Basing Desert Colours  

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The First of the second Squadron of Vendettas approaches completion. Time to build the Flying Base.  I quite like building the flying bases because they are big enough to get a real diorama onto the base.
One again the Theme is the Campaign for Praxedes IV, an earth like world with a high background sulphur content.  The 291st participated in the heavy fighting in around the desert tropics on the main continent.  So a desert base for me.

1.0: Gather all of the Fixin's for the Base

  • Flying Base and stand
  • My Basing Mix (GW Sand: GW Slate chips: GW Slate; Green Scene Rubble Rocks)  
  • Slate Peices
  • Milliput
  • 0.5mm Brass Rod
  • Scatter Materials
  • GW Razor Wire

2.0: Some Preparation
Curl the Wire rod into the Barbed Wire Pailings.  These will be pushed into the Putty later on to hold the GW Razor Wire.
Take the Plastic Base cut a hatch into the plastic with a scalpel.  This gives the putty something to grip.

3.0: Build the Base
Mix the Milliput and push it out thinly onto the base until the whole base is covered.
Press the mixed basing material into the putty.
For the Large Rocks: Push the putty onto the back face of the rocks, then push the puttied face of the rock onto the base.  this ensures adhesion without you having to push the rock deeply into the putty.

Once you have everything pushed on and you are satisfied with the coverage of the basing Mix.  Leave to try.
In this case I wanted to show the wire had been recently mortared.  So I used the butt of the Citadael Large Brush to press craters into the putty.

Note the Flying base is not yet affixed to the base.  It is there only to keep the hole for it in the putty open and prevent the putty from shrinking.

4.0: Spray Chaos Black to fix the Basing Mix
Remove the Flying stand and spray Chaos Black.  This helps fix the basing mix onto the putty.

5.0: Spray the Colours of the Earth
I picked a limited palette.  These are very similar to the colours used on the Flyer.

I started with the VMA Dark Green, sprayed all over, then the VMA: Khaki Brown,  Then the VMA: SAND Yellow.  The idea as to create a variation in colour on the base.  The Black grey was sprayed into the centre of the craters and on Radial Lines out from the centre of the crater.
The Rocks were also sprayed with a Colour not shown, that of VMA: Yellow Ochre.

In order to bring the edges up and lighten the whole thing off I decided to dry brush with C: Bleached bone.  also pictured is the C:Vermin Brown for the Pailings and Razor wire.

6.0: Glue in the Flying Stand
With some glue :-)

I've Skipped the paining of the detail because I basically haven't done it..  I am unhappy with the corpse of the Mordian.  I feel I should be paining it like a regular model.  Instead he's basically the same colour as the base with a red uniform.  Maybe in the future I'll do something about it when I'm a bit more inspired.

Also I think I should add a little bit of yellow/black flock around the base of the rock to break up the rockiness.

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Good tutorial. I've yet to use putty on my bases, but I see here the advantages. Definitely adds more dimension, especially the mortar craters. Also interesting how you added the paints. What seemed haphazard at first came out looking very realistic in the finish. Thanks!

8 May 2010 at 09:29

After seeing this im definately using puty on my valkyrie base to give it that extra depth.
Is milliput something you would find in an art/craft store or hardware store? Ive heard of it but am yet to see it on the shelf (live in australia if that has anything to do with it).
When you say you sprayed the base, did you use an air brush or the GW spray gun, or something else?
The base has come out very realistic, goes well with the rest of what pics ive seen of your forces.
As a suggestion, if you feel the mordian should be painted blue, why not just give it a few coats of a blue wash, it will give it the blue look, but still keep the weathered corpse clothing feel.

10 May 2010 at 23:07

Milliput is sold in the UK in Art/Craft supplies shops. On the side of the packet it says:
"For the restoration of Porcelain and other ceramics. For the Repair of Antiques, objects d'Art, picture mouldings etc. For sculpting and modelling."
Its a two part epoxy clay and comes in at least two grades, Terracotta and White. Its made in the UK by The Milliput co., Unit 8, The Marian, Dolgellau, Mid Wales LL40 1UU Tel. 0134 422562. I hope you can find it or an equivalent in Aussie. The Air Gun is a Badger run off a very cheap mini compressor. The GW gun is good for base coating I find it very difficult to control for fine work.

11 May 2010 at 22:36

Nice job, great depth

19 May 2010 at 12:09

Brilliant tutorial, you could always paint the Mordian as one of my dead guys, you've killed enough of them

25 May 2010 at 10:59

Ah! but only ever using nids! :-)

25 May 2010 at 21:55

Love your blogg!! Really looking forward to the next post. The walkthoughs are just great!!

2 July 2010 at 02:39

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