Hot off the presses, a new set of bark 'n branch bases.
There's been numerous how to's on both the sculpting and painting process here, so I will let newcomers seek those out for themselves. :-)
Since a few of these bases will be carrying some heavy magnets on the bottom, I chose to pin the branches into the bases.
I normally would not do that, as the normal process of gluing in the 'trees' is pretty solid
.However, the magnets I will be using on these are the same ones that I use on larger creatures, and I will need to exert more force to pull them off the metal sheet.
I had some really sweet pieces of bark to work with here... that fantastic shale texture that basically happens all by itself!
A few Secret Weapon skulls and a bit of the straw..
A wonderful swirling pattern to the rocks leads you right up to the tree...
I enjoyed painting these, as I wanted to incorporate more golden browns and muted reds. I did this in advance of placing the figures, which will have a distinct set of cooler colors.
This will give me a nice suggestion of contrast, without the viewer actually noticing that it's even there!