Sunday, 29 March 2015

Horus Heresy - Shattered Legion - Basing & Priming

Welcome to what will most definitely not be the most exciting post in what appears to have become a consistent series (by luck more than planning). Yep, basing and priming. Woo. Hoo.


I reckon basing an army can be a bit of a chore at times. Resisting the urge to just add thin layer of sand to a base is something I often used to fight with. Luckily (for me) I now have a quick easy method that means I can get a bit of variety with just a few simple things.

Note: this method is probably exactly identical to many other peoples efforts. It isn't jaw droppingly exciting and it wont win me any modeling awards. But when faced with twenty plus models to paint it does the trick.

Tools for this particular mission are:
  • PVA Glue
  • Super Glue
  • Green Stuff
  • Cork (in this case a tub of off cuts)
  • A tub of old GW basing sand (that used to come in bags I think, I just keep it in a tub)
  • One Warhammer 40,000 Basing Kit (medium & small basing slate tubs)
Use the superglue to stick some of the cork to the base. Green Stuff is used to add a bit of variation to the level of the base.
PVA Glue is spread liberally onto the base. Some of the medium slate is dotted around the base.
Sprinkle on some small slate. 
Dip and shake. (That is dip the base in the tub of sand and then shake the tub until the base is covered.)
Leave to dry.
Seal the base with a mix of water and PVA glue. 
I add the final mix of water and PVA glue to ensure that the sand stays firmly attached to the base. (You'll need to add a drop of washing up liquid to the water to allow the surface tension of the PVA to break down and mix thoroughly).


Finally every model (so far) is given a few thin blasts of Vallejo Black Surface Primer. This was my first time using it, and so far colour me impressed. It's gone on nice and smooth through the airbrush. I've yet to add a zenithal spritz with some Vallejo white primer, but this will be the final stage before I break out the actual paints.

A shot of everything. Where you can make out almost nothing. Note the empty base. This is for the Praetor.
Primed Contemptor
Be sure to clean off ALL the mould release!
Primed Sergeants
Now I just need to figure out the right green to paint them!


  1. Nice idea on the bases mate. Will use them at somepoint.

    About time you started painting though!

    1. Cheers :)

      Yep, I think this is the longest period of me not actually painting anything in quite some time.