|My desert terrain experiment.|
Leatherette - faux-leather rubberised fabric in a pale creamy colour, £6 for one metre from "Fabric Warehouse" in Norwich (fantastic shop, I've bought quite a few bits of stuff fro model making projects from there)
Brown frame sealant - about £1 a cartridge from the DIY section of several local bargain shops, I used 2 cartridges on this project. Mine was made by 151 who do a lot of cut price DIY adhesives for very good prices.
Emulsion paint tester pots - various brown/sand colours from Wilkinsons, £1 a pot.
Car washing sponge - £1 for a pack of 3 from the local bargain shop.
Cocktail sticks, paint brushes, pallette, brush cleaning rags and other odds and ends
Old credit card or similar sized plastic card
Coffee stirring stick
|The leatherette, approx 3½ x 4½ feet in size.|
I started by creating my main road. A straight road cuts the mat in half lengthways, slightly angled to create a little more interest. A t-junction will provide a focal point for any settlement or perhaps for game objectives. For this main road I used a thin layer of frame sealant, smoothed into a uniform surface using an old plastic card. The width of a standard credit card seems about right for a 2-lane road.
|The roadmaker tool. Wide edge does main roads.|
|Narrow edge does smaller tracks.|
|Coffee-stirrer attachment creates tyre-ruts.|
|Basic road and track layout completed.|
|Parched desert surface - pattern sculpted with a cocktail stick.|
|Pin badge back to press into road to make manhole cover.|
|Additional texturing completed including cracked desert patches.|
|Detail of cracked desert textureand surrounding rough sponged area.|
|Manhole cover created using pin badge back.|
|Main painting and highlighting completed.|
|Same cracked desert area as shown above, now with paint!|
|Base colour is mid-brown with lighter brown patches sponged on.|
|When base coat has dried, sand colour drybrushed over whole surface.|
|Sand colour helps pick out the dirt tracks.|
|Dirt tracks can be used to create urban area if desired.|
|Large salt pan.|
|Now I need to finish my palm trees!|