Recently I have hit a gaming funk, so have switched to terrain and campaign design to keep my spirit high. After looking at my terrain making/painting tools I realised I need to update and jot down some tips. IMO the key to making good terrain is to have an idea and then let the creativity flow.
Bda does not have any dedicated hobby shops, so I tend to use a different approach.
Large 2” paintbrush
Large 1” paintbrush
Foamboard or cardboard
Spray glue and large bottle of Elmers
Spray varnish (matte)
Large pots of base colour paints (paint samples are good as they give enough paint at a reasonable price)
Cat litter (any cheap brand)
- Use a notepad to plan the initial design: This is a great tool, as when the design changes (and they all change) you will have a base guide that can be followed and visually see the changes.
- Paint large Surfaces: When painting a dry brushing large surfaces always use down ward strokes, this gives a natural (aka semi realistic) look to the weathering pattern.
- Sparse use of metallic paint: Be wary of using too much metallic paint on a building it can sometimes be too much and detracts from the other building features. Of course, if the building is something industrial go crazy with the metallics.
- Painting order: Basecoat, 1st highlight, 2nd highlight, wash and leave.
- Cardboard + cat litter on one side + varnish on the other makes a very sturdy base.