A walk in the Park

DSCF1193Here’s a couple of terrain tiles I thought I’d share. Above is a small park for urban areas, very simple scored card for the paving, the four corners built up a little with some miliput, irregular metal trees, some plants around the borders. I did consider a fountain or small statue in the middle, but then a tile of miniatures wouldn’t fit and as it’s for wargaming that’s more important as I see it.

DSCF1196Here’s a small pond for more rural layouts with another irregular tree, as you can see the surface of the water isn’t as smooth as it could be. It sure isn’t as smooth and placid looking as the irregular oasis in an earlier post. Essentially this is a how-NOT-to-do-it.

DSCF1198This close up shows just how ugly the finished result is. Just how did I get it so wrong I hear you ask. Simple –  I rushed it. I tried to put far too much gloss varnish in the hole in one go. So when it dried it slightly cracked, you can see one of the dark brown cracks running from top to bottom. For the much better finished look, such as with the oasis linked to above, you really do need to just apply one coat at a time and allow each to fully dry. Although I’ll still use this, it’s not as good as it could be for static water. It probably would have worked for moving water, but let this be a warning to you all.

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4 Responses to “A walk in the Park”

  1. Michael Says:

    try vallejo still water, excellent stuff. easy to use, each coat is up to 0.5mm thick so a couple of layers is all you need.

  2. siggian Says:

    If you have something that looks like reeds, you could apply that to the rougher areas and convert it into a bog or marsh. Just a thought…

  3. 6milphil Says:

    That’s a very good idea, thanks!

  4. Michael Says:

    Indeed, here is an early version of my marsh. Woodlands scenics weeds/grass

    http://angelbarracks.co.uk/html/marsh.html

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