I always loved doing custom bases and diorams even back in my old plastic robot ( Gundam ) hobby as you can see in my galleries. thus having to create so many quick bases for my miniatures is soooo much fun! I did this quick base for just a couple of hours today and hopefully it should look good once primed and painted.
This epic custom base for my Janissa Stonehide model marks the first time for me to use GREEN STUFF.
I thought using green stuff over a bended wire to create swirling rocks around the model should be the best practice project. Gluing real rocks to form the same shape should look great but might not be that strong and durable. Thus I think this is the best option to create such an effect.
I instantly fell in love with green stuff as it is so easy to handle! It is NOT as sticky as your usual carpenter's epoxy putties or as sticky as the Tamiya epoxy putty. Much like the Tamiya epoxy putty, the green stuff takes a while to harden thus giving you ample time to sculpt details. I think I will be using more green stuff in my future projects aside from just filling huge gaps. It is great stuff that is so fun to work with.
However it is very important to note that a 50/50 mixture of green stuff produces a rubbery finish. It feels like a rubbery plastic toy once cured ( 8 hours ). Mixing a custom mix with more blue ( hardener ) parts should make for a harder more plasticky ( less rubbery ) finish.
Green stuff is the perfect stuff for sculpting... however I personally think that Tamiya epoxy putty being more sandable and hard remains the perfect epoxy putty for your plastic robot or scale modeling projects.
Anyways, here are some photos of my Janissa Stonehide with an epic custom base. The model is ready for priming later today...