|Basic shape carved.|
I carved out a section from some 4 inch thick insulation foam sheet. I cut some angular cliffs about 2 inches high to make the backdrop with a flatter area in front where the figures would stand.
|Angular cliff detail carved in.|
I cut a stream bed into the foreground and a small pool at the base of the cliff. This is set off to one side so it can provide a bit of extra visual interest if desired, but can be kept out of frame if I don't need it.
I used a chunky, fractured piece of flint from the garden to texture the surface of the rock face.
|Texturing the cliffs.|
I mixed up some wet, pulped toilet roll with casting plaster and smoothed it on to create the ground surface. The cliff face was painted with white masonry paint to create a good surface for the next stages of decoration.
|Ground surface applied.|
The polyisocyanurate foam I used (the foil-faced insulation type) turned out to be more springy than extruded polystyrene. Most of the texture I applied with the flint has returned to its original form, so the cliffs look quite smooth again now.
|Cliff painted with white masonry paint.|
In the next post, I will cover the painting of the scenery.
Great idea- I like the effect of a picturesque back drop. A few years ago I started photographing my minis in some sort of scene (a fun little hobby in itself).ReplyDelete
Yes, it's nice to be able to put your models in a bit of context. I was finding it difficult to get the time to set stuff up every time I wanted some pictures so having a few compact pre-prepared backdrops is very useful.Delete