Since Thule is the one real northern nation in the Thulian Age, and their mounts all have a basis in the snow and tundra, I decided to do up their bases differently than the others, trying to capture a wintery environment.
So I spent January and February looking out on the landscape as I drove or trained around. These are some pictures of what I've come up with, the bases have gone through a bit of a process of doing and re-doing things that didn't quite work. I'll give my "mostly final" method down below.
So to do these bases, my method was:
- Mount figures on base.
- Glue some spots on the base and add sand (my usual basing method).
- Where the base was still bare, add polyfill (spackle, what-have-you) for the snow drifts.
- Paint the sand areas a medium brown ('Mississippi mud' for me), representing dead, low ground cover.
- Paint the snow drifts (polyfill/spackle) an off-white (I used a 'winter white'); this will take a couple of coats if you prime in anything other than white.
- Dot and sponge white over the brown, representing vestiges of snow. If you have any flat areas (bare base, basically) in the sand areas, paint this white too.
- If you put in wheel tracks, run white along the track (when the wheels beat down the dead vegetation, they expose the snow underneath).
- Dot and sponge with a different brown ('spice brown' is my default dirt colour) anything you want to be muddy.
- Drybrush a dull yellow (I use 'antique white actually) the brown sand areas, representing taller dead vegetation (long grasses, corn, shrubs), which stays yellow during the winter.
- If any of your dotted and sponged white sand areas look like they could be improved, drybrush either your medium brown or dull yellow over them, representing the dead vegegation sticking out of the snow. This can be tricky, because I found that either the brown colour was now not dark enough (being on top of a white base) or I was painting the snow, rather than the sand bumps. Try somewhere, and see what your results are before going in whole hog.
Other than fantasy, or maybe some Viking uses, the only time I really see this basing method being useful is for 2 or 3mm WWI or WWII East Front stuff. Or the Winter and Continuation Wars of the USSR vs. Finland.
Now I just need to paint the blasted figures on the bases!