Ancient Ruins II: Quick and Simple Painting

Lost Hemisphere has been around for many years at this point. Our very first post went live January 12, 2008. Over the years we grew, recruited contributors, painters, roving losties, and attracted sponsors. We’ve been blessed over the years to be supported by a number of spiffy keen folks – Broken Egg Games and KR Multicase, for example – but the very first was Dragon Forge Design.

In recent times Dragon Forge has used some Kickstarters to develop some new base lines, such as the Ancient Ruins II set we’re painting today. This base series – and indeed the vast majority of bases on Dragon Forge’s website – holds an appeal for me that I think many resin base manufacturers just don’t quite grasp: They’re detailed, without being overly so. They showcase and display the model you’re spent the last 6+ hours working on, without overshadowing your efforts. They accent the model, rather than stealing the show.

Oh, and they paint up real easy 😉 This is the base scheme I’m using on my Skorne. Enjoy!

Yon pile of bases first received a coat of primer. I had white in hand, though you could really use any colour you’re comfortable with.

First, a layer of P3 Traitor Green

Then Jack Bone, leaving the Traitor Green visible in the recesses. You really could drybrush these bases from the word go, just make sure you use an old brush.

You can also at this point put on a light coating of Menoth White Base if you want a little higher level of detail differentiation.

GW’s Agrax Earthshade washes it all down and, for the less precise painter, hides mistakes.

A light stippling or drybrushing of Menoth White Base brings the corners backk up and, since it’s stone after all gives it a dusted look.

These bases are ideal for water effects, but for now a black wash in the lowered sections differentiates the dirt from the stonework. Since the dirt is essentially crumbled up fragments of the ruined stone, having it as slightly darker bits of the main stone works for me.

And then there’s a few bones around the place. Guess what the first colour I used was…

Okay, fine, lucky guess. What was next?

Damn, two in a row… can you get the third?

Your luck is incredible! Wash, wash wash…

And a little white to bring them out again. The contrast would, of course, be much stronger if I’d gone with a grey stone.

Black rimming makes it all look neat and tidy…

and I have my handy Arc Ninja from Broken Egg for when I have models mounted and am ready to, well, mark arcs.

A couple of pins and you’re ready to stomp your way across the table and smoosh face.

Aside from making the awesome Lost Hemisphere logo bases that we’ve given away every February at past Templecons, and that we’ll be giving away at next February’s CaptainCon: Winter Harbour, Dragon Forge also produces twenty two other round-lipped base series, perfect for Warmachine & Hordes, and bases suitable for many other games, including 40K, Infinity, Relic Knights, Wild West Exodus, Malifaux, and more… damn, there’s a lot of games out there nowadays…