I’ve found time here and there to complete another little vignette. This one features a dead tree, which I haven’t done in a while. As usual, this one is a kind of lesson to be applied in basing minis, as well as a little imaginative refuge in its own right.
The base is 1.5″ square. I like the challenge of telling a story or creating a scene dense in interesting details on a very small scale. Continue reading “Another Base without a Face”
Whenever possible I’ve been stealing moments to further this project, another little woodland scene.
This one has a dead tree on it, and I’ll be adding mushrooms, grass, and whatever else I can think of. These are a few bolete-style mushrooms ready for painting. Continue reading “Feeling Foresty”
I finished off in just a few days another little test scene. I enjoy creating these little vignettes for their own sake, and I can practice techniques or experiment with ideas I might draw upon when I’m basing a mini in the future.
For this little forest scene I focused upon an idea I had for creating lichen and continued messing around with leaf litter. Continue reading “Lichen It: Another Forest Vignette”
I think I’m going to call this little scene finished.
I experimented with my mushroom building process (that was useful), I tried adding some leaf litter (useful trial, but I’m going to keep working on it), and I failed, in my judgement, with the larger plants. I’ll keep working on that one.￼ Continue reading “Mushroom Preserve”
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. Continue reading “Grow the Land”
With NOVA’s Capital Palette on the horizon, it’s time I got a base under Yarry. I had originally intended to put that mini on a round base, but I think I’ve come up with another solution that will work well.
This is a 1.5″ cube, on which I’ve sculpted a rock wall and contoured the earth a bit using Milliput. Continue reading “Back to Bases”
The village of ToadChapel needs some rock, soil, and life upon which to grow. Let’s learn how to make it.
In this tutorial I’m going to show you how to make a layer of basic forest earth that will work for your mini bases, terrain, gameboards, and dioramas. The environment of your figures plays an enormous role in setting a realistic and believable scene. Poor basing can easily spoil a good paintjob. Superior basing and terrain, though, can help even mediocre figures tell a compelling story on the tabletop. Continue reading “Let There Be Dirt: Modeling Earth for Your Minis & Terrain”