Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Building a rocky little piece of terrain - Tutorial No3

Here is the third and also the last part of my little tutorial.
The construction of the pieces shown took me three days but only because of the fact that my hobby-work was steadily interrupted by real-life-work. :)

I let the brown paint dry again and started to dry brush the sanded areas with GW´s "graveyard earth" first.

This step was followed by dry brushing with GW´s "bleached bone".
Finally I used some "skull white" again for a last dry brush.
This just gives a smoother blending from the already white dry brushed rocks to the sanded parts.

Now it is time for the part I really do like the most:
Flocking or glueing the grass and flowers onto the base.
Therefore I used different material from "MiniNature".
I hope you like the following pics. 
I do. :)

It´s up to you if you like to leave the terrain like this or to glue some trees on it. 
I decided to decorate these two pieces with little trees again.
I just drilled little holes into the bark or the foam and glued the tree trunks into these holes.

I would like to say that the terrain pieces are ready for action.

But don´t forget where your next battle will be fought.
The terrain shown above will surely fit for northern regions.
But what about battles fought by Alexander the Great against the Persians in desert like regions?
Maybe you would need a dusty terrain. 
Here´s an example how this could look like.

Step one:

Step two:

Step three:

I hope you enjoyed my little tutorial. :)

Bye bye


Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Building a rocky little piece of terrain - Tutorial No2

So, here I am again with part two of my little tutorial.

After the milky mixture of white glue and water had dried out I just gave the bark a primer with "fortress grey" from GamesWorkshop.

I let this paint dry again for several hours. 
The next step was to dry brush the rocks with GW´s "skull white". 
One could use several steps of dry brushing starting with a very dark grey and work forward to at least white. 
But I didn´t because the result was fine enough in my opinion.

Just two closer pictures of the dry brushed rocks.

As you can see I only painted the structure of the stones yet.

The following is to give paint to the sanded areas. I used GW´s "scorched brown". 

To avoid that the different tones of brown will blur while dry brushing I will have to be patient again. The primer of "scorched brown" now has to dry again for several hours.

The third part of the tutorial will show you the next steps.
Today I found a very good video on YouTube.
If you are interested - here is the website:

To be continued....



Monday, May 14, 2012

Building a rocky little piece of terrain - Tutorial No1

Ian asked me to post a little tutorial how I made my rocky terrain I´ve shown on my blog last time.

So here is the first part of this tutorial.

First of all I´ve cut some plastic strips (about 1 inch in square). I used some old blister packs from miniatures for that. So this is further kind of recycling. :)

These strips were glued on the middle of the damaged CD´s so that no sand, glue or something else could run out of the hole in the middle of the CD. 
Some might think that this in not necessary, but I chose to do it.

After that the bark is placed and glued on the CD´s. 
Just break it into some little pieces to give the rocks the structure or hight you want them to have.

For the bark is not flat, there will often be a space between the piece of bark and the CD. 
So it could happen that some glue may run out of the hole. 
If you don´t pay attention, this could glue the CD on your working table or at least cause a mess.
 So that´s the reason why I use the plastic strips mentioned above. 

I always use white glue for this part. 

Here are some other "constructions". 
This time I´ve decided to produce some terrain pieces parallel to save some time.
The good thing is that you´re allowed to create your favorite style.

After this step it is time to put on the foam material to construct a smooth passing to the earthwork that will later be modeled or glued on the edges of the CD. 
It could look like this.

Now it´s time to put on some sand (if you want to). I always use bird sand for this because it has very fine granules. 
I´ve also put on some smaller stones to give the terrain more structure.

And just another one. 

After the glued sand has dried I´ve put on a milky mixture of white glue and water. 
This is just to make the bark harder. 
If you don´t do that, the layers of the bark will surely break while using it on your gaming table. 
So this is a very recommendable phase.

As I already told in my first post on this topic the drying phase takes the longest part of construction.

So it is time to be patient - 
just to give the glue the necessary time to dry.
And just to give me some time to work on the second part of this tutorial. :)

To be continued...



Sunday, May 13, 2012


Hi all!

Today I´m posting a little piece of terrain that I finished today.

I often thought of what to use for little terrain as bases.
And I also often thought of throwing away old and damaged CD´s.

So here´s a good idea of recycling (if you never ever thought of this by yourself - but I think many of you already did).

I just took one of my damaged CD´s, a piece of bark and some foam material. 

After glueing, painting, several dry brushings and putting on some grass, little flowers and a few trees (I think they have been from NOCH) here is the result.

The most time used for building is the time for letting the glue dry and also the prime color. 
After this step it´s a very fast process.

I haven´t tried yet but I would like to know how many terrain pieces of that kind I would be able to produce within 1 or 2 days. I will try next holidays. :)