Nevertheless, it was to the internet that I turned once again to help me de-flatten my terrain boards. In particular I referenced three fabulous projects, two of them by the same person:
1 - Captain Blood's French & Indian War board
Anyone who has even accidentally stumbled across the Lead Adventure Forum will be aware of this hobby giant. Not only does he imbue, among others, his War of the Roses miniatures with an almost luminous quality of colour (they've appeared in at least one print magazine as well), but he also produces fabulous and realistic terrain boards.
2 - Captain Blood's Beyond the Donga project
Yes, it's him again. This time with a setting for cavemen of the Hollywood variety to explore the caves beyond their valley. This one had some particularly useful tips on foliage which I'll be returning to at that stage.
The full project log, complete with much well-deserved gushing from other LAFers is here: LAF link
3 - 1000 Foot General's terrain boards
When I found this project, I whooped aloud! In addition to the eye-candy of Cpt. Blood's projects, this gave a step-by-step approach, including designing re-arrangeable boards, which exactly fitted my hopes and intentions. You will see that I copied the board designs with shameless enthusiasm! I've also discovered the same thing about hills - they go on a long way across the board if they're going to look "proper".
Looks familiar, right?!
This is his at the pre-flocking stage. Lovely earth tones...
And then his finished product, sans water effects:
If I can get close to any of those as my finished project, I will be a very happy man. But that's the aim...
So far, I'm at the stage below, waiting for plaster to dry before I can continue. Next step will be to face the cliff with cork bark (I have a bag ready) and then finish smoothing off the slope down from the hill side.
I shall add a final coat of watered-down plaster (Greek yoghurt consistency, or slightly thinner) to smooth out my hamfisted use of a palette knife. Seriously, my respect for plasterers has increased doing this!
I hope your projects are continuing successfully,