Friday, 14 December 2012

Sand Style Basing Test Piece

A quick post today... I have in mind a project for next year that would involve a more sandy style of basing so I've been experimenting to see what might work best. Here's what I've come up with.

These were done using GW 50x50mm bases covered in sand/grit then painted using the following colours: A good base coat of Vallejo 877 Gold Brown, followed by a heavy drybrush of 912 Tan Yellow, then a light drybrush of 847 Dark Sand. The static grass is the darker 'autumn grass' (GW's I think) then a couple of 'mini-natur' grass tufts to finish off the more arid appearance. What do you think?

For the project I'd also need to make a new battlefield, probably 6'x4' in three 4'x2' sections, plus some suitable terrain, etc. So it's not going to be soon - although I've already bought some of the figures! The battlefield will probably make use of the remainder of a large can of sand coloured masonry paint I bought earlier this year. Very handy indeed!


Paul of the Man Cave said...

Nice. Basing is so worth spending the extra time on

Matt said...

You're absolutely right Paul.



Phil Broeders said...

Really nice finish - looks very realistic

Keith said...

Brilliant stuff that Matt, I think though it would be better with just the grass tufts & leave off the static grass, or tone down the static grass as it seems to be a bit bright.

Grimsby Mariner said...

They look very good. I find sand/desert basing sooo difficult to get right but looks like you've cracked it first time!

Silver Whistle said...

Very effective, thanks for sharing the the paint formula. As Keith pointed out with the static grass, you could tone it down a bit by drybrushing it with a sand colour. The tufts look spot on.

Matt said...

@ Silver Whistle... thanks for the tip about drybrushing the static grass - hadn't thought of that!