|Charlie Foxtrot Tree Base 1|
|Charlie Foxtrot small tree base 4|
Okay, on to my own collection. This is all pretty straightforward stuff but hopefully I can offer a couple of useful tips along the way.
Tip #1 - texture the 'tray' before gluing it to the tray base - hopefully the pic below shows what I mean. I've used a range of small rocks, coarse grit, fine grit and sand. Texturing beforehand means that it's easier to ensure the apertures stay completely clear of any sand/grit.
Next, paint the textured 'upper base' and the tree bases.
For the earth I've used Americana Dark Chocolate as a base then highlights of Milk Chocolate and Honey Brown. A final highlight of any light cream or sandy colour here and there helps give a good finish. The rocks were painted black then highlighted using a range of greys from DIY store tester pots. A final (very light) highlight of white makes them pop!
|The earth colours|
Time to glue the textured/painted uppers to the bases. Tip #2 - to avoid any potential warping I've glued them using good quality wood glue (Evo-stik interior wood adhesive) then I've held everything in place with some books and placed a kebab stick under the centre - see pic below. Leave overnight to dry thoroughly. The end result was a completely flat base!
Now it's on to the grass and flock. The pic below shows the result after applying a light flock (from Warlord I think) in small, sparse patches followed by more extensive coverage of Colonel Bill's Autumn grass.
Put a large piece of paper down to catch all the flock ... and don't sneeze! :o)
Here's the final layer of grass, Colonel Bill's Winter grass
Finally, apply clump foliage, tufts, flowers, etc.
Hope that was interesting/useful.