Sunday, May 3, 2015

Dystopian Wars - Basing PT.1

Hi everyone,

This month is onceagain dedicated to Dystopian Wars, but with a slight twist.  Instead of painting up more models, I want to embellish them a bit by working on the bases of the flyers.

I know clear bases are practical and that they can be used with any terrain, but I like my models to standout and giving them themed or well made bases is a step in that direction.

The first type of base I want to make is a normal water base.  You might remember the Callimachus or the Deadalus models I painted up a while back.  So to begin, I start by undercoating them black. I find this step to be crucial, especially if you want to stimulate deep sea.

The next step is to choose a nice deep blue and start dabbing the paint on the base. I would use an old flat brush for this.  Before the paint dries, start adding greens, yellows and white, depending on how deep you want the sea to look. Mix it in thoroughly until you get even blends.
When the paint has dried, it is time to add some waves.  This step cannot be simpler.  Just add thick horizontal lines with Vallejo Water Effects.  In this case the Atlantic Blue effect, and once again let it dry for several hours.  Now, the number of waves and their thickness depends on the scale you want to achieve.  I find six waves looks good for these types of bases.
Add more paint when the water effects has dried, depending on the need.  You can deepen the troughs by adding a darker blue or adding white to the crests. After you are satisfied, give the whole thing a gloss coat to tie everything to gether.  This will give you a good idea how the base will look when finished.
If I am satisfied with the results I give everything a heavy coat of Vallejo Water effects (the clear type).  Extra heavy gloss medium will have the same effect.  If I am not happy, I got back and tamper with it until I am.  You just have to practice and acquire a taste for the look you want.
Below are pictures of the final results.  As you can see they are very simple to achieve, and add character to the model. If you use the widgets from Hawk Games, you can always buy more bases and attach the flyers to clear bases during land warfare.  That is what I do anyway.


Once again I have come to the end of another post.  Please join me next week as I go into a variation of this concept with EXPOLOSIONS!

Until then farewell and good health.



  1. That's such a fantastic effect on the bases, and the way you've done the wake for the ship looks really convincing.

    1. Thanks Andrew. Stay tuned for next week then. If you like these, you will definitely like what's in store next week.

  2. Thanks for the tutorial. That really is an awesome water effect. It really sells the models!

    1. Thanks Greg and sorry for the late reply. I have had a very busy week. I am posting the next article in the series today. Best regards mate.



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