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Mythical Agyptian Palm Groves

All the trunks and palm leaves are cleaned.

 

I used air drying clay to build up some small mounds into which I pressed the palm trunks.

 

The oasis was filled with a thin layer of leveling compound to hide the texture of the floor tiles. I then glued on some smaller rocks, before covering the whole base in PVA + my base colour and sprinkled on fine sand.


2018-03-17 [Song of Fork and Heroes]
Mythical Agyptian Palm Groves

My Agyptian Terrain needs some vegetation. I have these plastic cake decoration palm trees for several years lying around, so I thought this would be a good opportunity to give them some purpose.

For the bases I again used the off-cuts of the floor tiles. I cut them in a way, that they fit in my standard storage box.

The edges were curved in random shapes and then beveled.

Here are the palms.

They were dirt cheap, the quality is accordingly. So I had to do quite some cutting and trimming on the trunks.

The leaves also need some trimming,


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Mythical Agyptian Terrain Mat

I used the same flock I already applied to the miniature's bases, basecoating with the dark one and sprinkling on highlights with the light one.

The mat after the flocking:

I then used the bottom of the board as a guide for cutting the mat. This meant that the parts folded over the sides remained. Those I painted with the base ochre brown, which gives me a nice frame.

Here is the mat with some terrain on and my Agyptians scouring the area for Richards pesky Greeks.

Here is the mat rolled up.


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Mythical Agyptian Terrain Mat

A second coat gave a much better coverage.

I then used the same sand colour as for the obelisks and statues.

Then the whole board got a drybrush of white.


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Mythical Agyptian Terrain Mat

This is how the mat looked after a second layer of acrylic. It took me about 1.5 tubes.

I then applied thinned PVA glue (1:1) and sprinkled on two grains of sand. Here is the first learning: When applying white PVA onto a white surface, tint it with something. I went with the reflection of light, and thought I got everything coated - when I tapped off the excess sand, there were some quite visible spare patches. I touched them up, but they are visible now as they are a bit higher than the rest...

After sealing the sand in with watered down PVA (1:6 + washing-up liquid) and letting this coat dry thoroughly, I stippled on a first coat of paint.


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Mythical Agyptian Scatter Terrain

I gloss varnished the models, then applied oil washes.

After a layer of matt varnish, I added the same bushes and flock I put on the miniature's bases as well.

Done.


[Song of Fork and Heroes]
Mythical Agyptian Terrain

I gloss varnished the models, then applied oil washes.

After a layer of matt varnish, I added the same bushes and flock I put on the miniature's bases as well.

Done.


[Song of Fork and Heroes]
Mythical Agyptian Terrain Mat

With the miniatures done and some terrain under way, I need a gaming table. What I wanted to do for quite some time is a flexible gaming mat.

I watched plenty of YouTube videaos on the topic, but the recently published video by the Terrain Tutor was the tip on the dare to give it a try.

Here are the components:

As fabric, I use painter fleece, the one I choose has a bottom of plastic sheeting, which should help keeping the acrylic and the colour on the fleece.

I pinned the fleece to the board with pins.

Then added one thin layer of acrylic.


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Mythical Agyptian Bases

The bases are all painted and grass tufts added.

The tufts are from Noch (#07004), and are fine, but have a very visible glue layer on the bottom. On the one hand this is sometimes quite visible, on the other some of the tufts also did not fit flush to the base, due to the sand structure.

To cover the glue and the gaps, I used two flocks from Woodland Scenics.

This is the end result. The tufts are blended into the base, the glue covered.


Here is the whole force finished and assembled.

And in their storage box.

Project done :-)


[Song of Fork and Heroes]
Mythical Agyptian Terrain

I basecoated the sand in ochre brown, the structures in sand.

The base was then drybrushed in ochre.

This was followed by a drybrush of white over everything.