Why has no one even suggested buying the Breakthrough Habitat Manual? And before anyone gets snarky with me ... NO ... I've not written a chapter in it! It is loaded with the information you are all looking for. Seems to me the reason bases are so weak is that no one seems willing to shell out a few bucks, buy an instruction book, and learn from the professionals who took the time to share their methods. There are also great habitat videos and now DVD's out there that take you through all the steps you need to achieve what you want. It just ain't free! rnviper3 ... the rock looks good, but yeah, the rest of the base is dead. You have a good "base" to build upon. You need to add other vegetation ... grass clumps with their base structures; leaf litter; and plenty of little stones. Just go outside and look down! What you need is right under your nose! Simply copy what you see ... it really is that simple. Add a mushroom here or there, some "green growth" such as ferns and whatnot ... it's not hard. You just have to apply yourself. And, apply plenty of accessories to your bases! Creating realistic habitats is one of the more fun aspects of creating a mount. It can be as important a finishing step as adding epoxy or paint to the finished specimen. The biggest thing to remember is this ... you want your habitats to look untouched by human hands. Far too many bases look very cold and mechanical ... man-made. That is what you want to avoid ... a manmade look. You want Nature to look ... natural. Again, take advantage of what's on the market. You won't regret that decision! John.