Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Genestealer Cult - Urban Bases

With the first hybrid finished, it's time to look at the basing scheme for the cult. I wanted something very different from the swamp bases I've used for my last project, the fimir, so I went for ruined urban. After a search in the old internet, I found a nice set of resin bases from Dragon Forge, you can see them here. Mostly concrete with grates, manholes and so on.

As the scheme for my cult has quite a few colours I want the basing to be pretty neutral, and you want get much more neutral than grey. Having said that, I didn't want the bases to be just mid-grey with a white drybrush, there has to be some points of interest, so once again I turned to the mighty interwebs to instruct me. I found a nice tutorial from Third Eye Nuke on urban basing which had a couple of choice tips. You can see it here. Craziest of all was a highlight of silver as the top highlight on the concrete. 'What in the hell?', I said. 'Holy monkeys, it really works!', I said a second or two later. Here's the scheme I went with.

Base coat of light grey, I used the old Fortress Grey from Citadel. I based the grate with a 1:1 mix of Mechrite Red and Boltgun Metal. Wash all with Reikland Fleshshade. Wash the grate and recesses and such with Nuln Oil. Drybrush with Fortress Grey. Stipple flat areas a touch. Same again with Skull White. Drybrush with Necron Compound. Finally, work Typhus Corrosion into recesses and points of interest. You can use pigment here too, but I just goddam love Typhus Corrosion for the grainy texture. It's a weathering/dirtifying magic liquid, so it is.

I'm pretty happy with the result, and it takes no time at all.


  1. It's a refreshing change from the steel sheets and girders or gears we get on so many admech bases.
    You stinged my curiosity with the typhus corrosion here, I have to give it a try now.
    Third eye nuke are a sort of marmite as far as outcome is concerned but they do have a thing for painting outside the box and some ideas are really splendid. I do not fancy the unfinished look of some of their pieces but some others have a really killing visual effect (and very high time efficiency).

    these pale and neutral bases are a very good move.

    1. Thank you, Bottomless one. I wanted to stay right away from the tech bases that a lot of ad mech armies favour. Besides, I have to consider the purestrains too, which may not suit such an approach. I heartily recommend the Typhus Corrosion. I've not found a use for all the technical paints, but this one is the pick of the bunch for me at the moment.

      I haven't looked at many third eye nuke tutorials, but I live for little nuggets of painting info.


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