Terrain Boards project - Part 2
Here is part two of this project. This has been split it into multiple pages because of the scale of the project and the amount of work involved. In the remaining parts of this project I will show the progress of each board rather than the whole lot, as the work on each becomes more detailed. These detailing steps take a lot longer so progress on each board is slower.
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Test field tile
This tile was a bit of a test bed and I used to try out different flock for the fields and also tried to create a slightly sloping area where the fields are. The second photo shows some of the different coloured fields that were added. I had some issues with the flock and I had to glue down a couple of layers of flock to get the enough coverage.
This was also the first board I tried drybrushing the flock after the glue had dried to break up the large green areas, but it was a bit heavy handed with the paint. However this has turned into a good looking board and the crossroads work well.
The idea for this board was to cover almost the whole board in
fields like in the aerial photos of Normandy. The first picture shows
the layout with the ditches carved
into it and the road layout including a smaller side road. The second
and third pictures so the progress of flocking the fields a number
of colours and then flocking the remaining grass areas. I created quite
a few ploughed fields on this tile to make a change from the
green of the other boards.
The ploughed fields were made with a fine toothed saw blade from a coping saw which was dragged across a thin layer of sealant. First I smoothed the sealant and left approximately 2mm thickness before dragging the saw blade across it (holding it on each end).
Small lake Board
A tile with a small lake and a couple of sunken rocky areas.
The steps to create this are the same as the
other tiles and the rocky areas help break up the rest of the tile A
piece of the road is under repair
already in the first picture!
In the third picture I have flocked it and then I've glued a bunch of burnt grass along the roads and surrounding the lake although its a bit hard to see. Next I'll airbrush and drybrush the grass and then add bushes and hedges. The water will be added at a later stage so it doesn't end up with flock in the water.
So far this board hasn't come out as well as I would have liked and certainly needs some more work to improve it. This is the first tile I glued hedges onto and I'm not very happy with the results because they look too regular and some of them are too far away from the road (they moved while they were drying). I'm also not happy with the runways as it doesn't look very realistic to me so I'll add a green/brown/sand flock to them and then drybrush it. You can see the patchy areas where I created light grass but these have come out funny in the photo and look much better in real life.
I had my doubts about this tile but it is starting to turn out
very nicely. The first 3 photos show the progress with a close up of
the sunken part. If your wondering why the
hill is a different colour, its some old caulk I was using up because I
didn't like the colour and was using it to smooth out the edges before applying the final layer of sealant.
The last photo shows the tile after it was flocking and drybrushed and the closeup of the road shows the dried grass effect well, although its a bit yellower in real life.
A couple of WIP pictures of this tile showing before and after
flocking. In the third picture you can see patches created by the
drybrushing which look a bit funny in this picture, but are fine on the
actual board. The flock on the
hill clumped together for some reason and you can see a lump of it in
the middle picture.
The intention for this tile was to have lots of fields with a blank areas in the middle. My plan when I created this board was to have a town or village in the middle surrounded by fields. I may still add a town but that will be in the future, when I decide how I will integrate the towns into the boards.
If you were wondering what I was going to do with the board edges here is the pieces I will use. Each tile pack come with 4 pieces so there are plenty of these although there is a couple of different shapes and I need to see how they will line up together and if I need to reshape any of the end parts. I have also added roads and river sections to about half of the edge pieces so that the roads will go right to the edge of the table.