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  • #2370

    Modhail
    Participant

    This weekend I started on my terrain collection for Gaslands.
    The goal is to make a Mad Max-inspired desert post-apocalyptic wasteland.
    I’ll be building a generic set of desert terrain features and a set of Mad Maxian shanties and things like car wrecks, jury rigged nodding donkeys/oil wells and surrounding crude oil/tar pools and things like scrapyard turrets and totem poles.

    I started on the generic desert features, namely a trio of sand dunes and a pair of rocky outcroppings/hills.
    First I cut the bases and the XPS foam bodies for the terrain items:
    The bases and rough shapes

    After that I countoured the sand dunes with my handheld foam cutter:
    Looking more dune-shaped...
    These were then given a sanding to smooth them out more (no pics as electronics and XPS dust are a bad combo…).
    Hopefully next weekend I can put filler and sand on the dunes and start carving the rocky hills. Next up after that will be some patches of rough ground, rock pillars and loose rocks.

    #2371
    Mike
    Mike
    Gaslands Overlord

    Nice start! What do you tend to use to undercoat XPS? PVA mixed with acrylic paint?

    #2372

    Modhail
    Participant

    These will be getting a layer of filler and sand first, which means I can safely undercoat with spray paint. For “bare” XPS I usually undercoat with a layer of slightly thinned PVA followed with a layer or two of PVA mixed with acrylic paint, yes. I find it makes the foam resistant to all but the roughest of handling.

    #2374

    Modhail
    Participant

    No progress on the dunes yet, mucking with filler is reserved for the weekend. But as I needed something to keep my mind and hands occupied as I recovered from an unexpected migraine attack, I decided to test the technique I plan to use for the rocky outcroppings/hills. So I made a pair of small(ish) rock formations:

    Rocks...

    My usual foamed pvc base, one or more layers of roughly shaped XPS (with a combination of Thermocut and good old breakaway knife, this new machine makes everything foam related more fast and more fun, I love it!). Then I slashed the heck out of them to create the striations in the rock. This technique is an adapation/combination of the way Rob Hawkins and JimBibbly make the rock faces for several of their awesome terrain pieces. If ya gotta steal, steal from the best, I say.. 😉

    They’re based with several grades of cork, grit and sand (which reminded me I need to visit a model train store soon, my basing stock is running dangerously low!). Tomorrow I hope to base them with a mix of PVA and paint And hopefully I can paint them during the weekend, alongside fillering and sanding the dunes.

    If this technique gives satisfactory results, it’s on to the rocky dunes!

    #2376

    Modhail
    Participant

    Well, today has been a productive day, the morning was spent painting the dunes and rock pillars:

    After the sealant coats with thinned PVA (mixed with paint) I painted the basecoat with a paint gun (as in: the big thing that came with the compressor, not an airbrush…). Which, after some double sided tape/hot glue to fix the terrain pieces in place, worked acceptably.
    Drybrushing followed after that. While the dunes ended up a bit darker than planned, I’m pleased with the result. The rock technique has been declared a succes, so I proceeded to start on one of the larger hills:

    Hopefully I can make some more progress on it tomorrow.

    #2377
    Mike
    Mike
    Gaslands Overlord

    That rock pile is seriously nice.

    I wish I was better at manipulating blue foam. I don’t have a wire cutter and I’m never that pleased with the knife cut shapes I make.

    How are you planning to use the dunes in game, allowing people to drive up them as treacherous terrain or having them as obstacles?

    #2378

    Modhail
    Participant

    In that case, and if you have some blue foam lying around, I’d give these rocks a try. All you really need to do is cut some rough rock shapes and then slash the hell out them…
    I got my inspiration from these two blogs:

  • https://robhawkinshobby.blogspot.nl/2013/03/terrain-tutorial-desert-mesas.html
  • http://jimbibblyblog.blogspot.nl/2015/01/down-in-dorset-part-third.html
  • For the dunes I’m considering using them as treacherous terrain and/or ramps. 🙂
    The dunes have a clearly defined peak and a fair bit of height and incline to them, so that should work. Plus our group is fairly lead-footed and would love the idea of “death from above” style ramming attacks!

#2379

Modhail
Participant

A little bit of progress today:
First time experimenting with crackle gel and with airbrush primer. So far so good…

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