I wanted to create a gameboard with the theme of Syharhalna, the desert that is called home by the Alchemists of Dirz. For that I was inspired by some of the Rackham pictures and the old, rusting laboratories and real places like Kolmanskop in Namibia (thanks to Nicolay again!)
Some small piece with columns and a dune.
Another dune with cactus and a corpse and a waterhole. The brown stuff came from the varnish and was not intendet but looks quite good and dirty.
An oasis with signposts and palms.
An old laboratory, the entrance hidden and sunk in sand.
The old Temple with inscriptions (Dirz, Exterminate and Ar-Tolth).
The gameboard with different sands and some ruined slabs.
It sure is! Though you really have to be careful that the minis don't fall over, because the sand is because of the glue very hard and could damage the paint very easily. I'm still on the Laboratory that could be in the underground, connected by the big and the small entrance. I collected some more material to decorate the walls.
your columns are made from the foam insulation board, correct? did you prime the columns with gesso? I have heard from other terrain builders that aerosols can eat away at foam, so I am wondering what exactly you used
since the Dirz background is part technology based I like salvaging old plastic gears from toys and especially old useless inkjet printers
the old or broken bass strings from guitars are useful for modeling power cables
building terrain is a very underrated aspect of our game, my old league in Saskatoon lost some players because the guy who hosted many weekend games would not build/buy/borrow any themed terrain. This guy would use somebody's shoe and some stacks of books as a proxy for terrain. Terrain does not have to be expensive or super specific, just having some can help.
Thank you! I actually made the columns out of gypsum/plaster of Paris.
I cut a tetrapack open and filled it in, after drying I cut it in columns and the scratched the lines and words into it. For that I used an old nail file with some sort of a hook for cleaning fingernails.
Here's a wip-pic:
Styrofoam is eaten away from aerosols, that's right, but it can also make some really cool acid-ish looking rocks. A thin layer of diluted carpenters glue can protect the foam if you don't want this. I never prime foam, I just paint it right away.
Thank you for the advice with the strings, I'll use this! And I'm also glad that I have an old PC that's about to be thrown away. Yay, new Dirz-parts!
Socks and shoes for terrain? That sounds... strange. To be honest, I build terrain already for my Legos, my Grandpa brought me into this, and it still is a very important and also very fun part for me. I'd just cover the board with terrain, no matter what's in the rules.
One of the Devourer players in Saskatoon was a early grade school teacher. He told me of a simple trick to make a more durable plaster cast was to substitute half the required water for carpenter's glue. I laughed at how simple this was and he agreed with me and then he told me that he learned this trick in one of his education college classes. It can be amazing where we find good modelling skills and ideas. The terrain articles in the old Cry Havoc were some of the best in our hobby. If I ever get a decent color laser printer I would print out those terrain articles for my own reference binder. I would also print out the articles for each specific army that I have and keep the articles in the same binder as my cards.I have some extra copies of some issues that I could cut up but it is heart-breaking to even think about cutting up a superb magazine like Cry Havoc.
Using shoes and a stack of books as a proxy for terrain does irritate me when I think about how easy it is to make terrain for home use. I didn't want to kill my friend's rabid enthusiasm for Confrontation but he had no desire to upgrade his home terrain. Another player eventually bought a green tablecloth for our games at this guy's place just to try and help the situation.
Thanks for the tip with the glue, this sounds really good and useful. And there is no need to cut up these beautiful magazines, you could use the pdf-versions, they are in quite high resolution and any decent copy shop should make some good prints.