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Friday, August 31, 2012

Grow Your Own Basing Material

This little hobby is rather expensive so we might as well cut corners wherever we can. I look at it like this, the less money I spend on terrain and basing, the more money I have for figures. And let's face it, the shiny bits are where it's at.

I was using herbs that I got out of the kitchen cabinet, but it's harvest time so I'm now using the herbs and flowers I've grown in my own gardens.


What you're looking at is lavender (stalks and flowers), sage, oregano (leaves and flowers), peppermint (leaves and flowers),
sedm and allysum.


I wanted to see what I could make just from the items on that plate.  The bush in the right foreground is the top of a lavender stalk.  The little flowers in the center are from perrpermint. The bush in the back is made from a combination of an oregeno flower that hasn't bloomed and a flower from the lavender.  The tree in the back is a dry stalk of oregeno.  All the greenery is from herbs that were dried and crushed.

(pay close attention to the goat!)

There were still some unused items on my plate and so I played around a bit with the rocks and the flowers and came up with this shot.



When the plants flower, it's time to harvest. I just tie a ribbon around mine and hang them on the porch railings. They're beautiful, fragrant and delicious. Hmmm, edible bases, could make me a millionaire. Games run long and when the crips run out just reach for one of Anne's Custom Made Edible baes to nosh on.

And on that bombshell it's time to go. Stay tuned for "How To Use Chocolate To Create Edible Terrain"

It's Friday folks and you've just pissed away another week of your life. So get up off that couch,  do a little dance and make a little love because let's face it, you're not getting any younger.  I know I'm not.







74 comments:

  1. Hola
    Pues yo pienso lo mismo,nosotros cuando salimos a pasear cojemos corteza de arboles,piedras in cluso pizara,y las flores las dejo secar para las escenas.
    un saludo

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    1. Lo que encontramos son a menudo mejores que los que compramos. Tenga un buen fin de semana.

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    2. El pescado está en la cocina. Además, yo no hablo español.

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  2. I think asides from being great for cost cutting this provides a really natural look Anne that you most definitely shouldn't be ashamed off, I loved all of these photos, awesome work as usual.

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    1. Thank you Matthew. I do like the natural look and the colors that come from the earth are so much more vibrant than those that are man made.

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  3. The lavender makes a cool bush, a bit cactus-like, or like an alien plant :)

    Chocolate terrain.. hmmm... laying siege to a chocolate castle, rewarded for every breach with getting to eat the rubble.. I'm in :)

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    1. I've found some really cool dried seed pods that I'm going to use for a scene that's going to be very alien-like. If they work out like I envision them, it should be really cool.

      The chocolate idea could spawn a completely new set of rules, making me even more money!

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  4. Not only cheap but scenery that smells good unlike some of mine that smells like feet! Have a good weekend Anne.....

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    1. I hope it's not a smelly, wet foot, dirty sock smell with toe jam on the side! And didn't you just sneak a dot, dot, dot in on me you bad, bad man!

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  5. You know there are some terrains that maybe could be made out of chocolate. Then you just come up with some rules for destructible terrain and there you have it! A terrain that you don't have to worry about putting away. Just fire a mortar at the ground and have a bite. The flowers look gorgeous, and I still enjoy how well you put everything together. For now, nice smelling terrain will certainly do for the stereotypical basement dwelling wargamers who barely bathe.

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    1. Well, there is Cadbury Castle in Somerset ;)

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    2. If I did chocolate the rules would have to be strict on how you got to eat it. Blowing up is a good idea.

      @Tamisin-that was brilliant!

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  6. Lovely use of herbs for terrain making materials Anne. And a cute fluffy bunny too!

    Have a fab weekend hun :)

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    1. Thank you Tamisin. And finally-someone noticed the bunny. You have a good weekend too.

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    2. Ah, the red ears bunny...;-)

      Marzio.

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  7. Well, save money wherever possible!
    Hey, it must have gone unnoticed on my radar, but we never really did get the results from your battle with Ray. Whatever happened to that?

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    1. I did a big post on that kbud. Look on my sidebar and you'll see that Ray beat me.

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  8. Sweet! Maybe you'd preserve that "greenstuff" with glycerol!
    Would last more than one photo-shoot :D
    http://www.ehow.com/how_5877465_use-glycerin-preserve-plants.html

    Cheers, Mojo

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    1. Thank you for that link Mojo. It looks like I need to buy some glycerin and try it out. I'm going to do a search and see if there is a natural way to preserve them as well.

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  9. Great way to combine hobbies Anne. The bright colours look great in the base you threw together. Enjoy your weekend.

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    1. Thank you Adam and it's nice to see you out and about again!

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  10. The nature delivers us many things we can use in our dioramas or vignettes. Every time when I'm in the forest or in the garden I have a look on those things. If I find something that is useful I collect it in a box. After some time it can happen, that suddenly there is real life in the box but that's okay. It saves me time to buildt myself dioramas or vignettes.:-)

    Regards
    Bruno

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    1. I've just started doing that and now have two boxes full of things that I'm sure one day will show up in a vignette. When you look at little things in a new way, you marvel at their shape and texture.

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  11. Great way to combine hobbies Anne.
    Greetings Vincent .

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    1. Thank you Vincent and I like your choice of avi. Akroyd is a genius.

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  12. Great stuff there Anne. Nice use of things most of us would not have considered before. Chocolate bases does sound rather good! Have a good one Anne.

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    1. Thank you Rodger, you do the same!

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  13. Nice photos.
    I´m watching the goat but it hasn´t done anything....yet :-D
    There´s a type of house asparagus, Fern asparagus..just google it and you´ll find it. It grows with very fine fronds, that when pressed like pressing flowers, looks like real mini ferns. It´s a nice house plant as well, (apart from the lethal thorns on it) and it will happily grow you tons of model sized ferns for years.
    Cheers
    paul
    PS..Mail on it´s way.

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    1. That goat will keep on showing up and he'll play a big and surprising role in my story.

      Anything natural is better I think. It does dual purpose and honestly looks real and it's better for the environment. It's a win-win.

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  14. Just found a link to a really nice picture of a Fern asparagus;
    http://thepalmroom.wordpress.com/tag/decorative-indoor-plants/

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    1. I looked at them and their gorgeous. So airy looking and delicate. I'll have to see if my nurser can get me some.

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  15. and you can dry those lovely flowers, darling, and use them dry later on when you play with the figures in the winter :) You could also pluck a pinecone and use the little peaces as bricks or for building paths or fences or whatever.....

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    1. I'm already collecting petals and drying them and I've got a box of dried open seed pods and nuts that I hope to find a use for. I'm going to look into finding a cheap way to preserve the small flowers so I can use them year round. But you know, even in Winter the earth yields colorful things like red winterberries.

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  16. I admire your patience and skill in creating this Anne ~ Lovely pictures, and those spices will sure liven up the kitchen ~

    Enjoy your weekend Anne ~

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    1. Thank you Heaven. I will most definitely be cooking with them as well. I've just picked the first of my peppers and my tomatoes and am planning on making pepper stew this weekend.

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  17. Ingenious Anne!
    I always knew that Irish are clever people.
    Excellent usage of your 'greenery' Anne! :)

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    1. The Irish have been poor since the beginning of time and we've had to learn to use what comes out of the ground in as many ways as we can. We even make tea from Nettles and Dandelions.

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  18. Colourful, attractive and best of all, free!

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    1. A package of seeds is about 30p so it's damn near close to free.

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  19. Now I know what alyssum is. You're growing stuff I didn't even know existed and creating cool scenes with a goat and bunny. Well done.

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    1. Everything but the allysum and the sedum is edible. I've got loads more to harvest yet as the veggies are just now coming in.

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  20. nice Great way, yah right this is free

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  21. Nice and indeed a great way to save some money!

    Always great to see woman involved in the wargaming hobby that actually play it and not just paint the figures although that's as welcome as well!:-)

    Christopher

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    1. As you can see I cannot write a sentence without messing up!:=0

      Christopher

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  22. Very creative once more and cheap too, you can't beat that. And you lied, geez not supposed to come back until September, a whole day or so earlier, the shame hahaha Can't wait to see what you do as the story continues, especially that cool looking cat guy you have there haha

    Oh and if you become a millionaire don't forget the cat hahahaha

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    1. Yeah, we've got a huge storm coming and I thought if I don't post today, I may not get another chance for a while. If it's as bad as they say, we could lose power.

      Hey, I'll be doing a post next week showing all the pieces I'm in the middle of painting and you'll get a preview of your Cat. Still working on that cloak-white's a huge bitch. The face and the gold will be easy though.

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    2. That will be grand
      Hope all is well in your land
      As the storm comes through
      And the cat will surely be striking in his figuress view

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  23. I had always dismissed doing this kind of thing in the past as 'not being the way it's done' and looking cheap. However, I have to say that I am coming around – especially as I discover a lot of the "professional" foliage is in fact dried leaves and flowers.

    You are forever the pioneer Anne!

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    1. I tried working with some of the store bought grass and things, but I couldn't get the hang of it. And then there is the expense. I know it's not "tailored" looking, but I'm never going to be a pro, so I'm having fun. Maybe one day...

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  24. Ah, sis, I love watching you grow as an artist. Your creativity is enviable. Btw, sent you another email. Love ya!

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    1. Thank you Sis. I'll check my email tonight before I go to sleep xoxo

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  25. Very creative of you! Such a natural look! And as an added bonus, your settings are edible! Next time try using buds from a marijuana plant! The smoke-a-bowl setting! <--see what I did there? lol

    Keep up the good work!

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    1. I knew someone would make that joke and I'm not surprised it was you Dan!

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    2. Oh sure, just assume the pot head will make such a comment! What would make you think such a thing?

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  26. When I'm working on minis, which, unfortunately, is not right now :(, I keep a collection of rocks I find outside for basing. Even better, sometimes I send my kids out on rock hunts (to get them out of my hair, so it's a double win!).

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    1. My property is build on what used to be a river, so I have loads and loads of rocks and gravel of all different shapes and colors. It's so much cheaper to take a walk outside and pick things up.

      I know you're busy writing, but one day you should put down the pen for a week and pick up the brush!

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    2. I would actually love to do that, but I have no place to set up a painting station in our new house. At least not until I reorganize the garage which is still full of unpacked boxes and things. That is going to be such a huge job and take so much time, I have been putting it off. Once I finish my current writing projects, though, I plan to take the time to do that so that I can have a place to paint all set up.

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    3. I hate moving and after a year, I still have things in boxes in the attic. If my son hadn't of moved out, I'd have nowhere to paint myself. And as it is, I'm going to be running out of places to store my terrain. I don't know how you guys find space for all this.

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    4. What space? heh
      There is a reason all of my painting stuff is still in the garage and that my eventual painting space will be in the garage.

      Hey, did you do the Reaper Kickstarter? I kept meaning to, but I didn't have the money, at first, for the level I wanted to do, and, then, I forgot about until 2 days after it ended. I'm bummed :(

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    5. I wanted to do it. It was such a fantastic deal. 225 mini's for 100 bucks, but during that whole period I had nada for cash and it really stunk watching those levels get added. I'm going to start buying some Foundry next week I think.

      I did get involved in one in July and I'll get my mini's this month. Stonehaven Dwarves, new company and the mini's really look great. I have 8 dwarves and 2 sprue coming.

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    6. I know! I kept watching them add and add and add and kept thinking "oh, man, I don't have money for this!" At the end I was kind of determined to figure out a way, but, then, I forgot to do it right at the end :(

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  27. Interesting post...I always worry that natural substances would cause problems like discolor or mold over time? That is why I used bleached playground sand for basing to save money. Big bag is about $5 or so, lasts forever. Some guys at my LGS use sand they scoop up outside and I cringe as there is bacteria and such in that dirt...then then cringe when I mention mold spores and such, which are very common in Florida....they are everywhere...

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    1. The herbs exist to be dried, stored and eaten and as long as they are kept dry, they'll be fine. And they will hold their color. I use parsley which is very green and it doesn't fade. The flowers will fade and dry out, but with a diorama I only need to to have color for as long as it takes to get the shot. I'm going to look into preservative dips for them though.

      I need to buy some of that sand!

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  28. Clever use of garden stuffs. I'll buy some stock in your Edible Tabletop Gaming Scenery if it doesn't cost too much! company. (:-)=

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    1. It will be free for my friends, I assure you!

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  29. I think you are on to a winner here Anne, the edible basing has a wonderfully original look to it; very O'Leary.

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    1. Thank you Michael-just wait till you see what I can do with cheese!!

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  30. Anne, you never cease to amaze me! What a great idea - and it looks way better than any fake stuff ever would! And I can only imagine how heavenly it must smell! Can't wait to see what you do with some chocolate!! (And oh, I'm back!)

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  31. darling, forgot to ask you, have you heard anything about our Elsie? I've lost her email in that horrid problem with my computer, and I don't know how her surgery went on?

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  32. Cool and useful tips...but then you go and spring the whole edible terrain on us...so now I'm on tender hooks for the next instalment

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  33. What a fun idea. Hope you have a great fall.

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