Hobby Factory: Basic Bases

I’m going to start with “I’m over it!”… but kinda in a good way 🙂
I often procrastinate about painting and finishing off models, so I need to come up with ways of getting over the things that prevent me getting the job done. Step 1: Bases for my IG.

Basing basics and cutting corners

There are no corners on 40k bases, so the title is metaphorical! ^_^ I thought about how to simplify basing, because I figure that one way to make my models look cohesive, is by having them fighting on the same battlefield. Nowhere is this represented more than on the bases, so this is where I’ll (re) start my painting effort. I pop in to GW Sydney to pick up my White Dwarf and Dave knows his product very well. I knew that he would be able to suggest a quick and easy GW method for basing, especially for my IG where I have over 100 models.

Dave and I discussed the problem at hand and here is the approach we agreed on:

1. Starting with a blank base (model glued on), use Astrogranite Texture paint (Citadel) to cover the top of the base (not the sides of the base;

2. Dry brush with Codex Grey (or suitable lighter grey) paint;

3. Add patches of Khemri brown (or suitable brown) paint, different shapes, but about the same area as a standard model’s foot print;

4. Add a dash of PVA glue over the brown, leaving patches of brown showing through and then static grass the glue areas; and,

5. Paint the rim/sides of the base black to emphasise the boarder around the grey base.

At this point, I asked about techniques to get static grass to stand up and not just end up flat on the base, and Dave suggested the Tufts (bits of static grass that have been pre-glued in clumps, ready to be attached to a base). I liked the idea after he showed me some examples, so I bought a box to try it out. It’s quite pricey at $22 each, but I’ll give it a go since “I’m over it!” 🙂

So, amending the above, here is the step by step process:

1. Starting with a blank base (model glued on), use Astrogranite Texture paint (Citadel) to cover the top of the base (not the sides of the base;

2. Dry brush with Codex Grey (or suitable lighter grey) paint;

3. Add patches of Khemri brown (or suitable brown) paint, different shapes, but about the same area as a standard model’s foot print;

4. Add a dash of super glue over the brown and then stick down a Tuft of pre-made static grass; and,

5. Paint the rim/sides of the base black to emphasise the boarder around the grey base.

Test models to follow.

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