The comments on Barry’s rock formations came in thick and fast – so I asked Barry if he’d be kind enough to share with us how he does them:
I’ve been trying to get this tutorial done so I can send it to you to hopefully explain how I do my rock formations that apparently look quite real.
1) Build the supporting structure that will eventually be covered.
4) As the they are drying use your fingers to shape the effect desired.
5) Create rocks from rubber plaster molds and apply suitable castings to the face of the plaster formation with a hot melt glue gun and then fill in around it with plaster-of-paris.
6) Then paint with acrylic latex paints from a crafts store. I prefer the lighter colors to make the layout look brighter. I use a tan for the entire base coat, then a burnt umber for the highlights with an occasional darker brown for a deep crevice or crack. It takes some practice but it’s not difficult to get a good realistic result.
7) I sprinkle my various colors of grass(comes in plastic containers from the hobby store).
8) Finally glue clump foliage on for shrubs, drill appropriate holes for telephone poles and trees you can see the final results.
(Press play on the last one to see the video).
A big thanks to Barry! More tips and ‘how-to’ stuff here.
And for some more gems, just read the comments below!