- Cover the base in PVA, you might want to thin it out- it depends on how
thick it is.
Dip the figure in the sand mixture- 70%-80% fine sand the rest is coarse
Get the sand from Wilko/Pet shop.
- Paint over the base, I use a very dark black/brown thinned out.
Ignore this if you base before priming.
- 1st highlight. a dark brown, I don't drybrush, it's more a drag technique,
the brush has quite a lot of paint on it.
- Next highlight, as above but a bit less paint on the brush, but still
randomly dragging the brush across the base.
- First light highlight. less paint on the brush but still a quick
- Final highlight. GW Bone, applied very sparingly.
By varying the amount of paint applied at the different stages you can
create a different effect. ie adding more of the latter stages creates a
more desert look.
- Scatter bit- dip a cocktail stick in the PVA and drag it across the base
in a random, haphazard way. You don't want a lot of PVA on the
- Now dip the figure in the scatter mix and blow off the excess. Scatter
mix- GW is fine, if a little bright, but you can always drag a layer of
paint over it to darken it.
I use a mix of GW, 5%-10% fine sand, ground olive stones of different
shades. Here's what it looks like on a larger base. It's perfectly usable
at this stage.
- Static Grass- GW is good stuff but too bright, I mix my own from GW, Noch,
Gaugemaster, Jervis. Depending on the local and time of year depends on the
mix. To get it more static and easier to stick-on shake it up in the bag.
Put 2-3 blobs of PVA randomly on the base, I put the fig in a plastic coffee
lid then add the grass, I use wide nosed tweezers and drop a load on, then
press down with the reverse end of the tweezers.
Turn the fig upside down and tap off the excess, turn away from the table
and blow across the figure to remove the loose bits. (it's amazing how many
times I forget to do that). Puffer-Bottles- work really well but the grass
- Other Bits- stick on any other bits you fancy. I use GW talus/rocks cos
they match my base colour. Again 2-3 random dabs of PVA, then pop your rocks
on. A bit of Texture Mat here and there, the ones with other colours
already fixed in are better than plain green. Use Superglue or PVA.
Then I use some reddish/brown paint and dad into the static grass etc, not
to change any of the colouringbut to tone down and help unify the base.
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