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Hello! I've recently started working on a diorama, and a friend of mine urged me to post here. The only thing that is missing from the pictures below is the kelp that will be behind the kraken (on the little pads on the back side of the base). It is some floppy aquarium kelp that I"m currently trying to figure out how to get it to stand up straight. Tips, tricks, C&C are all welcomed. Here is the pre-primed coral wall in varying states of sand coverage. The coral is planned to be very brightly colored. Primed base: You can see the kelp pads in the pic above. Base with Kraken for staging verification: Here is the almost finished diver, who goes in the slot in front of the Kraken. This drab, dirty human looking down at his feet while the kraken looms above is one of my favorite parts, tbh. Cheers! Valk
So I decided to do a updated tutorial on doing a sea floor base! I started with my hippocampus. Things you'll need: Cork Green Stuff Wire WIre Cutters Sculpting Tools! Super Glue SO! To start with, you rip up chunks of coral and arrange the bottom layer how you wish it to look. Feel free to look up pictures of coral, you'll see that they are often in jagged clumps with little nooks and vallleys between them Now you add a second layer, similar to constructing a wedding cake or something, we're going for tiered levels with the upper levels smaller. Now you add smaller tops to a few places, for the higher points Now you take your wire cutters, and you start gouging pits and holes in the cork. You don't want it to be level or straight anywhere, so feel free to yank and rip as you please to get erratic, pitted shapes here it is after i've dug out pits Now you break out the green stuff, and start doing little coral against the cork. I tried an urchin out, my first time attempting to do one I've stuck some wires in that will be schools of fish, and added some more coral And uh...i kind of got distracted....but i did get the fish schools started! To do those, you roll little balls of green stuff and squish them on in an erratic pattern. It's not finished by far, this is just laying the ground work
So I was working on making coral reefs for my Kraken, like I did for my Coraldrax, and I thought someone else could perhaps use a tutorial on how to do it themselves. Coraldrax: http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/56564-basing-coraldrax/ Kraken: http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/59698-77291-the-kraken/ So first I rip up cork and glue it down, using pliers to rip chunks off and get a more random and odd shape. I then covered all of it in acrylic paint, in this case Wrought Iron which has a nice green color. I did the ship as well Then I dry brushed white lightly over the cork and the ship Next i drybrush a light green over all of it After that, drybrush a gold-yellow color I focused on the sea floor now, using a mix of khaki and light blue. I added a bit of blue dry brushing over the coral, but not the boat With a darker green, i added it in areas taht would have shadow on the boat FInal steps is to dry brush a few more coats of green and yellow until the coral looks how you want it. I then go back to Wrought Iron and outline all the cracks in the boat I hope you find this helpful!