A couple of weeks ago I received my hot wire foam cutter so I can commence production of tiles without making a mess with polystyrene off cuts - eliminating comments from domestic control. I bought this from China through WISH and it is a really nice piece of kit consisting of a bow cutter and two wands with a mains power supply, 10m of spare wire, and they threw in an adaptor plug to convert the Euro plug to a New Zealand socket, all for the cost $47 (including postage). I had looked at local suppliers and while some cheap battery operated bow devices were available, devices of similar quality to the one I have bought came in at around $100 for just a bow cutter and another $100 for a single wand, with combined bow and wand set (that matches my Chinese set) upwards of $150, so I am very happy with my purchase.
A week before this I took delivery of another batch of frames and my first goal has been to finish off the river sections which entailed making four straight pieces…
…two bends (one with a wide bend), both of which have marshy spots at the bend. In the wide bend section the dead tree is made from twisted wire for a project some 15 years ago and later damaged when the box they were in was accidentally crushed (a few more of these damaged pieces will be similarly repurposed in future tiles)…
and one straight section into which my previously shown bridges fit…the stone bridge…
…and the wooden bridge.
While most of the river tiles have been made with relatively deep banks, two of the strait sections and one of the bends have shallower, gentler banks, but they still represent a difficult obstacle to cross.
There are thirteen river sections completed now with only one more to make, one that is the confluence of a stream and the river. That piece will wait until the next order of frames, but still to complete from the current batch are 22 plain and plain with road tiles, although I only have enough 20mm polystyrene to make five at present, so there will be a bit of a delay on these.
Also finished are the first of the scatter terrain pieces. I want these to be able to be used to line the banks of the rivers and streams, but also to help conceal the boundaries of the tiles. These are not designed as pieces of cover, but rather just areas of vegetation that break up lines of sight and disrupt tidy formations.
Super landscaping, Mark!ReplyDelete
Thanks Jonathan, I am really enjoying this project.Delete
Lovely stuff Mark, and I'm really enjoying following you terrain tile project.ReplyDelete
It is a wonderful project, although the next 15 pieces are going to be just a little bland, plain tiles, maybe with some fields and roads.Delete
I like those. What did you use to cover the boards?ReplyDelete
Thanks Stuart. The covering is the cheapest polyester felt the I could buy…I bought about 10 metres of it when it was on special for about $6.00 per metre. After being glued on it was drybrushed with bright (Kermit) green, then some bright yellow and finally the occasional spot of burnt sienna just to add some depth here and there.Delete
Great work Mark and I must admit to enjoying making terrain more than painting figures. Not a bad price on the foam cutter either.ReplyDelete
I think terrain makes the best projects. I was very pleased with the foam cutter.Delete
Good price on the cutter. Nice tiles, some of the best river sections I have seen. Really like how 'hand in glove' the bridges are.ReplyDelete
Yes it was a goofy buy. I’ve picked up a few useful things off WISH at good prices.Delete
How and why did auto-correct change “good” to “goofy”!?Delete
Those look really nice Mark…ReplyDelete
I am another who gets a lot of pleasure out of making terrain…
All the best. Aly
I think in some ways making terrain is the most satisfying part of the hobby because there are no restraints…other than cost and storage space. And it is always nice to be able to repurpose left over bits from other projects.Delete