Friday, 16 January 2009

Painting the base

This is just the green on the base... sorry about the photo quality!This really isn’t that hard to do, it’s more a pain than anything else as you have to try and paint it all without redecorating the figures you have spent ages painting... I think the tip is to take your time with the first two colours and then the dry brushing won’t be a problem. I have found that if you paint the outside of the grass [string] first you can then pull it away from the figure a little bit to paint the back, and it stays where you put it. Then when finished push it back and spread it out a bit while it’s wet.

OK so now we have both the brown and green on the base, don’t worry if it looks VERY LOUD!!OK so here is how to do it. Pick a dark green, it can be quite bright I’m using GW paints and I’ll check the exact colour later and let you know what they are. I tend to paint the sections with finer sand on them in green and then the lumpier bits in brown, I don’t follow a pattern which I know some people do. Make sure when you are painting the grass that you open it up and paint the inside, you have to be quite thorough or you will end up with the base colour showing through.

Here is another view of the base with the base colours addedOnce you have done all the bases then you can start again painting the brown sections. You will probably find that you paint over bits of the uniforms but this is usually on the inner sections of the base and if it’s the brown it could be mud!!! It almost certainly won’t notice when they are finished.

Now you have to be quite brave with the bases, use quite dark colours for the green and brown as you are going to then dry brush colours over the top and this will soften them and make them not look quite so bright.

This one shows the yello dry brush effect on the grass...A TIP, I find dry brushing works much better if you follow a few simple rules. I use a short stubby water colour brush which has a wide head. Make sure the brush is DRY, dip it in the paint and then brush it on a DRY tissue or cloth to remove most of the paint. When you have finished and want to change colour use a different cloth to wipe the brush. Make sure the brush is DRY before you put different paint on it. So basically keep the brush dry and the cloth you are using to initially remove most of the paint. If they are wet the effect you get will not be as good. Lastly make sure the area you are dry brushing is DRY, don’t dry brush on wet paint it just smudges!

OK enough telling you how to suck eggs.

this one hopefully shows both the dry brush effects!The first colour we are going to dry brush with is yellow, yep YELLOW! Remove most of the paint from the brush and dry brush the green areas with yellow, for the grass you can leave a little more paint on the brush, especially on the top. The second colour is white and we are going to use this on the brown areas, it doesn’t matter if you cross over a little with eth dry brush colours as this will help to blend the sections a little. Well that’s it; you will want to just paint the edge of the bases I usually do it in brown but apart from that the bases are done.

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