This tutorial is the system I use for all my Terrain boards and features. The idea behind the common system is so that everything, figures/buildings/vehicles all key in. The colours described are for use in my current Helmand Project but are easily adaptable. For boards and terrain bases I use varying thicknesses of mdf. The tutorial follows the basing of an Afghan Compound but is true for any terrain feature or board.
What you need:
5 X Terrain Colours
Play Sand - This is well play sand, if you're near a fine sandy beach use that.
Terrain Colours - Dulux Matt emulsion paint in the following colours, Rich Praline 2, Treacle Tart 1, Dutch Gold 2, Sundrenched Saffron 4 and Moroccan Sands 6. Any Dulux mixing centre can mix you these, B&Q in the UK is a good place to start.
Rock Debris - Woodland Scenics Talus in Brown in the following grades, fine, medium, coarse and extra coarse. Mix the grades up in a small container so you get variation.
Grass/tufts - Just one word, SILFOR tufts, I'm not beating the drum here but they are excellent, however you can use any sort of static grass.
Wood Glue - Any!
This compound was built and painted before attaching it to the mdf.
1. Glue the building to the base, I've used white glue.
2. Working very quickly paint a thick layer of your base colour on the base, this is Rich Praline 2.
3. Quickly cover the still wet paint with sand, leave to thoroughly dry, ideally overnight. Bare in mind that if your base is
particularly large you may have to work in sections as the paint drys fairly fast.
4. You can now attach your talus(rock debris) using white glue. Do this randomly, make sure you don't lay it down regularly.
5. When fully dry you can start drybrushing. The bigger the feature the bigger the brush. Darkest to lightest. This shade is
Treacle Tart 1.
6. Dutch Gold 2
7. Sundrenched Saffron 4.
8. Moroccan Sands 6. (Very very light !!!!) I didn't do this level on this piece because I was happy with the colour.
9. Glue on your grass/tufts and you're done. Dougie.