Grow the Land

I’ve been building up the layers on my Yarry base. I felt that he needed to be in a fairly lush, healthy woodland environment. Middle Earth is the obvious point of reference (especially for a hobbit), and I wanted him somewhere wilder than the Shire but not so gloomy & forbidding as Mirkwood. Troll country, I guess.

Here’s the state of the base. There will be a few more additions, I think, but nothing major, I think. Read on for some WIP shots of how I created this scene.

I started with a little trail through a tight spot, which I made of Milliput and textured with good old fashioned dirt. The hope is to create a little-used dirt path through out of the way country.

A bit of color with cheap hobby paints reveals the general plan. The flat spot in the center will of course hold the miniature, but I’ll hide the somewhat unnatural depression with various basing tricks.

Some drybrushing to establish volumes and lighting, together with some washes to add contrast and natural wear.

Refined the drybrushing & added some Secret Weapon Baby Poop wash, which I love for giving a touch of organic residue. I put it on both the bottom of the rock and most of the dirt to tie those elements together.

Who’s this guy? Yarry fits perfectly. Now it’s time for the fun part!

As I had hoped, the color scheme of the figure plays well with the green environment I planned.

Now I’ve added yellow late Summer grass and yellow flowers to further pick up the tones on the mini.

I took advantage of desaturated yellows to draw attention to the vest and figure while reinforcing the compositional unity of the piece at the same time.

I think that filling your base with interest right up to the edge really helps sell the idea that there is a wide world just outside the ‘frame’. This is especially important with Yarry, whose gaze carries our imagination right off into the unknown.

That said, you must avoid straight lines parallel to the edges, which rather reinforce the sense of a ‘box’ around your subject. Even very subtle deviations from straight/level will create the sense of a natural environment. The hill in front of Yarry, for instance, both breaks the box and suggests a ‘thing’ outside the scene that we’re only glimpsing a piece of.

What is Yarry looking at, anyway? Not going to tell you!

This view shows how far down in the base the mini is sitting. I had it in mind to create a sort of hollow for him, while simultaneously allowing full view of the model. The base forces certain angles on the viewer. I think it’s worked out well and I’m planning to explore the idea further.

I’ll see you soon as I finish up this project in advance of NOVA. Please feel free to leave a comment below and let me know what you think of Yarry’s new home.

3 thoughts on “Grow the Land”

  1. I enjoyed seeing your basing process (as always!) and I think the flock with the static grass looks incredibly realistic. I’m going to have to try something like that in the near future as I’m looking to improve my basing and terrain skills further. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. Glad you enjoyed it. I was thinking I might do another little tutorial covering some aspects of my process that I haven’t addressed before. I know you’ll be around to check it out if I do. Thanks, bud!

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