I've been meaning to take some time and learn how to make some swampish bases based on this tutorial that I found on Terrain Thralls.
If you ever want to learn to make a good swamp base, check that site out. They are amazing.
I also asked my friend over on Grim Dark South for some advice on his Dark Eldar bases. I'm sure if he ever updates that blog of his, you'd be able to see how good his bases are.
Then I spent a good 3 days preparing myself. Having never created bases by hand except for a couple really bad (in hindsight) gravel bases, I was extremely nervous. I would hate to ruin my gremlins by creating monstrosities to pin them on.
It is a lot of pictures so I'll ask for your forgiveness in advance.
Biggest thing I work on in the beginning was cutting out the water portions and sealing the bottoms with sheet styrene and making sure to glue the rocks down before tossing the sand on top.
The barrel is tossed upside down, like it was spilled in by accident.
Various body parts are chopped up zombie bits from GamesWorkshop.
It took forever to dry and several of them required a second coat.
I'm very very impatient.
Still looks good though. Very pretty.
I did my best to change up the look and size of the water portions, but there is only so much room on a 30mm base.
They turned out better than I thought they would though.
I had a dead brown grass and a lively green one that I mixed together and it creates a much more realistic looking patches. Beware of the fact that the crap gets everywhere and sticks to everything. Don't sneeze!
Does it work? I'm not sure, I'm not the best person to ask, but it still looks good, so it doesn't hurt to do it.
The bridges are made from balsa wood and plastic strips. Be careful with balsa wood if you work with it. Very flimsy and doesn't take kindly to having any sort of force applied to it.
Cutting the grass is easy, getting it to look naturally grown and not perfectly landscaped is not.
I just need to remember that Balsa wood is terrible at pinning without being stupidly careful.
I foresee ruined signs and lots of cussing in the future.
This way, my bad handwritting can be passed off as bad gremlin english.
She's the best.
15 hours of work for 43 bases. Not too bad I guess. I think I could go faster now, but it would shave off that much time.
I didn't use modelling water effects, but some cheap stuff I found in the plant display isle at Wal-Mart.
It's basically clear resin that I pre-mix and pour carefully. It takes up to 48 hours to dry and is extremely cheap. $7 dollars for a massive amount.
See the grass on the bottom? It was meant to be dry. It doesn't look bad, in fact it's great because it gives it a nice wet look that swamp area should have. It was just unintentional and made an impossible to clean up mess.
The total cost of creating all these bases, not including the time required was probably about $25. I had to buy sand, pebbles, various grasses and the water effects. I didn't even come close to using up any of my materials, so technically if you ignored start up costs, I used pennies worth of materials.