The base of the Balewind Vortex is pictured here fully painted up. I went for a very simple approach with the base, only wanting to have a small number of colours so as not to detract from the vortex itself when I do that. Hence, the basecoat is pure black followed by a number of layers of progressively lighter greys (the first several layers of grey being done in a drybrush methodology). The gold was applied to the chaos-looking circle as well as the broken outer sub-burst styled edges and the schools of magic symbols on the foreheads of the skulls. Muted, to be sure. But I am intending that the vortex itself will be much brighter (blues and purples).