I wanted to make a cool display base for my Thunderbolt, but needed to come up with a solution to offset the flyer. After lots of thinking and mind changing I decided to make the base with Epic scale models and do a "strafing run" scene. This required a heavy base to accommodate my idea. Luckily, I work at a steel fab shop and know how to work the CNC plasma table. So, I sketched up a quick oval sized what I thought would work on the computer program and burned the base from 1/4" steel hoping this would be heavy enough without going overboard with thickness.
Above is what I came up with. I also took a small strip of flatbar and hand-formed it using a piece of pipe to get some radius. Above is what I came up with after welding it together. I got pretty lucky and this was perfectly weighted.
I finally decided I wanted to do a desert canyon scene with models trying to flank, kinda like in some Black Library book I read. Above is what I sketched up on some old cork tiles.
After roughly breaking the tiles on my marks it started to come together like a canyon.
A shot of all pieces broken out, with some small bits for the top to break up the flat surface.
The completed canyon before adding the sand. I glued this with a hot glue gun initially. Not a very good idea as the small one I have couldn't lay down enough glue fast enough before it started to cool. I had to add some white glue around edges where it was pulling apart and weight down with books to complete process.
Another shot of the canyon before adding the sand.
A view of the canyon depth. Came out around an inch deep and was perfect for the epic scale models I was using.
A shot with the sand added. I used the GW basing material for this. I have several kinds of basing material, but decided this was the best option with the very small sand and larger "boulders". I say boulders because the models on the base are 6mm scale.
Another shot showing the pegs that are used to hold the Eldar Falcons I was able to find on Ebay. I really wanted to use some Forgeworld Epic Tau Hammerheads, but found these were almost impossible to find.