Introduction: Terrain/Scenery Rock Face Effects

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This is a simple method of a rock face that I made as a test piece before starting work on a larger diorama.

Step 1: Materials

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For this I used the foam packing bits, PVA glue and a piece of wood.

Using a craft knife, cut the foam pieces lengthwise and roughly place on the piece of wood and make sure you have enough to cover the whole board.

Step 2: Attaching the Foam to the Board

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Using PVA glue, attach the pieces

Don't worry if there are some spaces, you can cut some more foam to fit the spaces, or leave them to look like deeper recesses in the rock face.

And then leave the glue to dry

Step 3: Shaping

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Using a hot soldering iron, gently tap and pass the iron over the foam to melt and create the rough surface.

Don't worry if it doesn't look like much at this point.... it will take shape.
I promise!!!

Step 4: Painting

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Now undercoat the whole thing.

I used red as I wanted to make this look like a lava path (as I said, this is only a test piece)
If going for a rock face, then a black undercoat then blues and greys are the colours that I used.

In this case, I used red as the undercoat then dry brushed yellow over the top.
Keep on with the dry brushing until you are happy with the result
At this point, I then dry brushed black on some of the raised areas

You can then varnish using a matt varnish and the admire your handy work.

I put the rock face next to a test piece of muddy path that I made.

I like the overall look of it... and I hope you do too :)


lafnbear (author)2012-09-12

The rock face looks great, but the muddy path... looks like chocolate pudding; yum!

mr_snuffles (author)lafnbear2012-09-12

Yeah... I'm not overly happy with the mud.
I'll have to keep on working with it until I get something that I like......

I know that this was 4 years ago, but I think adding something granular would help with the texture. Maybe some play sand?

My terrain and scenery has come on quite a bit since I posted this.
I have started adding sawdust before painting to give more texture. I've found my local sawmill will happily let me have a bag (about a sandwich bag size) of sawdust for free :)

But thank you for your comment and suggestion :) :)

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