to put it on with. I do it before prime the model so that it prime the sand to (as find sand as you can if.) then you drybrush scorched brown, a lighter brow (i like vermin brown) and finish with bleach bone. Put some elmers glue on some spots on the base and add static grass, and you're done.

I like to paint the time on my bases brown
 

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Santawraith

Master Liche
True Blood
Jun 6, 2010
7,453
Wyoming
RE: What do you do for bases?

Okay, I’ll teach you how I base my vampire counts. First lay down straight PVC glue. DO NOT GET IT ON THE MODEL. I can’t not stress that enouhht.

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Next is the sand.

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A few carefully controlled spots of PVC glue once the sand dries.
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And then the scorched grass. Please don’t dump it over the model. Dip the base into the static grass. Or Use a punch of grass and press it into the glue.

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From there you can add dried birch pods
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Or field grass
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Fancy foilages or fancy rocks. Or whatever else strikes your fancy.
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Now here is a question do you think we should do a full thread for how to do basing like my how to paint undead threads?

If so I can hijack this one for that reason.
 

Santawraith

Master Liche
True Blood
Jun 6, 2010
7,453
Wyoming
RE: What do you do for bases?

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And now the grass.
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The base on the terrorgheist looks too flat. :-/ I tried to prevent that by using three similar shades of grass. Maybe some cork boulders? Opinions anyone?
I know I’ll dry fit some boulders, and you can tell me which you feels looks better!

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Santawraith

Master Liche
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Jun 6, 2010
7,453
Wyoming
I gots some basing projects including your knights tonight I'll post how I do my Tomb Kngs or desert things
 

Santawraith

Master Liche
True Blood
Jun 6, 2010
7,453
Wyoming
basing sand

So gw changed there basing sand again

Screams

so if anyone rememebres the old stuff got any alternatives
 

Santawraith

Master Liche
True Blood
Jun 6, 2010
7,453
Wyoming
so I promised johnny this

I’ll be showing you how to do a desert themed basing this time. Start by painting the base Deneb stone.

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Using an old brush, or a cheap one, lay down an undiluted layer of Elmer’s glue or PVC glue.

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Dip the base into the sand. Don’t just pour the basing material over the mini.

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Pull it out after a moment, shake and lightly tap the base to free any excess sand. Let it dry several hours, or overnight before moving on.

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Alright. Now the bases are dry.

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The next step is to use the glue and the brush to add daubs of glue placed randomly. Don’t do too much, you’ll be doing this again after this layer of grass. I start with scorched grass.

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Let it dry again, then repeat, but using yellow grass now.

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SotF

Grave Guard
Dec 22, 2010
292
Ohio
RE: basing sand

Go to a hardware store and look at where they store their sand. They tend to have a lot of grades in containers you can buy. Most of the time, if you ask nicely you can fill up a small container, such as one of the plastic margarine containers, with the mix of it for free from the sand that spilled out. There's everything from playground sand, sandblaster sand, and "basing" sand (Meant for making brickwork flat and stable)

I get a ton of similar stuff including a small bucket of slate chips when a big bag of them broke open on them.

If nothing else, you can often get a decent sized amount as a "sample" to compare to what you already have from the sweepings of the area that will last quite some time.

And that's if you don't simply live near a beach or similar feature that has natural sand. Most often the natural sand tends to be a good mix as well.
 

Santawraith

Master Liche
True Blood
Jun 6, 2010
7,453
Wyoming
RE: basing sand

note for basing miniatures do not use hobby tack it is evil and never dries

on a side note if you use it I will stab you.

sincerely

Santa
 

desfer

Necromancer
Jun 13, 2010
801
Attiki, Atthens
RE: basing sand

well i prefer the free solution, hehe. I go to a beach and leave with a can full of sand :tongue: If you don't live near a beach then you can go to a pet store and buy some.
There are many companies that sell modelling sand, most of them are a lot cheaper than citadel's. Some good alternatives are:

The Army Painter's Battlefield Series
http://usshop.thearmypainter.com/products.php?ProductGroupId=3

Woodland Scenics
http://woodlandscenics.woodlandscenics.com/

Galeforce Nine Hobby Scenics essentials
http://www.flamesofwar.com/gf9online_store.aspx?CategoryID=13166
 

Santawraith

Master Liche
True Blood
Jun 6, 2010
7,453
Wyoming
RE: basing sand

I got a bag of playground sand 2.99 50lbs
And a bag of landscape sand 3.50 50lbs

I'm set with basing sand for life
 

Santawraith

Master Liche
True Blood
Jun 6, 2010
7,453
Wyoming
Not a problem son.
Made this snowman out of flock kinda with the method below
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Snowbasing
mix snow flock and strait elmer's glue(white school glue) or strait Pva into a paste

then sprinkle snow over top

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I am going to stress this I only use gw snow flock for this as I tried woodland scenic and they just don't react the same.

I will do a real tutorial in a few days or so. but this will get ya started.

you can also fallow my steps above and just add some snow paste this way too as melting snow for a spring or thawing look.

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Some I do it over the base too so to give it a nice Christmas feel.
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Chaos_Born

Master Necromancer
True Blood
Jan 17, 2012
2,053
Omnipresent
Looks real nice and crispy Pa, I may give it a try.

What was that you were saying about Bicarbonate of Soda Johnny? That just sounds...weird
 

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