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vexillia Inactive Member07 Jan 2011 3:18 p.m. PST

I'm interested in people's basing recipes that use coloured emulsions. I've seen a few but, of course, I can't find them. :-(

I'm especially interested in colours for light soil and sand. Please mention brand and codes if possible.


Martin Stephenson

St Anselm07 Jan 2011 3:26 p.m. PST

hi there

I have used sandtex bitter chocolate and mid stone in the past.. although I think they might have been masonry paint?

Derek H07 Jan 2011 3:41 p.m. PST

B&Q Dulux emulsion sample pots are the dogs Bleeped text for basing. £3.00 GBP for 250mls.

If you take a colour swatch along with you they'll scan it and make up something that's very close indeed.

I use 3 different base colours for my basing Tawny Crest 1, Rich Praline 2 and Expresso Delight 1.

Feet up now Inactive Member07 Jan 2011 4:50 p.m. PST

i have also use sandtex bitter chocolate mainly for bases and terrain .leave overnight and it gives a good drybrush finish with the built in texture.

Sometimes you may wish to bunch up some talus or tiny grit to liven up areas ,I Just glue them down and the sandtex seals them for you.

I should imagine a nice sand stone colour will give you your sand effect.

olicana07 Jan 2011 4:54 p.m. PST

Hi Martin,

Although I use watered down burnt umber acrylic ink (3 parts water to 1 part ink) on my sand and grit surface – because it is very quick to apply and flows into every nook and crevice – I do use emulsion to dry brush. A bottle of ink does about 200 28mm figs, 2p each.

I use Dulux wholemeal honey number 1 and bog standard ivory mixed to the shade I want applying it as two highlights. I sometimes mix in a bit of cheap artists acrylic (burnt sienna, burnt umber and raw umber, usually) for density. I'm talking the cheap stuff that looks like it's for kids – 250ml (?) tube for a fiver type stuff. It's also good for terrain, so it doesn't go to waste.

You've seen the effect up close and personal, but I'll put my blog address for others. It's used to good effect on the WWII bases three posts down, which was lots of ivory with a bit of burnt umber and raw umber acrylic.

PS. Are you going to York this year?

James R.

Olaf the hairy Inactive Member07 Jan 2011 4:56 p.m. PST

I have used Dulux espresso shot for dark earth mixed with plenty of sand to bulk it up and then drybrushed.

I used Crown Solo Fireside and and another one I don't remember mixed with various stuff for dry soil although that came out a bit pinky.

Personal logo Swampster Supporting Member of TMP07 Jan 2011 5:27 p.m. PST

I used Dulux Sunbaked Terracotta for the boards I did for Zama – it looks good when sand is sprinkled on. I'm sure it would work for bases too.
One possible advantage is that it is a ready mixed colour, so is probably available in the match pots. The 250ml tins are good value though.

von Paulus Inactive Member07 Jan 2011 6:13 p.m. PST

Dulux pebble mosaic for dark earth.

vexillia Inactive Member08 Jan 2011 3:17 a.m. PST

PS. Are you going to York this year?

Yes. Hotel booked etc. Should be there at nonon.

Martin Stephenson

vexillia Inactive Member08 Jan 2011 3:25 a.m. PST

Dulux Sunbaked Terracotta for the boards I did for Zama

Got a photo of these boards Pete?

Martin Stephenson

Personal logo Swampster Supporting Member of TMP08 Jan 2011 4:23 a.m. PST

You can see them at the SoA gallery
Mine were the DBMM boards.
They look a bit bland in photos – including ones I have taken – but go down well in the flesh.


vexillia Inactive Member08 Jan 2011 5:53 a.m. PST

Thanks to all those who've posted so far. I've posted a summary on my blog which includes links to colour swatches –

Martin Stephenson

Pauls Bods08 Jan 2011 6:46 a.m. PST

Here there´s a make of wallpaints called vincent. It comes in half litre tubes and has a pretty good range of neutral colours which can be mixed very easily with each other.
My favourite mix for earth is darkbrown 70% and black 30% as a bas covering , then a darkbrown not quite dry brush and finally a brown and sienna 50/50 drybrush.
For desert then lightbrown with a sienna drybrush.

Derek H08 Jan 2011 10:43 a.m. PST

link has examples of bases with Tawny Crest 1 and Expresso Delight 1

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