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Scenic basing tutorial

This is one that I wrote a fair while back and shared as a Facebook album, but that doesn’t seem to work too well. So here it is reproduced!

What you’ll need:

  • 2-3mm MDF base (I buy mine from
  • Some spare 2-3mm MDF (another base is perfectly fine)
  • 10mm Styrofoam – not polystyrene! Also called extruded polystyrene and is most definitely not expanded polystyrene
  • Bark chips – bought from garden centres
  • Grit and sand of various grades
  • Polyfilla/Spackle
  • Wood glue and PVA. I’ve become a huge fan of Gorilla Wood Glue and wholeheartedly recommend it.

The paint and flock are whatever you want to use, but I recommend having a variety of flocks for a more realistic look. Clump foliage also looks fantastic.