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Monday, 20 September 2010

Making Ploughed Fields

Making Ploughed Fields

You can buy ploughed fields from various makers of wargaming scenery or make your own. This tutorial is making ploughed fields which are extremely easy to scratch build, and can be made with a variety and materials, including spaghetti, corrugated cardboard, carpet squares, brown corduroy material all have the appearance of ploughed fields.

Making Ploughed Fields With Spaghetti

1. To begin with you need 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 phase is to mark out where you want to place the your furrows. 

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

4. Once you have completed your texturing you then need to place your dry spaghetti strands at the appropriate distance apart you can either use PVA glue or a glue gun which ever you have to hand.

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5. The next step is to paint the entire base with Humbrol No. 110 Natural Wood once that is dry lightly dry brush with Humbrol No. 103 Cream.

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6. Carefully put dabs of PVA glue on the tops of the painted spaghetti and apply foliage. I used the loose tree foliage which came off the trees I purchased from eBay see Trees and Woods.

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Making Ploughed Fields With Cardboard

1. First of all cut your hardboard to any shape you desire, I think an irregular shape looks better. 

2. Next get your cardboard and cut it smaller than the hardboard shape you have already made and carefully peel the top layer of the cardboard once you have done this glue it to your hardboard using PVA glue.

3. Once the glue as fully dried texture the edge of the hardboard up to the cardboard with Polycell Textured Ceilings Course Effect, you are now ready to mix some Polycell Polyfilla make sure the consistency is very runny completely cover the cardboard.

4. You are now ready to paint your ploughed field I use Humbrol No. 110 Natural Wood once this is dry eye then dry brush lightly with Humbrol No. 103 Cream allow to dry and vanish.

5. Carefully put dabs of PVA glue on the tops of the painted cardboard and apply foliage. I used the loose tree foliage which came off the trees I purchased from eBay see Trees and Woods.

Making Ploughed Fields With Carpet

You can buy carpet squares that look like ploughed fields all that is required is a light dry brushing with Humbrol No. 103 Cream and the edges covered with PVA glue and then flocking with Noch Summer Meadow Grass.

Making Ploughed Fields With Brown Corduroy Material

1. Acquire some brown corduroy material, this material is relatively cheap and is extremely easy to cut into any shape you require and does an extremely good job of imitating a ploughed field. 

2. Once you have cut your brown corduroy material I then lightly dry brush it with Humbrol No. 103 Cream just to make it blend little bit more.

3. I then use PVA glue around the entire edge of the field and use Noch Summer Meadow Grass which in my opinion adds a little depth to the field.

4. You can also carefully paint lines on top of the corduroy material to create cropped fields.

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
Spaghetti
Cardboard
Carpet
Brown Corduroy Material

Humbrol Colours

Humbrol No. 110 Natural Wood
Humbrol No. 103 Cream