So I have used resin bases before. They are detailed and nice. But I was looking for thick cobbletones or crude paving stones. something you would see in 17th century France. So I decided to GS some. Viewed alone, the stones are crude and exaggerated. However, I think in the 28mm scale they work well.
So…this is how I do it (right now, looking into a different way to do it).
Base of choice
That’s it. It’s actually very simple.
Onto the process.
First, take a ball of GS and flatten it to cover the base evenly with GS. Use whatever technique you want to flatten and portion this out. The deeper the GS, the more pronounced the cracks between the stones. Deeper cracks are nice if you want a more aged look with sprouts of grass popping up between the stones.
Next, use something long and straight. For 25mm bases, I use the back of my blade and for larger bases I use my kitchen paring knife. Just make sure you wash it afterwards. Make parralell lines across the base. It should look like this:
This will be the width of your bricks. If you want scale, I go for the width of a space marine foot for width. Narrower is fine, but it can be tedious if you are doing a lot of them. So I go with a space marine foot.
Next, you need to seperate the stones. Take a blade and start from one side and cut very lightly into the GS to make the lines. Make them light in case you don’t like it once you are done. Make sure you alternate them like bricks, but not perfectly. I opt for a rough hewn look (again, think 17th century France) and vary the lengths between 1.5 and 2 times the width normally. Some end up very short.
Now, it’s time to start. Take some water to make your blade non-stick. Also, chap-stick works as well and doesn’t seem to create a problem when painting…all you have to do is rinse it off after you are done. Cut the length cuts deeper, down to the base. Make sure that the blase is sharp. If it is dull, it will pull. If you HAPPEN to have a tool that can make cuts and is the same width or narrower than the bricks and you can use a chisel motion, that’s great. Overall, should look like this after this step:
Well, this looks like a brick wall or freshly laid flagstones. Take a tool for shaping. I use the spoon side of the GW sculpting tool.
Now, go around the brick corners and flatten them a little.
Afterwards, you should have this:
This is sort of plain. So I use a sculpting tool with an edge and pick away at the brick edges to cause damage. Also, if you cut to the base, if you wait a while you can pull one up and lay it at an angle as if it had come out of place or you can even put dirt there to show a missing stone. I also put bullet marks, chaos symbols, and general wear and tear.
Last step would be to adjust the contour. No cobblestone is perfectly smooth. Again, I take the smooth side of the GW spoon end sculpting tool and create small indents in various bricks, making sure I don’t make a pattern. It’s subtle and small, but will pay off huge when you apply washes.
So, the final product looks like this:
Thanks for reading, hope you found this useful!