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One of my local clubs is in the process of aquiring more terrain, and I'm in charge of organising people to make terrain for a Lustrian Jungle/swampland table.
So, does anyone know of an easy and most importantly, CHEAP way of making decent swamp terrain? I've heard about using epoxy resin, but I've also heard it's somewhat expensive. Are there any other ways?
Any links to articles, pics and general advice would be great.
I like white glue for water effects, but you've gotta layer it with paint. White glue dries clear, so if you paint the color of the water in gradually lightening layers, it looks pretty good.
|_______________/ Final Layer (don't paint)
|___Light Blue___/ Etc...
|____blue_____/ Second Layer
|__Dark Blue_/ First Layer
What do you do for the white glue as water? Do you pour in enough to make it like a river/water thing, or do you just put enough to cover the paint? I thionk if you did the former, it would take a LONG time to dry.
Epoxy resin really isn't "that" expensive. Depending on how much terrain and how deep the water effect is going to be. Woodland Scenics makes a few different epoxy resin products for water. The pre-mixed bottle they sell goes for about $13 or so.
For swamp I would recommend mixing in a cammo green or other non-bright green. You can also think about peppering it with the flocking grass (not necessarily static grass but rather the finer model railroad grass). A little bit of tall grass in clumps here and there would work well too.
If you are going for large areas patches of trees would work as well. Remember that swamp isn't all water - so to break it up you can have raised areas of dirt.
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Yes, it does, but the effect can be quite beautiful and worth the attempt.Originally posted by CoA_Marcus@Mar 1 2005, 20:23
What do you do for the white glue as water? Do you pour in enough to make it like a river/water thing, or do you just put enough to cover the paint? I thionk if you did the former, it would take a LONG time to dry.[snapback]341968[/snapback]
To get a really nasty swampy mire type effect, get a nice cheap gloss varnish from your local DIY store. Even better is something with a slight tint to it, like a pine or maple finish.
Make your piece of area out of MDF or hardboard, and build up the sides to make a good 'well' in the middle' with Polyfilla/textured filler. Make some islands in the well, some bits that'll be protruding from the surface. Sand and gravel the whole thing, then give it a good undercoat of black. Paint the piece as the rest of your board, but when you do the bit that'll be 'underwater' don't go above your base colour, and then highlight depending on how you want it to appear -
If you want soggy sodden bogs with stagnant pools and lots of biology, use some nice Camo Green as a highlight.
For Clean waterlogged tropical stuff, why not add a little Hawk Turquoise in there?
For Peaty, muddy stuff, that has a clean supply of water, then just go for the browns and yellows.
Once finished, pour your Varnish into the well, being careful not to go to full. You'll usually have to spread it out in all the bits you want, so be prepared with a couple of sticks to move it about. Once you have the desired depth (up to you), then leave for a couple of days, and hey presto - one horrible swamp!
For added effect, add reeds (fashioned from cut up cheap brushes), other plantlife (static grass on the bottom before varnish, Catachan and 40k Trees etc), wildlife (Jungle swarms, Brettonian frogs), Trapped peoples (anything, like arms, legs etc), surface effects (sprinkle some green flock on edges of 'pool' whilst varnish is wet for algae, paint different blobs of colour just before varnishing and drag about to give a multicoloured marble effect - gives effect of peat oil) and as mush else you can think of. For 40k I cut the top of a landspeeder off at an angle and glued it to the board before applying anything else, before applying the varnish I painted it Tin Bitz then Brazen and then painted patches of the original paintjob - looked like it had been lying there for ten years.