|Forty year old Gilder 'specials' recently re-based.|
- Sand (you don't want any grit or stones, i sieve mine through a tea strainer).
- PVA (the good stuff like UniBond, don't waste your time with watery kids glue or Wilcos own brand).
- Filler (either powder or ready mixed).
- Paint (doh!).
- Grit, small stones, cork chips, etc.
- A coir broom head (or a model railway long grass type product if you're feeling flash).
|An all earth base seems to work for these engineers.|
- Plant any long grass first. Ahead of time i chop clumps of bristles off the broom head and dunk one end in PVA, left for half an hour you then have a clump of grass ready to stick to your base. The wife finds it hilarious when i stick my fingers together, so i try to oblige by attaching the long grass clumps to the base with superglue.
- Apply any patches of bare earth next. If using powder filler i'd recommend mixing your filler with brown paint and PVA, rather than water (less likely to chip, and if it does you won't get an nasty white spot glaring at you). These days i use Wilcos ready mixed 'knot a problem' brown wood filler which comes in a pleasing mid brown, and is dirt cheap. Apply the filler in a thin layer with a palette knife, sculpting tool, or similar, and leave plenty of texture - don't flatten it out.
- Next place a few small stones into the filler before it dries; a wash of PVA is also a good idea to make sure they're not going to shift later. For some reason these stones look better on the earth areas than on the grass, but don't take my word for it....
- Leave to set. I base coat the earth areas next, although you could leave this til later.
- Apply a sand and PVA mix to the rest of the base - this is your (not long) grass. You want a fairly dry mix that resembles damp sand. Apply with your trusty blade and fluff it up a bit if it seems too flat. You may be able to save painting time later by adding a fairly bright grass green to the sand and glue mix.
- Paint. Choice of colours is always a personal preference, although i'd always recommend erring on the side of lighter and brighter. For what it's worth my recipe is Humbrol Grass Green (matt 80) dry brushed with Pale Yellow (matt 81) for the sand/grass; a chocolate brown emulsion, drybrushed with Humbrol Sand (matt 63) with a further highlight of sand and white for the earth areas; and then sand, drybrushed with a sand/white mix for any stones.
|Dan Morgan is unimpressed - 'If it's Cowpens then my base should look frosty'.|
So there we have it, i've managed to make a very simple process seem far too complicated....
And if in any doubt have a look at examples by someone who really knows what they are doing, such as John Ray , Doug Mason or Phil Robinson.
|I like consistency - so trees, buildings, etc. all get the same basing as the figures.|