Let There Be Dirt: Modeling Earth for Your Minis & Terrain

The village of ToadChapel needs some rock, soil, and life upon which to grow. Let’s learn how to make it.

Finished terrain tiles of earth with moss and stones

In this tutorial I’m going to show you how to make a layer of basic forest earth that will work for your mini bases, terrain, gameboards, and dioramas.  The environment of your figures plays an enormous role in setting a realistic and believable scene.  Poor basing can easily spoil a good paintjob.  Superior basing and terrain, though, can help even mediocre figures tell a compelling story on the tabletop. Continue reading “Let There Be Dirt: Modeling Earth for Your Minis & Terrain”

Crazy ‘Bout Corrosion!

You’d imagine it would be hard to get excited about simple molded plastic walls. Totally wrong.

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Here’s a side-by-side shot of the RYZA ruins before and after applying Nihilakh Oxide.  Worth the trouble, I think.

Big terrain pieces give you a good opportunity to try out different ways of using stuff, figure out what works best, and not worry too much if it doesn’t all look absolutely perfect.  I certainly got better at using the patina technical paint working with it for an hour.

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Finished!  Can’t wait to get a game in with these on the table.

Hope you’re getting your game on this weekend, too!

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How to Make Yourself Crazy II

Almost finished these today. Might add a touch of patina to the bronze, but otherwise I am happy to be done. Process was swift enough that I didn’t get bored with the project and I’m stoked by the results I got in two days (after the basecoat with the airbrush).

Every rivet & nut got highlighted, then the silver metals got pinwashed with a rusty brown.

Very slight retouch of the red base color on the outer edges of the rims, plus an orange highlight.

The crazy maker… but it does start looking cool!

Every decent sized bit of dark rust on the grey walls got a red-brown center, and every bit of surrounding paint got a highlight with the pale grey base color. It takes a while.

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How to Make Yourself Crazy…

Today I felt motivated to crank out some serious terrain. These are the RYZA pattern walls from GW. They were affordable, relatively speaking, and I like them. They do present difficulties integrating into other terrain, I found, but that’s probably subjective.

I may incorporate this into a permanent integral board, and I wanted it to look great. It took a while, but I’m pretty much down to details and more precise weathering.

Onto the airbrush-shaded basecoat I put a ring of red onto the walls and chipped it all over. Actually, I did the red over the chipping. I chose to pursue a certain look rather than cleave strictly to realism.

TOP TIP: Chipping was achieved in the small spaces with a sponge held in a forceps. An old fishing tool which serves a lot of useful purposes!

An odd metallic color I mixed up. Gunmetal, black paint, olive paint, black ink, green ink!

This took hours. Every silver metallic surface got covered. I think I did finally discover them all! There are a few hiding in the picture above.

Then everything got a teal black wash.

Finally, I painted all the bronze metals. I mixed another wash of black & brown inks & worked that over the metals, letting it slop onto the grey painted areas but not specifically targeting them

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I’m happy with the use of my time. It wasn’t exactly fun, but I got through it and the walls look cool.

I’ll detail the little nubbins, maybe throw a few highlights on, and I’ll be happy.

But what should I do with them?

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