This is part five of a WiP project for the Brush With Death: Texas contest. The contestants are challenged to paint up a model from Mantic Games, straight out of the box, with little to no modification.
Anyone who's talked modeling with me can probably attest to the fact that I hate basing. I hate it very deeply. For this one, I decided I was going to have fun with it, and made it as interesting as I could!
The dragon comes on a 75x75mm base, which is bigger than I'm used to dealing with. For my first step, I outlined the portions of the base that would be in contact with the model, to make sure I didn't glue any major components in awkward places.
I wanted to go with a rockier look, so I could use some cool tones in the base to add contrast to the warm colors of the model. Since I hate the look of rocks glued to a base for large rocks, I used my typical substitute: pine bark. With a box cutter, razor saw, and couple of chunks of pine bark, I made some interesting rock-seam effects. I secured them to the base with wood glue, as PVA glue tends to break off pine bark in my experience.
|Rocks glued to the base|
|Preparing to add scree|
|Big rocks, check. Medium rocks, check.|
After giving it a few moments to start drying, I set the model on top, to make sure there were depressions for its feet. This breaks the illusion of the model hovering across the surface of the ground, while also not burying it in the flocking material.
|Dragon, perched on a base, perched on a mayonnaise jar lid|
Once black, I painted the sand with several shades of brown, and base coated the larger rocks with Hippo Grey.
Once that paint had dried, I then applied a number of ink washes: purple, red, brown, black, and green, in a patchwork fashion over the rocks (and occasionally the base). I did this because rocks are not grey - they're every color in between! Leaving these as recess colors makes the rocks look really realistic, without having to do five layers of highlighting for each shade.
|The base, after the ink wash stage.|
|The base, final highlighting|