This lifts that figure up and prevents that quicksand look I have here...oh well, live and learn. You have to experiment to grow I guess.
Another thing about applying the models to the bases and applying your texture before you paint is that you can add tire tracks very easily.
This is something I do to all my guns. A gun position is a messy sight. Mud is churned up where ever the crew walks and where the gun is brought into position. I first layout the position, sort of a dry fit and mark on the base where the guns tires are as well as where the spades on the trails will hit. Now extend the mark of the tire location off of the front of the base and off the back or side if you want to continue it off the base. Makes sure the tire marks go off the edge of the base so you can see where they. Taking off the base isn't necessary as those tracks would be chewed up by the crews movements on the position. Next is to glue down the crew, but not the gun. Apply your texture ground base mix of choice and where you made the where the spades on the gun trail hit the hit make a little mound of mix just behind the mark and on the mark apply the mix a little thinner. This shows the spade digging into the ground. To make the tire tracks just trace along the marks you made to where the tire stopped or off the back edge with the back of an old paintbrush. Right behind the breach shouldn't have any tracks as this is the busiest location on the gun and the tracks would be chewed up quickly. the paint it up with darker colors t the bottom...and if you want to show wet dirt/mud just add a little gloss varnish to the mix.
The tires were basecoated 950 black and then lighter colors built up with drybrushing ....first 862 Black Grey 836 London Grey then finally 870 Medium Sea Grey.
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