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Monday, 11 October 2010

Making Hills

Making Hills

Making hills is an easy guide to follow. Throughout history generals have pored over maps and picked their fields of battle with extreme care. While formulating their battle plans they'd think carefully about the lie of the land, because this would determine how they'd deploy their forces. Hills became a major factor in considering deployment as they offered commanding positions on which to position artillery and also gave cover to reserve formations of troops. 

I wanted a few small terrain hills for my war games table. This tutorial will show you how to quickly make sturdy hills.

First Hill

1. The first step is to cut your bases to the desired size either using MDF or hardboard in my case I used hardboard and cut it to 6 inch by 6 inch once you have cut your bases to the desired size you then want to proceed to rasp the edges to give it a smoother appearance.

2. The next step is to cut and shape your foam board. 

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3. Once you have cut your foam board to the desired shape you then need to glue it to your hardboard using PVA glue, you will need to leave this for 24 hours.

4. The next step is to texture your base. I have done tutorial on basing.

5. The next step is to paint your diorama you of course can use any colours you wish but I use Humbrol No. 110 Natural Wood as the base colour and then dry brush with Humbrol No. 103 Cream.

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6. The next step is to varnish your diorama I use Ronseal Diamond Hard Varnish, matt clear once this is dry you can then add any trees to the diorama that you wish, and I always finish off by using Noch Summer Meadow Grass.

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Second Hill

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Third Hill

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Fourth Hill

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Fifth Hill

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Sixth Hill

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Tools

Pencil
Tape measure
Wood saw
Rasp
Paintbrushes
Craft knife
Scissors 
Ruler 
Glue gun

Materials

Hardboard
Polycell Textured Ceilings Course Effect
Ronseal Diamond Hard Varnish, matt clear
Noch Summer Meadow Grass
PVA Glue
Foam Board

Humbrol Colours

Humbrol No. 110 Natural Wood
Humbrol No. 103 Cream