Dry Mud Bases
Time to get my base on...
With my new Raven Guard force well on its way to being done, I thought I’d share how I did their simple dry mud bases.
Big thanks to The Unrelenting Brush for the Seraphim Sepia and dry brush hint. That single technique makes these bases pop and it’s something I now need to do to my 60 odd Guardsmen!
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Remember to paint your whole base with a brown before using Agrellan. I use Steel Legion Drab on the whole base. Including the rim. When the texture dries this ensures you still see brown through where it dries. And not a black base. Which looks very odd. Trust me, I’ve done it!
Agrellan is King for Dry Mud Bases
This was the first time I’d used both Agrellan Earth and Agrellan Badland together. And it’s a winner!
Both of them are great basing paints from Games Workshop and they work well on their own too. My Guardsmen use just Agrellan Earth. But together they have such a variety of textures and appearance that bases really come alive.
The Agrellan Earth can be used to create small dried puddles or streams. While theAgrellan Badland is generally dried mud.
Try out both before you use them to get used to what differing thicknesses look like. Thigh Agrellan Earth produces many big bits of cracked mud. Using a thinner layer creates smaller cracked sections. But go too thin and you’ll get none.
Seraphim Sepia & Dry Brush
After it’s all dried, it’s washed with Seraphim Sepia. This dulls it all down and gets into the nooks and crannies. I then dry brushed with Ushabti Bone and then Screaming Skull.
This brings out all the details and tiny bits of dried mud and sand. This was the technique suggested by The Unrelenting Brush. It works so well!
Wood & Rocks for Dry Mud Bases
When I built these bases I use old sprue that I’d melted to look like twisted metal, cork for rocks covered in PVA glue and then sand and also some thin wood sheets.
I was dreading having to paint all this battlefield detritus. But it’s pretty fun once I got the techniques nailed. The sand on the cork I washed with Seraphim Sepia and then dry brushed as above. To ensure it blended with my bases.
The sprue was simple; Leadbelcher, Seraphim Sepia wash and then a Runefang Steel highlight. Simple.
The wood effect was the same as my Ratlings and Heavy Weapons Team ammo box. Paint it Rhinox Hide and then do little-painted lines of every brown I own;
- Baneblade Brown
- Gorthor Brown
- Zandri Dust
- Dryad Bark
- Steel Legion Drab
- Rhinox Hide – this is useful for deleting other lines that are too thick or too numerous
And that’s it for wood! My dry mud bases are really coming along now…
It’s the time to add the details. I used Melta Bombs, Citadel Skulls, grass and flowers. Each adds that little extra to the base. It’s a small area and having that little pop makes a big difference.
The grass is very useful too. It can be used to hide areas of the base you’re not happy with. Maybe the Agrellan didn’t dry how you wanted it too or maybe a part of a boot is missing due to some enthusiastic clipping. No problem! Place a hunk of grass next to the boot.
Dry Mud Bases Done
The bases are for my Raven Guard, more on them soon…