Archive for March, 2009
Savannah Grass mats
The Savannah Grass Mats are the most realistic looking scenic grasses I have ever seen.
The grass tufts are laid out sprouting in random areas from an arid, sandy looking soil. The mat is very flexible and
can be glued down onto
any surface. The grass is a blend of 4mm size static grass and comes in 12″x19″ mats.
These mats don’t come cheap, but will look awesome on scenic bases for your commanders or for top notch terrain.
The mats come in four colours: Sring Tone, Summer Green. Late Summer, or Autumn Brown.
Buffalo Grass Tufts are little clumps of static grass. Each clump is either a blend of 2mm-4mm, or 4mm-6mm
static grass. The tufts look like they have dead grass shafts from the previous year’s growth, and fresh grass
blades sprouting up from the base.
The clumps come attached to a clear backing. Each clump can be peeled off and glued or you can cut the clear
sheet into any shape you want and glue it down. Using Buffalo Grass will add a natural, dried,
arid look to areas of your layout.
Each package contains one 6″ x 9″ sheet of short (2mm-4mm) tufts and one 6″ x 9″ sheet of
medium (4mm-6mm) tufts. There are over a hundred tufts in a pack.
All of the Silflor Grass Tufts can be ordered from Scenic Express
Scenic Express has an impressive assortment of top of the line miniature landscaping supplies.
One of my favorites from their catalog are the Super Trees.
The Super Trees are the natural branches of a plant related to the Western Sage brush.
These branches make the perfect armature for scale trees in almost any setting. To make these trees, soak
your branch in matte medium, then sprinkle leaf flock on them and hang them up to dry. Save any of the parts that
break off, as these small branches work well for little bushes and other plants you will find in the understory of a forest.
If you want to vary the look of the trees, you can airbrush or spray paint the trunks and branches. You
mix the colours of the leaf flake flock to make a more natural looking tree.
The Super Trees are expensive, but well worth it if you want a realistic looking setting. These trees are
and probably won’t stand up to the rigors of gaming terrain. However, if you play with people who will be
careful of the
terrain (like me) then by all means use this stuff, I do.
Scenic Express sells a kit that has everything you need, and makes approxiametly 15-18 trees.
ProCreate Terrain Putty is an easy to use two part epoxy based putty.
Just mix equal parts hardener and resin and it’s ready to go. I recommend using gloves since the
putty is sticky.
This product has several uses, from sculpting to simple casting using one part molds.
The putty contains no solvents, will not shrink, and will stick to almost anything.
I chose to use the Terrain Putty to fill gaps in a mountain I was making because of its light weight.
Once mixed it had a dough-like consistency. After applying it, I used water to smooth the transitions between
the rock faces. The putty is firm enough to hold its shape and I was able to to use it to make some small ledges on my
You can buy and find more information on Procreate Terrain Putty here
The completed mountain can be seen here
My Saturday night gaming buddies used the Ice World terrain in their latest battle.
If you want to see more pictures and read about the game check it out on Dakkadakka
Depron is one of my favorites things to work with when making buildings for wargames.
You might not know the name, but you certainly will recognize it. This is the stuff fast food containers and meat trays are made out of.
Depron comes in 9mm, 6mm, 3mm, 2mm and 1mm thicknesses. It can be easily cut and shaped. You can texture the foam sheet by drawing on it with a ball point pen.
This material is excellent for making brick walls, cobblestone streets, etc…
I buy all of my Depron sheets from RCFoam
Aves manufactures sculpting clays and maches. All of their products are very easy to use and I keep a variety of their products on hand for various terrain projects.
Apoxie Clay/ Apoxie Sculpt and FIXIT
All of these products have similar uses for building terrain. Mix equal parts A with part B and it is ready to use. Working time is approxiametly 2-3 hours.
The Aves products are self hardening (so no baking required), with no shrinkage and no cracking.
I like to use these products when sculpting details on my terrain pieces, or when making masters for casting. I also use Safety Solvent when smoothing out the rough edges
on my masters. You can also use these 2 part products to fill gaps on model buildings or
Like the rest of the Aves line, clean up is really easy, just use soap and water.
Aves Clayshay and Master Mache
Both of these products have similar uses for terrain building. Clayshay and Master Mache come as dry powders and is ready to use by adding water.
I like to use Master mache when leveling out and texturing ground work on my terrain pieces. I usually add some fibrous material to bulk it up and then apply it.
Clayshay is lightweight and stronger than Master Mache. I use this product to cast rocks and to do minor sculpting.
I like to use Aves products in my terrain making and I recommend that you do to. You can find it all here http://www.avesstudio.com
I made a few more pieces to flush out my Ice World set.
Skullcraft Vegetation and Static Grass used on this set.
I’m selling these items now.
Check it out here
I just finished this model.
Here are the finished Gamesday Warmachine boards.