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Treemendus Ground Work Class 02 Jun 2010 23:12 #1

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Re:Treemendus Ground Work Class 03 Jun 2010 15:35 #2

I'll be following along since my one and only attempt at a diorama was ......not good :pinch: :pinch:


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Groundwork Class with Anthony Reeves 03 Jun 2010 16:53 #3

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Re:Treemendus Ground Work Class 03 Jun 2010 22:18 #4

This is just a side job...
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Re:Groundwork Class with Anthony Reeves 10 Jun 2010 04:53 #5

Thanks for the intro Bob.

We should be ready to start this in a week or so when you and Tom have received your orders. If anybody else would like to follow along using the materials they have then that would be great. I would suggest a base size of up to approxomately A4, an old picture frame would be perfect for this. Of course you can make it as large as you wish, the same tecniques apply. For this exercise I am going to try an copy the scene pretty much as it is but the same principles apply if you want to create something to show a vehicle on, a lane or forest edge for example.

We will start with the basic ground cover/texture (leaving a place for the chimney stack) then add some foliage, grass tufts and weeds etc. Next will come the trees, again we can either make lots of small saplings or a couple of more substatial trees - or both, let me know what you prefer. Then we can concentrate on the chimney stack itself, again if you would rather you can adapt the same tecniques into making a wall etc. finally we will go over the groundwork again adding little details, twigs, branches, dead leaves etc and blending all the elements together.

Iv'e never done an online tutorial before so this is new ground for me too. If there is anything iv'e overlooked please let me know.

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Re:Groundwork Class with Anthony Reeves 10 Jun 2010 06:27 #6

Fantastic tutorial Ant! It's going to really come in handy.

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Re:Groundwork Class with Anthony Reeves 10 Jun 2010 16:53 #7

Hey Ant,

Looks like you will have your hands full as well! I will enjoy watching this one being created!

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Re:Groundwork Class with Anthony Reeves 10 Jun 2010 17:18 #8

I hope it will come in handy Jaymes. Feel free to join in.

Bob my hands won't be as full as yours I guess.

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Re:Groundwork Class with Anthony Reeves 08 Jul 2010 18:56 #9

Sorry about the delay on our groundwork project but I have now found time to start. The base I have chosen to use is 13.5" x 12"(350mm x 300mm approx). I am using a celing tile as my base because it is lightweight and very easy to carve. I have cut a small area out and filled it with a piece of 3mm thick card,which is removable, this is so I can work on the brick/stone work away from the dio and drop it in place at a later date.

The ground looks to be pretty flat from the photos so don't worry if you intend to work on a solid base as the groundwork scatters and vegatation etc will add some varying height to the "floor". The reason for the grid drawn onto the base is to find the "natural" places to put the focal points on the dio. If this were going to be a design for a Japanese garden for instance you would place a lantern or group of rocks where the lines cross. This principle can be applied to our dio's.



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Re:Groundwork Class with Anthony Reeves 08 Jul 2010 19:39 #10

Next we will prepare our "Grass/weeds". For this dio I suggest you use between 1/3 - 1/2 of your Raw Grass sheet.

Take the Raw Grass.



Brush it so the fibers stand upright.



I tend to use poster paint and watercolours to colour my fabric but you can also use diluted oil based paint.



Rub the paint right in to the fabric by hand (glove optional) :blush: You will use more paint than is on the photo below.





Keep rubbing so as to disperse the paint throughout the fibers. At this point it is also useful to add some tones of yellow, browns and differing shades of green to add some variation to the sheet, It doesn't matter where, think of this sheet as a palette which you will trim the weeds from.



Next comb the sheet so all the fibers lie the same way.



Simply shake the sheet (as if you were cracking a whip) and the material should stand upright and look something like this.



When the paint has dried comb it again and you will be left with a sheet of fine grass/weeds which has a range of colours/tones.



The above doesn't have to be done at this stage but it is worth doing now as you will now have your "tufts" to hand when you need them.

Any questions at all then please ask.

Next we will start to cover our bases with a good covering of Earth powder and Scree etc
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Re:Groundwork Class with Anthony Reeves 08 Jul 2010 19:49 #11

Great, I have this blue foam insulation board that is very lightweight and 3/4 of an inch thick. I'm not sure how strong it is, will there be more support added later?

Lots of construction material laying about right now. I know I can find something to work. I'll have my base up this weekend at the latest.
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Re:Groundwork Class with Anthony Reeves 08 Jul 2010 19:54 #12

If it's the same insulation board I sometimes use then it will be strong enough on it's own. The whole thing will be covered in glue etc eventually this will strenghthen it too. The only other addition may be a frame around the whole thing but that's more cosmetic than anything else.
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