Base was constructed from several layers of packing foam, wrapped around with drawing paper, then filled with air drying clay. Once everything was set the drawing paper is smeared flush with Knauf brand plaster, once hardened the trim was wet sanded with 600 and 1200 grit sandpapers for smoothing it all out. W&N Burnt Sienna was used to paint the trim than washed with burnt sienna and ivory black mixture for the shadows, both were done with a bad paintbrush to achieve the wooden look.

Toppings were modelling moss, tiny stones for the rocks, dried out flower root for the dislodged tree trunk, long bushes were from household hemp and the short bushes were made out of regular rope, all vegetation sections were lined up in an irregular triangle fashion, a la Paine’s diorama building instructions to create natural looking non symmetry. Earth was kitchen baking soda fixed with watered down white glue – used syringe and old deodorant spray to distribute the glue without upsetting the shape of the ground for the track marks and whatnot . Everything atop the base was painted with Vallejo model color acrylics. Leaves over the tank and the base was dried maple leaves ground with the back of a large tweezers than fixed with Vallejo acrylic thinners.