Broken Ground Terrain Piece (Part 2 of 3)

OK, let's get started.  For this terrain piece, you will need the following tools and supplies:

1. 3/4 inch blue insulation foam
2. Wall joint mud
3. Small ballast (from hobby shop)
4. Hot glue gun
5. Wire foam cutter
6. Palete knives
7. Box cutter

Step 1:
The first step is drawing your bbase on the foam. This piece will be about 12" long, 5" wide and almost 4-1/2" high.

Draw the base

Draw the base

Step 2:
Next usining your wire cutter, cut along the lines at a 45 degree angle so the base has a slope.

Base is now cut

Base is now cut

Step 3:
We are now going to trace and cut the 2nd level of the broken land. This base will also be cut at a 45 degree angle, but first you need to place the top of the base on a new piece of foam. Take a pen and trace the base onto the new foam.

Get ready for the 2nd level

Get ready for the 2nd level

Place base top on new foam

Place base top on new foam

Outline of 2nd level

Outline of 2nd level

Next, cut the foam with your foam cutter. Cut with the traced lines up, angle the wire in and trace the outline as best you can. the edge of this piece will meet with the top of the base piece.

Cut inwards

Cut inwards

finished 2nd level

Finished 2nd level

You now want to repeat this process for the next 3 pieces. But this time to not cut at an angle. Instead cut at 90 degrees. Remember, these cuts do not have to be perfect. You are only making a skeleton of the finished product, so don't stress if it is off a bit.

3 more top pieces

3 more top pieces

Plug in your hot glue gun

Plug in your hot glue gun

Glued pieces

Glued pieces

Step 4:
Glue all the pieces together.

Step 5:
Now that you have the basic design cut and glued, it time to add the texture. Using your palet knife, spread the drywall mud evenly over the entire piece. Don't worry about a smooth coat or even if you miss spot. Nothing in nature is perfect and neither is your broken land.

Wall board compound

Wall board compound

Pallet Knife

Pallet Knife

Piece with wall board compound

Piece with wall board compound

Another angle

Another angle

Step 6:
Next sprinkle the small ballast on the base with the wet compound. When dry, this will create extra texture to the overall piece design.

Ballast on base of broken land

Ballast on base of broken land

Now you have to wait about 24 hours to proceed with the next step. In the third and final part of this series, we will paint and flock using several techniques to create a realistic piece of art you can play with.

Until next time
John

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3 Responses to “Broken Ground Terrain Piece (Part 2 of 3)”

  1. mahjong

    Jul 04. 2011

    After reading Build Your Own Terrain | Broken Land | Wargame Terrain I decided to leave a nice note for you. Keep up the great work, I want to read soon similar articles. Also your website loads up very fast!

  2. Lachlan

    Aug 08. 2012

    Hi, like the article… Just wanting to know where you get the blue insulation foam from? I have checked out some websites but want to find a store I can go to and get it from!
     
    Thanks

  3. admin

    Aug 25. 2012

    Hi,

    The blue foam insulation can be purchased at Lowes. I purchase the 4×8 sheet. It is 3/4″ thick and perfect for 25mm figures.

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