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    Building Yss: DC's Terrain Project Log.

    Building Yss


    I felt it was time to build a new gaming board that could be used for AoS (and occasionally for Historicals). I've spent about six or so months looking up youtube tutorials and educating myself on various techniques and materials in preperation for the big build.

    Board wise I contemplated a number of options and their pro's and cons, before settling on a modular system which I could add scatter terrain to. In the end I went for Sally 4th's Terra-Former Tiles, a well rounded range of MDF frames with a magnetic locking system. The frames themselves are well designed and do pretty much what they say on the site. The neodynium magnets really lock them together really well and the frames are nice and sturdy. I used superglue to put mine together for speed and efficiency, but woodglue would be perfect if drying times aren't an issue for you.


    The frames require some form of polystyrene filler, either the simple jablite stuff or the lovely pink insulation foam. I went with jablite for affordabilities sake and ease of access. While jablite isn't my first choice for terrain building it is fine for this, as it will be covered up with filler and pva to strengthen it. To save time I whipped up a template to help with cutting out the inserts. Having to hand measure each one prior to cutting would have been labourious and tedious. With the template it was barely a twenty minute job to cut all of them out and fit them. Make sure you use a nice sharp blade to cut them, I used a snap off knife with the blade extended all the way to cut mine clean through.




    Then it was a case of gluing and adding detail. The cliff faces are made from discarded slate shards I found in the fathers hoarded building material pile. I just stacked them up and glued them in place. I used PVA which I regretted, as it didn't really stick them down all too well, it was the filler that really secured them in place. Next time I'll use the hot glue gun.


    Then it was on to adding filler. I used plain old polyfiller. I did start putting it on with a spatula, but it started looking unnatural, so I slipped on some gloves and applied it by hand. It's helped maintain a natural look and allowed me to get the filler into all the nooks and crannies around the cliffs and into the stream bed.




    Once dry, I added some citadel trees and textured the board with coarse and light sand, along with aquarium gravel for smaller rocks. The larger rocks were either slate or decorative garden stones. When applying the sand I used a watered down mix of pva with a little flow aid added.


    Then I painted it all. A black undercoat on everything, with some zenithal highlights of a medium grey on the trees, cliffs, and rocks, along with some splashes on the dirt. Then I added a chocolate brown emulsion, and once dried I used a large make up powder brush to drybrush the whole board with Buff Titanium from Daler Rowney. It took about thirty minutes to drybrush the whole board. I'll be buying more make up brushes from mini painting after seeing how effective it was, after a quick wash it was good as new with zero wear. If I had used my usual choice it would have killed the brush and only been good for rubbish jobs after.


    Flocking was fairly easy, I used the same watered down pva mix with flow aid to spritz the sections. Then I went along the edges of each section with the mid green flock so as to prevent strange lines cutting off between sections. Then I gently added light and dark tones before giving the whole thing a hit with mid green flock. I simply sprinkled everything on, as just chucking on the flock creates a lot of waste.


    After this I started detailing....


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    Some links for folks.

    Materials.

    Sally 4th, suppliers of the Terra-Former Tiles.

    Arcane Scenery, suppliers of the various flocks, foliage etc.

    B&Q, for the polystyrene, woodglue etc.

    Tutorials.

    TheTerrainTutor

    Lukes APS


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    Re: Building Yss: DC's Terrain Project Log.

    That looks great DC147! Very nice work. The Sally4th system is a great idea- I wish the 24" tiles weren't so expensive; I would need 12 of them.
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    Re: Building Yss: DC's Terrain Project Log.

    Quote Originally Posted by Codsticker View Post
    That looks great DC147! Very nice work.
    Thanks mate

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    The Sally4th system is a great idea
    I spent quite a while perusing a couple of options, but the Sally 4th tiles won hands down.

    Quote Originally Posted by Codsticker View Post
    I wish the 24" tiles weren't so expensive; I would need 12 of them.
    Twelve I wish I had the space for that many in one go!

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    Re: Building Yss: DC's Terrain Project Log.

    Nice start!
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    Re: Building Yss: DC's Terrain Project Log.

    Lovely job Deathcat! It looks cracking so far. How well does they all hold together?

    I would suggest NoNails or similar for sticking rocks next time rather than a hot glue gun as it will melt the foam.

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    Re: Building Yss: DC's Terrain Project Log.

    Quote Originally Posted by mrtn View Post
    Nice start!
    Thanks mrtn

    Quote Originally Posted by Lost Egg View Post
    Lovely job Deathcat! It looks cracking so far. How well does they all hold together?
    Really well, I can grab both ends of the board and shuffle them about without them splitting apart, so if they get knocked they shouldn't go anywhere. Though that will be even less likely once the base board is finished and it's edging is fitted.

    Quote Originally Posted by Lost Egg View Post
    I would suggest NoNails or similar for sticking rocks next time rather than a hot glue gun as it will melt the foam.
    For the short term I'll probably use No More Nails. The basic glue guns do have that issue, but after watching a couple of Mels (TheTerrainTutor) vids and Black Magic Crafts stuff, they use hot glue guns a lot on 'styrene. Thats because they have guns with thermostats on, so they keep the temp lower than the basic guns which prevents melting. Surprisingly the guns with thermostats aren't that much dearer than the basic ones.

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    Re: Building Yss: DC's Terrain Project Log.

    That loos great!
    my general project thread

    [2020] painted: 3

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    Re: Building Yss: DC's Terrain Project Log.

    I've added a farmhouse and started a barn/storehouse for the table.

    The Farmhouse.







    And a sneak peek at the barn. Two sets of doors, front and back. Each with handmade hinges. I used some steel wire, a jewellers anvil, and a lighter to make them. I hammered them out formed them quite quickly. I kept them fairly rough to give them a rustic look. I just need to add tome rivets/nails to the bars for extra detail.



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    Re: Building Yss: DC's Terrain Project Log.

    Splendiferous! I especially like the cedar shake roof- very well done.
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    Re: Building Yss: DC's Terrain Project Log.

    That's quite a sweet cottage and I am loving the doors.

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    Re: Building Yss: DC's Terrain Project Log.

    Quote Originally Posted by Codsticker View Post
    Splendiferous! I especially like the cedar shake roof- very well done.
    Thanks. Between replaying Witcher and looking up medieval Polish villages, the wooden shingles were the only way to go

    Quote Originally Posted by Lost Egg View Post
    That's quite a sweet cottage and I am loving the doors.
    Thanks man, i'm pretty damn happy with them too

    Hope to update you all over the next few days with some progress

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    Re: Building Yss: DC's Terrain Project Log.

    Awesome, really like how the shingles flow. Hinges are great little details that stand out.
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    Very nice house.
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    Re: Building Yss: DC's Terrain Project Log.

    Very nice work DeathCat147.

    The remove-able building for fights inside is a good idea.

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    Re: Building Yss: DC's Terrain Project Log.

    I really like you buildings floors and all.
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