... I went with brass because I felt it had the most "nautical" feel. One thing I considered doing with the bases was a verdigris effect - verdigris is "...the natural patina formed when copper, brass or bronze is weathered and exposed to air or seawater over a period of time". Most of you are probably familiar with the appearance, even if you haven't heard the term - here's an example from Google:
...I tried recreating the effect with washes, but was unsuccessful. I found some excellent tutorials on how to paint verdigris, but to be honest I didn't want to invest that much time (my Freeboota army is 100+ models). While I was browsing around for something else entirely, I found out that Vallejo makes a Verdigris Glaze in their Model Color range:
I ordered a bottle and grabbed a base from the spares I had painted for my Freebootas:
I applied a few intentionally blotchy coats of the glaze:
...and here's the finished base, side-by-side with a plain one:
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...so I decided to ask you guys - what do you think? Is it obvious what I'm going for here, or does it look like a mess? I should probably mention that I'm planning on adding more details to the bases (treasure chests, rum barrels, cannonballs, etc) to really play up the "pirate / nautical" theme...