Monday, 22 September 2014

Tutorial: Snow Bases

Hello all! As I mentioned in my last blogpost, I am currently on holiday, so there will be something a little different for this weeks programming! I often get asked how I do my snow bases, so I thought I'd make a tutorial to show how I do it.

I've always found snow a tough one to get right for miniature bases. There's quite a lot of basing material out there (texture paint and flock), but I've never found it particularly convincing looking. I wanted the snow to look like it was melting, and that my Chaos Warriors were descending out of the North just as the snow was starting to melt.

For my snow bases, you'll need the following:
  • Astrogranite Texture Paint
  • Badab Black
  • Longbeard Grey
  • Secret Weapon Miniatures: Realistic Water
  • Games Workshop Snow Flock
Firstly, I paint Astrogranite liberally onto the base, followed by a wash of Badab Black and a drybrush of Longbeard Grey. Clearly, if you want a different kind of ground beneath the base, you'd use a different set of paints for this stage.
I then mix the Snow Flock and Realistic Water together. A very liberal amount of the Realistic Water should be added. You want the mixture to be very easy to move around once it's on the base.
I then apply the snow to the base, ensuring that the coverage is not totally equal. The idea is to leave areas where the snow is either thin, or not there, for the texture beneath to show through.
Before the snow is dry, apply a very heavy coat of Realistic Water. You can also use the brush to correct any areas where the flock may be poking upwards and ensure that the snow is smooth.
Leave the snow to dry. I'd recommend leaving it for at least 3-4 hours. Once you've done this, apply another slightly thinner coat of the Realistic Water.
Once this has completely dried (I'd recommend leaving it overnight), edge the base in your chosen colour. I always edge my bases in black - I don't want to draw any attention to the edges of the base when I've put effort into making the miniatures look nice!
It is quite a lengthy process compared to most bases, but I think it's definitely worth it. It's really helped make my Warriors of Chaos the best army I've ever done. I hope this tutorial is clear! I might make one to show how I paint the armour on my Chaos Warriors if this goes well.

We'll be back to a normal schedule for the next blog post, where hopefully I can show that the lions share of my Chaos is done for Raze and Ruin and that I don't need to panic and cram a lot of painting into a short period of time!

Thanks for reading :)

Monday, 8 September 2014

The Warrior's Return

Hello all! Now I've finished my Saga, I am launching headfirst into the swing of painting my Warrors of Chaos again. I've got a bit of work to get 2.5k ready for Raze and Ruin in October, but I'm very confident I'll get it all done. The list I have written focuses less on tactics, and more on the minimum I need to paint between now and the tournament! Hopefully I can get all this done, and bring something a little more powerful to the event.

I'm actually on holiday for the next two weeks, and I've not really had very much time over the last two weeks to paint, so I've only been able to get 6 Warriors done since my last post! Still, it's enough to finish off my first block of 18 Chaos Warriors. I've really enjoyed getting back into painting my Chaos. They are my favourite army to paint by a wide margin. I've still got a lot of models to paint for them, and I'm itching to get stuck into some of the bigger, more centre-piece models I own. I intend to collect about 7-8k of Warriors of Chaos eventually, and have a Chaos Lord on Dragon as a centrepiece.

Anyway, onto the pictures! :)

The six warriors I managed to finish :)
I've painted this face about three times now - I've tried to make each one distinct.
The first of my blocks of 18 Warriors. I plan to get three more done eventually - 3 blocks of 18 Warriors, 1 block of 18 Chosen.
I'm happy at how well the more recent models fit with the older ones :)
This banner is still the best freehand I've ever done.
So, there we go! Apologies for the truncated blogpost, but as I said, I'm on holiday! I've prepared a tutorial for my snow bases for my next post, so keep an eye out for that :)

Also, tickets for Raze and Ruin are now on sale to any interested parties. I'll be taking my Warriors of Chaos down and it'd be great to see a wide variety of people and armies down there. You can get tickets for the event here.

I'm also running a Saga tournament on October 11th, and tickets can be bought here.

Thanks for reading! :)