Terrain Talk Pt. 17 – Great Big Ruins

Having been a bit quiet on the blogging front of late – basically, most of my job involves doing risk assessments in schools and right now there is SO MUCH MORE risk to assess – I was looking for a quick and simple (yet satisfying) project to get some hobby in and decompress a little.

Step forward Midwinter Minis with this video by the adorable duo of Guy & Penny creating a complete set of terrain and coming up with a method of counterracting all the problems that working with polystyrene usually creates. Go watch it before you read on, because I just nicked this whole sale and followed their instructions.

We begin with polystyrene that I just haven’t been able to bring myself to throw away.. must be fate!
Tarted it up a bit with cat litter – daubed PVA and then scattered the stuff over it, and then shook the excess off.
Then, the clever (and extraordinarily messy) bit! The magic mix – 1 part cheap black craft paint, 1 part water, one part PVA and one part flour. Healthy does of salt in it to kill the bacteria (apparently). Again, check the video out to see Guy and Penny do it properly.
After undercoating with the magic mixture, a coat of cheap grey spray primer.
Sponging on warmer greys (white, black, brown & yellow mixed together)
Black wash from thinned down black craft paint mixed with water
Drybrush with very light cream/ grey (I used Wilko’s Granite Dust)
And done! Stippled on brown craft paint for mud effects and added flock – shown here with Hive Fleet Imprudens ‘Nids and Orks

And there we go! Total project time about four evenings, result a good looking and pretty durable set of terrain pieces, able to be anything from a Stalingrad tractor factory to a 40k temple… not too shabby! And probably quite timely as well, with the festive season coming up I imagine most houses will find themselves awash in polystyrene packaging in the next couple of weeks, so put that stuff to good use and keep it out of landfill…

Stay safe and thrifty out there, and here’s wishing you all the very best Christmas your tier restrictions will allow…. One day we’ll be looking back on this and laughing, so let’s keep it together!

14 thoughts on “Terrain Talk Pt. 17 – Great Big Ruins

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s