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HOW TO: Make Grass Bases
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English language  -  13.04.2022



1. Superglue pieces of slate directly to the base
2. Spread filler on to the base, to form a rough texture, and press smaller slate pieces into it.
3. Once the filler is fully set, spread some PVA (white) glue over the areas you want smaller stones and sprinkle sand on to it.



4. Prime the base black.
5. Basecoat the rocks Dawnstone Grey. Basecoat the rest of the base in Rhinox Hide.
6. Dry brush the rhinox area with Mournfang Brown.



7. Drybrush the rhinox area again, this time with Ushabti Bone.
8. Shade the dawnstone rocks with Nuln Oil.
9. Drybrush the dawnstone rocks with Dawnstone Grey.



10. Drybrush dawnstone rocks with Administratum Grey.
11. Shade recesses of dawnstone rocks with Agrax Earthshade.
12. Lightly drybrush dawnstone rocks with Dawnstone Grey. Finish by adding small touches of Athonian Camoshade to recesses of the rocks to simulate moss and vegetation build up. Keep it subtle, but this step really helps to make the rocks appear more realistic.



13. OK, now the fun bit... adding grass and tufts. By painting the whole of the base, it now gives total freedom to how much grass you want to add at this stage. For a wasteland look, you could just add a couple of long brown tufts, for a more lush feel you'll need to add static grass.
As the name suggests, static grass is actually intended to be applied using a static electric charge and it is the static charge which gives by far the best results.
For this you are going to need to use a static applicator, there are different types you can buyn(you can even make your own). I'll provide more details at the end of this tutorial.
Spread PVA (white) glue over the areas you want short grass to be and apply 3mm static grass using your applicator.
14. Once dry, add longer tufts (5mm), flowers and shrubs. These can be bought or homemade In this case, the heather tuft is made from 5mm static grass and coloured sawdust.
15. With the base now complete, all that remains to do is add your mini, or in this case a broken shield to act as an objective marker.

How to: make grass bases
STATIC GRASS APPLICATORS
This is the secret to achieving perfect grass for your minis. As mentioned previously, there are actually lots of different types of applicator.
I've found the best results were achieved by using a static plate box (like the one shown in the pic).
You can buy them on eBay and cost around £40.
It works by creating an electrostatic charge to attract the nylon flock fibres onto a glued surface, the flock fibres jump towards that object and sit in the glue sanding on end to produce a uniform carpet layer.
I will include a link to a recommended product in the comments for this image.
How to: make grass bases
THANK YOU
I hope you find this guide useful. If you do have any questions or suggestions on how to improve it for others, then please do let me know. Don't forget to LIKE and FOLLOW my page for more tips and guides.

         

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