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The making of Cracked Earth Desert Bases

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The making of Cracked Earth Desert Bases

Garganthor
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Aug 5 2012, 11:17 PM #1

So, my beloved South Lands Cannibal, Pygmy and Ape themed VC army has been on a hold for a while, as vacation, the new baby, nice weather and just now a whole lot of work has taken it's time. However, that is not the full reason, as I also have been collecting and just started painting some Chaos Dwarfs. Not done much yet though, but when I really get started, I'll be putting up a plog for you guys.

Anyways, all this is good and well, but what I wanted to show you was my bases I'll use for the evil dwarfs. I guess some beastmen general out there might find it useful, so I put together a small tutorial.

So,here goes ( copy/pasted from CDO):
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People have been asking me about my bases: where did I get them? Well, actually, it's ordinary plain GW-bases. But with something called Distress Crackle Paint added.

http://rangerink.com/?product=tim-holtz ... ckle-paint

I found it after I had been trying out a crackle medium, that didn't work as I wanted. I stumbled upon this thing, and won't turn back.

 It's a great thing, this is. Easy and cheap and with great results. Just paint a surface and it will begin to crack. Great for doing a dead desert theme, or maybe, with a bit of experimenting, a kind of lava base...

Anyways, here's how it works:

Take a base (I only have two smaller ones at the moment, so it will have to do)


 
Cover it in PVA glue. This is important as the paint otherwise will just come off on the lightest touch. Don't really know why, but I learnt that the hard way. I'm sure there are other things you could use, but this is what I use and it works wonders. The paint bonds nicely, and is close to impossible to remove accidentally. 



Wait for the glue to dry. Don't think it needs to be completely dry though, just hard enough not to move around when adding the Crackle Paint. Anyway, use the built-in brush for the paint. 
I have done two bases: one with a thick layer, and the other one a bit thinner. 



Then, well, it's basically watching paint dry...

One hour:



After waiting six hours I had to go, so the result shown below is actually after about 16 Hours, but I'm sure around 8 would have been enough for the thicker one:



As you can see, the one with the thicker layer got fewer, but bigger overall cracks. The thinner layer one got one big crack and a lot of smaller ones. So you can somewhat control that much at least. Also, I'm sure the amount of the PVA glue - as well as how long you waited before adding the Crackle Paint - might affect the end result. So, could be something worth experiment.

Add whatever you want, and paint it after heart's content. I went for a Plain of Bones theme, so my bases looks like this:



I'm guessing that if you'd want to, you can make quite cool effects on miniatures also. Like painted armour all old and messed up, or cracked leather, dried mud on cloths, etc... in those cases I recommend using another brush than the built in one, as you'd need quite a thin layer.

Hope you like it as much as I, and feel free to let me know if you tried it out. 
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Aug 6 2012, 12:30 AM #2

That looks impressive. Thank you for sharing.
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Aug 6 2012, 12:54 AM #3

Wow, what a great product, thanks for that.
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Aug 6 2012, 01:06 AM #4

Nice, may have to add that to my basing arsenal, thanks.
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Aug 6 2012, 04:43 AM #5

Very cool! Looks great.

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Aug 6 2012, 09:03 AM #6

That's looking nice!
If you want more bones for the bases you can get the Wargames Factory skeletons, they come naked and in small pieces, i e loose torsos and such so it should be very easy to make "skeleton scatter".
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Aug 6 2012, 09:07 AM #7

wouu !

Its normal paint, not the Citadel one for minis yes ?. What actually makes the paint crack like that ? I thought it might becouse the PVE is still in liquid form under it, but then you wrote it should be dry, or "almost" dry, soo now i am at loss :o
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Aug 6 2012, 09:18 AM #8

Very cool! Might give that a shot for my next army actually. Hoping to see these cannibals in action at QFA this fall.
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Aug 6 2012, 10:19 AM #9

Yeah, I really like this a lot. I will probably experiment with this as maybe a glacier type base. Well see how it goes.
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Aug 6 2012, 11:27 AM #10

Myrdin @ Aug 6 2012, 09:07 AM wrote: wouu !

Its normal paint, not the Citadel one for minis yes ?. What actually makes the paint crack like that ? I thought it might becouse the PVE is still in liquid form under it, but then you wrote it should be dry, or "almost" dry, soo now i am at loss :o
Its super awesome magic paint, not citadel. The link explains all.
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Aug 6 2012, 11:36 AM #11

Very nice, this should gut put up under the tutorials sticky.
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Aug 6 2012, 02:29 PM #12

Very cool technique. Gotta make a note on this one. :)
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Aug 6 2012, 03:01 PM #13

Very impressive and affordable!
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Aug 6 2012, 04:23 PM #14

Glad you all seem to like it. It's super easy and gets by far the best result of the different things I tried. And it's cheap. I have made some 60 20x20 bases, 16 40x40, as well as a lot of wasted ones before I came up with the PVA glue base to make it hold. And I still have about a 5th left in the first bottle. So yeah, pretty affordable.

Myrdin: I think that not letting the glue underneath dry completely helps making the cracks a bit bigger, but it would still work even if dry.

mrtn: thanks for the advice - I guess I indeed will need more skeleton parts.
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Aug 6 2012, 06:57 PM #15

This is a fantastic and great tutorial!

Thanks for your time and effort.
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