I saw the Youtube videos, and they're great, but I'm looking for the answers to a couple of specific questions relating to painting terrain.
I have never made terrain before and decided to do this for my DnD campaign's final encounter. I've made a fairly large terrain intended to be icy mountaintop.
My budget is very low, and so far, I've only used things I had around the house. The terrain is made of cardboard, double-sided tape, and a porous foam taken from the inside of outdoor furniture. I need to be able to paint these materials somehow.
I am located in the UK, so materials I can procure here (as cheaply as possible) would be really helpful.
So my questions are:
1. Can I paint the cardboard directly? If not, what kind of primer should I use? What kind of paint should I use?
2. Can I cover the foam with masking tape and paint it? If not, what is the best way to make the foam paintable?
My concerns are that the cardboard will warp, making it unsuitable for my player's minis to remain upright on. Minis do not need to stand directly on the foam portions.
I second what Caspan said about posting a few pictures of what you are working with. I am not sure what kind of foam you are talking about.
Because you said it was stuff you had around the house, I am assuming that the cardboard is a single layer of corrugation. If you have enough, you should glue two layers together to get double-layer corrugation. I would position the pieces so that the corrugation in one layer is perpendicular to the corrugation in the second layer. This will help with warping. Also, be sure to paint both sides once they are glued. The underneath side can be painted as described by Caspan - whatever you have that is cheapest because it won't show anyway. Painting the reverse side helps reduce warping.
You might be able to make your masking tape idea work, depending on the foam. Anything made with masking tape is pretty much a one-shot terrain piece, though. Masking tape doesn't last long.
Have you considered using papier mâche for terrain instead of foam? Crumple up any old paper - paper bags, newspaper, magazines, advertising circulars, office paper waiting to be recycled, etc. and get the general shape you want. Then make a flour & water paste and paste several layers of criss-crossing paper strips over it. It's best if the strips are torn, not cut. Also be sure to allow each layer to dry thoroughly before adding the next. Lots of advice available on the Internet about working with papier mâche.
erho: Too many minis, not enough time... Am I right?
Oct 29, 2019 21:28:01 GMT
sgtslag: If we could just do away with this whole "work" thing, and supporting ourselves, financially, and otherwise... Life always seems to get in the way of gaming. AHHH!!!...
Nov 6, 2019 18:32:16 GMT
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factoriatabletop: sgtslag...oh man! you are right about it...
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Draklith: Hey everyone just a quick stop by to see if anyone is still here, hope everyone is doing ok
May 26, 2020 18:27:20 GMT
sgtslag: This forum seems to be slowing down. I hope everyone is still crafting, safely! I will be here until they turn off the power... Cheers!
May 27, 2020 13:46:43 GMT
factoriatabletop: maybe we should try to make a contest here, between us
Jun 2, 2020 8:40:08 GMT
factoriatabletop: no prizes, just proud....dont know, anyone else?
Jun 2, 2020 8:40:40 GMT
sgtslag: Still unpacking after moving in October... Too much stuff, crafting materials are mostly still in boxes. Weekends are busy with life, so little progress made. Getting the urge to push through, though, soon. I have several projects waiting...
Jun 2, 2020 20:14:39 GMT
erho: Yeah I'm down for a painting contect
Jun 8, 2020 14:28:59 GMT
sgtslag: Started working on making hills, which match my Tee-Time carpet I use for my "grass mat," on my gaming table, for big battles. Got two long chunks of open-cell foam, from a friend. Used my Proxxon Hot Wire Cutter to make terrain hills out of them.
Jul 26, 2020 20:12:40 GMT
sgtslag: Came up with around 80 hills. Covering them with the same carpet, from scraps. They will match the tabletop, perfectly. Contact Cement, is my friend. Will post on it, when I get the pictures uploaded. Some prototypes done, as proof-of-concept...
Jul 26, 2020 20:14:06 GMT
randywest: does anyone know more manufacturers for 1/72 fantasy minis besides Dark Alliance, Caesar and Elhiem?
Sept 14, 2020 14:16:19 GMT
sgtslag: 50 Hills completed, 24 left to cover the sides on. Hoping to finish this project within the week. Then I'll post a build description. For war gaming, but it can cross over to RPG sessions... They match the ground 'cloth', perfectly.
Sept 19, 2020 19:03:09 GMT
sgtslag: Sorry, randywest, the listed makers are the only ones I know.
Sept 19, 2020 19:03:34 GMT
sgtslag: Ran out of Hot Glue, with only five hills left to add a skirt to the sides of. Wal-Mart closes at 8:00 PM, thanks to COVID. GRRRrrr! Another 30 minutes of work, and I would have been done: ~77 hills, modular, perfectly matching my table's ground cloth!
Sept 23, 2020 2:50:39 GMT
sgtslag: Will post a write-up soon, or after next week's vacation. Cheers!
Sept 23, 2020 2:51:57 GMT