Saturday, August 15, 2015

Terrain Boards Finished

Finally the saga of the terrain boards comes to completion. I've been taking the opportunity to work bit by bit on them over the past couple of months. I started these quite sometime ago and then tried to get them complete in a four day rush last November. If you want to take a moment to look back you can follow this link to see the previous posts. Modular Boards

After the last coat of thinned down wood filler as a seal coat I also added some patches of other texture. This was done with a combination of scrubbing on some straight wood filler and using pumice gel I had lying around. ( I bought the pumice originally for basing miniatures but it didn't quite work the way I would have liked so it's getting used up here.)

Rock face after painting

I tried to put in a rough path winding up the hill as well.
Next up was painting. I actually pulled out some of my previous completed terrain pieces that would go with them to make sure things would match up.This is probably more important with the flocking later on though. The wood sides just got a straight coat of black gesso. As much as I would of liked to stain them I had to grind through several layers of the plywood to make the sides straighter and I expect the finish would have been awful.

Roads were kept dirtied up but with some cobbles showing for contrast. 
Last part was putting on the flocking. I used a first pass of mixed colors of flocking. I learned as I went along so the flocking on the first board with the crossroads is a bit rougher than the last. I decided to keep the flocking sparse in areas so that the painted parts show through underneath. If it turns out I don't like the effect once I start using them I figure I can always put another coat on.

All of the pictures were taken quickly with my cell phone. Unfortunately the boards don't fit in my lightbox so the pictures aren't the best. I'm hoping that I can take some better pictures soon with better natural light and with some of my terrain and figures on them.

Passing inspection

All four together. 


  1. Those are great looking boards. Something like that makes a game look brilliant. Nice work.

    1. Thanks, I'm glad to finally get them off the workbench and on the playing table.

  2. Great job Brian, they look great

  3. Looks beautiful and realistic...excellent job!

    1. Thanks Phil, I actually started to touch them up a bit more so hopefully they'll be a bit nicer for the next pictures.

  4. Very good indeed. They fit nicely and look quite realistic. The rock faces are beautiful. Will you add some brush, flowers etc.? I would like something like that in some point, but right now I may ned to move countries, so something to focus on at a later point.

  5. I've started to add some longer grass and details along the edges of the roads and rocks but for now my plan is to keep the majority of it rather plain. That way I can use flexible ground pieces on top for other features such as fields and woods.


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