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Asphalt Bases for Wargaming

Inspired by EonsOfBattle’s Highway Base Video I set out to make my own for my Black Templar Killteam. I had 3 mm thick cork laying around from a different project and figured it’d be perfect for this. Rank and file troops would get a single layer of cork, HQ units and walkers two or more so I could play around with the different levels of a street. Here’s my quick way to make them.

  1. Materials used
  2. Steps to reproduce
  3. Finished pictures

Materials

Vallejo Surface Primer Black

Vallejo Surface Primer Black

Marabu Acrylic Dark Grey

Marabu Acrylic Dark Grey

Marabu Acrylic Sand

Marabu Acrylic Sand

Vallejo GC Sun Yellow

Vallejo GC Sun Yellow

Vallejo GC Orange Fire

Vallejo GC Orange Fire

Steps

  1. First, I roughly tore up chunks of cork to match the diameter of my printed magnet-embedded 32 mm bases and glued it on top using UHU Universal glue.
  2. Then I generously coated the entire base in black Vallejo primer using a brush, making sure that all the cork is sufficiently coated.
  3. Next, I drybrushed the top of the base with cheap craftstore grey acrylic paint.
  4. Once dry, I applied a cheap homemade black wash (black ink, water, airbrush flow improver) onto the entire base.
  5. Afterwards, I gently drybrushed the edges of the base using beige craftstore acrylic paint.
  6. After that, I arranged the bases in a line and glued a rough guide onto all using electric tape.
  7. Then I first sponged on yellow paint.
  8. And once that was dry, a small amount of orange paint on top.
  9. Finally, peeling the tape yields a very nice stripe pattern.

Finished pictures

Fully painted bases including two with models attached

Fully painted bases including two with models attached

Close-up of one of the bases

Close-up of one of the bases

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