Chaos Knight Titan: Basing WIP #10

Basing the Chaos Knight Titan – Work in Progress

One thing I had struggled with for a while was how to base my Chaos Knight Titan. I didn’t want to do anything overly elaborate, but I also wanted more than my normal process of gluing down sand and adding snow. Then it struck me, my answer was right here on this site. Yep, that awesome tutorial that Falconer did for earth basing.

I had to go out and get some cork board and spackle. With the tools ready, I went to it, but I kept it simple. I wanted to elevate the Chaos Knight so that I could (later), create a good frozen stream like area. So, I just elevated each foot.

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From there, it was the fun part of spackling the cork board so the transitions weren’t so abrupt. Basically, following Falconer’s tutorial. I didn’t get any shots of this step I’m afraid.

It was time to glue down some sand. Again, taking Falconer’s advice, I used sand of different sizes to create variation. I only had two sizes I could use, so it’s not as varied as Falconer’s in his tutorial, but it’s not a huge deal. Unlike what Falconer was doing, I will be covering a lot of area on the base with snow and frozen water. For the most part, I will be covering most of what you see, so perfection isn’t all that required.

Lastly, once everything dried, I went ahead and got it all primed. It’s always nice to see everything a single color and get a better feel for the result.

Chaos Knight Titan: Basing WIP #5

I couldn’t leave it there. I had to get a base coat on the basing. I did a heavy wash of a dark brown, let that sit for a few minutes, and then came in with the same color again and dabbed it on to get better coverage on the raised sand and gravel.

With that color down, I then liberally washed it with thinned down black.

Chaos Knight Titan: Basing WIP #10

That’s where it’s going to stay for now. You’ll notice some paint on one of the Knight legs. I started doing that when the base was drying. I want to get the legs near complete before I finish off the base. I just have to do some progressive layers of dry brushing on the base, nothing major, but I don’t want to do it now and then slip, or mess something up, while I’m handling the base to paint the legs.

More to come soon.

Update

If you’d like you can see the completed Chaos Knight Titan gallery.

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Rory

Good to see it coming together man, lots of layers on that base eh?

Thomas

I so want a chaos knight of my own.

greggles

Great job hiding the cork, misterjustin would be proud!

NafNaf

I like it so far. The textures and layers look good :)

Westrider

I almost bought a couple of sheets of cork when I was at the hardware store this afternoon picking up more glue and primer. Now I’m really wishing I had. It’s much better for building up some variation in height than anything I’ve got. For some reason I never really thought of covering it up with filler like that, and I’m also not a huge fan of just plain cork basing (For the most part. Now that I say that, I’m kind of considering leaving a few bits poking out here and there, kind of like boulders or bedrock that’s been exposed by erosion).

TheRhino

Looking good.
Do you have a paved driveway? This time of year is perfect for getting a nice mix of sand for basing. All the road grit from the winter sits in nice piles ready for harvesting. Spread it out to dry for several days, then run it through a sieve a bit at a time. That’s what I did for my current basing materials. All the larger stuff in one tub, all the fines in another. I take a pinch of larger stuff, sprinkle it on my glue spots on the base, then cover the rest with fines.

Falconer

Glad the tutorial was useful! Looking good.

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