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Quick wooden bases using Vallejo primers

Discussion in 'Post Your Own Articles & SBS' started by Kimmo, Sep 19, 2018.

  1. Kimmo A Fixture

    A simple and quick way to make ”wooden” bases using Vallejo primers and a fan brush. For these examples, we'll make cherry wood. Two different variants, one primed with Light Grey, the other without. You will see how the light base coat can be used to provided added variance and depth. The basic mix is Rotbraun with a touch of Green Brown, you can of course mix custom shades depending on wood type. The next step is to add grain streaks using Black and going over this with Rotbraun and again Black as needed. Experiment with shades and colours. The trick to using a fan brush is to let the random nature of the brush head do the work. Thinning the primer or rotating the brush will create different results. Always brush in the direction of the grain of the ”wood”. When satisfied, give it a coat of gloss. These examples were made in about 30 minutes, including drying time. Leave the bases to fully cure for 24-48 hours before adding groundwork.








    And an example from my latest project


  2. Joe55 A Fixture

    Now this is very helpful! With this skill one can go on with just about anything need a wood grain. Won't be timid on doing any of those WW1 biplane interiors or propellers either(y)!

  3. Kimmo A Fixture

    Cheers Joe! It really is rather simple, and with a bit of practice you can get some excellent results. And if you take it a bit further, once you have the primer grain down, you can add refined grain with regular acrylic. The best part of this is you don't have to be terribly neat or use your best brushes. If you don't have a fan brush, a slightly tatty medium/small brush works well too. Just remember to keep the grain going in one direction.


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