i would grit the bases as normal, an then just glue the litchen on top of the grit. as your colours are grey and black, you could either paint the grit a dark grey, or dark red/brown to make the model and lichen stand out more.
id keep the sides of the base black rather than painting them, i prefer it that way.
Lichen is a type of fungus like plant matter that grows on stuff like rocks and trees. 2 good examples are moss and Spanish moss, most likely the lichen he is using is more like Spanish moss (google: Savannah GA, to see Spanish moss in its natural habitat)
I would like to know of a good paint tutorial on how to blend.
Apply glue to the base and dip in litter. When dry, apply another coat of watered down glue over the litter and allow to dry. This should solidify things a bit. At least, it works for the rubble I use.
Engelus, try searching 'wet blending' on YouTube. There is a video tutorial on wet blending available, though I'm not sure how much it might help.
Wertypop, sorry, I have nothing for you. I've never actually seen one outside my computer monitor.
Kitty litter is an absorbant material I believe, which means that it will be very receptive to Cyanoacrylate glues a.k.a super glue or zap-a-gap, when I glue coffee to my bases, i cover the top in a puddle of CA glue then flip it over as fast as I can into a waiting pile of coffee grinds. Works great every time.
Thanks for the quick responses guys. I think I may have been going backwards about this.
For a larger (1'-ish oval footprint) project like a bunker type thing should I have done the base first? Then glued the bunker to it?
with the bunker on it, it makes it hard to dip into anything.
next question - good ways to do rust drips? I had a little red ink, but its too red...
for the bunker, you might try spraying the glue parts with a thick coat of super 77, (careful this stuff goes everywhere and is tenatious, and never truely dries its always sticky) then liberely coat it in the kitty litter or other flock type stuff and press it into the glue. then lastly spray coat it in primer or sealant of some sort.
I tend to make up the bases for stuff afterwards. (They always seem to grow on me.)
To texture it I put on a sheet of newspaper or a bin linerbag, paint a thick layer of PVA glue on the base then sprinkle the 'kittylitter' on the glued area. When its dry you can just pick up the bunker shake off the excess grit on the paper and use the paper to 'pour' the waste grit back in its pot. Then seal it off with watered down PVA.
Rust: flesh wash built up is quite good for 'Dark' I use Vermin Fur for the more orangey 'powder' rust.
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