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Stinky Spore


Hi Dakka!
I'd like to show you how I make bases imitating asphalt surface.

I figured out that heavy and low suspended motorbikes should not ride offroad, they're just meant to ride on highways. Driving Harley Davidson offroad is possible but is it still a pleasure?

Maybe this tutorial is not big discovery but I hope you guys will like it.
Also I'm hoping for your comments

Step 1.
You need:
- a plastic base (in this case I used base from DV Ravenwing motorbikes)
- pieces of cork (use cork with very small grains)
- PVA glue
- black paint (I used Vallejo primer)

Stick pieces of cork to original base, then prime it black. When you are creating cracks just don't make them too big. Drill holes.
Drybrush your whole base with dark grey paint, drybrush edges with light grey paint.

Step 2.
You need:
- masking tape
- hairspray
- salt

Create a pattern, secure areas where you don't want to paint.
Spray your base with hairspray and use some salt. Make sure that salt won't drop out when you will be putting paint from aerograph.

Step 3.
You need:
- yellow paint (GW Averland sunset)
- red paint (GW Khorne red)

Paint your base with aerograph. Use well diluted paint (we want to achieve worn out surface so yellow paint can't cover to much, also, imagine cracks in newly painted road... can happen only in Poland so watch out.
Do some shading. I added a little of red paint to yellow one diluted in aerograph. Just don't go to rough here.

Step 4.
You need:
- hard brush
- water

Remove masking tape and brush your yellow pattern with wet brush. Salt will drop out first showing some base paint under. Water is needed only to dilute hairspray under yellow paint so don't wet everything to much.

Step 5.
You need:
- pigment (Vallejo Natural Umber)

Put some pigment on your base. Than just blow to remove any unnecessary amount of pigment (we just want our asphalt to have a little dirt on)

Step 6.
You need:
- static grass
- PVA glue

Just glue a little of static grass. Make sure you're putting your grass in cracks (I think that grass will not grow o asphalt surface )

Step 7.
You need:
- matt varnish (Vallejo Matt varnish)

Just put some matt varnish on your base. Just don't go too crazy here, watch out for static grass.

Step 8
That's all. Just mount your model on your base and you are ready to hit the road.

Born to be wild...

I hope you enjoyed guys!
Best of luck.

See my gallery if you liked it:

This message was edited 5 times. Last update was at 2013/03/25 20:11:52

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Stinky Spore


Fixed :]

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Stormin' Stompa

That looks really good.

Additionally your tutorial also functions as a mini-intro to some different techniques - airbrush masking, weathering with salt, pigment powders.
Well done.

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Monstrous Master Moulder


Nice work. I will be using something similar on some of my basing.

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Nice tutorial. Will be giving this one a shot at some point.

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Perfect Shot Dark Angels Predator Pilot

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Awesome tutorial!

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Focused Fire Warrior


Well done

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Really nice tutorial. Informative and to the point.
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Nice tutorial, I dont have bikes so maybe i can experiment with a helbrute. nice job!

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Regular Dakkanaut

The only thing I would do differently would be to add some sand into the cracks before priming, then some dirt into the cracks before the tufts. Broken asphalt rarely has such clean separation.


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Stinky Spore


Matney X wrote:
The only thing I would do differently would be to add some sand into the cracks before priming, then some dirt into the cracks before the tufts. Broken asphalt rarely has such clean separation.

I agree with you. Although, I think it depends from how large craks you're making. If you want large cracks then putting sand between them is necessary. My cracks were not so big so I decided to leave it like they were.
Nevertheless great idea. Thank you

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Legendary Master of the Chapter

Man is there nothing you cant do with cork?

great tut.

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 Scott-S6 wrote:
And yet another thread is hijacked for Unit to ask for the same advice, receive the same answers and make the same excuses.

Oh my god I'm becoming martel.
Send help!

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Beautiful work. Shame it had to be hidden underneath a bike

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An amazing effect, if I ever get to bikes I will be trying this one out. Subscribed, and thanks for sharing!

This message was edited 1 time. Last update was at 2013/04/03 14:15:32

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Stinky Spore


Hi guys. I've just put some photos of finished Ravenwings squad.


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Longtime Dakkanaut


Great thread and a beautiful technique. Thank you for posting!

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Aspirant Tech-Adept

Great tecnique, must give that a try.
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Fresh-Faced New User

This is exactly what I needed! I'm working on a base for my nid drop pod and it was going to be a mangled road. Now I have the knowledge to make it look righteous! Thanks!
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This is exactly what I was looking for! My Speed Freaks will be assaulting some poor Hive city.


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Steadfast Grey Hunter

This is a cool trick and the end results are great, thanks.

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