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Biomass bases I have been trying. It's the standard PVA and superglue trick, but I've tried to paint it to look like rotting meat. Sadly the colour doesn't go well with the rest of my 'nids theme, but perhaps they'll be of use to someone else. C&C appreciated and all that.

Biomass bases I have been trying. It's the standard PVA and superglue trick, but I've tried to paint it to look like rotting meat. Sadly the colour doesn't go well with the rest of my 'nids theme, but perhaps they'll be of use to someone else. C&C appreciated and all that.

anchoress47

"Standard PVA and superglue trick" - feel like I've been living under a rock :D Mind to elaborate how to do this? The structure looks really cool tbh!


Simili18

My apologies. I'm a chemist, so I may have a warped idea of "standard" 😊 Superglue cures on contact with water (which is why it sticks to skin so well) and PVA is mostly water. The way I did this was to spread a layer of PVA onto the base and then drip superglue onto it while it was still wet. The superglue cures and pulls the PVA into wrinkly craters. If you mix it around you get stringy fibres, so after the craters were completely dry I put more PVA in the gaps, dipped a paperclip in some superglue and then smooshed it all about until it looked disgusting enough.


Old-Specific7387

That’s a brilliant technique. You should do a video on that!!


Deep-Wedding-1880

Thanks for the rundown! Turns out I was just looking for this technique without knowing that’s what I was looking for..


Simili18

Glad to be of service 😊


Gwathnar_Shadowfire

Love this. Always thought it looked like the creep from The Zerg in StarCraft.


Scourge415

That's what I've been working on but painted thatch u/Satisarah2 and her green paint scheme


Satisarah2

Ooh, that's exciting! I'd love to see!


AndreBoomBoom

Cool, reminds me a bit about war of the worlds.


Simili18

Thanks. Yes, I hadn't thought of that. Maybe it should go under a Necron tripod


Maybug_Chris

Cool. You can use any gloss varnish in places to make It more 'visually distinctive' with little effort. Or some blood effect paints mixed with tiny bit of green


Simili18

Thanks Thats a good Good idea. I have some 'ardcoat somewhere...


Maybug_Chris

Greenstuff world coagulated blood paint would fit here 🧐


La_Fi

They also make really good daemon bases. Btw the paint job is really well done.


Simili18

Thanks. Yes, it's quite versatile I think. If I had any Nurgle minis I would use it to make pus blisters


Xem1337

That would look sweet with a Nurgle army. With Nids I dunno, maybe paint them grey like stone like they have been devouring the planet already, probably won't look as cool though


Simili18

Absolutely. I'm going to try green or purple as that should work better with my colour scheme.


Solaire_of_Ass_Tora

These look really nice and will definitely try this technique as I'm preparing a tyranid army. Probably gonna try to add some skin tones and purple for the gore effect. Well done!


Simili18

Thanks. Yeah, I'm going to try green or purple as that should match my army better.


Solaire_of_Ass_Tora

So how did you go through this process? 1. PVA 2. Wait for it to dry a little/ apply super glue instantly? And how did you do those noodles?


Simili18

I did this in two stages. First I did the crater/blister things like this: Spread a layer of PVA onto the base. Immediately drip some superglue on top of the PVA and leave it to cure. To make the stringy bits: Once the previous stuff had fully set, I put more PVA into the gaps between the craters. I then added a tiny bit of superglue and then stirred it all around with a paperclip. You have to work quite fast or it starts to tear, since the polymer is brittle from forming too quickly. Hopefully that makes sense.


DR_FRIES

These look awesome!


Simili18

Thank you


WanderingKenshi

Amazing, thanks for sharing


Pandemixx

You could go for a note StarCraft look and paint it purple to be more of a slime


Simili18

Yes, I'm going to try that and see if I prefer the colour


Solaire_of_Ass_Tora

I'm still in the assembling stage. 52 of 146 done and still haven't come up with a color scheme.. But will make some test figures and decide after that. Will try this technique on the bases and try to match the color scheme of them to the nids.


scarecrow808

It looks like the organic sludge from the Dead Space games, I love it xD


iSeize

It also looks like a root ball, or dirty forest floor, could try a dirt brown, with woody highlights in the future


Passively_Aware

This is amazing, and has given me a way to get an effect I've been trying to get with green stuff! Honestly you might be able to tie it in by just applying some rocky or barren basing in between the craters - would almost make them look like blisters in the earth, which I feel is probably how reclamation pools start


Simili18

Im glad it's helped. I tried it with earth texture between the craters, and it did look good, but I decided it needed to be meatier. I'm going for a late stage infestation look where basically everything is being consumed.


Passively_Aware

Fair enough! Perhapse less monotone would help with that idea? Since tyranid structures are actually just tyranids - maybe make the stretched flesh a similar color to the exoskeleton of your Nids with the blisters left in the meaty color. - also I feel like teeth and barbs are kindof a staple for biostructures? Idk tho, just an few ideas.


Simili18

Those are all great ideas! Thanks


aiyo-la

You nailed it!!! I would recommend just a touch of green here.


Satisarah2

This looks incredible!! I'd have loved to have bases like this on my models. I experimented around with so many different ones, but it took a long time before I found something that sat well. I used an alien textured roll for a similar effect to yours, but I just couldn't make it work with my models. Painful, considering how cool the bases are.


Simili18

Thank you. I thought about getting a texture roller from green stuff world, but I decided to try this first since I had the ingredients already.


Satisarah2

And it worked out so well! I'd say it looks better, arguably. I'd love to see your 'nids! ❤️ I was so excited when I read they were inspired by my color scheme.


Simili18

I think it was someone else that commented that they were using a scheme similar to yours. I'm trying to make mine look like wasps so mostly yellows and black/dark brown. I have just looked at your posts though, and good grief those are nicely painted. The Tyrannofex is incredible!


Satisarah2

Oh! Oops, I must have misread that. Thank you much anyway, though! A wasp theme will look striking and sharp. Keep us updated!


Arcadia1255

They look amazing, what paints did you use for the colour?


Simili18

Thank you. I primed them white, then drybrushed some cream/bone on to give a fatty look. I then messed about with washes for a bit trying to get the colour right. It ended up being a mix of 2 parts flesh shade to 1 part crimson shade, to get that nice reddish brown of oxidized blood.


Faithlessness-Smart

The forbidden burgers Looking great! Really like how they turned out! What bugs are you thinking about using them for?


Simili18

Nomnom. Thank you. These are for my hive guard. I'm doing something similar for my Zoanthropes currently but I'm still trying to nail down a colour. Lots of people have suggested greens and purples, so that is what is currently drying on my desk.


Kampfer99

What paints did you use and how did you apply them?


Simili18

I primed them white, then drybrushed some cream/bone on to give a fatty look. I then messed about with washes for a bit trying to get the colour right. It ended up being a mix of 2 parts flesh shade to 1 part crimson shade, to get that nice reddish brown of oxidized blood. The clever bit is getting the texture right in the first place. There is an explanation near the top of the thread.


Kampfer99

Thanks for the information


BananaNotch

Thank you - just found what I needed for my next army


The_geek_king

This gives me really big necromorph and dead space vibes.


tricyclec3llanemia

This is fantastic! I was looking to do something exactly like this for my Dead Space themed bugs, thanks for the inspiration!


Simili18

Nice. Several people have mentioned necromorphs, which hadn't occurred to me but I can totally see it now.


crakatak

Dude these came out fantastic!!!! I'm curious how you managed to control the circle formation if at all?


Simili18

Thank you. You can't control exactly how they wrinkle up, but the general shape is dictated by how you add the superglue. Each crater is a single drop of superglue, so sometimes I would put them by themselves, for others I would put several dots in a line all touching each other, and sometimes I would make a little cluster of dots. I was trying to vary it as much as possible so they didn't all look identical.


crakatak

Thanks for the reply. I do alien bases as well for my nids, currently working on my tyrannofex lol, but like you said, they all just come out how they will lol.... I've also tried all sorts of methods like pushing it while it dries, adding little sand rocks, adding another layer over, but yours look really nice and consistent with the layer separating the "pores"


Micone

They look gross!! Nice job!!


OhDatBoi1273

Holy shit I thought this was actual flesh samples on microscope slides


Simili18

Cheers dude.