Friday, April 15, 2016

Heading to the Hills - 2

A bit more progress on the new hills today...

I'm making them in the form of stepped hills with the type of heavy stratification found in some part of Earth...

...and, for Victorian SF games, Mars!

The photo below shows the kind of look I'm going for. The ramps on these two pieces probably won't take a figure, but they're really intended to give the impression the upper surface is accessible. Hot glue worked just fine for fixing these in place, so it went quicker and easier than expected.

The next stage is to make the layers of stratification. One way is to use a Stanley knife, but I got good results with a stiff wire brush. Top - knife, bottom - brush.

I'm toying with the idea of gluing pieces of thin corrugated card on the tops of the uppermost levels to represent eroded layers of rock. It'll break up the uniformly flat surfaces without being too much of a hindrance to standing figures on. Another feature will be the talus slope at the foot of the cliffs. Obviously I don't want to make these pieces with too large a footprint, but I feel representing this debris will make the whole look better. I've got a couple of ideas in mind, and will experiment to see which works best.


Michael Awdry said...

I do like those striations, clever idea.

A J said...

Thanks! They do breakup what would otherwise be bland surfaces.


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