With the base primed and sprayed in flat black I went ahead and started to paint the groundwork.
First I started hand brushing a light gray (with a drop of yellow) all over the ground. Then followed up with different shades of brown lightly brushed into the walls. A gray dry brush and brown enamel wash later I was left dissatisfied with the vividness of the colors.
So I went back to hand brushing richer shades of brown and a mixture of green and blue along the center. To make the walls seem less like mountains and more like thick jungle vegetation along hills I added a bunch of small twigs, most of which I had to discard.
Afterwards I started to add the flock I made earlier, first the medium shade then the dark and then the bright one. Once it was dry I realized that the drastic shades of green looked unnatural so I took some store-bought fine flock and sifted a small amount of it to blend the layers together a little.
While waiting for another layer to dry I refined my weathering of the Clanche Custom with more dry brushing and detail work. I also was still unsatisfied with the look of the plants so I mixed a greenish brown paint and airbrushed it lightly on the flock.
Now that the ground work was done I glued the Clanche to the base and glued the arms in place. For the water I filled the base with clear blue paint mixed with acrylic medium. Never used this much acrylic medium at once before so not sure how long it will take.