In my previous post I mentioned that I'd been rebasing my Napoleonic ships whilst on holiday. In fact I'd done a few before I went away, but they were test runs to make sure the process worked before I committed to spending a week cut off from most of my stuff.
Anyway, here's what the new bases look like. If you look at past posts you'll see that the ships are just based on blue mounting board. They now have something that looks like water and waves on it.
And here's how I did it.
Here's an old base. The grey blobs are the bits of Blu Tak which have been holding a ship in place for nigh on 30 years. Really. The pieces of paper are cut to be just bigger than a base. One piece of paper per base. The bases themselves are mounting board. Not the really thick stuff though. Although I know it makes things easier to handle this (mostly American) concept of mounting things on half-inch thick plinths isn't for me.
I then screwed up each piece of paper very tightly. If I was feeling keen I unfolded them and screwed them up again.
The pieces of paper unfolded.
I then used PVA to glue the paper to the base. Because it's a bit bigger than the base I had to scrunch it up a little, using the creases the screwing up had provided.
Each base was painted in blue. I used cheap artist's acrylic paint. It doesn't need anything more sophisticated.
Once the paint was dry I gave each base a wash with dark green paint.
And here's how they look when the wash has dried.
Finally I dry-brushed each base in white. You can really go to town on this bit. I picked out the crests of big waves in a heavier brushing
Finally I glued a ship down on each base. This did involve squashing some of the crests, and on later bases I glued the centre of each piece of paper more smoothly, reserving the waves for the edges.
(Sorry about the distracting newspaper background)
In fact there's a final stage I didn't take a picture of. Once the ship was glued down I used some more white dry-brushing to paint a bow-wake, a wake and to cover the point where the ship meets the base. Just detailing really.
The process is fairly quick and simple. I managed to do the bases for about 40 ships over the week, and have another 40-50 to go.
Top Tip: When going on holiday with a project involving PVA glue, remember to pack enough PVA glue to see you past the first day. If you haven't done this, make sure you're staying near a town that has a craft shop. A sewing shop, specifically. Thank you Sew and Tell in Berry.