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Cork for Miniature Bases

Cork is often used in model making as a material for creating terrains, such as hills and mountains, and other diorama landscapes. It can also be used to create texture on the surface of models, such as scenery manufacturing, entire army bases, or even theming dioramas or scale models. Additionally, this material cut in sheets or into grit is a lightweight and easy-to-shape material that can be cut and sanded to create a variety of different textures and forms.

How to create miniature bases with cork sheets

This modeling material in broken pieces and glued together is one of the most basic techniques for decorating miniature bases.


  1. Start by cutting the sheets into the desired shape and size for your miniature bases. You can use scissors or a hobby knife to do this.
  2. Apply a thin layer of PVA glue to the top of the base.
  3. Carefully place the cork pieces onto your base, pressing it down firmly to ensure a good bond.
  4. Allow the PVA glue to dry, normally it takes around 24 hours.
  5. Once the glue is dry, you can use sandpaper to smooth out any rough edges to make it look more natural texture.
  6. You can also paint the base to match the terrain of your miniature landscape.

How to paint miniature cork bases

Painting cork bases with acrylic paints is a great way to add realism and detail to your dioramas. 

Here are the steps you can follow to paint them:

  1. Start by priming with a white or light-colored primer. This will help the paint adhere better and will also make the colors more vibrant.
  2. Once the primer is dry, you can start applying your base coat. Choose colors that match the terrain you are creating, such as greens for grass or browns for dirt. Use a brush or a sponge to apply the paint, making sure to cover the entire surface of the base.
  3. Once the basecoat is dry, you can start adding highlights and shadows to create depth and dimension. Use a dry brushing technique to apply a lighter color of paint to the raised areas, and a darker color to the recessed areas.
  4. To add even more detail, you can use a fine brush to add small details such as rocks, flowers, or blades of grass.
  5. Once you are satisfied with the results, you can seal the paint with a clear coat of varnish to protect it and make it more durable.
  6. Finally, you can add miniature figures and other elements to your diorama, positioning them on the cork base to create a realistic scene.

Note: Acrylic paints dry quickly, so you can work on multiple bases at the same time, just be aware of the drying time when you are adding multiple layers.