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Xintao Supporting Member of TMP03 Mar 2017 6:01 a.m. PST

Yeah, it's me again, I'm still lurking around posting odd pictures of my basement.


Fixing melted river edge from router, THANKS HobbyDR


Ready for some major painting.


It drys darker, really.


Casting up about 100 buildings, give or take. Team member Lou sculpted, I made the mold and doing the casting.


Most of the base paint down.


When you forget a hill.


touching up edges, fixing colors we don't like, fixing the foam showing through in spots.

More pics and write up on my blog.

More to come, Xin/Jeff, Alan, and Lou

C M DODSON03 Mar 2017 7:00 a.m. PST

Very nice indeed.


VicCina Supporting Member of TMP03 Mar 2017 7:51 a.m. PST

Impressive work

Louie N03 Mar 2017 7:59 a.m. PST

A great endeavor. Thank you

Baranovich03 Mar 2017 8:17 a.m. PST

I always love seeing how you lay out and plan a new terrain project, always inspiring and informative!

HobbyDr03 Mar 2017 8:21 a.m. PST

Looking good.

A few questions. In the picture with the unfinished hill, how did you get the wood grain in the foam? And is your mold made from that goopy material used to make worms for fishing lures? It looks very flexible, like it could handle fairly deep undercuts.


Xintao Supporting Member of TMP03 Mar 2017 9:02 a.m. PST

HobbyDr, the unfinished hill is 3 levels of foamcore with paper removed. Edges bezeled with a knife. To smooth the transition between levels I use Light Weight Spackle.

It is easy to smear on with fingers or a Spackle tool. It's somewhat flexible and sandable. So that picture is not sanded yet. I will glue it to the table then use the spackle to smooth the edge on to the base board and then sand it.


wrgmr103 Mar 2017 9:10 a.m. PST

Truly inspiring!

Kevin in Albuquerque Supporting Member of TMP03 Mar 2017 7:46 p.m. PST

Looking forward to the snow!

HobbyDr04 Mar 2017 8:46 a.m. PST

Xin, I was actually referring to the table itself. I thought all the surfaces were foam board, but here the it looks like actual wood. I see the river routed in the background, was it in wood.

I have also made hills using your stepped terrace method. I like using sculptamold to fill in the steps. If you've never used it, you may want to check it out. Basically a mix of plaster and paper mache, it holds its shape well as you apply it, and you can do some pre-carving before it dries.

Try this trick the next time you make stepped foamcore hills. Draw the outline of the base of the hill, then inside draw all the other elevation changes. Now cut them out with your blade beveled out at a 45 degree angle. Stack them on top of each other, and your pre-contours will take less spackle to fill. You will use less foam, and your hills will be hollow.


clarkeshire04 Mar 2017 11:23 a.m. PST

spot on!…make suer to post some pics when its completed…also what rules system will you be using?

GamesPoet Supporting Member of TMP06 Mar 2017 11:14 a.m. PST

Looks like a great project!

14Bore06 Mar 2017 12:54 p.m. PST

Missed it, forgot it or whatever what scale are you using and are buildings same scale?

Xintao Supporting Member of TMP09 Mar 2017 8:46 a.m. PST

HobbyDr, sorry been so busy I haven't been back to this thread.

The board sections are 2 inch thick insulation foam as are the hills. Wood grain is just a coincidence.

The mold is made from Smooth-On PMC-121 urethane rubber. It is very flexible. I only used that type because that was what the local store had. I'm still learning about mold making and maybe there are better types out there. Anyway, here's a link: link

Clarkshire, The rules were written by Alan, not published….yet, lol. He will be running the 2 battles at Cold Wars.

14Bore, The figures are 10mm Old Glory. The buildings are sculpted by my friend Lou, but a smaller scale. We feel that just looks better on the table.

Thanks for the nice comments everyone.


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