SBS: Marie Fleur - quick base step by step

by Roman aka jar

Hello Jungle,

the jungle of MV is heading towards announcing the MV challenge for 2018.
There will be two categories. One more interesting than the other, believe me.


Speaking about the MV challenge:

If you are someone still missing a challenge prize from last years challenge please write an email with your adress to: jarhead(at)massivevoodoo(dot)com
Life kicked me in the nuts earlier this year and I put this task far aside as I was just not able to ship the last couple remaining parcels as I had significant other priorities. I am very sorry for this, but it is time to get things sorted out and if you drop me your adress again I get things rolling. Thank you for your patience on this! The jungle never forgets.


MV Challenge 2018 insight:
One will subject this great 28 mm sculpt by MV Member Benedikt Sedlmair that will be released next week via Mr. Lee's Minis when we announce the challenge. Stay tuned for it, it will challenge all these brave painters outthere to create magnificant pieces. Roman and Josua did made up their minds to bring you two great categories and even do something good with it. It just was a big organisation whirlwind behind the curtains.


Back to the step by step:

A little girl, named Marie Fleur,
holding a flower and all her hopes. 

She is really tiny!

Quick base step by step on this project:

I created this base with all different types of materials from my basing drawers. Following is an insight in the materials I used for the rough build up:

  • Balsa wood
  • cork
  • pieces of plaster of paris
  • plastic profiles
  • stones
  • plastic card
  • and quite a lot of superglue as usual

Then I checked back where to place Marie herself, but planned to paint her off the base as she is such a delicate sculpt. I used some fine stone sand and hid the cork areas and used some to place in corners for natural looking dirt.

As you can spot on the photos above I wanted to create old roughed wallpaper to the balsa wood areas and I did this with thin paper you can buy for rolling cigarettes and matte varnish. Matte varnish is great to fix such elements in place. Superglue or other glues might destroy the fragile elements.

Dunk your stripes of paper in matte varnish and place them to the walls. Just like the real thing, somehow. Use a toothpick to push them around as you want them, damage them as you see fit. This brings great areas for painting afterwards, where you can play with light and shadow.

I started the paintjob rather roughly and used the airbrush to bring in my main color. A little touch of green to sketch in where I wanted to go in the end. I also used this method to create old fabrics in the wind. Can you imagine to make miniature newspaper with this technique too? No? Check this article!

Continued working out different materials and elements on the base, like stones, rusted elements, wood parts and such and then - as it is my favourite color - everything turned green :D

I added some moss to make it look more natural.
Just like I did in this cool step by step of "Memories".

When "Marie" was painted aside I placed her again to the base.

I really enjoyed the green turning more warm, yellowish around where she stands. That is why I love green so much. It can give you a warm and welcoming feeling of hope or it can be a cold color too that feels sad. It is just about the amount of blues and yellows in the mix.

Using these two options by painting green I was able to tell a sad story of hope. Maybe with a happy end or not. Nobody knows. At least there is hope. If hope dies, everything is lost. 

I hope you enjoyed the small walkthrough. 

Keep on happy painting!

This tutorial is for free, 
if you enjoy its content and find it helpful I would always be happy about a small donation for a coffee or a tea, or even better icecream. Thanks! I am writing this to inspire and help other fellow painters, hobby people, artists and such!
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