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In step one I've cut a base out of 1/4inch MDF so that it doesn't warp as everything dries, scored the base with a knife to give the glue something to cling to, and cut out the rim of the pond using a hot wire cutter out of pink insulation foam.
In the next step I've simply added a large rock in the middle also using the wire cutter to carve it out.
The next step is to add any rocks, debris, bodies, etc into and around the pond.
To finish things off I added water effect to the base. This has to be done in very thin layers or else it'll shrink and crack. but don't freak out if that happens, just pour small bits of water into the crack and it'll fill it in entirely. Depending on the depth this can take several days as you NEED to ensure the whole thing is dry before adding the next layer. If I remember correctly this took 5-6 days to complete.
And there you have it! A desert oasis/pond ready to be despoiled on the field of battle in the far flung corners of the universe!
Materials: Hot wire cutter, hobby knife, scissors, paint brush, modeling sand, aquarium plants, paints, water effect, pink insulation foam, 1/4inch mdf, white glue, drywall putty, and rocks from the garden.
Good luck with your hobbying!