How I Make Bases

by Ian Cousens

First published in the December 2009 AMMS Brisbane newsletter

I read your email and thought of something that might be of use for the news letter. It is on how I make my diorama bases so that the surface has a varying type of texture.

I select a small sheet of MDF of the size to suit.I use 12mm MDF cut to size at my local Bunnings,usually about 300mm by 200mm,so the finished base fits in my display cabinet.

Once dry clean up the sides of the MDF with sanding and shake off any loose sand. Then paint your colour on.

The different sand granules can be found at the Train section in a hobby store or your local building site.

The idea with this process is to get the granules to have a seated in appearance rather than sitting on top.