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I have my large table and I think its finally time to get it based with crap so it looks mean. the problem is what should I use? I had a look at the local shop and their table looked sort of... rough like tiny little sand dunes along the board, instead of just sprayed with flock and thats it. an idea I though about was using the last of my styrofoam and (with proper ventilation or outside) super glue or spray it to the board to make it a little rough, it would give it a nice texture, but I did want to save my last slam to make a non-mobile small hill on the side of the board for LOS blocking of events in that area.
Any other ideas about what to use? I heard that saw dust is good, but I don't have the means to do that, and I don't want to buy a tub of flock because I feel it looks a bit lame in large areas.
also about the glue, whats the best way to spray such a huge area? or do I just spray it, then flock and the flock should stick to most parts because of the spraying?
Any other suggestions/ideas/whatever are welcome.
EDIT: It will be a desert table so any nice suggestions for that in particular would be the most helpful of all.
A big tub-o-white glue, mixed with water, sloshed on with a house paint brush, or whatever you've got handy. Then hit it with some river sand. Do it in sections, so the paint doesn't dry all at the same time and come away from the table, do it in foot wide strips instead.
Then you put a teensy bit more water into the glue mix, and once the sand/glue of the first layer has dried, gently go over it again, to give it a good coat and seal. Maybe even 2 goes.
I've heard that people swear by wood filler (a kind of gritty putty) but a whole table... maybe that'd be even too much for ME! and i've been known to blow stupid amounts of money on stuff for this hobby and not done much with them. I dare not count the number of times i've bought enough RTV rubber, two part resin and enough plasticene to choke a herd of dromedaries. "well, can you tell us?"
No! I DARE NOT!
I've tried spak-filla with sand in it and that works well for small things, not so sure about a whole table tho.
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White glue + sand will do it. Add paint if you want to have some color, but painting over it and putting matte varnish as last layer will reinforce the stuff AND add color to it, so this is the route I would take (table cross-section):
perhaps some flock in areas
drybrush color 2
drybrush color 1
basecoat color 0
surface of your table
...and I would stay far, far away from any white styrofoam for anything 40K....
but the foam was to give the table textures in roughed up areas, like if I made some built in craters, the roughness of the foam would be perfect for such a thing.
thanks for all the tips guys, I have a can of yellow paint that I barely use and might cover the whole table, but a lot needs to be done to it first, the stupid (ex) cats knocked the whole thing over a few months ago and a table corner went through a small section and uplifted it, but I'm sure its nothing a hammer can't fix.
Go down to your hardware store and look for sand that is used in sandboxs. They got around 10 $ here in canada, not sure about AUS. But I got around 55 pounds of the stuff in one bag for that cheap! and it's a really realistic sand.
As for painting pick up some cheap tubes of white and brown paint and mix them together.
First do. Put on waters down glue and sand, dry.
Then take your brown paint and squeeze out a fair bit, water it down 2 parts waters to 1 part paint. Cover the whole board with.
Then take some brown paint and some white mix about 4 parts brown to 1 part white. Do a HEAVY dry brush of it, like don't take to much pigment off.
then repeat each getting lighter and lighter in colour and lighter dry brushes.
For the craters and general slopes, etc. try getting some spackle (drywall paste).
I would suggest the powder that you just add water to and mix.
It's much cheaper than the ready mixed stuff, and dry powder will never dry-out on you if you have any left over.
Mix it creamy and slather it on your board. Mixing it less creamy gets it to set up slightly faster.
Use cardboard scraps, plastic knives, etc to spread it around.
Create whatever gentle or steep dunes that you like, then let it all dry.
Then seal it with glue, texture it and paint it.
Hmmm, you're asking hard now...
Personally I never like to prefabricate hills and too many features into a gaming table.
I usually try for some interesting texture to an overall flat surface.
If I ever go for a table with features I guess the best result would come from building the features up using styrofoam, convering the entire thing with wooden filler/plaster/sparcle.
After that it is usually up to what finish you want to the table.
I'm sort of in love with fine and coarse gavel (bought from miniature railroad shops) and the occasional patch (or large patch) of static grass.
Give a good coat of white glue (wood glue or PVA) over areas of the table, quickly cover it with the gravel and continue like that until the entire table is covered.
Further I suggest going over the entire thing with a paint of your choice, buy bigger cans as they are cheaper. Also I would suggest you use regular indoor paint, maybe a latex type as it would help to hold the gravel in place by actually sealing the table surface.
Well, my opinion at least...
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I was thinking of a desert table, covering it in pva and just throwing down whatever I can to give it some roughness, the one hill will be tiny, maybe size1 at the most to give some lootas or havocs a place to fire from. and small in its overall size too so it doesn't take up much of the table.
Lots of good ideas here though, thanks guys, I'll let you know how it goes.