In painting our Dreadfleet models, I was forced to learn how to paint water for the bases. There’s no secret to it, Games Workshop have published a pretty good step-by-step guide in October’s White Dwarf (WD382), which I recommend you pick up if you haven’t already as it is packed full of painting guides for the ships in Dreadfleet.
Anyway, aside from a different base colour, I used the same technique described in WD382.
I started with a chaos black undercoat and applied a Necron Abyss base coat.
When that dried, I dry brushed Enchanted Blue onto the bases.
Next, I dry brushed layer of Ice Blue on the wave crests.
Then, following the GW guide, I mixed up a 1:1 ratio of Thrakka Green and Badab Black and applied a thick coat of it across the base.
When that dried, I finished the bases off with a dry brush of Skull White, again focusing on the ship’s wake and the wave crests.
I’m sure you’ll agree, the effect looks great….
This technique should work for all bar the Skaven ship’s base (that one has organs and detritus to paint on the base that needs a more rotten look, so I’ll do a separate post on that one later).