I'm a firm fan of scenic photography of figures and try to do it every time I paint something new. However, my backdrops are usually hastily assembled from gaming terrain, and new to be set up and broken down again every time. I wanted to make myself a fairly basic backdrop that I could keep near my painting station to access quickly and easily.
|The completed backdrop
I grabbed an MDF offcut from the garage for the base and a rear wall of foamcard which I hotglued into place. I covered the base with thin cork cut from a placemat and glued on some random patches of sand. Finally I added some detail elements including a door, some balsa wood, plasticard and some resin scenic parts (some of which I kept loose to give me more flexibility). I dinged up the foamcard with a piece of lava to give it more texture.
|Trying out the final assembly.
With the backdrop assembled, I sprayed the whole thing grey, overspraying the ground in random areas with a desert yellow colour. I then drybrushed the whole thing (a bone colour for the ground and a tan colour for the wall, before painting some rusted areas on the crinkly tin roof and girders. The final touch was to add some grass tuffs.
Here are a couple of shots taken with the new backdrop:
|Side on in conjunction with some other scenery.