Swamp Bases

The Thing from the Swamp love the Bases so much.

creator: x14km2d | build: 2021-11-09 | update: 2021-12-26


In the last days I had more to do with other projects and could deal less with my tabletop projects. Nevertheless I always make sure not to neglect a certain topic, because I like it when this website addresses different topics in regular intervals. This time we will build very simple swamp bases that fit almost every tabletop setting.


In the first step I created sand bases, i.e. I glued sand onto bases. If you don’t know how to do this, you can read about it in the Stone Bases or Desert Sand Tiles article. After that I let the bases dry, primed them with black Dollar Store acrylic paint (let it dry again) and then hilghlighted them with a light white fine primer.

After the white primer dried, I mixed a light brown with white and brown Dollar Store acrylic paint and primed the bases with it. This doesn’t have to be super neat, but can just be applied quickly1.

Now we’ll apply an Army Painter Soft Tone washing to bring out the shoreline better. This is a quick and easy technique to add depth to your pasted sand.

After the Soft Tone wash has dried, the next wash is applied. This time an Army Painter Green Tone, which is only applied to the water, i.e. the flat areas on the base. It is best if a dark green edge forms on the shore. This then looks more authentic.

In nature there is not only one color, but an environment e.g. in a swamp, has lots of shades colors or color gradients. Therefore we drybrush some parts of the shore with Citadel Averland Sunset. We only highlight a few spots so it doesn’t look unintentional. At this point, the motto less is more is absolutely appropriate.

Now we just glue Army Painter Desert Tuffs2 on the bases and our Swamp bases are ready. You can do up to 50 pcs. in one day, if you have a project plan beforehand. It always takes the longest time to dry the bases. Now we just have to paint the edge with black Dollar Store acrylic paint and after ten minutes the swamp bases can be placed on the playing field.


  1. Under the light brown color you can still see a light red shimmering through. This is because I first wanted to paint lava bases, but they did not work so well with the current color. Please do not let this irritate you.↩︎

  2. If you paint the edge of the base black first and then glue on the tuffs, you will have fewer problems. Without the tuffs you can hold the base better and it doesn’t happen by accident that you smear black paint into the tuffs. It didn’t happen to me, but I noticed it when I was thinking about painting the border.↩︎

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