Sunday, November 20, 2011

City Ruin Basing Revisit - How To

As those of you who have been following me since day one, you will recognize this post... For those of you who have only been following for a few months, you should enjoy this.

Sorry for the lack of original post, however a few factors have limited my hobby progress. Skyrim, Modern Warfare 3 and the holidays have all take a bit of time away from the modeling. I did however finish my first long fang squad which I will share. More to come soon... Her you go:

As stated yesterday, today im going thru a step by step tutorial on how I build my city ruin bases, which are that added element to any great painted mini to make it look over to the top... Below is the final result of this step by step walk-thru.

To begin, you'll want the following supplies on hand: 
1. Elmers Glue All, Super Glue
2. (Optional) Gale Force 9 - Basing Grit: Medium
3. Black Paint (Chaos Black from GW)
4. Light Grey Paint (Frostbite from P3)
5. Army Painter Razor Wire - 250cm  (4.99 msrp)
6. Old spure from GW kits
7. (Optional) Mig 9 old rust weathering powder (8.99 msrp)

Step 1: Using superglue, glue down some spare sprue bits and a little razor wire to the base. Be sure to cut the sprue bits so they are shaped like a rhombus. I also have some girder plastic card I'm using (white bit on rear base below). Wrap the razor wire around a paintbrush to get it twisting like a barb wire fence prior to gluing it down.

Step 2: Using Elmer's glue, glue down some of the Gale Fore 9 grit, but not too much... Be sure to scoop up some grit and dust from your driveway and mix it with the Gale Force 9 grit. I prefer about a 75/25 mix (of driveway grit to Gale Force 9 grit). When doing this, mix the Elmer's glue with water to thin it out.

Step 3: After the Elmer's glue is dry, apply some drops of super glue over it. Some of the dust wont stick to the Elmers glue, and it adds a nice element, so I believe its important to get it onto the base. Now paint the surface and sprue bits (not the razor wire) all black once dry.

Step 4: Mix the grey paint with the black paint to get a dark grey paint, not dry brush this heavily onto the base, producing a nice looking base, but still a little flat... Using the grey paint alone now (which is a light grey color if your using the P3 Frostbite color), lightly dry brush the base again. Now your ready to rock!

Optional - Take some Mig 9 weathering powder and apply it to the barb wire, and around the base of the barb wire for some added weathering effects.

If you want any commission work done, I will likely use this method for creating the model bases unless requested otherwise. If you want a mass order of these bases, I will do that also...