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Le Sage 28th January 2009 07:11 PM

Creating ground
What do you guys use as material to represent the ground under your figures? Right now, I'm satisfied with white paper, since I don't have enough of my Schleich Knights to really need vegetation for them as yet. But in the weekend, I was planning to get to work on a landscape where I can "deploy my troops" as I go along with my collecting.

I was thinking about just using a thin grey-green cloth. That should still put the attention on my armies and I can then decorate at will with stones and pieces of wood that I have already collected. I could also paint that cloth some. Like make a road (or rather a path - I'm creating the Middle Ages here!) and so on on it.

Liiolii 28th January 2009 09:02 PM

How about paper mache? You can make hills, river beds etc. using it. Its surface is nicely lively and you can paint it too. However, making paper mache is quite messy and takes a rather long time...

stecal 28th January 2009 09:18 PM

hi dont know if you can get them in finland but you should check out Javis countryside scenics they do rolls of grass and packs of scatter grass etc in different colours and shades which are handy if you are doing scenery which isnt flat and they do stone effect scatters as well i have used them in the stables and zoos i have made and have been impressed by the realism of them, im sure you could get some of ebay uk and get them posted to finland

Le Sage 28th January 2009 09:22 PM

That would indeed provide a good solution. I want my landscape to look "fairy-tale", yet support and maintain the plastic look of the Knights themselves. I've bought plastic flowers already that can become magnificent fairy-tale trees, but I'm going to buy the Schleich trees as well.

Tiermann 28th January 2009 10:43 PM

I use fabric for my larger scenes. I was fortunate to find some green mottled cloth at the fabric store that works very well as grass. I've used fuzzy felt or fleece for snow in the past.

Kiryuha 29th January 2009 08:45 AM

I'm thinking of using thick polyfoam - it can be painted, cut, glued etc.
I found an interesting link on the topic: a step-by-step description of how to make diorama landscapes by Horst Reil - Dioramenbau - Tipps - Landschaft.

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