Friday 31 July 2020

Palm tree bases

Some time ago I bought some very cheap plastic Palm trees through Ebay and put them in a box with the intention of basing them and making them look half decent. I knew it could be done because when Wayne and Luke had built a rather nice coastal board a few years back they had used the same trees and they looked the job.

First I clustered them into groups of 2 or 3 and mounted them on CFBC.
Then I realised that was not strong enough some added a hardboard base, because that's all I had. Ideally I would used 6 mm MDF, but I don't have any at the moment.

Then I filled the spaces and textured the ground with sand and PVA. 

Although I would recommend Luke's modelling compound, but then I would because I work for Geek Gaming.

There you have lots of pictures of the stands of trees I made and modeled.

Next I painted the base with a Moccha brown from B&Q, I don't work for them.

Finally I used foam flocks from Geek Gaming again to create the ground cover under the trees.

I had intended adding some stain wash to the foliage and bark, but never got round to it.

I made a total of 8 stands of trees which will be more than enough for my games, either war games or D&D and cost me about £10.

Tuesday 28 July 2020

D&D: Cottage/Shop Fronts 2

After a few more hours on the cottage fronts this is where I am. Basically the walls and the pathway outside the buildings are complete.

They were created using sand and PVA mixed into a thick paste, spread on the foam card and then marked with sculpting tools.

The three story mansion.

The townhouse.

And more cottages, which can double as shops with a few extra details added.

Some details of the cottage that is the furthest along.

The wood texture is made using flour and water.... no sorry I mean Das and PVA mixed.

Think I will try to complete one cottage as I'm not entirely sure how to proceed at the moment. So a bit of trial and error on the way.

Finally some shots of the 4 part completed, these need the timber work doing next then the roof adding. 

Wednesday 22 July 2020

Tree Stumps, we all want them...

Over a year ago now, possibly even 2 years ago I sculpted myself some stumps which I found very useful. However I gave half of them to my little lad for his games as part of a box of terrain for his D&D games. 

So I had a load missing and needed to create some more. This time I decided not to use old pencils as the base, mainly because I wanted them to be thicker, more substantial.

So I used some cat food box card (cfbc) to create some tubes, glued them to a base with a hot glue gun and got ready to apply Das and PVA. 

I applied a thin coat, then went back and added another but this time worked the details into it.
Wood grain! who would have thought it?

So a while later with several waits for stuff to dry this is where we are.

Next post I will be returning to the shop/cottage/townhouse facades.
Take care everybody.