I didn't take pictures during construction, so all are recent.
Step 1: Materials
- Polystyrene (home depot)
- Foam core (local craft store)
- toothpicks (I used two boxes for this board)
- double sided tape (not shown)
- corrugated cardboard (not shown)
- hot glue gun, glue sticks (not shown)
- a lot of paint
- sand, pebbles (hobby store, the beach)
- hobby knife (not shown)
- hot wire cutter (serrated knife can be used if not available) (not shown)
- card stock (not shown)
- black Sculpy clay (not shown)
Step 2: The Base
I first measured the base of the models i would use on the terrain. I then planned out the trench system with a ruler and a sharpie. I market the pieces I would cut out with an x.
I then used the hot wire cutter to cut out the basic shape of the trenches.
The next step is to round the top edge of the trench wall. I used a hobby knife and the wire cutter for this step.
When you are sure the pieces are the way you want them and hot glue them to the foam core.
as you can see the wire cutter is much smoother than the knife.
Step 3: Trench Walls
1. cut out pieces of regular printer paper the same height as the walls, and the length of the toothpicks.
2. cover one side of the paper completely with double sided tape.
3. place the tooth picks on the tape horizontally.
4. cut the whole fence to the desired length and glue to the trench wall.
5. add vertical toothpicks every couple of inches.
Step 4: Craters
1. Roll a piece of black clay into a ball, and then a longer shape, then into a doughnut shape.
(does not have to be black, but if the paint chips you don't want a bright color showing through)
2. Mold the clay into the shape you want on a cookie sheet. Bake as directed.
3. Glue to the top of the foam core.
For bigger craters it looks cool if you carve away some of the polystyrene to make the craters deep.
this picture is of a crater i made for an alien planet terrain board.
Step 5: The Bunker
Step 6: Add Details
Step 7: Sanding
1. paint everywhere that you want to be covered in sand with a mixture of two parts pva glue, one part water.
2. lightly pour sand onto the glue and wait for it to dry.
3. Tilt the board and tap it lightly until all loose sand comes off. Collect the sand on a newspaper and keep for later projects if you want.
Step 8: Painting
1. Paint it black!
2. I first pained the dirt areas dark brown
3. lightly dry brush the sanded areas with a lighter brown or tan color.
4. Paint the toothpicks a wood color.
5. paint the bunker grey, highlight the edges with a lighter grey or white
6. paint the metal parts silver, some rust color.
Step 9: Sand Bags(optional)
2. press a piece of fabric into the clay for the texture. I used a dish towel.
3. use multiple bags to make a wall, then bake as directed.
4. Paint brown, dry brush light brown.
I didn't glue them to the board so i could move the bags around.
The picture is from before they were painted.