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 22 May 2020, 22:43
Typically the photos haven't come out well, but the lighting was awful.

Had a go at some urban style bases - nothing major, but still more complicated than I'm used to! Cork, plasticard, Vallejo Black Lava (seems like this stuff is good!) and a little barbed wire. Thoughts?

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 24 May 2020, 00:01
Looks great. Always hard to tell until you put some colour into it. I like the little tubes you put in. Very nice. What did you use?
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 24 May 2020, 00:25
Yeah, knew that it would be difficult to see without paint and while it was still wet, but I was too pleased with myself to wait ๐Ÿ˜‚ when I have better lighting I'll try a couple more photos, see what they look like with something on top - want to see how much of a difference the cork heights make (middle one is double thickness)

The plastic-coated paperclips I've been sticking into corks to paint on. Didn't think it worked too badly, although the single layered cork was a touch too thin to get it to work nicely. Meant to get some plastic rods to cut into shell cases but I completely forgot to add them to the order.

Also fairly certain I coiled the wire too tightly on the left, it that's not the end of the world.
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 24 May 2020, 00:44
I'm impressed. I need to get some cork stuff. I've just been using random spare bits from the mdf kits but they are too blocky.
What figures are going to go on them?
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 24 May 2020, 00:58
I just did a little order from https://www.newmodellersshop.co.uk/ (they had stock available, didn't look elsewhere once I found them) to play aroumd with. Once I know for definite what works I'll likely bulk order.

Probably old metal scouts. The Primaris I've been fiddling with will continue to be testing models I think, and I'll start with some of the older firstborn stuff.
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 31 May 2020, 16:43
One of them now looks a little more like this. Thoughts?

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(it's not perfect, but it's come out better than I was expecting!)
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 01 Jun 2020, 00:08
Love it. Very realistic actually. What did you do for the browny spots? Razorwire is very nicely done too.. I used one before and I think I over used it.. here's proof less can be more!
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 01 Jun 2020, 10:50
The second and third I actually took a slightly different approach, but I forgot to photograph them!

Black undercoat > all over with VMC German Grey > base drybrushed & stippled with Rhinox Hide, Mournfang Brown, VGC Sombre Grey, VGC Wolf Grey and VMC German Grey > 'concrete' stippled as base, just less brown.
Basically just threw what I had to hand at it ๐Ÿ˜‚
Razor wire was Balthasar Gold (don't own any Tin Bitz, or whatever replaced it yet) and P3 Quicksilver, Nuln Oil.

I used to find better paints for earthy and 'concretey' colours, but I'll have a look through the VMC range again at some point maybe. Also need a better stippling brush, as the drybrush I have isn't the best shape for it.

The wire actually came out better than I expected - it's just difficult to see when everything is sprayed black!
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 01 Jun 2020, 17:38
The Balthasar gold has worked really well to be fair!! I think leadbelcher may be the replacement?
Well done mate!
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 01 Jun 2020, 19:15
It did the job, although I'm already looking at changing how I do them after some searching. Made an order (yes, that's a third one I have on the way, no more now!) for some Vallejo & Scale 75 paints and some Vallejo & AK pigments, which I've never actually used before.

Apparently Warplock Bronze is the new line, but Vallejo's Tinny Tin is very close to the old one. The stuff I have on the way well let me go for more of a rusted look, but I could possibly use both. We'll see in a few days. ๐Ÿ˜
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