Multibasing for Kings of War

My regular gaming group has all coalesced around playing Games Workshop’s Age of Sigmar 2.0. I still enjoy Kings of War, but I really game in order to hang out with my buddies, so likely this is the last season I will play KoW. On the plus side, I am definitely going to go out with some style: I’ll be playing in the US Masters for the Pacific Northwest region, and I’ve decided to multibase my trusty Elves and refresh their paint jobs along the way.

This article is something of a guide on how I created my multibases (or movement trays, or bases, depending on which game you’re playing – a multibase in this case is just a base for multiple miniatures), why I made the choices I did, and lots of pictures to follow along so you can see how they progressed.


1. Cork – Forest Floor

I tore a cork tile into rough organic shapes and stuck them to the MDF using superglue. The larger areas I gave two layers, as they are going to be for infantry models who are more easily positioned at multiple levels. The rest are for cavalry or large infantry, so I stuck with just one layer. The cork will be for a look of the forest floor – compressed mud and plant matter. I mostly used the edges of the tile so that I could line up edges with the edges of the MDF, particularly good for the corners.

2. Clay – Paving Stones

I rolled out some Sculpey until it was about 2mm thick and then used the Ancestral Recall roller to imprint paving stones on the pieces. I made enough pieces to entirely cover all the bases, as it’s easier to make a lot at once because it needs to be baked in the oven. A few points to note here: I used rubber rings on the plain rolling pin in order to try to get it as flat and even as possible before rolling with the textured pin. I needed to experiment a few times to try and get as flat as possible. 15 minutes or so in the oven and this stage was ready to apply to the MDF. I scratched the back of the Sculpey with a hobby knife before gluing, to help with adhesion.

Some additional bases that I didn’t photograph for the cork section. The two left are for regiments of large infantry that could combine into one larger unit, so I used a single piece of paving for both bases and sliced it diagonally for a more interesting look.
The Sculpey breaks along the lines of the pavers very easily, which allowed me to create a nice visual effect on the top left base.
More detail on the base.

3. Tree Stumps (aka handles)

The resin tree stumps work as great handles to pick up the movement trays. One of the biggest issues I have is when I try to pick up the trays by the (often flimsy) models and then break a spear or an arm, so I wanted to have one or two big and visible handles to make sure I use them. I’ll paint it in a color that’s not otherwise used in the army.

4. Sand – Moss & Leaves

A healthy layer of PVA glue in most if not all of the cracks provides an adhesive surface for the black sand. I’m using this both as a way to create another texture and color, and as a way to cover up straight edges and any other modeling that doesn’t look quite natural enough.

I use a shoe box or similar and pour the sand over the entire base to try and fill as much as possible.

5. Primer – Black, Airbrush

Self-explanatory really. I added a 40mm square base in, so now I’m making nine bases.

6. Drybrushing

40mm base makes an excellent spot to test the color palette.

This is the majority of the rest of the photos, as I have one for each layer that I put on. However, before I started applying any colors I did what any of us do when we’re coming up with a new paint scheme: I made a test model.

A couple of things to call out: one is that the roller is actually etched in lines or perhaps 3D printed, because you can see there are lines highlighted by the light gray (it’s particularly noticeable just above the red stone). The second is that the sand only vaguely looks like plant life at this point – I’ll reinforce that look later with other modeling elements.

In the table below, I’ve listed out the colors used for each layer. To help keep the color palette muted and bring the colors close to each other, I use a common shade (in this case, black primer) and a common highlight (Bone White). I also try to only drybrush one color at a time, and given that multiple colors are used in multiple areas, I’ve numbered the stages at which I painted each layer. There’s a picture for each layer which you can see by scrolling down.

All the paints are Vallejo Game Color. It’s pretty easy to find a color conversion chart for your particular varieties if you’re trying to do something similar, but most of the pictures include photos of the paint to help get an approximate color too.

Finally, entries in bold mean use very heavy drybrushing, italic entries are very light drybrushing, and regular means a medium amount.

PavingMoss & LeavesGroundTrees
1. Cold Gray
2. Stonewall

3. Dark Green

4. Camo Green
/ Goblin Green

5. Sun Yellow

6. Charred Brown6. Charred Brown
7. Earth7. Earth
8. Stonewall Gray
8. Stonewall Gray
9. Bone White
9. Bone White9. Bone White9. Bone White
10. Ghost Gray

11. Pale Flesh
12. Dead White
12. Dead White
13. Camo Green
(clean up)
1. Cold Gray – Heavy. The brush has a lot of paint on it, but I want to let the black shine through in the deepest recesses.
2. Stonewall Gray – Heavy. Note that I try to use round strokes in drybrushing the stone to help fill in those mold lines from the roller and also to try to get a more natural look.
3. Dark Green – Heavy. This color is actually hard to spot over the black, but without it the blend of tones looks unnatural, so don’t skip it!
4. Goblin Green & Camouflage Green – Heavy. I used both of these in patches all over the Dark Green layer, in order to add some color variation to the sand, and help it look more naturally variegated. I also wanted to match the various shades of static grass and Spanish moss I have. In the end, I only really needed the Camo green color – pick one that matches your static grass in tone.
5. Sun Yellow – Medium. Yay, it starts to look alive now!
6. Charred Brown – Heavy. For the ground and tree stumps. Again, hard to see but if you miss it out, the blend doesn’t look as nice.
7. Earth – Heavy on the trees, Medium on the ground. All elements of the base now have three colors on them and you can see the final look starting to take shape.
8 & 9. The Stonewall Gray was mostly just a clean up on the pavers, and really helped lighten the trees but sadly I didn’t get a photo. This is after the Bone White stage, which was Light for everywhere and Medium for the trees.
10. Ghost Gray, lightly on the pavers (and that rock that I added – it’s the same paint scheme as the pavers, just light drybrushing for all colors)
11. Pale Flesh. This was only added to the tree stumps to make them a little warmer, bring them more toward the red end of the spectrum, and ensure they looked different from the pavers without drawing the eye too much.
12. Dead White (which is just plain white) is the final highlight on the pavers, and on the tree stumps. You can also see that the Bone White and other highlights have left their marks on the green moss areas, which is why layer 13 is some Camouflage Green just to touch things up to look more natural. Below you can see the tree stumps as they progress through the last layers.

7. Sepia Glaze

I applied a very thin glaze of Sepia Shade to the pavers. It’s important not to let the glaze pool or dry up in the cracks between the pavers or else it ruins the look. If that’s happening, dry off your brush a bit more before applying. I used probably 2:1 mix of water to shade.

8. Static Grass

I added some static grass along all the various breaks and bumps where the moss is. I used three different sizes, in two colors: 4mm dark, 6mm medium, and 12mm medium. The camouflage green is similar to the medium color, and the goblin green similar to the highlight of the dark static. This helps to make the green painted sand look like plant life and adds a soft texture to the base.

9. Red Tiles

For the final stage before putting on the models, I added a little visual detail by coloring a few of the small tiles red. In Kings of War, each unit has a Unit Strength (from 1-3) so I put the appropriate number of red tiles on each base to denote that strength. Red is also the primary detail color for the troops in my army (a few models are included in some photos, just by chance) which helps bring bases and models together.

10. The Final Look

Thanks for reading this far! If you do end up using this tutorial, even just to help inspire your own multibasing efforts, please let me know! You can comment here, or hit me up on Twitter @godswearhats.