With my upcoming human Blood Bowl team I’ve decided to go with grass bases. I am fan of putting some effort into basing miniatures and because of this I will try to add some details to them. White lines, bloody gore and other stuff you might find out on the pitch is what I have in mind.
The main recipe for all the bases will be the same and as a reminder for me – as well as a guide for anyone interested – I’ve created this “how-to” bellow. Enjoy!
This is what you will need:
- A base, or a number of bases actually. I’ve used regular 32mm ones.
- Glue, the milky kind.
- Citadel Sand and The Army Painter Field Grass.
- Primer, I used Vallejo Grey Primer 74.601.
- Paint, Citadel Base XV-88 and Citadel Layer Karak Stone.
- Inks, Strong Tone and Soft Tone, both from The Army Painter.
- Any white and black paint for the lines and border of the base. I used Citadel Skull White and Citadel Chaos Black from the old range.
- Something that looks like blood. I prefer Humbrol Enamel Gloss 20.
Here is how to put it all together:
- Apply glue, straight from the bottle to the base. I use a brush for this.
- Dip it in Citadel Sand and shake off the excess.
- Mix some glue with water, about 1/1 or so, and brush it all over the sanded base. This step helps binding the sand better.
- When the glue is completely dry, prime the base. I use my airbrush to apply Vallejo Grey Primer 74.601.
- When the primer is dry, paint the sand with Citadel Base XV-88.
- Use The Army Painter Strong Tone to wash the whole base.
- When dry, drybrush with Citadel Base XV-88.
- Drybrush with Citadel Layer Karak Stone.
- Wash with The Army Painter Soft Tone.
- Apply glue with a brush to the parts of the base you wish to cover with grass.
- Dip the base in The Army Painter Field Grass and add some pressure to make the flock really set in the glue. Tap the base to remove any excess.
- Paint the edge of the base in a color that fits your need. I chose black for this team.
You are now done. From here you can move on by adding some white markings, blood and whatever you see fit.