Natural terrain, Terrainbuilding

Mountains of Mars, part II

Hello polystyrene my old friend.

Wouldn’t take long before I came back for this versatile material. Creating with polystyrene is quite messy. It’s also a bit unforgiving, as exposing its characteristic structure easily breaks the immersion.

The foundation is set
The basic foundation has been set.

So I went for a bit more expensive polystyrene; not having to deal with the crumbles of the standard package-type was quite the relief. Above is the result of a few hours of carving in the couch for a few evenings.  I started of with a wire cutter for the basic shape, moved on to a standard carving-knife and finished off with a carpet-knife. It ended up three levels high, using sticks and PVA to fixate.

cliff 2 WIP
Next stage – Putty and rocks

As I’m still playing around and getting comfortable with creating terrain, I went for the middle ground in terms of dedication to this project. I used putty and and rocks to cover gaps between the layers and trying to reduce the fact there is obviously three distinct layers (four with the last part placed on top).

First cliffs done
Bellan progress pictures 101: Draw the ring. Then the rest of the owl.

After making sure the putty is fully dried – slab on the paint. I bought generous quantities of paint when I worked on the game-board so i could add it to my terrain.
The result is OK. The layers are still obvious, which is a good thing to note for future cliffs. I’m satisfied with the carving, though I will work more to create more transitioning between layers.

cliffo 2 wip

Didn’t take long before I moved on to a second one.


Thoughts in general

Welcome to the blog of Bellan

As I find it easy to come to an understanding of the mind of good ol’ grumpy longbeards, I’ve been rejecting the concept of blogging for a long time. A really long time, even though I grew up having to pull out a 10m cable every time you wanted to jack up to cyberspace at the marvellous pace of 56k.

I’ve always  liked games and interaction,  and I’ve also been very fond of creating more or less my entire life. I ended up with more sketches than actual notes in classes, though nowadays I seldom actually illustrate. As I grew older I started to become more fond of playing in 3 dimensions, and in my early teens I was introduced to Chronopia by a friend, and later on Warhammer Fantasy Battles. WHFB blew my adolescent mind out of the window, and soon I was well on my way painting a dwarven army.

Due to the lack of interest around me in combination with studies, I made a tough decision. After a few years of collecting dust, I sold my army in 2014, believing that I, perhaps, was done with miniature gaming. Turned out I was sorely wrong.

In late 2016 I went back to the hobby. Now I’ve jumped into the grim future, set in the realms of Warhammer 40 000. After the wonderful part of actually deciding what army to opt for, the weird sacral technology worshipping Adeptus Mechanicus caught my attention, and since then I’ve dedicated my hours of painting and sculpting in Omnissiahs name.

This blog will serve as a platform for my results, sharing my progress and I hope to receive inspiration and feedback from fellows like you reading this post.