Thursday, 30 August 2018

Modular Terrain Board Experiment

I bought a load of 30cm x 30cm mdf placards in the Poundland 25p sale back in January with some modular terrain boards in mind. I did an experimental one yesterday by gluing two boards back to back, filling the holes then texturing with sand. I sealed the sand with PVA then undercoated the boards with some old emulsion paint (One Coat Matt Cashmere) I bought cheap in a Homebase sale, so that the mdf was sealed properly.

I then did a bit of over spraying with Halfords Matt Khaki and a little bit of dry brushing with various tester pots. I'm not entirely happy with the end result but it's getting there. I think it needs some more dry brushing or possibly a wash of some sort to bring out the texturing but I'm not sure how to go about this just yet. It does match most of my existing desert terrain pieces, however, which is the idea.

I will do some more of the desert boards when I've got hold of more spray paints, so that I can set up a basic 3' x 3' scenario area for Fistful of Lead and also Strontium Dog. If I can get some more of the boards I may even make some river sections by cutting out a 10cm wide winding slot in the top boards. I'm also thinking of some sea or riverine boards for naval games using the same method but with acrylic paste for the texturing. 


  1. Looking good so far, and 50p per square seems like an excellent price.

    You may want to consider adding a bit of greenery to the tiles, as even "wastelands" have a fair bit of life.

    And you off cuts from the river/gully boards could make some rises on others.

  2. That's what I thought. If round it up to a quid per board for the glue, paint etc, the full 3' x 3' skirmish set up is less than a tenner. Good idea on the greenery.

  3. As I suspected, the trial board has now warped slightly, which is a bit of a pain and scuppers my cunning plans.



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