Finally I painted ruined altair – one of 3D Bases from Manorhouse Workshop. After filling air bubbles with Milliput I glued some static grass (not too much, just for diversion). Then I primed it with dark grey Vallejo polyurethane primer and then airbrushed with shades of beige and light greys. I wanted to make it quite light color. Actually airbrushing made 80% of paintjob and shading. After applying some darklining between stone tiles I drybrushed it with almost white (trying not to overdo it). The last stage was applying some brownish pigments in random places. That’s it! With relatively little work I got really nice diorama, perfect for RPG games or just better presentation of my miniatures.
What is a better way of making the terrain alive than adding some miniatures!
Mage accompanied by a group of warriors entered the abbey ruins to get rid of lustful deamonettes.
This is my third painted 3D Base Modular Terrain, but this time not a flat one! The walls elevate up to 60 mm above ground (or rather table) level. The Broken Column base is one of my favourite, maybe because it’s so epic.
I painted the base in similar way as Transition C/R base in this post. The ground was airbrushed with shades of light brown, while stones in light grey (with some color variations). Wash and drybrush helped to blend all of this.
Here is how the base looks finished. I used 30mm miniatures for scale (this time from Mierce Miniatures).
I painted first of recently reviewed 3D Bases Modular Terrain. So far I managed to paint two bases – Stone Slabs and Transition C/R. (click to see bigger photo)
These are fairy simple bases (flat ones), so this is why I started with them 🙂 Here are the steps that led me to final effect.
After cutting off some excess material on the edges of the base (I wanted the edges to be as straight as possible, so there will be no spaces between individual bases) I washed the base in hot water brushing it with soap. I wanted to remove the agents from casting process that could make the paint stick worse than it should. Then I airbrushed the base with Vallejo poliurethane primer – in this case German Panzer Grey as I have large 200 ml bottle of it. I hope the primer will be as tough as German Panzer tank 🙂 Here is how it looks now:
As you can see not much has changed. Next day (when the primer dried) I airbrushed the whole base in beige color. Then spraying with lower pressure (and more diluted paint) I colored random slabs in different colors (browns, greys, reds, etc) by adding various colors to the mix. I tried to be as precise as possible (as my rather poor airbrush skills allowed me to). Now the base is much more colorful:
Then I drybrushed the base (using the biggest brush I had, which was round flat 5) with base (beige) color with addition of some white and yellow:
The base looks better now but is missing some shadows. To correct this I appled Vallejo wash Black Shade (the one in huge 200 ml pot) mixed with a drop of Vallejo clear red to make it more brown than black. I thinned it with distilled water as I did not want the wash to be too sharp. The common drybrush and wash made the various color slabs to harmonize with each other. After that I sprayed the whole base with Maimeri Matte Varnish in spray can – the same I use on my miniatures. The goal was to protect the paintjob and to eliminate any shine from the base. Now the base is finished:
The steps on this base are quite similar to those on Stone Slabs one. After washing the base I applied random spots of white glue and sprinkled static grass on it. I chose spots with bare ground, not where the stone slabs were. When the glue dried I removed excess of static grass with a brush and primed the base just like Stone Slabs one. The next day I airbrushed the whole base with shades of brown, and then focusing on details I sprayed stone slabs with shades of grey (and purple, blue, brown,…) and grass with green:
Then I started drybrushing with lighter shades of coresponding colors – ground with light yellow, slabs with light grey and grass with light green:
Now it’s time to build shadows. Again – by applying dark brown wash. I used wash only on slabs, as I did not want the ground to be darker than it already was. After it dried I sprayed the base with matte varnish. The base is ready:
This is the way I painted my 3D Bases. Perhaps it is not the best or the only way to paint them, but I wanted to have them them finished decently in relatively short time. Painting each base (all the steps) took me about 1 hour, not counting cleaning the airbrush 🙂
Let’s see how the bases look with miniatures. I can create many epic scenes, like:
– demonic encounter in dungeon A group of adventures wanted to lay their hands on tempting demonettes when out of a sudden a large and sinister demon appeared spoiling everything.
– maybe some undead this time? A couple of brave warriors exploring the dungeon were surrounded by horde of undead (much less tempting than those demonettes!)
– Viking raid!
Vikings rarely assault toilets, but I don’t have any more serious buildings finished yet, so it must be enough for now.
For those of you who prefer oldie but goodie Rackham Confrontation – no problem. Wolfen pack led by famous Killyox faces vicious drune horde.
Those bases look much more realistic than flat playmats. And the two bases I painted are the simplest ones. I cannot imagine how cool more elaborate bases like Broken Column or Abbey would look painted! I will find it out as soon as I find time to paint them 🙂
Recenty I received my 3D Bases Modular Terrain from Manorhouse Workshop that I purchased through their Kickstarter campaign ended over 1 year ago. Time passes so quickly… Anyway, since I have those bases in my hands I decided to share my first impressions with you.
Each base is a square 30 x 30 cm (approximately 12 x 12 inches) and is designed to be used with miniatures in the 25-35mm scale range. They are made of rubbery material – after being bent or squeezed they regain their original shape. This means that they should not be damaged easily. I will not test them too violently in case they nevertheless happen to break 🙂
I ordered total 18 bases, which allows me to build 90 x 180 cm terrain. That occupies the whole table! I did not have place to present them all at once, but here are just 6 Abbey bases building 60 x 90 cm wargame terrain: (click to see bigger photo)
Since the bases are square, even a few of them can be put in almost endless combinations. This allows to build many different sceneries.
There are some little miscasts caused by air bubbles durring casting process, but this is nothing that cannot be fixed with some Green Stuff. I noticed those imperfections only on the most elaborate bases. More flat ones are cast perfectly.
The material can be painted and I plan to paint and show you finished examples quite soon. Maybe I will even make step-by-step painting article 🙂
As you can see the design of those bases realy varies – from quite flat terrain like stone slabs, through more bulging bocage terrain. And top of the tops are broken column and ruined abbey bases – these are really great pieces that stand up to 5 cm above ground level. It is basically ready diorama. You just need to paint it. Stark texture of those bases should be a good help in wash and drybrush technique.
Below are photos of all the 3D bases I acquired: Stone Slabs base Straight and Curve Road bases Straight and Intersection Bocage bases Broken Column Abbey bases
Here are bases with 30mm figures for scale. Now you can see the real size of the terrain. There is a lot of place for many figures even on single base.
I also received some resin freebies from KS campaign: wooden bridge, 4 skeleton remains, altair and a throne. They will make nice addition to my dioramas.
Retail price of those bases varies from 8.50 EUR for flat bases to 21.50 EUR for the most elaborate ones. Is it much? Considering the fact that I would not make such imaginative bases myself (and certainly not from such durable material) it is a fair price. I received product ready to paint and use in wargames or just for miniature display. That saved me a lot of precious time. If only the quality of some casts was better 🙂 Then it would be perfect product!