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Landscaping bases

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by carpo, Jun 17, 2004.

  1. carpo Member

    Country:
    Australia
    Hi all -
    this is the base I will be using for my Pegaso Samurai project.
    Once again I have some questions.
    What sort of materials do people out
    there use to spruce up a base which
    is looking a little drab (like this one)?


    Carpo

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  2. Mongo Mel Active Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Hi Carpo,
    I think your base looks great. Especially the tree. Is it from a real branch/root or something you bought or made?
    One thing I've done is use Woodland Scenics products. They have several different types of leaf products for a variety of color. You can usually find it in the Railroad section at the hobbyshop.
    Cheers,
    Craig
  3. Joe Hudson Well-Known Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Carpo,

    I think your groundwork looks really nice. I have just purchased some new items from John at http://www.milminwh.com/accessories_%26_groundwork.htm I purchased natural sea weed from EVD and the real grass from Dioramaterials. They both look really nice and I am looking forward to using them.

    Joe
  4. KeithP Active Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Hudson Allen has some nice leaves and other stuff that can be sprinkled around.
  5. Guy A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    The base looks good so far Paul. I would go to a lighter color and dry brush the ground some to give it texture and depth and have the gravel and stones stand out some more. A mixture of tall weeds and grass would really add realism.
  6. Mongo Mel Active Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Keith's right..it's Hudson Allen that makes the leaves I'm talking about, not Woodland Scenics. I like their Ivy product too. Looks cool growing up a tree trunk.
    Craig
  7. amherbert Member

    Hi

    To add some life to the base for my Ensign of the Buffs I used some dried flowers. I bought a floral arrangement at the local Goodwill that had lots of good looking little flowers and bits. I used clippings from that. I forget if Bob Tavis had suggested that route, but I stole the idea from someone along the way!

    The tree and other stuff look great by the way.

    Andy

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  8. Jim Hockett Member

    Paul,
    Try looking through the dried flower section at a craft store. It will cost a little up front, but you will get enough material to last a long time. As with most other materials, it will need a little repainting to blend in. Here is a base that I did using Celuclay, static grass and dried plants.
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    Jim
  9. KeithP Active Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Also, wanted to mention that Wood land scenics has some good "field grass". It comes in multiple stalks about 4 inches long. They can be left as is or cut up.
    They make nice additions either in clumps or smaller individual strands.

    Keith
  10. carpo Member

    Country:
    Australia
    Hi all - thanks for the ideas
    I used a small shrub that I removed from my garden as a tree - many Australian native plants have a lovely stringy bark that has a nice scale look to them. This example is actually quite large and when the figure goes on the base it will give you a better idea of the size.

    I really wanted to scatter some leaves on the ground - I tried cutting out individual leaves from metal foil but you can Imagine how tedious that is!!!!
    Looks like I'm off to the model railroad shops!
    And I like the dried flower idea too - thanks for the pics guys - it really makes it easy to see what you are talking about and the great results you have achieved.

    Guy - dry brushing is gonna happen soon - but the paint was still wet when I took the photos.

    Think I will dry brush some areas green to get a mossy look too.
    Thanks again to all of you,
    Carpo
  11. KeithP Active Member

    Country:
    United-States
    I tried using pieces of dried parsley flakes in a 54mm scene and they just did not look right even after a few washes and db.
  12. Pete_H New Member

    Paul,
    You may also want to take a look at the Lost Batallion's website since they carry some good groundwork materials. Their website is www.tlbminiatures.com
  13. amherbert Member

    Hi again

    I've used tea leaves for leaves. I have some old bags of tea - herbal, regular, whatever - and I use a scattering of them for ground cover and leaves.

    That's some of what's on the base for my figure above.

    Cheers
    Andy

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