How Do I Paint a Spotlight Base?

How Do I Paint a Spotlight Base?


What’s up guys, welcome back! Right! Today we’re going to look at how to
achieve this spotlight effect. It’s a really simple yet effective way of
drawing attention to your model. Kujo, what’s with this base? Where’s the effort
man? hahaha. Start off by cleaning up the base, cutting
off any flashing with a sharp knife. You can also sand the rim to help smooth out
any imperfections left over from the flashing. It might seem a bit like overkill but I think
it’s worth it. If you’re going to spend ages painting up
a model it would be a shame to put it on a raggedy base. OK, so to capture the effect we’re going for
we want a subtle texture to paint over. A simple way to achieve that is with some
sand paper. This here is 600 grit, so it’s quite fine. You can experiment with different grains,
but I think this is pretty decent for our needs. Cut a little piece out so that it’ll cover
the surface of the base. I’m not sure why I cut it out from the middle
of the paper instead of one of the corners, probably because I’m a moron. Apply a decent amount of super glue onto the
base, I use a little paperclip to spread it out over the whole surface. Then I just press it onto the sand paper and
wait for it to dry. Trim off the excess, so that it’s a bit easier
to handle. And then we’ll use a sharp knife to cut a
little wedge shape into the paper. Enough so that we can get the blade of the
knife in there. Then we’ll simply cut round the base, this
works best if you keep the flat of the blade pressed against the plastic, just be careful
that you don’t cut into the base itself. You can use some of your sandpaper to clean
up any little ragged bits or any excess superglue. You should end up with someone that looks
like this, with a nice clean edge all the way round. Prime it in any colour you like, I’ve use
Games Workshop chaos Black spray. It’s actually a pretty decent primer. Paint the surface with a dark blue grey, I’ve
used Scale Colour Graphene Grey, but use any dark grey you like. Mix some white into your grey, we’re going
to be doing some dry brushing so grab yourself an old brush, this one here is about 20 years
old, it’s from the old GW brush set they put out in the 90s. Wipe most of the paint off on a paper towel. Then we’re just going to work the brush back
and forth over the surface and the paint is going to pick out the texture of the sandpaper. Add a little more white and we’ll do the same
again, first wiping off the excess paint on a paper towel and then working the brush over
the surface of the base. Because we’re going for a spot light effect,
we want to build up a highlight around that centre point. A good way to do that is by simply using little
circular strokes around the middle point. Add some more white and we’ll repeat the process,
building up that highlight in the middle of the base. Again, mix in a bit more of the white and
repeat the dry brushing. Alright, so nearly done, one more highlight
should do it, so just go ahead and mix a little bit more white in there and continue the drybrush
around that centre point. You can see the effect starting to come through
now. In order to make the spotlight really pop, we’ll add a strong shadow, for that,
we’ll use some GW Drakenhof Nightshade. It’s a really nice dark blue wash, but we’re
going to use it like a glaze. I don’t want it to go on too dark so I’ll
add a small amount of water just to thin it down a little. Ok, so we’ll apply that along the edge here,
then grab a second, clean, damp brush and draw the edges of the wash away to the sides. Just by places the tip of the brush into edge
of the colour then pulling the bristles away. As the brush moves away the paint gets thinner
and thinner, giving you a soft transition. You can see just with that initial application
it already makes a pretty big different. We’ll do the same thing on the other side.
First placing the colour along the edge there, then using a second brush to draw it out,
letting the edge fade out so we get a nice transition in the shadow. Notice I’m not trying to do the whole shadow
in one go, that’s so I get time to blend out the edges before it starts to dry. If you find that difficult you can also do
it in a more conventional way. Just by glazing towards the outer edge of
the base, like this. So I’m just pulling the glaze over the surface in the direction of
the shadow. And I’ll do this over a few layers until the
outside edge is really quite dark. You should end up with something like this,
I think it’s a really cool effect. Alright guys so that is how you do a spotlight
base. I hope you give it a try, it’s pretty easy
to do. You can experiment with doing different colours
to give various ambient effects, you don’t have to stick to using just gray and blue. Thanks again for supporting the channel, I couldn’t do it without you.
Stay tuned for more videos. Thanks again. Bye for now…

21 thoughts on “How Do I Paint a Spotlight Base?

  1. When I try to feather out washes and glazes (like you did with Drakenhof around 4:00) on my minis I always get the stains of dried-up paint on the edges :/ The rest is flowing nicely, but it doesn't matter since the dry line of intense colour ruins the entire effect. Am I doing this too slow? Or maybe I should use some drying retarded, a glaze medium, anything?

  2. I’ve been meaning to ask for while Kujo, is there any particular reason why you use a lot of scale paints?

    And thanks for another great vid.

  3. Hi you know how you were using sand paper to clean up the side of the base. Have you used a nail buffer block you can get them really cheaply from pound shops. They are great for cleaning mould line and other stuff because they go up to a really fine sand paper and mould around what you are sanding. Also really easy to keep a grip of them.

  4. Great tutorial, love your videos. Honestly going to try this on one of my more… Pin up models, on that note, what is that model that you used? I love it and want to get one?

  5. I love your basing videos. The Marsian one was a stroke of genius, with the way you made the transition from ochre to brown red. This one is very simple but deceptively effective I think. More basing vids are welcome in my opinion. I love them!

  6. I'm using your spotlight base idea on my night goblins! https://paintandlead.blogspot.com/2019/11/working-on-these.html

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