Forest basing tutorial and reusing failed 3D prints.

Some issues with gcode left me with a couple of failed 3d prints.
 

Due to the nature of the models, these lend themselves perfectly as totems or statues, and for my green horde, these can work great for the heroes. 

(Links to materials in the bottom)

We begin with the construction of the base

1. First step is to glue (I use wood glue) stacks of cork board to the base as well as the failed print and fix all of that with pins until it looks like a slaanesh fever dream, keeping everything tight to avoid gaps. 





2. Spread some watered down wood glue in between the sections and on top of any major flat areas, then dunk it into your sand container.




3. Once dry, fix it with scenery glue (my mix is 1 part water and 1 part wood glue and a drop of dish soap), use a dropper bottle (at this stage I also glued a skull and some homemade greenstuff mushrooms).




Now its time to paint:

1. Once everything is dry, prime it black (I use liquitex black gesso primer). 



2. Dry umber as a base color. 


3. Heavy dry brush with a light redish brown. 


4. Paint the accessories and wash them if necessary. 


On a side note, these washes are amazing. 


Final stage, adding greenery:

1. We begin with generic forest ground cover, I added some green flock to mine to make it more vibrant.




2. Once dry, fix it with scenery glue.


3. Glue lichen, green if it starts from the bottom and goes up (climbing plants), and brown if it comes down from top to bottom (roots). 


4. Once dry, fix it with scenery glue.


5. Glue pieces of clump foliage, I use 3 tones of green foliage but you can get by with just two. 



6. Once dry, fix it with scenery glue. 



7. Repeat step 6 until every thing feels secure. 

And you're done.






Materials used
MDF Base: https://www.ebay.com/sch/220/i.html?_from=R40&_nkw=mdf+base
Cork table mat: Got mine from IKEA, but I can't seem to find it on the website, just make sure you get the lowest height you find, it gives you better control of the height.
Forest Ground Cover:  https://www.ebay.com/sch/220/i.html?_from=R40&_nkw=Forest%20Ground%20Cover
Lichen: https://www.ebay.com/sch/220/i.html?_from=R40&_nkw=Lichen
Clump foliage: https://www.ebay.com/sch/220/i.html?_from=R40&_nkw=Clump+foliage

I mostly use javis scenery and woodland scenics.