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#1 Raglan

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Posted 13 May 2017 - 02:11 PM

To match the desert scatter terrain which Tony has made for me, I am just in the process of re-painting my terrain boards. The boards currently have 2 rolling hills on them, so I wanted to break these up to represent a more realistic desert landscape. After a search of the internet, I came up with the idea of a desert ravine like the one in this picture: 

 

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So with a hammer, chisel and stanley knife in hand, I proceeded to ShedHQ to gouge out some sections on my terrain board.

 

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As you can imagine, this is a pretty messy job. 



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Posted 13 May 2017 - 02:11 PM

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Posted 13 May 2017 - 02:12 PM

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Posted 13 May 2017 - 02:15 PM

Next stage was to cast up some rock formations using the Woodland Scenic moulds and Crystacal plaster (this is much stronger stuff than regular plaster). 

 

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Posted 13 May 2017 - 02:17 PM

The moulds work best with a silcone release agent (thanks for the advice White Wolf). 

 

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Posted 13 May 2017 - 02:18 PM

The plaster sets in about 30 mins. 

 

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Posted 13 May 2017 - 02:19 PM

This lot took me about 3 hrs to cast (my original idea was to use bark to supplement the plaster). 

 

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Posted 13 May 2017 - 02:21 PM

I poured the spare plaster from each cast into the bottom of the ravine (waste not, want not). 

 

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Posted 13 May 2017 - 02:22 PM

I first dry fitted the rock formations to the board. 

 

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Posted 13 May 2017 - 02:23 PM

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Posted 13 May 2017 - 02:25 PM

The plaster rock formations were subsequently fixed to the board using No More Nails glue. 

 

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Posted 13 May 2017 - 02:25 PM

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Posted 13 May 2017 - 02:27 PM

I then used this product to fill behind the rocks (but with hindsight, you don't actually need this stuff and it's also really difficult to get off your hands). 

 

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Posted 13 May 2017 - 02:31 PM

I then used standard polyfillia to fill in the gaps around the rocks and to help blend it all in. 

 

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Posted 13 May 2017 - 02:31 PM

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Posted 13 May 2017 - 02:32 PM

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Posted 13 May 2017 - 02:32 PM

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Posted 13 May 2017 - 02:32 PM

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Posted 13 May 2017 - 02:35 PM

I then used some more Crystacal for the ground detail, sprinkling on some different grades of sand and grit to take the blending to the next level.

 

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Posted 13 May 2017 - 02:36 PM

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