Even more Terrain!

By tristanmitchell

Last weekend when I was busting ass on my desert battleboard I had some extra foam, trees, and 1/4 inch basing wood left, so I thought it would be practical to add some more terrain to my Mountain table. It only had 2 forests and a few small hills, so I added 2 large corner hills, and 3 more forests.
I took some WIP photos but not nearly enough for a tutorial – Next time!

I first cut out shapes from 1/4″ baltic birch, then glue on a thin (1/2″) styrofoam layer to give a bit of height. Once this dries, I cut the edges down with a wire cutter and/or exacto knife to make it a gradual height increase. For the forests, I cut some stone slaps out of styrofoam with a wire cutter and distribute them around the little mounds. For the hills, I place some stone faces that I have prepared using a rubber mold. I glue them in with white glue and let it all sit overnight to dry. The next day I use gratuitous amounts of drywall filler to smooth out the rough cuts, fill holes, and add texture to the stone slabs. This step is probably the most important because it makes everything smooth and flowing and makes it look like one piece rather than pieces glued together. It’ll need a good day to dry, but it’s worth it. This photo shows the new terrain laid out to see how it looks on the board – In this state they’ve just been ‘filled’ which is why they’re completely white. It does need to be sanded smooth after but it’s pretty quick (albeit messy) I’m happy with the tree distribution so I set aside the trees for gluing after the painting is done.

The new terrain after the 'filler' step

A close up showing the drywall filler coating the piece

Next, I mix some white glue with a bit of water and paint the surface I want to be flocked. I sprinkle sand over them, shake them off, and give them another day to dry.

The new terrain freshly sanded

Last part is probably the fastest and most significant – I paint them. This step can all be done in one day which is what makes it fast (or at least seem fast!), and it’s the most significant because the terrain is finished when you’re done! First coat is a liberal base coat of brown, then a drybrush of lighter brown, with a highlight of bleached bone. Then I paint the stone – Black base, then consecutive highlights with adding white to the black gradually. I probably do about 5 sequential coats.
Lastly, I use my white glue + water mixture and paint on some static grass spots. Sprinkle static grass, shake off, let dry, and your terrain is done! Well, I guess you still have to glue in your trees. But that’s relatively simple! Just need a hot glue gun!

The new terrain set up on the table

Here’s some more shots:

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