I've gone ahead and started working on my first models for my army. Although I'm starting with the Cauldron of Blood, I wanted to do some special basing for the unit and in order to get things to line up, I did some work on my Witch Elves as well. Due to their excessive pointiness and "elaborate" poses, I've decided to have designated spots within the unit for each model to make sure they actually rank up. Didn't seem to actually take a picture of the right side of the cauldron but this mainly designed for a 10-wide horde of 30 witches and a cauldron. Also note the cork on the bases for modeling.Photo: Witch Elves next to Cauldron
These are all going to be swamp like bases so I wanted to outline where the water would be. Since I'm giving each one a defined place in the unit, I wanted to make the water line so it wouldn't look as weird when it's such a big unit. Only partial drawing in photo. Also, credit where credit is due, a link to the video that inspired me to put this army on swamp bases at the bottom of the thread.Photo: Diagram of Base Layout (Red = Model; Green Hatching = Water
I cut away the cork to form the canals where the swamp water would go and chunked up some of the land masses to make them more realistic. Please note that I'm working on a unit filler piece to fill the middle. It'll make the whole unit look a little more custom as well as allow me to add elements of the theme into the unit. Photo: Cork bases cut for water
I added some cool pieces that I had lying around to give some more elements to the bases. This is before I put sand on the bases so they look slightly out of place.Photo: Base with tree trunk and rock [left], random skull [center], and wood elf sword buried in the swamp water [right]
I made another large base for the Cauldron to be on and finished the right side bases as well (still no real pictures. Sorry). I added more bits to the cauldron's base even though most will never be seen. But I still think they're very cool, including the half-buried Chaos Marauder whose head has been slightly separated from the body by one of the cauldron's wheels. Also, you can see that the sand makes the buried sword so much nicer.Photo: Cauldron of Blood swamp base primed [left] and Witch Elf bases primed [right]
I had already started painting the cauldron which is why I'm starting with that piece. I'll make my next update soon, showing what the cauldron looks like now and give some progress steps and I'm pretty sure I've decided what I'm doing with it. Until next time.
Awakened Realms - Swamp Base tutorial https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0G0VrDAlz34