I’ve gone back to terrain with a project that’s taken much longer to complete that I would have liked. It’s been cold and getting dark soon after I return from work, so I haven’t felt much like hobby work except on weekends.
My D&D campaign is underground and currently in a huge cavern, so rubble and rocks are quite normal on many of my battlemaps. I wanted something physical to go with the maps and figures, that makes it obvious to everyone where the terrain isn’t something you can ignore and walk across. It also means the terrain may actually be interacted with – cover, climbing, higher ground, etc.
None of this is carved foam or cardboard. I’ve used gravel (left over from past landscaping) and small stones from work, smashing some larger bits up to fill in gaps. I like the shapes, and that they have a bit of weight to them.
I picked out an assortment of square and rectangular bases, collected an assortment of stones (washed & dried) and started assembly. Each base got a bit of “multiple purpose cement”. This is a plaster-like material that I’ve been using to repairing cracks in interior walls. I’ve got a big tub of it and I keep seeing uses for it with miniatures. Stones were pushed into it and left to dry.
A second pass glued in small stones, and a third pass was more glue into gaps and then sand sprinkled on top. Everything got a few washes with thinned black and dark brown paint and some separate dabs of paint to darken anything that still seemed too light. Mostly I’d aimed for darkening rocks with black and using brown (and dark grey) in between the rocks.
The last stage was a mid grey paint on edges and a light dry brush to bring out some of the patterning in the stone, and then the same again with a pale grey. I went round the base edges in dark brown, and need to come back to touch up a few spots.
The sun came out yesterday so they went outside and got a good spray of varnish.
I’m very happy with they way they look. There isn’t overhang on all sides/bases, so its easy to position them close together or spread them out. I’d still like to do a few more pieces. I’d like to have a couple of very large bits, with some being flat on top.