Adding a scenic base to any military model always enhances its final appearance, giving a sense of scale and context. Even if you don’t add figures or attempt to tell a story through the composition of groundwork and vehicle – the essence of a diorama – I believe a scenic base will take your model to a new level. In this article, and ina number of other similar ones I have prepared, I want to take you, step-by-step, through the process of creating such a base, using some commercially available products.
1 The focal point for this diorama was a pair of ‘Jersey High Barriers’ (ref. MAC35146) from the Spanish company, Macone Models.
2 Superbly cast in resin, these would be ideally suited to the setting I had in mind.
3 The starting point was a simple picture frame.
4 A piece of insulation foam would form the basis of the groundwork, with the barriers adding height to the scene. Having applied a layer
5-6 of Deluxe Materials’ Tacky Glue, I carefully attached the foam, and left it for several hours to fully dry.
7 A piece of cork tile would be used to replicate the tarmac road surface. I had already prepared this before attaching the foam to the base.
8 Arranged diagonally to add interest to the composition, I marked and cut the shape, and checked it for size.