War gaming hills. They are an integral part of the terrain features on all of our tables no matter what system we play. Hills also provide depth to tables, block line of site and provide cover from enemy fire. When people have asked me over the years what types of terrain they should make first for their tables, I always say "hills" without question. There are a lot of different techniques for making hills and there is, by no means, a right or a wrong way of making them. Terrain is a very personal thing for me. Ultimately you have to be happy with the way any piece of terrain looks on your table. To that end, I would remind everyone that this is the way I like to build hills an it works well for me. If you have some alternate methods please feel free to share on our forum.
I am going to show you a couple of different types of hills and rocky outcroppings that I have been working on.
|This is not going to be smooth. I use varying sizes of spackle applicators to get different size grooves.|
|After it dries I go over it one more time with more spackle to hit any areas that were thin and give it more texture.|
|Sometimes to get an additional textured look I will add ballast to the spackle while it is still wet. You can also add sand. It's up to you and what you like.|
|For paint, cheap is your friend.|
|No ballast and I just paint where I envision the rocky bits are going to go. I paint black then while it is still wet, go over with a little of the gray spray primer.|
|I use a lighter color (again cheap) gray and go over the spray painted parts. I am going to say this several times throughout this tutorial, multiple layers of colors give you a sense of depth and realism.|
|Let it dry and you should end up with multiple shades on the stone.|
|The next step is dry brushing with white. You want to highlight any of the ridges and grooves that we made when the spackle first went on. You will also end up highlighting some of the ballast as well. As much or as little as you feel works for you.|
|Add more brown to the non grey areas.|
|Next I sprinkle some straight static grass randomly over the same area I just flocked. Why you may ask? Again, multiple shades of color give depth and a level of realism,|
|I deliberately did not get grass everywhere. This leaves a look of some run off or exposed soil. These areas I dry brushed with a light tan.|
|Couple of different styles. I like a couple of these rocky outcroppings here and there on the table. The height of these hills and outcroppings work especially well in 28mm.|
|I went for more dirty and with no static grass.|
|Without any static grass added on top and no rocky bits showing. I like variety so I can change up the looks of the tables.|
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