Terrain Corner – Refreshing Old & Natural Terrain

With Mortal Gods due at the end of the month I realised that when it came to terrain for the period and the location of ancient Greece I was a bit lacking. This felt like a good point to get the creative juices flowing. I thought I’d share my findings with you all in case you ever get stuck for terrain of this nature.

Looking through some old terrain that I knew I needed to repaint I thought I’d kill two birds with one stone.

A Fresh Lick of Paint

The pieces are from a company called Snapdragon who, sadly, are no longer around. It’s good, solid resin pieces that at the time didn’t really cost me that much. I gave the two pieces a bit of a clean as the paint had flaked from them ages ago. I then applied a good undercoat of grey primer and a quick spray of white helped get them ready.

In a few locations the pieces have integral bushes which may have suited my terrain style a few years back. However, that’s certainly no longer the case. I wasn’t worried about them knowing I’d just cover the area with clump foliage when I got to that stage later on.

Using some very cheap paints from my local Wilko I got some simple layers down on the terrain. Earthy Hue for the Rocks, Chocolate Dream for the ground and then Crushed almond to act as a white when dry brushing etc. The only issue with using paints normally reserved for painting your house is that it can take a little longer to dry. However, that’s not really a huge issue as I often have multiple things on the go. I have plenty to keep be busy whilst I wait.

Setting the Scenery

Once it was all dry the entire area got a wash of Army Painter mid tone. I’ve found for this sort of look it gives me the depth and colour that I want. I used a black wash to get a real defined edge in some spots, too.

One of the things to remember about rocks is that colours are not always the same across a whole area. This means you can be a bit inventive as you’ll see in a later article.

I then played around with a few different dry brushes once the various elements were dry. I din’t want it all to look the same so this is a way to change it up a little.

For most people the final stage now would be to just add tufts and flock. For me, however, I wanted a little more. With this in mind I spent a little time working in some greens and darker browns into some areas. The rocks are very smooth and this made it quite the chore. It doesn’t look as good as the rocky outcrops I’ve done previously, but I’ll take what I can get at this stage.
The thing about making terrain is that you can spend hours just messing about with little things and you really have to know when to stop.

Wrapping It All Up

The last stage of flock and tufts is what can really set off the piece as it gives it a bit more life. Dragging elements out of tufts I have made myself and some homemade clump foliage, I set about dressing the pieces. What this shows is that you can always reuse old terrain or if you have bought something you don’t like the colour of it’s easy enough to change.

If you have any questions about what I’ve done in this little guide please don’t hesitate to ask.

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