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16 hours ago, Glitterwolf said:

Those tiles are amazing!!!!

Is that the Greek Rollerpin from Greenstuffworld you used?

I have that one as well.

 

 

Yeah it is. 

I didn't really think much of them when I first heard about the but they are nice!

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6 hours ago, NecroMancer said:

 

Yeah it is. 

I didn't really think much of them when I first heard about the but they are nice!

 

I have several of those.

Greek/Aztec/China/Cobblestone/Plain.

I really love them.

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So I started with weathering and trying to dirty up the tiles. 

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Not really happy with it right now.  It all feels flat to me.  I think one i put down some ground cover and maybe a couple tufts or something that it will help the ground not look so flat and break up the colors.  

 

The tiles didn't dirty as much as I had hoped with the oil paints.  I think I might try some spots of a couple regular washes to try to stain the tiles more than the oil washes did.  

 

I also thing that the tile platforms need a little dimension to them.  So I am going to make a couple little rubble piles to go on top of the tile as if the walls or ceilings had caved in long ago and now just some rubble remains. 

 

Here's what I got:

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Some earth texture, cork, and some "tiles" i cut out of an egg carton for a previous project.  I am going to stack a couple of the tiles and glue them and cover them with a little of the earth texture to hopefully create some old bricks.  Then the cork will just be filler for the rubble.

 

 

 

 

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Well I abandoned that plan as it was way too tedious and a complete mess.  So I tried switching to some Styrofoam and cut some bricks using my hot wire cutter.  I also tried to give them some texture with some sand and little pebbles.

 

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Then I went to assemble my little rubble piles.  I started gluing some cork pieces with some CA glue and without thinking about it I  dropped some on one of my bricks and in a matter of second my brick was dissolved.  :lol:

 

So that plan was abandonded as I realized that I can use the cork for the bricks.  Normally the flat side of cork is a bad thing but since these are supposed to be part of the walls/ceilings then I figured it would work.

 

I went ahead and glued my rubble straight on the base because I thought it might be the easiest way to paint them... we'll  see if that was a good decision or not.  

 

Anyways here's where I am now.  I think they help break up the flatness of the tile slabs.

 

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Every time I see those floors my eyes cross and my brain just shorts out.  Those are just incredible!

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@NecroMancer I love those tiles.

 

Since you're telling us that you struggle a bit with the weathering, I like to make a few suggestions.

 

You want to create a ruin, right?

So, as hard as it may seem, you'll need to add some more dirt to the tiles.

Maybe very fine sand or moss, a few vines that grow over them, maybe a dirty brown wash on some parts.

Stains.

And here and there damage the colours and let the stonework shine through again.

 

Your mosaic is amazing, but it looks like a new floor in use of a noble home.

There should be more damage and weathering.

 

Take a look at this and other images of ancient/damaged mosaic.

Google it for reference.

 

As you can see parts of the image are gone.

Yours look amazing, new and only broken.

 

Especially the middle figure, his left shoulder is a good example of what I mean.

The colour there is faded and looks different from the rest, it shows aging/damage.

 

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Thanks @Glitterwolf!

 

Here's where I am after painting up the rubble a little.  I think it helps a little.

 

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I am definitely planning on adding some pigments for dirt on the tiles which i hope helps more.

 

I also like your idea about the tiles being more destroyed just on the surface (well I kind of like it because it means damaging what I already painted :lol:).  I think I might try to gouge a couple spots out and then maybe take some of my original base color for tile (AP Troll Claws) and maybe a sponge to fade out some areas.

 

I also added spots where I want some mud and puddles.  The dirt I am using is darker than the mud spots so they will need darkened with some ink.

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That's improvement!

I think a little dirt/moss/sand will help.

Awesome basing so far!

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Here is the base after adding some dirt ground cover and I was beginning to add tufts.  At this point though I felt the dirt was a little too dark so I wanted to add a little more color. 

 

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I tried keeping some of the darker areas as well as add some different colors to add a little interest and variation. 

 

With the tufts I tried to create some of my own black flowers using some tuft and black sand. Not sure it works well or stands out much but I went with it. 

 

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I put the figures on the base before I took a picture of the finished base and I want to save the final pictures so I can try out my lightbox but here are some pictures of my finished base 

 

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It's finally done!  I will post the final pictures in the Show Off thread once I get the pictures taken.   Off to work on my Secret Sophie project

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