Hello All! It's been awhile, I know I know I know.
I shall reward your patience with lots of pictures. Every blog reader likes pictures.
In the last post, I built a Viking Longship and remarked that I had no coast or river bank to put it on. So after all that work, the Vikings remained quite lame. "We have a ship, I PROM-mise."
In this post, I solve that problem by building some edge-of-the-waterfront terrain. This was an ambitious project mainly for 2 reasons;
1: I really don't know what I am doing; I just copy others off the internet.
2: Since my hobby time has been squished to the wee hours of the night and only one special nights, perhaps it was the wrong time to take on a large terrain project.
But I do enjoy making terrain; especially when it comes out looking half decent. I suppose I could of posted WIP shots along the way instead of leaving the blog silent; but I wanted it all in one post for the sake of completeness. Also, I had a really bad paper cut that prevented typing.
Shore line terrain
I wasn't so much going for a beach but more for a the bank of some large navigable river. I know I called this series of posts "The Viking Shore' and that implies a beach but I don't like the beach. It's sandy, the water is freezing, the air is hot, and I sunburn easily.
Where do trout keep their money? In the River Bank of course.
|I made two sections of River bank.|
Each one is a little over 2 and half feet long, and around 9" deep.
|I know rivers are more realistic if brown or gray colored.|
But I life my water blue. Blue like my dreams of the Caribbean;
Where the waters are warm and the beeches nude.
Lets see some close ups shaaaallll we?
I made two of these so that one can be used on a smaller skirmish table or both together on a larger table.
|Both together on the 6' side of a 6'x4'.|
There's enough room there for 2 Viking Lonships.
(Sing it now! To the tune of Moon River)
"Fooooore-shadow! Hinting at what comes next.."
No Longer Lame Vikings
|kinda like that, But I can set the scene better.|
Let's go steal stuff."
Construction pics of the River Bank
Here is a brief phot essay on the making of the terrain. Notice that I stopped calling it shore and am now calling it a river bank. That's called a transition. It's what writers do.
|Then I used wall spackle/filler to build up the bank to the foam board.|
I added some undulations on top of the foamboard as well as
strategically placing some rock molds
|River bank covered with ground texture. Mainly fine ballast and coffee grounds.|
Same thing I used on my forest terrain.
Also add small rocks around the larger rock outcropping.
|After everything is dry, painted the bank as one does.|
I thought painting the bank before I bothered with the water would be alright.
Construction pics of the Water
Back to making wargaming terrain
|Paint the water using a wet blending method.|
I had to look it up too.
I tried to make the water at the back of the piece look deeper by being darker.
|Let the paint dry.|
To get the glossy affect that water has, I coated the water sections
with gloss varnish. A good idea stolen from the internet.
|Looks like this when it dries. Add more coats of varnish if necessary|
though I found one coat sufficient.