||This is the finished terrain piece. As you will
notice this is a table dominator. To give you a
sense of scale, this is a 10t by 5 ft table and the
photo shows about 6 ft of its length.
The figures are 28 mm Old Glory and Foundry
which should give you another scale reference.
In addition to the above noted materials I have
also glued "talus" which is scale looking rock
debris available form model RR supplies.
The project took about 2 hours (excluding drying
and setting times). Like most things in life, the time
it takes to complete the project is directly
proportional to how organized you are.
|An approximate contour was drawn out on the
styrofoam. This was then cut with an old knife (at
45 deg) that was heated over the stove (with the
extractor fan on ... important!). A second smaller
layer was similarly cut and white glued to the first
The sheet of rock cast was cut into strips with a
utility knife and arranged in an oval on the top
layer. The rock section was then filled with off cut pieces of foam
which were glued in. A second
smaller outcrop of rock was glued onto the top
layer of foam 'fill'.
||The gaps inside the rock mound are now filled in
with sculptomold (or papiere mache, whatever
works for you) and molded to form the surface. I
also smoothed a layer of sculptomold over the
entire surface of the styrofoam which adds
considerable rigidity to the model and also adds
texture and irregularity to the surface.
Be sure and leave a pathway for the figure to be
able to ascend the outcrop unless you desire it to
|Leave the sculptamold to dry over night.
Have the hardware store mix a small can of paint.
Use acrylic matte paint that is mixed to those paint guides that have
hundreds of colors to chose from.
I had this can matched to the desert terrain color.
The paint is painted on the surface. There are a
couple of techniques for adding flock but I prefer
the one that adds it as you paint.
||Start with a generous layer of paint, then sprinkle
on the flock (I use an old plastic herb dispenser)
to the wet paint. Then paint another section and
sprinkle on the paint.
Keep going until the entire model (except the
rocks of course) is covered with paint and flock.
Go easy with the flock. Its is not necessary to get
more than a light sprinkling of flock on the
surface. It does not have to be completely
|After drying, the excess flock can be sucked off
with a shop vac or blown off outside. Don't bother trying to save it
unless you are on a tight budget because its not worth the effort.
Touch up with paint, of different shades, any area
of white still showing. Glue some little pieces of rock or talus or
gravel around the base for fallen
Spray the finished model with matte medium to seal the flock and gravel
and voila, a mountain in miniature.