Welcome to Homebrew hobbycraft.
For those of you unacquainted there is currently an ongoing global narrative campaign for Age of Sigmar called The Animosity Campaigns II: The Burning Winter. Taking place in the frozen underworld of Lake Bykaal, Six Factions fight for control of the lake and the secrets held within. Find more information here:
There are 5 ways to contribute for your faction each week, and I'm here today to help you all get hobbying quickly and effectively.
-bases for your terrain and/or models
-course and fine sand
-course and fine sawdust
-course and fine flock: dark brown, dark green, light grey, and dark grey.
-wood and tacky glue
-scenic pumice paste
-3/8" dark brown cork tiles
-paper plates, paper mixing cups, coffee stirrers, and some trash paintbrushes.
First thing we want to do is get the bases for our models or terrain. For basing terrain I like to use laser cut mdf because it is thin, sturdy, and affordable...also I have literally hundreds of pounds of it. You can find these plenty of places online, at your local makerspace or my favorite place to get them right here and here.
Now the big picture takeaway here is that there are few things, especially in the hobby/craft world, that are a one and done process (except of course contrast, but that's for another day). For this we are going to follow a bit of wisdom we can all apprecaite: two (or more) thin coats. I'll show you.
I always use wood glue when basing my models. If it's strong enough for carpentry it's strong enough for our models. Here's are few different ways you can apply the it. When using wood glue to assemble models I say just to use a touch. When it comes to basing we can be a bit more generous.
Next I add in some basing materials. For 2 I started with course sand and the last I started with fine sand.
Wait a little bit for that to dry. Wait at least a minute for it to set, longer if you used a lot of glue. Next add glue to the parts you didn't cover, parts you with to build up, or parts you wish to use as accent and apply the basing material of choice.
By using a 2(or more) step process you can get a more varied, believable look to your bases. If you start with course sand (or sawdust, for a more grassy look) and then use the fine sand (sawdust) it will fill in between the pieces of the larger grade sand and give a fuller and more varied coverage.
Pumice paste can be used as snow cover or as basing material, depending if you put it on before or after priming. Wood putty is a good start to making a varied ground cover as it can be used to create several degrees of smooth or roughness.
Easy winter wasteland terrain finish!
Join us next time for making ice, rock, and winter foliage!