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well today i went out and bought two polystyrene boards! One 3 inches, the other 1/2 inch thick.
they were both 8x12.
on the way to the car unfortunatly, the 1/2 inch thick broke. so im thinking cutting it up and using the pieces as terrain.
Anyway, my question here is, ive got my board, but now what do i do? i want to build a river into but i dont know how, and i really jsut dont know what to start of as doing....
so any advice would be grateful.
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Glue it to a bit of MDF or thick cardboard for a sturdy base, then with a modeling knife (exacto, stanley whatever) put the blad on a 45 degree angle with the surface of polystyrene, and carve a v like tunnel throughout the section you want , then gradually just work it to the width the you want.
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One MAJOR problem working with polystyrene boards is that they dont mix well with spraypaints. The foam part of the board must be protected, otherwise it will be melted by the spray. An easy way to do this is to use slightly watered down white glue to paint the exposed foam, then spraypaint. You could just use regular paint, applied by brush, but that can get quite tedious. If you can find it (and afford it), Krylon H2O, a water-based spraypaint is excellent to use because it doesn't melt the foam, which helps if you're doing alot of foamcore or styrofoam packaging in your terrain.
As for glues to work with, simple white glue does wonders, as does wood glue, or even caulk (I've only heard of the last one, haven't tried it yet) Do not use superglue or the like because, again, it will melt foamcore. Since white glue doesn't make the strongest of bonds, and foamcore isnt that sturdy anyways, I would reccomend pinning the foamcore pieces together, for added durability and strength.
Although I have no experience with rivers and the like, I've seen some great effects pulled off by various Water Effects liquids and resisns. Explore a bit on the boards, and you should be able to find a few tips.
Other than that...the skys the limit!
Hope that helped!