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Latest painting project is done and, unlike my last effort I have remembered to take so work in progress photos as I went along. I don't normally take photos as I'm working but a couple of people of late have asked so here goes.

Why build a bigger base at all? In this case because I'm starting to paint a new Hunters team but I also hade one eye on the winter painting contest and that rather left me thinking I need something that really stands out but will still work on a gaming table. Building up gave me more room to decorate but also let me overhang the area normally occupied by a gamming base without getting in the way of measuring aids or other bases.

this is what I came up with.....

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What follows is something of a step by step of how I built this base.

Ok the first thing I did was prep Hearne, assemble him and lightly glue him to a 40mm base for when I painted him. I do this first because it gives any glue or green stuff I've used plenty of time to dry .

step one. find an other 40mm base and a candle!

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WTF? answer - it shapes well and has a bit of weight to it. Herne is a big lad and putting him up off of the table is asking for him to fall over. this one also has a shape that is slightly wider at the top than the base so giving me I little more room to work.

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Wick out. just pulls straight through.

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Add more weight. Hearne is a big lump after all. this is a fairly dense ball bearing from a washing machine. hole gouged into base of candle before it is then attached to the gaming base.

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Cut cave shape into wax.

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PVA and sand for areas of exposed rock.

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small bits of wire pushed into wax for icicles

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A few rocks for the top and PVA brushed on to wire to build up the ice.

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Undercoat by hand after sealing the whole thing with a layer of PVA.

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Paint ice and snow now because it will be harder to work with once you start on the top.

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Nothing looks more like trees than small bits of tree. just have to make a couple of adjustments...

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cut and pin to achieve new shape twig.

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And the same at the bottom to attach tree to base.

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Like so.

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Add climbing plants to break up the large area of grey rock face. This stuff can be picked up at most hobby stores that cater to model railway fans. woodland scenic produce it. I found however that the flower arraigning area in my local hobby craft had the same thing. it was called "moss effect decoration" and for some reason cost less than the same stuff packaged for gamers. go figure.

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Grass. These are from army painter.

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Last job. Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. this was from GW. I find with snow it works best to build up light layers rather than go to heavy to soon as it can smother other details.

Final step was to give the ice a heavy coat of gloss varnish and touch up the highlighting on the rocks in the middle of the ice.

And that's how its done. I hope its of interest to some and maybe even helps try something new. there is a lot more space on a model base than some people realise ;)

 

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9 hours ago, Malritch said:

Thank you very much for sharing that... very very good!

 

49 minutes ago, dwhite87 said:

super happy you posted this.

thank you very much

Your welcome guys. Happy someone found it of interest.

 

5 hours ago, Zozo said:

Amazing!!!!!

Thanks

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Hadn’t thought of using a candle as a block to carve!

How does paint stick to it? Just needs a good solid coat, or does the wax need a primer rather than any old paint?

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2 minutes ago, Mako said:

Hadn’t thought of using a candle as a block to carve!

How does paint stick to it? Just needs a good solid coat, or does the wax need a primer rather than any old paint?

Before I painted it I sealed the whole thing in PVA glue. So in effect I was panting on to that rather than wax. Took a couple of coats to get an even coverage but nothing more than that. I've not risked spraying over it because I didn't want to risk a reaction between the wax (if there was still some exposed) and the solvent. In theory if the glue seal is good spray would work.

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5 hours ago, The Hieb said:

Absolutely Brilliant! The concept, sculpting, painting, color scheme it’s all top notch. Thanks for sharing. 

Your welcome. Hope you found it useful. 

If people are interested I'll do something along the same lines with future builds and conversation work. 

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31 minutes ago, Charlie said:

Your welcome. Hope you found it useful. 

If people are interested I'll do something along the same lines with future builds and conversation work. 

Definitely :)

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