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Grasslands

Grasslandsranchero made this 20 inch square gaming board on which to fight Lord of the Rings skirmishes using wood from a wine crate and a piece of Styrofoam salvaged from a dumpster. Although this required a little rudimentary woodwork and cutting of the foam with a carving knife from the kitchen, perhaps the most interesting aspect of the project are the applications of texture, paint and vegetation.

For the pre-paint texturing I used sand and gravel gathered from my driveway. I went out, brought a tub full of dirt and sand and pebbles, and put it in the oven at 400 degrees for 10 minute before sifting it. I used Woodland Scenics Hob-E-Tac adhesive but PVA works fine too. The coarse stuff was applied first. Then I sprinkled the lighter smaller stuff on top. To finish up I sprinkled some fine saw dust. Everything was left to dry overnight before painting.

Grasslands Grasslands

Grasslands

A wide brush was used to apply slightly diluted acrylic paint; dark grey for the rocky outcroppings and a tan colour for the flat spaces in between. While the grey areas were still damp, I sprinkled some plaster very lightly onto the top and dabbed over it using the brush. This creates a nice fine texture on rocks and stone work.

This was allowed to dry before drybrushing on the edge of the rocks and flat area. This was very basic but adds a bit more depth and finish. I just added white to the paint I used for the main color.

The next step was to gather up various shades of ground foam and saw dust. Using a wide brush again, I added PVA to the remainder of the paint and applied a even coat. Ground foam was then sprinkled on top. I always start with soil like color, working toward the greener stuff. First came yellowish and brown foam, followed by light and dark greens. I also sprinkled a little sawdust here and there.

The piece was then left to dry for an hour before tipping it on its side and tapping the edges to remove loose material. (Which was then saved for another day.)

Grasslands Grasslands

Finishing touches include cutting a piece of fake fur into small pieces to used as long grass, and the addition of some small rocks and a few dead twigs to represent fallen trees.

Here's a larger version of that first image featuring a couple of wall segments from Games Workshop's "Ruins of Middle Earth" terrain pack. The wall segments are not fixed to the board so they can be moved around or removed completely.

Grasslands

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