Craters and texturing with sand

2011-06-12 Khaiell

Not only adding tension to any landscape while offering troops some cover but also useful markers for exploded vehicles

More tagged: texture · sand
Picture described below
Unpainted crater
Craters

1. Start with a proper base

2. To form the crater shape use a spackle (US) or polyfilla (UK), the latter being actually better as it is cellulose-based and does not shrink or warp while drying. Note that my projects that involve a lot of water-based spackling paste are usually constructed on a plywood base to prevent warping

3. Cover the whole thing with a PVA glue and sprinkle with fine sand:

Unpainted crater

4. When it is all dry, shake off excessive sand

5. Spray it all with a black paint

6. Drybrush it all with a grey paint

7. Glue some static grass to the base's rim

8. Blend the line between grass and sand with some black paint

Check out also other texturing methods I reviewed and decide which one suits you best for a given project.

See the pictures as separate pages: Craters * Unpainted crater

You may also find these interesting:
The best tool for paint stripping in my book is... brake fluid. The one used in cars. You can buy it at any gas station and at many run-of-the-mill supermarkets. It is designed not to damage metal car parts or plastic pipes but also to prevent corrosion and remove impurities. »
General Tips 16-12-2016 Khaiell
A lot of fantasy and dark SF models and buildings are decorated with parchments covered in blackletter, Gothic script. Is this something rooted in real medieval art? Oh yes! But please use the real historical "fonts" and not a contemporary wedding invitation blasphemy »
Real-world inspiration 17-02-2017 Khaiell
On our YouTube channel...
How to build a storage system that doubles as wargaming terrain, using a set of plastic Necromunda Bulkhead Doors and some foamcore. »
YouTube 02-09-2018 https://youtu.be/qJBMvkBzz68
Today I will show you a modelling project: how to multiply the Beasts of Nurgle. Although it will surely save you some penny, the main goal of this project is to add variety to your horde of living poo.  »
YouTube 23-03-2018 https://youtu.be/_-NeJomfEh0