Currently I’m working on the next host for my Darklands kindreds and due to the failure of my first basing idea, I developed a new one which I’d like to share with you. My first idea was a simple swamp that only consists of water effect and some plants, but the water looked way to flat. I still wanted to keep water on the bases but reduce it quite a bit.
So the concept became “sunken temple” like in this picture.
After my success with polystyrene foam on the Fomoraic rock bases, I wanted to try it out for those again. The easy concept was cutting stripes from a thin board (mine is even a bit too think in my opinion and the other I bought is even thicker) and then carve the gaps between the rocks with a file. That enables me to place the stripes offset, what would have proven quite difficult when trying to file the gaps in a big block. Finally I chipped of the corners of the stripes to make it look worn out.
I glued the stripes in place and primed it black. Then came the shock! The spray primer melt the polystyrene in various places. I believe those were the blocks that I got to close to. Also the result was unintended it didn’t spoil the bases and I decided to add water to the formed depressions.
The stones were painted in a very light beige/grey, washed sepia and then drybrushed again. The base itself was painted dark brown and then camouflage green. Then I added some reed from the worlds biggest basing bitzbox: nature ^^ When the glue had dried I added the first layer of water effect mixed with dark brown wash.
I let it dry over night and today applied a second coat of water effect mixed with a light camouflage green. The colour was heavy pigmented and even a small drop added a very strong tone to the water. In some places the second coat seems to lift the first coat including the colour layer underneath… I wonder whether that happened because the first coat hadn’t fully dried (that apparently takes up to 24 hours, but it seemed fully dry when I touched it today).
All that is left to add is a final coat of water missed with wash tonight and once this is dried I will show you the finished bases including the appending miniatures.
Thanks for reading,
The 14th Legion
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