I had a 3 'AA' cell battery pack with an on/of switch to power the light which I 'buried' in the right rear corner of the base so I could access it to change the
batteries should need be. As it turned out, the LED I had planned on using just wasn't bright enough due to the density and thickness of the resin base so I ended up using chip type LEDS which are much
brighter. I wired three in parallel using a 9 volt battery pack to drive the whole thing and placed them beneath the feet of the demon and just in front of the witch figure. Before placing the resin base into the surrounding foam, I applied a coat of bright
aluminum paint from a rattle can onto the foam cavity to create a reflective surface that would hopefully further illuminate the swamp water.
After I placed the resin base in its Styrofoam 'nest', I applied an irregular border using Sculpt-mold
about the base's perimeter and feathered to the finished edge of the display. After the Sculpt-mold set, I painted it with random blasts of olive drab and sand from Rustoleum's “Camouflage” line of spray paints. (Note that I masked off the resin
base prior to painting to prevent over spray). Once this dried, I hid the seam between the edge of the resin and the Sculpt-mold with ground foam and sand secured with dilute PVA (Elmer's) glue. I added miscellaneous debris such as mouse bones, peat moss,
lichen and rotten sticks and the like to beef up the scene a bit.
On careful examination, it became apparent the dead fall trees were castings of real plants which
accounted for their realistic appearance. I painted the bark a flat medium gray with tan on the exposed 'raw' wood areas. I applied dark and medium green ground foam randomly for moss effects (secured with clear Elmer's glue) along with some yellow plant debris
that I had gathered from my driveway which looked a bit like dead flowers. I also distressed some thin cloth that I had painted a greenish gray to look like Spanish moss which I then placed here and there in the forks of a few trees.
Placing the dead trees was a bit of a puzzle. Although there were impressions in the resin base for each of the three pieces, it wasn't obvious where each one belonged
however a photo of the completed kit from the AFM article helped me in this regard. There were also a dozen or so small plants that also had impressions in the base for their placement although this was left up to the builder's discretion. In any case, I drilled
small holes in all of the base impressions and the ends of the trees/plants to give my five minute epoxy that I was using as an adhesive for something for it to grab onto.
I decided to go with black skin tones for the witch/sorceress, a decision I made primarily based on her physiology. The snake that is erotically wound about her ended up being a dark green with red spots. I am fairly certain no such
species exists. The casting for snake was missing one of its fangs (no surprise seeing how delicate it was) so I ended up drilling into the upper jaw with a #64 drill and inserted common pins as substitutes for the missing dentures.
The swamp demon's color palette was very vexing for me. After several iterations, I finally settled on a medium green skin tone. I dry brushed his (its?) numerous
veins a chocolate brown and applied a black wash over the entire figure to bring out the details. I managed its a slimy look by applying several coats of glossy clear from a rattle can.