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Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP25 May 2012 10:57 p.m. PST

Aside from TMP's "arabianknight", has anyone else given the idea a shot?



If so, could you share your experience (and pics) with us? For example, did you use any special tools to cut the strips straight?


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Sumatran Rat Monkey Inactive Member25 May 2012 11:10 p.m. PST

Arabian Knight's a mensch amongst miniaturists.

I just felt compelled to point that out.

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infojunky25 May 2012 11:43 p.m. PST

Hum, that is an Idea…

AVAMANGO26 May 2012 1:43 a.m. PST

I wanted to try this idea out but after i done a bit of research and found out the actual price of the false rock sheets lets just say they are not cheap so i didn't go ahead with the project, never the less its a really good idea if you can afford it…

Andy ONeill26 May 2012 3:32 a.m. PST

For rpg purposes, walls are a bad idea.
I made a bunch.
They're just totally impractical.

Players sitting down can't see their figures.
Especially in corridors, moving figures becomes fiddly.

OTOH, if you're doing a short participation game for a con where youre punters will be standing over the table then that works OK.
Sort of.
Use cheap figures though as they're more likely to get bashed.

Insomniac26 May 2012 4:59 a.m. PST

I took a sheet of the rocky backdrop that a friend gave me (he got a bigger fish tank) and with a bit of cutting and paint it looks pretty cool:


I am planning to add some sand in places (at some point) but I'm in no rush. I made it as a photo back-ground but haven't really used it much.

I used a Stanley knife and polyfiller to texture it all up and add some rigidity.

Greenfield Games27 May 2012 5:29 a.m. PST

Aquarium supplies are always so tempting but they're also so expensive!

Lsutehall Inactive Member27 May 2012 9:45 a.m. PST

You could try the rock texture sheets from amera – link

Andy ONeill28 May 2012 3:04 a.m. PST

Would cork be cheaper?

Colonel O Truth Inactive Member28 May 2012 4:02 a.m. PST

I have tried this stuff before but turned away from it for a number of reasons. It was too pricey, too brittle and not so good at taking paint – the surfaces were too smooth, so the paint streaked. By the time I'd got it the way I wanted it, I figured I might as well have worked with polystyrene, PVA and sand.

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP31 May 2012 1:38 p.m. PST


Wow. I didn't know the stuff was brittle and had such a sleek surface.

Thanks for the info.


CorSecEng Inactive Member31 May 2012 1:55 p.m. PST

I have a buddy that works in theatrical set design. I've seen him do some crazy stuff with styrofoam. One of the techniques the use to get a rough rock look is to sprinkle a chemical that eats the foam on it. He uses a brush and flings the stuff at the foam. That gives you rough streaks. It might be hard to get a look that is suitable for miniature work. theatrical work can be a lot more rough because no one sees it up close.

You might be able to apply it with a brush in light strokes to eat away small portions of the foam in a more controlled way. You could also lightly sand it and then apply a PVA/sand mixture to it.

I'm not sure what chemicals he uses but I think it's just paint thinner.

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