I have a really well painted chaplain in TDA that I painted awhile back. He is really slick if I do say so my self. He is kind of accidentally one of the best models I have painted. What I mean by this is as I painted him, he just began to develop on his own it seemed. So, here are a few pics of him:
Dragon Forge has sent me over some bases to check out. You can see the array of bases he sent me in this post. Not only am I impressed by his handiwork, but Jeff seems to be an all around agreeable guy. You have to give his site a look-see. Well, I am using the stonework 40mm base for a Lone Wolf conversion project, so I used the tech deck base he gave me for my chappy. The one I am using is the one in the upper lefthand corner of the picture below:
Which leads me to a few points about using bases to make a model really pop.
1) Base your models! It is that simple. Don't leave them on a plain black base like I did above. At the very least flock them.
2) Flocking is an easy way to cover a base and give it texture, but paint over the basing material and highlight/wash your bases. This really only requires a bit of drybrushing to do and it makes your model look a lot better. Again, your base gives a lot of feeling and environment to your models.
3) Keep basing schemes consistent. Don't change up your method in the middle of painting your army. Make sure the entire army is based the same as they are fighting on the same battlefield, theoretically.
4) If you don't like flocking and basing yourself, buy resin bases! I recommend Dragon Forge's stuff. It is high quality and easy to work with. Plus, most resin bases add some really cool details to give your army more character. I can't sculpt that well on my own, so I am going to let someone else do it for me.
5) Use hot and cold colors to make models pop. Many may not know this but colors can be hot and bright or cool and muted. If you model is mostly cool (see above) try adding warmer, brighter colors to the base to make the model stand out. If nothing else, try not to paint your base and your model the same overall color as this tend to make the model blend in and get lost. You want your work to stand out. For instance, if I were painting a Blood Angel model with lots of red, I would try to incorporate muted blue, gray, and green tones in the basing to make him stand out more. Check out a link on color theory for more information.
That about does it for this post. Thanks for reading. I should have a Black Templar HQ review up soon.
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