1 This is a build of a set of based trees for wargaming and skirmishing. The 6 on the left are newly obtained from a doll's house and minituaria show, as are some of the basing materials
2 My collection of hole saws came from my late father in law, one way or another - thanks, Keith! Nice thin plywood discs, smooth with sandpaper.
3 Use a Stanley knife to make indents for the stubs at the bottom, then glue 'em on with Superglue. Superglue accelerant is a truly wonderful thing! Start with the small ones, so you leave room for them when the big ones go on. Wee bit of scrap paper over the centre hole.
4 Pre mixed filler for contours; I'll be basing these so no point trying to sculpt it. You spend your whole life spreading spludge with a butter knife, so what better for doing it on bases?
5 Splash of superglue and some rocks (two steps outside the garage and a handful, one of the benefits of buying a house with a gravel path. The small stuff is from the show. That's it for today, leave it all to dry properly.
6 Slightly watered PVA spread on top of the filler, and around the stones and tree bases
7 Into the sand! Very fine sand
8 Leave to dry. May be a couple of days, that was a lot of PVA and the filler was kinda soft still. Need another heat-wave!
9 Once dry, paint generously; I've used Gore Grunta Fur for this one, to get a dark earth colour. Don't sweat too much if there's the odd poke-through of white filler. Try and miss the rocks though
10 Under the curing lamp for a quicker drying time
11 My favourite basing grass.
12 Apply random smears of PVA to the base, ideally roughly where grass would grow
13 Dunk the bases under the grass for a minute or so, then shake them off back into the tray
14 Leave to dry again
15 Add a smaller pattern of glue on top of the grass for the 'dried leaves'. By the smell of it, this is largely herbs!
16 Barring a blast of varnish to hold it all on a bit better, done; two spinneys and two single trees. The singles may need mounting on a washer as they're still a little wobbly.