Working on the Crypt module there was a surplus of roots, rough-hewn stone tiles and moss mixture, so I decided to make good use of the materials and created five matching bases. They also work quite well for an overgrown jungle temple environment or ruins of a long forgotten keep deep in the woods.
Some notes on how to make the bases:
- Cut some squares out of a styrene sheet. I always go for 3cm x 3cm.
- Following the instructions in Part I of the Crypt tutorial sculpt the floor tile master, make a pressure mold of it and cast the floor tiles once, then cut them apart to allow free placement on the small bases.
- Glue the stones on the styrene sheet and let dry.
- Again, following the instructions in Part I of the Crypt tutorial fill the bigger gaps between stones and any free spaces with a mixture of matte gel, sand and brown paint, but keep the small gaps free of the mixture.
- Dust with additional soil while the mixture is still wet and press the soil into the mixture using a brush or your finger. You can also just wait until the stuff is dry, brush on wood glue and sprinkle the soil on. If you do the latter also apply some glue in the small gaps between stones and sprinkle the soil on.
- Paint the stones dark grey, and drybrush with lighter shades of grey. Finish with a wash of matte varnish, brown pigment and some water.
- Sprinkle some lighter pigments on the soil creating colour variations and achieving a more realistic look. Fix the pigment with pigment fixer.
- Make some roots as described in Part II of the Crypta tutorial and glue them to the bases.
- Finally mix fine turf, green paint, water and wood glue and apply this paste where you would like some moss. After the paste is dry, wash with GW Agrax Earthshade and drybrush with lighter greens and yellow.
- Paint the rims of the bases brown and cover with some matte varnish to protect your creation.