Saturday, January 1
Terrain Tutorial: Desert Mesa prep stage.
I know it has been a while since I did anything Hobby related on this blog. But recently I started building some terrain which will end up being an alien desert-scape. I based it loosely off my pictures from garden of the gods (Picture above). Anyhow here is part one in a multi part tutorial on how to make it.
First you need to decide what materials to work with. I know that Styrofoam was going to be the easiest to mould so I called up a couple of Buddies of mine and they gave me a list of materials that I would need to work with the foam.
- I know this sounds obvious, but picking your specific kind of foam makes a difference. My friends and I prefer the Blue Insulation foam that can be found at Home Depot and Lowes. I bought two pieces and they were about $8 each.
2. Basing material:
- I use a particle hard board. It is really thin and cheap I bought this also at Lowes and an entire 8x4 cost me about $6 (IIRC). The guys there were nice enough to cut it into 1x1 sheets for me, which saved a ton of time. Don't get anything really nice like oak or something, it is way too expensive for what your doing.
- Do not use super glue! Super glue will melt the foam in weird ways, also it is realyl expensive in the amounts you will be using. I am using wood glue right now and it works great. A good bottle costs $4.
4. Cutting tool:
- You need a foam cutter! I went to Lowes and they tried to sell me a razor blade, though it is good to have around I would suggest going to Hobby Lobby (or any other craft supply store like Michaels) and getting a Foam cutting tool. I am using my friends and it is a woodland scenics foam cutter. This one costs about $30-$40 but you can get cheaper ones for about $20. long story short, spend the extra amount and get a decent one... I also suggest a handheld one that will allow you some freedom of movement.
All said I think you could buy all the material you need to make about 2 tables worth of terrain for $46.00. I will post another article soon about actually making the terrain.
Posted by Duke at 12:04 PM