It became apparent in our last game that I really needed a low ridge and if this could be combined with the build of a wadi. So with my thinking cap on (its quite small) I started the build.
For obvious reasons I wanted to tie this into my other desert terrain so the colour schemes, basic construction etc would all be similar.
First up on some offcuts of hardboard I marked up some simple shapes. Each end would be 12.5cm long in a straight line so they could butt up to the next piece. The curved pieces can slot together so its a good idea to number each piece e.g 5 can fit with 5a.
Once cut and sanded I flipped the hardboard over onto the rough side and glued down bits of cork bark left over from my last build. Each piece of cork stands between 2-3cm high.
Once glued down I could play around with some permutations. It became evident I needed more so a further six straight sections were added to the pile.
With the cork glue dry I could then for the reverse slope with polystyrene. This was cut roughly with my foam cutter and glued in place
an even bigger wadi !!
With the polystyrene in place I could 'slope' the block in place, again using the foam cutter.
The gap between the polystyrene and cork was infilled with small off cuts
Once dry the flat areas are then coated in pva and covered in sand. Twenty four hours later its already to paint.
The flat areas are painted nutmeg brown (big can of matt emulsion from Wilko's) and the cliff faces matt black
Once the paint was dry I heavily dry-brushed all the flat areas with yellow ochre acrylic paint
A final heavy dry brush of titanium white brings it all together ...
You can se how the pieces interlock below
and are wide enough for a single stand of troops
The wadi can then be separated to create a low ridge....
and with a bit of creativity used to denote a river bank...note the blue tiles are just loose