Basing – First creative attempts

So with my first tactical squad complete and the second one on the way (pics to come soon) I decided to take an evening off and have a go at their bases.

I love scenic bases, they are such a simple idea yet they add so much to add model it’s a no brianer to have some in every army. For my Empire army I managed to do a few bits here and there on a couple of bases, mainly characters or my centre unit of Demi Gryph riders but everything was a simple mix of sand and flock. So with a new army I’m all in and decided that I want to have every model in my army to have some form of scenic base

I would LOVE to have ever model on a resin/pre cast base and there are so many great companies out there that do them but right now that’s not an option due to cost. I do intend to look at splashing out on a few maybe in the future but right now I’m on a budget and that’s going to dictate a lot of what I do.

Theres a couple of things to think about when basing which I’ve learnt from experience. The first is have a theme and stick to it, kinda like a cohesive army your bases need to tie together otherwise they can separate the models you have spent a long time trying to bring together. The second is colour balance. Getting a balance between the base and the model will not only help the model stand out but will also allow the bases to get some recognition.

Here is a great article from Ron at From the Warp that goes into a lot more detail – Link

I’m going for a Red Planet theme for my bases, with a little extra added in which will tie into the background of my chapter and specifically the second company which I am working on at the moment.

Making the bases is pretty simple. I used milliputt to fill in the pre cut slots and to form an uneven surface for some realism, this was followed with adding on any extra details like pipes and grating that I wanted before allowing time for the milliputt to start to go off. The final stage was to then add on the surface texture which was made from a layer of PVA glue applied to the exposed areas and then a mixture of course and fine sand spread over the top and any excess knocked off. Here’s the results…..

Bases- The completed group

2 Squads worth of bases

2 Squads worth of bases


Bases – Close ups

I really like the way that everything came out in the end and to me they tie together nicely but still remain individual enough to draw the eye.

Here are a few sneak peaks at the finished bases with colour and weathering applied.

Bases – Finished

Once the second tactical squad is finished I’m going to do a show cases which will display all of the bases to their full glory.

thanks for reading



Wet Palette – Make your own for cheap

A wet palette is one of the newest additions to my painting set up and is quickly becoming one of the most important as it gets used more and more.

You can buy them from some paint producers but like most people on-line I opted to save some money and make one of my own. There are a lot of how to guides on-line and they are all alike as the process is very straight forward but I’ve added a little twist of my own (might not be original but I think it is)

The bits you need

The bits you need

So to get started you’re going to need the following

  • A seal-able plastic container – Tupperware boxes are ideal, nothing to high sided for ease of access. In my case I’ve used a sweet box
  • Washing up sponge(s)
  • Parchment paper / Baking paper
  • Scissors
  • Distilled Water
  • Pen/pencil (not pictured)

All of the items are cheap in most supermarkets or value stores so this should cost less than £5/50 kr at a maximum. The only slightly specialist item is the distilled water but I was able to get this easily enough through my local pharmacy.

Step 1 – The sponge

This is the bit that I changed from the tutorials I had seen on-line which use 3-4 sheets of kitchen paper to hold the water. Both have the pros and cons but I prefer the fact that if I need to clean the palette I only need to rinse the sponge under the tap and squeeze it out to be ready to go again 😀

So the first step is to get the sponge measured up and cut to fit the bottom of the container. You want the sponge to sit as a good fit in the bottom of the container to avoid lots of water sloshing around when you are tying to use the palette

Step 2 – The paper

Now the sponge is cut its time to get the parchment paper cut to size. A simple thing I found was to fold up or stack some sheets of paper together when marking things out and cutting the pile out in one go. This give you a number of sheets to use right away when replacements are needed rather than having to take some time out to cut a new one.

Step 3 – Adding the water

This is the delicate stage as to much will flood things out and to little will make this a dry palette very quickly. A quick note – I’ve chosen to use distilled water because even though you can store this in the fridge between uses, tap water can still go funky over a shorter space of time than you think. Distilled water is much more durable and gives a longer life to you palette.

When pouring in the water, do it in small stages and allow the sponge to soak up what you’ve added before continuing. The ideal amount of water should have the sponge wet through and just starting to show on the top. If the water starts to puddle up on the top stop adding water and drain the excess back into the bottle. Now on to the last step.

Adding the water

Adding the water

Step 4 – Adding the paper

Now you can lay down your parchment paper on to of the sponge. First of all do a test fit and allow the underside of the paper to get wet. Then remove and after a second or two reapply the paper and it should sit nice and flat for you.

Add the paper

Add the paper


Step 5 – Start to use you palette

Now your palette is completed and ready to go. When using it for the first few times try to remember that there is a little bit of liquid that will come up through the paper so take care when thinning your paints out and make sure you take a second or two to make sure you have the right amount of paint on  the brush, again due to the extra liquid.

Have fun and Enjoy

paintingchap 😀