Home is where the base is

DSCF1004Here’s the result of a bit of an experiment I shared the other day. I only let it sit for around 18 hours, and it had to be eased out gently as it wasn’t completely set. It does look like a hedge, it’s smoothish on three sides so it’ll stand without a worry. The top edge could do with alittle more grit but that’s simple enough. Although I only had a single comment on the original post it was from Mike of Angel Barracks, but given he’s the Richard Branson of 6mm scenery I’m happy to have caught his eye with this idea.

DSCF1011 There were a couple of pleasant side effects to it having not set  fully, the most interesting being it was flexible, so I took one section and curved it and stuck it to a base, making a point of putting the most irregular side on the outside. Given a few more hours to dry it set fully, I added some more grit to the top too and then flocked the whole hedge. The other effect is how it can be cut with clippers.

DSCF1020This is the building from my earlier tutorial on making a simple house. I didn’t like the roof so I’ve added tile texture plasticard, as well as a little detail on the door, then painted the whole thing and finally a gentle dirty wash. This is the building I’ll be putting on this base.

DSCF1021The house will sit in one corner. The outline has been pencilled in, a simple path painted on and a strip of plastic glued on for the placement of a planked wooden fence. A premature dab of superglue marks where a tree will go.

DSCF1022Tree placed, and a quick undercoat of brown to mark the ground.

DSCF1024The start of  a short visit to fidgety city, plastiwelding the three posts for the fence. These are rod plasticstrip about 7mm long, you can use square if you want but it’s only marginally easier.

DSCF1025The horizontals have been added, as well as green putty to break up the overall flatness of the base.

DSCF1036Finally the planking, this is quite time consuming and doing a short 3cm strip like this first is a good way to see how well you can do it but also you can measure the odds of it driving you completely insane. Personally I prefer the irregular look, you can try more regular but don’t try to do it by applying identically sized planks as it’s unlikely to work.  Instead try planks which are too tall, then once dried turn the base on it’s side and trim them to the same length.

DSCF1038The fence has been painted, as well as another coat of brown (a slightly different shade) over the green putty, both allowed to dry and then a coat of watered down PVA glue for the first layer of flock.

DSCF1042A second coat of PVA glue for a second coat of a different flock, and then the house is superglued into place. A welcome addition to 6milphilville.

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