As announced a few weeks ago the Shed is going to embrace Frostgrave in 2016 which does mean a whole new terrain project...hooray.
I have tried snowy landscapes before a failed quite miserably so this to all intents and purposes is going to be a fresh start.
I have read so many articles out there on building this type of landscape I think I am going snowblind. One of the best I have seen is a thread put together by a gamer called Harry
All credit to him for this build and alerting me to the possibilities of the Gormiti Building...read on.
The starting point on any journey is to do some tests. As part of my Amera order I purchased a small flat terrace - its about 6 inches square and perfect for my first test.
This was initially primed in grey paint then painted black. The ground surrounding the plinth had sand added to create texture. I also started to build up some sand/snow areas inside the walls.
The building was then drybrushed with greys to bring out the details.
Once dry I added my snow gloop...this consisted of white acrylic paint, pva glue and white powder filler. This was mixed up in a paper cup. The ratios were about a third of each.
This gloopy stuff was painted onto the ruins in two successive coats.
This took an eternity to dry, but I was still not happy with the final result. I then recalled I had a box of this hidden in the shed and wondered if this might deliver a better effect?
I painted over the white patches with PVA and sprinkled on this white powder. It was perfect.
The snow affect looks so much better especially as it has some depth (the dried out gloopy stuff)
All it needed was the final ingredient to make it pop - a very small amount of this
So the first piece of Frostgrave terrain is done...
Onto the next piece - this focuses on the rather wonderful Gormiti Plastic Toy called the Earth Temple - it comes in some various shades of garish brown and orange. I picked up mine for a tenner on ebay. Subsequently I bought two more ! - One will be sold once finished for hopefuilly a tidy profit.
These buildings are perfect for 28mm Fantasy games.
Up to now I have just painted mine black and drybrushed with greys (fifty Sheds of Grey anyone?) - they will get the snow treatment soon
Having two of these will be used to create a rather imposing scene....
Until next time
part 2 of this project can be found here