Sismis's terrain on the budget

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Sismis's terrain on the budget

Unread post by sismis » Sat May 20, 2017 9:30 pm

Since magnificent Gaius Maecenas Oberius in his overwhelming generocity decided to honor my humble public service on the account of the legion populus inscribo instrumentum, aka tanks.aamcardbase, for which I am utterly unworthy but too insignificant to decline, I have started to prepare myself for some terrain.

I wanted some hedgerows for tanks, and some low level undergrowth for other 15mm games. Since I'm low on space, first requirement is to be sturdy in storage and in transport, without falling apart, why looks come second. Also, I wanted to try those DIY clump foliage tutorials all over the Internet. So I took one yellow sponge for washing cars, an ordinary kind with visible open air "bubbles", and run it over kitchen grater. Small clumps are made on those small sharp openings which look like they were made by punching nail through metal, and large by manually tearing bigger clumps from spunge and afterwards running them on grater over those same openings like small clumps, thus making rough irregular edges.
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Larger clumps for large hedgerows
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Small clumps for undergrowth
Afterwards I painted them. I don't know why wooden glue. I was hoping it would make bigger clumps out of small clumps as it looks more realistic by gluing them together, but it didn't work, even when I left it drying in big squeezed clumps. Since my main requirement was for them to be homogenous, I resorted to just have big pieces.
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Coloring clumps in a mixture of wooden glue, water and green paint
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Drying it out. Baking paper is perfect as it doesn't stick
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Small clumps

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Re: Sismis's terrain on the budget

Unread post by sismis » Sat May 20, 2017 9:43 pm

For hedgerows I have laying around 10mm foam core. So I made base from it and glued larger clumps with a hot glue.
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Big clumps
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Painted clumps
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Checking scale..
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First to say, it looks slightly better in reality :D From some angles bigger air bubbles are seen on big clumps and remind on a sponge, I might fix that with small clumps I have lying around, however in dim light of gaming night it's quite good. When not placed in a line like hedgerow, but one behind the other like a forest it actually looks great, with different shades and heights. I wanted to fix color and add more green as this is only one layer of paint of which I was low anyway, but again, it looks better in real, and with light yellowish protruding like lighted by the sun.
I am much happier with small clumps, they were to act as field boundaries.

So there you go, if anyone needs cheap gaming quality terrain in a few evenings, this might help a bit :party:

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Re: Sismis's terrain on the budget

Unread post by FieldMarshall Ober » Sat May 20, 2017 10:51 pm

Wow, it turned out nice. The use of materials is brilliant. You're going to be ready for the 'Tanks' game when it arrives.
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Re: Sismis's terrain on the budget

Unread post by sismis » Sun May 21, 2017 2:26 pm

It's quite a bit of terrain from single sponge. I'll look it has less bubbles next time.. Here is example with fields from doormat. Now I'll try to beauty up a bit those fields with yellow tops and greenish bases along with brown earth..
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Unread post by dano903 » Mon May 22, 2017 2:24 am

all of that looks GREAT! thanks for sharing the pixs!!!

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Re: Sismis's terrain on the budget

Unread post by sismis » Mon May 22, 2017 8:25 pm

Thnx ;) I've been trying to beauty those fields but was unable to paint sides with watered down green (to represent youngish base). However, brown sticks to it, and rubber base is painted well. Might help someone.
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Re: Sismis's terrain on the budget

Unread post by dano903 » Fri May 26, 2017 3:52 pm

you can use a pigment to highlight a burned out area...trim some openings in random places for hot spots, trim the corners and black pigment for a burned out area, but don't actually use a match to them in a control burn. it will smell for weeks. ahhhh...I have NO experience with that last idea!!! :)

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Unread post by FieldMarshall Ober » Fri May 26, 2017 5:30 pm

dano903 wrote:
Fri May 26, 2017 3:52 pm
...I have NO experience with that last idea!!! :)
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Re: Sismis's terrain on the budget

Unread post by sismis » Thu Jun 01, 2017 8:17 pm

Good idea, except those for matches :D

I have tried to recreate stacks of hay on a cd. Added wet paper, covered bottom with brown, sprinkled fallen pieces from doormat and tried to make tall neat clumps. It looked terrible, pieces are too rigid for that. Must find another way..

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Re: Sismis's terrain on the budget

Unread post by dano903 » Sat Jun 03, 2017 8:34 am

take some fiber rope and cut into short lengths. Take a pudding cup(empty and cleaned), and line the pudding cup with the rope fiber. The fiber should be mixed with a wood glue, and water mix...about 80/20. once you line the pudding cup, use a poly fil for the center, then add the remaining rope fiber mixture to the bottom, and compress. Let it air dry on a cookie sheet for several hours. If your glue/water mixed has too much water, the mixture will drain to the bottom. You can place the Hay stack on its' side and rotate as needed. it's a bit messy, but you'll get a consistent looking hay stack every time. Once the glue dries...it will make the hay stack a bit harder. this also works for 15mm, but you could skip the pol-fil, and use an ice tray in the shape of a hay stack. Just an idea, but it does work

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