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Lava bases for the GoreChosen heroes

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Morning everyone !!

This week there is only gorechosen pre order and yesterday Alex shared with us his amazing Khorne priest conversion "url". I really liked the lava affect and asked a tutorial for it.
The plan is to make Lava base for the GoreChosen Heroes. (And maybe start a khorne Army !)

So here the Tutorial, Not too hard, Not too long and very efficient.

The only technical part is the glazing, google it but it's nothing more than VERY thinned down paint and using very little at a time (let it dry 30 sec after each layer)

Thx again alex from prometian painting :


Start of the tutorial

Stuff needed : in addition to the paints listed with each picture, you'll need some cork, green stuff and PVA glue for this project.
Edit : If you want to enlarge the image reduce the browser (i swear it work ^^)


Firstly, break the cork into natural-looking chunks and lumps, ensuring you have a flat surface at the right height for each point of contact on the model. Superglue them down.

If you want to do bubbles, simply squish a small ball of green stuff onto the base, then use a sculpting tool to spread the putty out over the base. It doesn't have to be neat, as this'll be covered in glue and paint before you're done.

Finally, give all the "lava" on the base a generous coat of PVA glue. This is to smooth out the base texture, and help hide the seam between it and the bubbles.

Leave to dry, then undercoat it black.


With the undercoat done, you'll need a dark grey - I used mechanicus standard. Give all the rocks a heavy drybrushing.


Get a lighter grey - administratum or ulthuan are both good, although you could even use white scar if you wanted a really high contrast - and drybrush the edges lightly.


I used a bright red to drybrush the edges of the rocks from the bottom up, which starts the glowing lava effect we're going for.


Repeat the previous step, but with a lighter drybrush of orange. Troll slayer or wild rider red are ideal.


Base the lava mephiston red. Not a lot to say about this step.


A shade is largely unnecessary, but it can add some depth to the bubbles - Fuegan Orange, Carroburg Crimson or Casandra Yellow would probably work.


Now we get started with the lava properly. The technique is dead simple - you simply layer progressively brighter reds (and later oranges and yellows) onto the base, moving inward each time. The result will be a gradual transition from dark red near the rocks - where the lava would be the coolest - out to brighter, hotter colours.

I started with evil sunz scarlet, but really, you can use whatever reds you want.


Repeat the previous step with wild rider red. You can start to see the gradual transition now.

You do not need to be neat here - I did these very quickly, myself - as each layer will be mostly covered up by the next one.


At some point between doing your reds and oranges/yellows, you'll want to glaze all the lava and a small amount of the rock edges. Seriously, glazes are liquid talent and make this technique so simple and quick.

You can use bloodletter, but I used vallejo fluorescent orange, thinned down heavily with lahmian medium. Obviously this will create a brighter glow, but may not be to everyone's taste.


Continue on with your oranges. I made a mistake with my photos here - this step was actually troll slayer orange, and I forgot to take a picture of the fire dragon bright step that follows - but you get the idea, I'm sure.

You can choose to separate the bubbles from the overall lava here if you want - I don't know if this is realistic, but it does make them stand out quite a bit. To do so, simply paint the tops of the bubbles with the brighter colours, leaving the area around them a darker tone.


As you progress into the yellows, you'll want to start painting with more precision, carefully filling in the lines of orange you've painted previously. I got lazy at this point, in that I only used one yellow followed by white scar, and I couldn't be bothered to do a separate photo for each stage.

You may want to edge highlight the base with your final few colours, as I have - this has a very pleasing - although once again, not necessarily realistic effect.


Glazing time again. I used vallejo fluorescent yellow, but lamenters yellow will do in a pinch. Either way, apply to taste - I don't do the whole lava section with this colour, instead only catching the yellow and orange layers, but this can obviously vary from painter to painter.


And you're done, more or less! I did a final few things which didn't merit their own photos - I added a few flecks of sediment or small rock to the lava, painted by doing simple black dots and dashes clustered near the larger rocks.

After doing so, I gave said flecks and the deeper recesses of where the rocks meet the lava a shade with agrax earthshade - this brown adds a nice transition and can help stop the base from overwhelming the model.

Finally, I tidied up the base edges with a band of abaddon black.

All in all, this project probably took about three hours, and that was in large part due to taking photos and having to wait for paint to dry.