Last week I had a stab at making Wood Plank basing for minis. Amazingly it worked out. Today I’m going to try and paint them up quick enough to be able to mass produce them should I need to.
That means the most complex techniques I plan to use are washes and dry brushing.
To begin, we start with the bases we made Last Week:
I primed white, as is my way, but of course had forgotten to replace the card in my camera – so you’ll just have to take my word for it.
Next a coat of P3 Umbral Umber diluted in water liberally sploshed over the base
Then a good old drybrush of P3 Trollblood Highlight.
There is an argument that I should have left it at this stage – and it did look good – but Thursday’s Child is about the experiment, so
Next, a wash of 1 drop of P3 Brown ink mixed with many drops of my standard flow release mix – 4:1 water:Pledge acrylic floor polish with future. This stuff is much redder than I planned, but it dried less so.
I dotted all the nails in with GW Chainmail. I still tend to use GW metals for my base coats of metals, and then use P3 Metals to add their rich colours should I need them. Even with the black labels, I still feel more comfortable with the coverage of the old GWs
Next I’ve dotted in all the silver bits with armour wash + flow release, and smattered it around the rest to mottle the woodwork. The brown ink was a bit redder than my tastes really required, and dulling it back with the armour wash seemed the right thing.
I’ve re-established the black ring with some black paint. I’m fairly happy with the result. Maybe just one more layer of drybrush
I re-dry-brush really, really lightly with some trolloblood highlight once the ink is all dry, and then hit it with some matte varnish to dull the shine.
All told, this seems to be a pretty easy to make wood bases, and I could easily mass produce this for an army should I need to. As it stands, I’ll probably just use it for the bases of the bar staff for IKRPG. (Reaper plus or minus some seedy types from the PP Pressgangers unit.)
Now for your added bonus, my daughter’s first terrain piece
If it looks like the sort of thing a 4 year old girl would make, well… there may well be a reason. (In case you’re wondering, it’s her as a rainbow fairy on the top of the waterfall.