From the Warp is sponsoring a best base contest. Getting motivated was a bit of a problem until I needed a proof of concept test for a pot topper.
What’s a pot topper? It is a 6 inch disk of static grass used with silk flower arrangements that can also be cannibalized for miniature ground cover. Look for pot toppers at Michaels Arts and Crafts – mine cost $1.99. Opening the topper took a sharp scissors and a bit of patience. The static grass sheet is stiff and full of texture. When cut apart, the clumps are between 4 & 6 mm tall. At this point, I’m not certain if they are any improvement over loose static grass, but I see great potential for the grass on larger projects such as terrain. In any case, the clumps are a much cheaper alternative to Silfor.
The rest of the base is made from more conventional materials: a bit of bark for the stone & field grass for the tall plant spikes. Painting is a simple combination of dry brush and wash. The whole project took about 2 nights of puttering around time in front of the TV.