I love all things Blizzard, so naturally I bought way too many packs of the Funko Mystery Minis for Heroes of the Storm to try and collect all of them. Alas, I have yet to get them all, but I do have almost all of them. On to the point of this post! I wanted to do something fun with the figures I had, so I thought I would build a small set to photograph them on. Initially I was going to try and build something to mimic one of the maps in Heroes of the Storm, but I ultimately decided to build my own thing. Here you can see the set as I built it, as well as the final images!
This set started off as pink foam insulation board. I had half of a sheet left over from a giant faux wood paw print I made several years ago, and it was the perfect amount to build this set with.
I started off stacking and gluing progressively smaller squares together so I could build a somewhat tapered bluff for Kerrigan’s perch. (Unfortunately I did not think to take a picture of the bluff at this stage.) Once it was glued together and dried, I took a utility knife cut the sides jagged to resemble rocks on the side of a cliff, and then I scuffed up the top with stiff wire bristle brushes to rough it up and make it look more like dirt. When I was happy with how it looked, I heat sealed it with my heat gun and then painted a base coat of raw sienna acrylic paint on it. After the base coat was dry, I dry brushed on a dark brown and then I dry brushed on a light brown. This gives it more depth and makes it look more realistic.
Side note - I really need to start pulling out my camera for my build step pictures instead of using my phone.
Next I worked on the background. I started off figuring out how high I needed the rocks to be on the bottom of the background board, so I set the bluff piece on the ground piece with the background board behind it. I made note of the height it needed to be, and then I proceeded to carve out rocks on the background the same way I carved them out on the bluff. I painted the rocks on the background the same way I painted the bluff. I started with a base coat of raw sienna and then dry brushed on a dark brown and a light brown.
Next I painted the sky on the background with a base coat of Phthalocyanine blue and then dry brushed on a lighter blue on top of the base coat. I forgot to get pictures of the ground progress, but I scuffed it up with stiff wire brushes like I did the top of the bluff and painted it the same way. I put down a base coat of raw sienna followed by dark brown and light brown dry brushing.
Once all of the painting was completed, I took some moss and scattered it on the ground of the set to act as brush. It was not looking so hot, so I ended up pulling off random sections of it to make it more scattered and less checkerboard-y. I then crumbled up some of the moss and lightly dropped it on the bare patches so there would be more texture there.
Enjoy the rest of the images and let me know what you think. What other toys do you think would be fun to photograph?