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I'd like to do a long chasm in a similar way of a road/river (so long pieces interconnected).
Anyway, I'm not actually too sure what it should look like.. How wide for starters. Then, what, a thick black line down the middle and shades of grey up the sides to the top? Any advice greatly appreciated!
Were you looking for this Chasm to look like it drops down from table level or is the intent for the sides to be higher than table level and thendrop down to table level?
Looks like it drops...
________ ______________ =built up level like a plateau
\_/ =Table level
The former Drops down from table height.
Well now, that's a bit easier...and a bit harder. The easy part is that it is less time to do and likely less costly. The hard part will be to give it the perspective of depth rather than simply a muddy creek or river.
If you can consider a combination of rasing the edges from the table ...even a couple of inches, it will ease the pain of having very artistic skills to present the depth. given a compromise, I'll give you my designer's recommendation:
1. The width of the chasm is completely irrelevant. Depends on if you want something like a crack in the ice to something like the Grand Canyon.
2. Always think in the perspective of a " V "...wider at the top (table-top level) and narrower the closer you get to the bottom of the chasm. This perspective will also determine the depth of the chasm...a finer point at the bottom of the V, the deeper the chasm.
3. Use jagged and not straight lines.
4. Color the sides of the chasm in bands of color. The top-most level a yellow-ish brown, gradually looking at darker reds and browns and then eventually dark brown or black at the bottom. Take a look at picures of the Grand Canyon for the way the strata is divided in color. The lower in the canyon, the less light and less color.
5. Have something colorful at the bottom....no, not like a flower garden, but a dark blue river. The width of the river at the bottom will also change the perspective...wider river=less deep...narrower river=more deep.
6. Reduce the completely flat top. meaning, place regular boulders at the top of the chasm that lifts a little higher from the chasm edge not only to show where the edge is, but in reality, the top of the ground is less likely to be flat.
7. Place some rock towers in between the two sides of the chasm on occassion. A place where the river below split and carved the rocks differently. This will break the monotony of the edge.
It can easily work and looks pretty cool when painted correctly. Good luck. We'd love to have you send pictures to us when done.
Guard TowerG ames
That is solid advice.
I'm inspired to make my own one now.
But still difficult to pull off well I think.