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Homemade terrain, part 1

As a change of pace before I get back to painting miniatures, I have pulled out some ‘interesting’ boxes and packing materials parts I ahve been keeping for a few years. When I went through the collection, I had to throw most of it out, since it had become damaged while waiting for me to paint all my actual miniatures.

Once the culling was done, I had these pieces, plus a couple more that didn’t fit into the shot:

After going over with spray paint they are transformed into this:

It was a this point I realised how unprepared I was to paint terrain. The cardboard drank in more spray paint than I had anticipated, but I didn’t have anything better to use.

Do I have masking tape to help me paint hazard stripes where they are needed? No!

Do I have a couple of large paint brushes for putting washes on these pieces? No!

Okay, so not the greatest start, but still a start. Once I have gathered more supplies, I’ll return with another update.

18 comments on “Homemade terrain, part 1

  1. Carlo
    September 10, 2022

    They’re looking nice so far. I am often tempted to craft some ruins from this kind of packaging – there’s some waiting in the cellar – and I can relate to the technical difficulties. I found that putting some kind of plaster or glue on the surface can help with the priming and painting. Maybe a cheap coating spray would do the trick, but I haven’t tried it myself…

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  2. John@justneedsvarnish
    September 10, 2022

    A good start though, Dave! 🙂 I’ve been caught out in the past by how much paint big bits of scenery need and those moulded cardboard packing pieces seem to soak up paint like it’s going out of fashion!

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    • davekay
      September 10, 2022

      Yes, I was surprised how much they soaked up – the whole brand new spray can was used up and one piece hadn’t even been touched!

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  3. skinflintgames
    September 10, 2022

    The Draw Of Interestingly Shaped Crap! 🤣 Great stuff, makes me want to dive back into mine 👍

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    • davekay
      September 11, 2022

      Thanks! I thought it was finally time to get into my odd box interiors!

      Liked by 2 people

  4. templeofthutmos
    September 11, 2022

    Some of the best terrain is made from junk. Excited to see where this goes!

    Liked by 4 people

    • davekay
      September 11, 2022

      I’ll definitely keep updating with progress, as this is something I’ve never really done in all my years of hobbying. There have always been models to paint instead!

      Liked by 3 people

  5. The Solo Meeple
    September 12, 2022

    I’ll be watching with interest, as I have some almost identical packaging just waiting to be turned into something useful😃

    Liked by 3 people

    • davekay
      September 12, 2022

      I’ll definitely put more time into these over the coming weeks!

      Liked by 2 people

  6. patmcf
    September 13, 2022

    Totally agree with Temple! I think we modelers see junk and then think !what can I make out of that!

    Liked by 2 people

  7. Faust
    September 14, 2022

    Looking really interesting so far! I usually go the Black Magic Craft (youtuber) route and apply a layer of Mod Podge mixed with black paint. It helps seal the material and prime it all in black in one go. Then it makes it easy to dry brush over the top.

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    • davekay
      September 14, 2022

      Thanks, I can’t believe I hesitated in posting this because I thought it would be too early in the project and not interesting. Instead I am getting all these great tips from people!

      Liked by 1 person

      • Faust
        September 15, 2022

        Terrain building is really popular and pretty big. You’ll find tons of YouTube videos and I like to check out the ‘trash builds’ on Reddits r/TerrainBuilding sub too. It’s amazing what people will come up with. 😃

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      • davekay
        September 15, 2022

        I also enjoy the content on /r/terrainbuilding so many good ideas!

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  8. 6mmwargames
    September 14, 2022

    Get some cheap house paint or gesso for the undercoat/base coat. You can use model paints for the details and airbrushing highlights. I started a junk build a while ago with some crap I’d been saving here https://leadadventureforum.com/index.php?topic=133793.0

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    • davekay
      September 14, 2022

      Thanks for forum link, I really like that work!

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