Here i am going to teach you how to make cheap and easy to make miniature tabletop terrain buildings

Step 1: Materials and Tools


MDF or Foam-board
Polystyrene white/blue 
Acrylic Paint
Plaster of Paris (optional)
Saw dust
Food colouring
PVA Glue


Craft Knife set
Paint Brush

<p>i usually have foam lying around now that someone posts something cool to do with foam i don't have any. c'est la vie. I have a crap load of acrylic paint. </p>
<p>Styrofoam is brutal for me. Can't stand the sound of pieces of styrofoam rubbing together. Cutting into it would probably drive me crazy.</p>
<p>You can solve the nasty sound with headphones and your favorite tunes or use a hot wire knife. </p>
<p>Thanks for the tip!</p>
<p>I noticed one thing about making the grass. ONE drop of food coloring is not nearly enough, even for a small batch. My method was to add the food coloring to 6 ounces of water. I used green and a bit of blue to counteract the natural &quot;yellow&quot; of the wood. I got a nice green color out of it. After I added the colored water to the sawdust, I mixed it until it was a uniform color over all. I actually made several batches of differing colors and depths of green. Once dry, you can lightly mix these colors to create a more natural grass texture with varying degrees of green in the mix.</p>
I cant thank you enough i wouldve been happy with the grass making trick, i dont know if thats somethin model makers just know but its so effective!
<p>your welcome :)</p><p>I actually learn the grass trick from youtube. but the original recipe needed 1 tube of green paint.I didn't have any green paint.So i used food dye,which was so much more stronger :D</p>
i would suggest ground foam rubber for ground cover. Model railroads have used it for years ( after walking away from saw dust) Any good hobby shop will have it.
<p>Yes, the foam rubber thing does give a better texture. but cost wise, i guess saw dust would be free (that is if you already have some at home from sawing). :P</p>
<p>Looks fantastic! Now I know how to make my Bonsai tree look like it's growing out of some ruins... :)</p>
<p>Glad i can help.</p><p>Mind sharing some pics of it when your done? would love to see how it turns out :D</p>
<p>Thats's fanTAStic!</p><p>I want to make similiar structures in the future!</p><p>What I still don't get right is, how you apply the base coat, dry brush and high-lightings. What is the difference between applying the base coat and &quot;dry&quot; brush - is it only the color? Or is it another technique you were using?</p><p>Thanks in advance for your help :)</p><p>keep it up!</p>
<p>The base coat is just normal painting,make sure you cover all the styrene in black (This is to give the illusion of depth after its complete).</p><p>The Dry brushing is were you wipe off most of the paint from the brush and roughly apply it on the base coat (This is to give the stone its main colour-grey).</p><p>High lights are applied on edges where the light will hit it (It is applied very gently and very lightly using the &quot;dry brush&quot; technique ). </p><p>Hope this helps. you can also look up dry brushing on youtube :)</p>
<p>Now that's what I call a lucid explanation! ^^</p><p>Thanks! That helped me a lot! :)</p>
<p>superb work (y)</p>
<p>Wow... that is one great use of foam and POP. Thank you so much for sharing.</p>
<p>this looks so easy to make. I'm sure I could pull it off. THANKS for the share!</p>
<p>Very nice models !</p>
I'm blown away by how great this looks! Nice ible!

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