Step-by-step Guide: Making Tiled Ruin Bases

Here’s a quick step-by-step guide for how I’ve been making some slightly more colourful tiled bases. Perfect for when you want to add little more colour to your models.

Here’s what you need:

Step-by-step Guide: Making Tiled Ruin Bases

First start with cutting Plasticard into the rough shapes. I like to start by cutting strips of plasticard and drawing out the rough shapes of the tiles, cracks and scratches. You can then get an idea of how you want to place the tiles on the base.

Step-by-step Guide: Making Tiled Ruin Bases

If you want to add a bit more depth to your base you can add in a raised step with a layer of Cork first. Simply cut it roughly to shape and glue it down where you want the tiles to go.

Step-by-step Guide: Making Tiled Ruin Bases

For maximum depth I like to cut the plasticard tiles into different segments and slice the edges at an angle. This way when they are glued down they feel almost like a mosaic.

Make sure to keep track of which part goes where.

Step-by-step Guide: Making Tiled Ruin Bases

The tiles can then be glued in place on the base or on top of your cork step.

Step-by-step Guide: Making Tiled Ruin Bases

I then like to roughly cut down the excess tile width with a pair of clippers. Ideally you want to cut these down to be just slightly larger than their final shape.

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Step-by-step Guide: Making Tiled Ruin Bases

You can then come in with a blade and shave down the edges until they’re in line with the base. Be careful with this step not to cut towards any of your fingers.

Step-by-step Guide: Making Tiled Ruin Bases

I then like to decorate the base with small rocks and skulls, to make the bases feel more believable.

Step-by-step Guide: Making Tiled Ruin Bases

Then add some texture to the flat sections of the base. I’ve chosen to use Citadel Astrogranite texture paint for a quick stone/gravel effect. I do this step before painting, although you could easily do this step afterwards.

Step-by-step Guide: Making Tiled Ruin Bases

Once it’s dry, you’re ready to paint it up and glue your model on! If you want to make these bases really pop then check out my guide to painting them, or learn how I paint the direwolves that go on them with my Soulblight Dire Wolves guide.

If you give it a go, let me know! Leave a comment here or tag me on Instagram at @ajb_minis

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