Ok everyone, I started my set. The basic idea is a bunch of puppets sliding down a grassy hill side having great fun. I started by adding two pieces of granite turned so the shiny side is hidden. This is a great rough surface for some mountain side or building. Kinda expensive but I had some left over from a kitchen job.
Add some styrofoam, cut to rough shape.
Add some paper mache to cover all the styrofoam.
Mix up some earthy looking paint, brown or greenish.
Base coat the mountain
Drybrush on some brown
Drybrush on some different colors, mostly browns and greens.
Mix up some white glue and water. I dumped some of the ground texture in there too for fun.
This is the textures I used. I got them from a hobby store where they sell railroad supplies.
Mix them up in a big bag.
Brush on the glue mixture and sprinkle the texture on. Let dry, brush off the excess and reapply to fill in any holes.
It is really starting to look like a grassy hillside.
Here is a closeup of the textures.
Add a puppet.
In this shot with the flash you can see some areas on the front that need some more work. I will probably add some larger rocks or more dirt later.
Go ahead, make a mess, have some fun.