Welcome to the second part of the “display rock base” step-by-step.
In this part I will show you how I painted the base, and I will show the
final details that were added. Click HERE for part 1 to see how the
base was made.
• Fine turf / foliage – I used Woodland scenics blended turf “earth blend” for this.
• Grass tufts – I used 4mm tufts, “late autumn” from MiniNatur/Silfor
Paints needed :
• German Camo black brown (VMC 822)
• Greatcoat grey (PP)
• Fortress grey (GW)
• Morrow white (PP)
• Catachan green (GW)
• Leviathan purple wash (GW)
• Devlan Mud wash (GW)
• MIG pigments: “standard rust” and “light rust”
Before you start priming the base, make sure that you sanded down the
sides of the plinth if there is milliput sticking out. In my hurry, I
forgot to to this….not a good idea!
Start by priming the base. I used GW chaos black primer spray.
Start by painting the whole rock area with Greatcoat grey. Then, drybrush everything
with a 50/50 mix of Greatcoat grey and Fortress grey. After that,
drybrush the whole area with pure Fortress grey. Lastly drybrush (only
the top half of the rock part) with Morrow white.
TIP: When drybrushing, try to brush only from the top of the base
downwards. That way there won’t be too many highlights on the underside
of the stones.
Apply some Leviathan Purple wash to the underside of the rocks. This
should give an interesting shade. It doesn’t matter if you spill a bit,
but don’t spread it around everywhere.
Repeat step 8 with Devlan mud. (No pictures, I forgot, sorry).
Use thinned down Catachan green (1:1), and apply it to the flat top
parts of the rocks. Also add a bit to the undersides of the rocks. Play
around with it, but don’t overdo it.
Now comes the fun!
Thin down the “standard rust” from MIG. It’s difficult to say how much
you should dilute, I guess about 1:1 with water. Apply the pigments to
the crevices in the rock part. Repeat this step with “light rust”. Only
apply little bits of this, to the areas where you already placed “standard
Paint the top of the base (the sand part) with German Camo black brown.
When this is still a bit wet, add small drops of the diluted “standard
rust” (with your brush) to the base. The diluted pigment should easily
spread, and create nice gradients in the sand. Again, repeat with “light
Randomly place some small drops of diluted PVA glue on the rocks. Don’t
be afraid to cover the pigmented parts, the red will come through. Drop
some blended turf on the glue, and shake off the excess material.
Finish the base with some turf, or any adornments you like 🙂
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial / step by step. If you have any
questions, don’t be afraid to ask. Suggestions are also very welcome.