I've created the bases for all my dogs using grey grit stuff (bachmann trains gravel - dark grey, fine)
with bits of wine corks as rocks.
I'm going to be basing the entire army this way. The idea is that they're on a Goreworld where the substrate is crushed skulls and bones, from eons of battles to earn the Blood God's favor.
I've been experimenting with color schemes for the armored members of the Brass Stampede. I want them to have brass-type/metallic armor. Here are some of my experiments so far (using the back of the mini, as it was easier to focus on the entire plane rather than arms being blurry from the front angle):
I started by spraying the mini with Vallejo's bronze as the basecoat:
I then coated the model with GW nuln oil and drybrushed with Vallejo's brass, and tried to highlight some edges with Vallejo's old gold:
In theory, this is fine, but there is a real lack of contrast going on. Of course, when certain bits such as the armor joints, horns, eyes and so on are painted their appropriate colors the minis will look better.
Last week I was at my local GW and found a color I'd never seen before and really liked! It's called Screaming Bell. I thought this might be a great initial undercoat over which to layer the bronze/brass/old gold.
I also used this as an opportunity to test out GW's nialakh oxide, which I believe is a perfect opportunity to make the paint scheme more colorful without looking like a rainbow. This is my first attempt, and clearly I used too much of the stuff, but here are my results:
Half is just screaming bell washed with nuln oil and then bronze drybrushed over it, and the other half is the same but with nialakh oxide in the recesses before the drybrushing step:
I think if I use less of the nialakh oxide and apply it before the nuln oil, the effect will be much better.
Here's a random test plague marine with bonze basecoat => drybrushed brass with screaming bell highlights sprayed on just to see how it would look: