-laughs- it's still a pretty blasted good moral lesson there!
Aye, Kizzdougs does some absolutely phenomenal work and I love his bases in particular, gotta try that out too (I still want to make a windswept red sand mechanicum style base work. Maybe with some legit Alpha legion sorts). I think you nailed the look, it's rough and harsh and looks perfectly rugged. Love it mate. As for the airbrush, neeeever. I could never do even a tenth of my stuff with just brushing anymore. Cork does kinda suck, so I typically have to... ugh, brush it with some decent primer and let it dry, then wash it with some oils as they tend to keep their pigment really well.
Most of the bases I do (at least for my sons of horus, my blood angels use something similar but a bit weirder) are surprisingly quick. I'd be happy to toss up a few WIP sorts when I work on... whatever it is I'll be working on as an out of competition vow of solidarity I just take the standard black GW base and sand it down a bit with some sand paper (or a dremmel sander in particular for time's sake), then I decide if I want it to look like open concrete or more shattered stone. For the latter, it's just some dense cork that's cut and glued down with a hot glue gun, then some dollops of Liquitex ceramic stucco is blobbed on and smoothed out a bit. Sprinkle it with some odd unfiltered sand, and that's the actual 'built' thing. Takes like 2 minutes total.
The colouring isn't much harder: Prime it black, then a quick central zenithal highlight of white from an airbrush or rattle can. After its dry, I like using cheap water soluable oils for weathering as they're an easy clean up and I do stuff like, well, sponge on umber and a little bit of ochre and then drip water down on it. It'll dissolve someof the oils making it pool and swirl a bit, darkening the white highlight to brown and grey. Then I just tap in a bit of brick red and concrete grey weathering powders as it dries. Let it dry, then use a brush to draw the non dried powder in one direction to make streaks. Then seal, rim it in black, and done. Actual work time is probably in the realm of 5 minutes a base max (and decreasing with production line work), drying time is about 12 hours. If you have bigger terrain stuff, a quick blast of some umber and black through an airbrush for burn markings is often enough to pick out interesting parts.
Post Scriptum; ye, Dreagher is a blasted hero among us too! no doubt and always awesome to see XIIth legion sorts! And yeah, you nailed the face Lamebeard, mate! I don't do eyes unless it's a primarch or larger. Too much room for error for my liking.
Oh and because uh... well 'yeah', you lot are still working on your stuff, so I should too as solidarity.
Out of Competition Vow #1:
-10 Legionnaire Veterans, power fist, otherwise bare bones (it's more I like the image). I was never going to use EC heads as I'm now out, but I saw some of the newer Sons of Horus art and said 'meh, why not'. Now it's a question of green or grey armour. Kinda leaning towards grey.
Still got more marines and a few termies, so if I can finish them up right quick, might be able to do one small vow a day.
Edited by Vykes, 30 July 2018 - 05:41 AM.