How To Make A Martian Gaming Base

Matt Damon! We’ll be looking at how to do a Mars style
base today. I usually start off by trimming the edge of the base with a sharp knife. Just
cut of any bits of flashing, to tidy the sides up Next I take this little piece of wood to which
I’ve glued on some sand paper and I use that to smooth down any imperfections round the
edge so it’s all nice and flat. It doesn’t take long to do and it ensured
you don’t get any horrible marks on the side of the base when you come to paint the rim
so it’s worth taking the time to do. Mix up a bit of green stuff, and roll it into
a little sausage. Place a couple on the base, try and vary their length so they’re not exactly
the same. I’m going to glue these down in place with
some superglue, now you don’t really need to glue them as the greenstuff tends to act
like it’s own glue after a while but it makes it easier to keep them in place while you’re
sculpting them. Once those are glued on, I use a rubber sculpting
tool to flatten out the edges, the effect we’re going for here is to make little undulations
on the base as if some sand has been blown into a little drift. So just keep working the edge with your sculpting
tool until it’s nicely flattened out onto the base. Once your greenstuff has dried, put some PVA
glue onto the base and push it around with an old brush until you cover the whole surface. Now we’ll use this sand, it’s a mix of various
different grades of sand and I’ve added some ripped up bit of cork to simulate stones or
small rocks. Just go ahead and pour that onto the base.
You can see the cork pieces have clumped together a bit on one side, but that’s totally fine,
it’ll actually look pretty cool once we’ve painted it. I don’t want quite so many rocks though so
I’ll use a brush to pull some of the off so it’s not quite so crowded. Once you’re happy with the look, just leave
it to dry then spray it with some black primer. I used Games workshop Chaos Black. Then you’re going to take some white and spray
it down onto the base at about a 60 degree spraying from one side only. You can see that it’s bright on one side and
dark on the other, because the white paint only hits one side of the grain it gives you
that nice preshaded effect. Take some Games workshop Scrag brown and add
some water to it to make a glaze. You want the consistency of the paint to be really
quite thin, you can see on the palette that it’s about the same sort of consistency as
a wash. Load up your brush and begin to paint the
base, starting at dark side. You can see I’m using a pretty big brush for this, that’s
so I can get quite a lot of the glaze on the base, you really want to ladel it on there,
once it dries you’ll get a nice effect because the black and white undercoat will show through
underneat, giving you an instant shade and highlight. So just keep drawing the paint across the
base until you get close to the other side. Wash your brush off and we’ll make another
glaze this time with Games Workshop Tau Light Ochre. Again you can see just how thin that
is on the palette there. Now we’ll do the same thing again but starting
at the other side. Once we get close to the edge of the scrag brown we’ll begin to draw
the two colours together. So I’m just pulling the ochre into the brown
and working the brush back and forth letting the two colours mix on the surface.
Do that across the width of the base, pulling those two colours together. It really is like
magic how easily you can create a transition using this technique. Once that dries you can see that it gives
you a really awesome effect. The preshading we did with the black and white really helps
to give the base depth without messing about with lots of washes and drybrushing. As an optional extra we can add some more
contrast by taking some Army Painter Strong Tone and just putting some along the back
edge here. Then we’ll wash the brush and with some water
in the bristles we’ll just feather it out over the base. So you basically place the brush into the
edge of the wash and draw it backwards as you sweep the brush back and forth, the wash
mixes with the water in the bristles, thinning it down, so as you draw it backwards away
from the wash, it gets thinner and thinner until all there is is water, allowing you
to get a nice subtle fade effect. It can take a while to dry but you can speed
that up with a hairdryer. To finish off we’ll just paint the rim with
some black. So there’s nothing difficult here, but you
can see if gives you a really striking final result, here’s one I did earlier with a model
attached. Alright guys, that’s all from me. Let me know
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I’ll see you all next time! Thanks again. Bye for now.


  • Kujo Painting

    Matt Damon…

  • Jeff Brooks

    Fantastic as usual! Not only could Matt Damon use this base, but so could Arnie while he's gasping for air in Total Recall…

  • frankoi57v

    simple and efficient !

  • Liam Ryan

    This looks great. Thanks for sharing. Have you tried doing it with an airbrush though?

  • Filosapi 8

    simply but amazing! as always, really apprecciate your videos ??

  • adrian aranda

    Great tutorial! Keep it up, really usefull your tutorials!!

  • Oliver Borden

    The color transitions are fantastic here and looks super simple to make.

    Have you had any experience with larger dunes?

  • David McKee

    Thanks for the video, this would be great for my Adeptus Mechanicus set.

  • David Robertson

    Very nice. Your videos are very informative and I like your video clips and music which give them character and make them fun to watch. I also like the fast pace of them. Thanks for sharing your knowledge!

  • plastic man war

    Such a great technique! Going to try this out for my Thousand Sons basing!

  • Martin Thirlwell

    Amazing effects bud. Are you planning a series on basing? a mix of sci-fi and fantasy maybe?

  • Mikel Jokin Echeveste

    A beautiful base, the first time that I see use wet blending on a base, the single problem that I perceive is that you have to match the light source on the base with the light source on the miniature or the whole thing will look a bit strange, as the light source is so marked on the base.

  • LurksNoMore

    Looks excellent!

  • gavin booth

    Love the tutorial it was very informative, thanks for posting .  Regards Gav

  • Fenrawr

    Very nice, thanks for this, going to try it ou soon! =)

  • Chris Marler

    Very nice once again, Mr. Kujo!!

  • Steven Lawther

    Got to try this, the priming makes it look fantastic 🙂

  • Asgard Painting

    Wow, that's a stupidly easy and very clever effect, I'm super impressed dude.

  • wouter van asseldonk

    Just by complete coincidence working on these exact kind of bases for my deathwatch army.

  • John Rees

    Excellent video (again).

  • IDICBeer 40k

    Love it 😀

  • Enrico Bononi

    Great video as usual…can I ask which paper are you using for the wet palette and which sponge? I did my own but it's always full of wrinkle and , although the sponge is soaking, the paper on top is almost dry. I've tried 2 brands of parchment paper but so far no good results

  • RageQuitCentral

    OK… really, really, really, really, really, really AWESOME! LIKED!!

  • David Bailey

    really nice work thanks man!

  • Cortanamgmt

    … wow dude ….

  • Cee UU

    Absolutely fantastic. Have you got an Instagram account?

  • Sock Badger

    Quick Tip: Score your base in a checkerboard like pattern with your hobby/craft knife to help the pva & ca (super) glue adhere much more firmly to the base. Particularly important with pva as it has a tendency to peel away from the plastic of bases after a bit of time.

    Another way to achieve a sandy or martian sand effect on your bases is with CA (super) glue and baking soda, place down thin CA glue and spinkle on baking soda a little at a time, let it absorb the baking soda. It dries very quickly since baking soda causes CA glue to cure virtually on contact and you can build up effects like sand dunes and mud quite quickly. Once dried, dust off any excess and prime for painting.

  • Neil Mackay

    Beautiful you make look so easy take care buddy

  • Stavros Mamalis

    Fantastic work can you make a video "how to paint black armor" ?

  • Robert T Wilson

    HAHAHH that Matt Damon cracked me up!

  • Jim Pattie

    Great tut, will have to use this on Orks bases. tks for this one.

  • Sebastien Blaue

    Easy and effective, thanks for the tip mate!

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  • CoYoTe2nap

    As always thanks for the useful tips !

  • savethefunk

    That looks damn sexy. And yes, Matt Damon.

  • Joy Cohn

    Excellent work. Do you have other Martian videos planned?

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  • Antonio

    I find that when I use white glue it always peels off like pudding skin eventually. Does that happen to you? Am I not using the right glue? (Elmer's pva glue). Also, I prefer gluing my plastic models directly to the plastic base rather than plastic to sand. Have you ever had an issue with the model falling off, as the super glue bond is fragile?

  • Nine Castles

    Awesome video! Found your channel via Miniac and subscribed straight away.

  • Maxime CHEVASSON

    The result is really great, thanks for all the step by step. I'll definitly look at your other videos 🙂

  • ScM40K

    That is awesome, outstanding job Matt Damon

  • Jorvar Powell

    Amazing! Any plans on showing us a cold base or winter base?

  • smackroscoe

    Linked here through Miniac. Subscribed because of your generous knowledge. Thank you.

  • Jim Auer

    sweet jeebus, that is erotic. 3:31 thank you for sharing.

  • Chris Hales

    Very cool

  • irwedge

    Oh. Oh Wow. That was crazy good looking!

  • charles leach

    Very nice work. I will definitely use this technique basing some new Infinity models I'm starting soon. Thank you.

  • Asbjørn Loua

    :O This is amazing! Great tutorial – your sound quality could use a helping hand though! 😉

  • Марин Пангелов

    how did the base become gray ??

  • Budders

    Very cool technique and effect, thankyou.
    Question: where does the cool motorbike come from?

  • John Thompson


  • Juhan Voolaid

    But how do you attach your miniature to that base?

  • Raymond Stocker


  • Der Aua

    Wow, this looks exceptionally beautiful. 11/10

  • Jirka LP

    why mars looks like moon in red color?!

  • Wilfredo Peña

    Amazing result, simple to do, thanks!

  • nan zhang

    What if you don't do the spray paint can you proceed to the next step?

  • Malfunctioning Android

    You were touched by Midas in all the right places.

  • Connor Hayes

    That beginning was gold!!! Haha

  • Kzoo Kid

    Good video, thanks. Simple, but very effective.

  • Anthony Aspley

    this is amazing thank you so much

  • DryTEK

    This is great. What you use for attaching model to base after this? Super glue?

  • ikkiiiieee

    Wouldn't this look good on a spotlight base? 😮

  • Nigredo

    love it!

    Matt Damon

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  • 8bit Jesus

    That wasn’t Mars at the beginning, it was just the moon coloured red haha

    The basing looks genuinely solid though! Awesome work

  • Rick Britten

    @kujo if I wanted to "dust" the feet of a space marine placed onto the base what would be the color I should use to dust his feet up as if he was walking on the surface?

  • Daniel Major

    Really simple but awesome. Will be pinching this. Thanks man.

  • WiseBarnOwl

    Thanks super helpful!!! Nice and easy. Looks great!

  • Baring 91

    absolutely stunning 🙂


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