Let's get down to some quick basing, via tree bark. You see just about everything used in the image.
Piles of bases at the ready!
My three types of gravel and ballast...
Piece after piece of bark will be added to the bases. Some extend a bit further than others, since I want to leave room for figures that have a wider stance or footprint.
Oxide paste was used to fill the gaps between the bark and the base, while the super glue would do the heavy work of securing the bark to the base.
You can see some branches have been added to bases...
Look at all the different layers and shapes. You can even pile several thin layers of bark onto each other. Not only does this create an even more unique shape, it is now stronger due to all the glue in between those sections!
I like to have a nice supply of branches on hand. This small collection has a variety of textures. I try to gravitate towards gnarled shapes and 'forks' in the branches. This does help simulate the tree appearance at this tiny scale.
These are much bigger pieces, which I have saved for large creature bases and dioramas. These have even more dramatic textures and shapes.
My favorite branch sections were found during a fall storm. There were just enough leaves on the trees to make them more prone to have broken branches in all the intense rain and wind. I will be using these for my eagles and other flying creatures.
Stay tuned for more!!