No shortcuts for me when it comes to basing. It is such an important factor to the final look of the unit that I even do some extra highlights on top of the usual three I do on figures. The time it takes to do an extra drybrush really is neglectable in the whole process. We are talking only a couple of minutes here. The complete unit was based in around one hour excluding drying time for the pumice.
The good thing about basing is that you can make mistakes. You will always get a second chance in the next step to correct and there is nothing a well placed tuft or grass can't hide. So I grab a large brush and start throwing pumice and paint on.
|First up the end result|
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|Very, very fine sand|
|Mixed with fine sand (sandpit)|
|Vallejo pumice with fine texture|
|The paints used, skip the chocolate if you want a lighter look|
For the tufts I mainly used 737-22 Silflor Tufts for this unit. 4mm two colour. I also use different colours or lengths for variation. I have some flower packs from silflor as well which I will use on this unit. Bought some of the tufts from GreenLine recently and my first impression is they are more difficult to apply and are of less quality than Silflor.
|Apply pumice with an old brush and scatter the sand over the pumice. If I want some larger stones I press them in the pumice at this stage so it blends more naturally with the ground.|
|Vallejo chocolate brown over the complete base|
|Heavy drybrush of Vallejo flat earth. I also paint the edges flat earth and deliberately hit the shoes and pants.|
|Good drybrush of Vallejo Germ. Cam. Orange Ochre|
|Drybrush Vallejo Desert Yellow|
|Light drybrush Vallejo Iraqi Sand, also boots and trousers.|
|Just touch some area's with mix Iraqi Sand-Offwhite, 50/50|
|Apply the tufts and in this case red flowers that go nicely with the flag and the other reds...|
|Couldn't resist as I just finished these. Next post some more pictures...|