28mm · 6mm · DIY · Terrain

Workshop: Multi-scale terrain, part II

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Tree bark – one of Mother Nature’s awesome gifts to wargamers

Terrain is something you’ll always need plenty of, so preferably it should look good without costing you a fortune.

As I personally enjoy playing on tables that look at least somewhat realistic, I try to build terrain that is cheap and easy to make, but still provides a bit nicer results than the standard “polystyrene hill” approach.

Here’s were nature comes in. It’s a great resource for terrain making – not that strange when you think about it, since what we’re trying to achieve here is a “natural” look, albeit stylized and adapted for gaming purposes.

So when making rocks and rocky hills I always use tree bark collected from the forest outside my house. It’s free, it’s totally natural and there’s plenty of it. This time I made terrain suitable for any scale, but I use the same technique for rocks on bases, for example.

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I began by spraying the bark pieces black.
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Then I drybrushed them grey, taking care not to overdo it – it’s the layer effect I’m after.
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I glued play sand to some areas, using diluted PVA glue…
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…and let it dry completely.
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Then for a dose of Vallejo Sepia Shade, mostly on the sand but also here and there on the “rock”.
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I let it dry completely…
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…and then drybrushed it with Vallejo Filthy Brown.
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Some flock, grass and water effect (optional, but nice), and it’s ready to go. Just as good for micro Greeks taking a stroll…
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…as for 28mm Poles making a brave last stand.

Next up from the workshop: muddy roads for any scale!

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