|My first attempt at a display board.|
|My borrowed foam hill board. It belongs to the FLGS.|
For my first attempt I used a jigsaw and rounded a piece of 1.5 feet by 2 feet quarter inch plywood. I then coated the board with wood glue covered it with sand from a bag my father and I had lying around from our model rail road days. I also used a few bark chips, glued together, as rocks for the board. I then used an old watered down hobby glue, again from our rail road days, that I sprayed over the sand and rocks with a spray bottle to create a solid hold. So far so good, but then I made my most vital error. I spray painted the board with a dark brown that was not a primer or matte spray. The end result was a super glossy brown. I painted the rocks grey and inked them black, looked pretty good. I dry brushed the sand with Elf Flesh, like I do for my bases, but the glossy nature of the brown just keeps showing through. The end result wasn't all that nice, the lack of a lip on the board meant models that fell tumbled everywhere and the Wood Chip rocks, while nice looking, chipped very easily and felt a bit out of place next to the super glossy sand.
I was tired of the display board I built looking terrible. I needed something with a lip, and a better look to it as well. My wife and I went to IKEA to look for a high chair and while we were there I saw one of these.
|7.99 at IKEA, awesome deal.|
Step 1 was to prime the whole thing with Black OSH spray primer. This primer sticks to just about anything including the slick glossy plastic on the tray. Two coats were perfect. The next step was to add some nice accent terrain to the base and paint the bottom tray brown using Graveyard Earth.
After waiting 1.5 hours the ink was completely dry and the sand was ready for dry brushing. Again I used Elf Flesh because that is what I have always used over Devlan Mud inked sand and the effect is perfect. Using a large flat dry brush I went to work on the sand. I then used dry brushes of Grave Yard Earth, and Elf Flesh on the crater to get it to blend a bit better with the rest of the board. I then began to pick out the details on the wall sections prior to washing them as well.
As always comments and criticism is welcome. If you have any thoughts on how I could improve the board or want to post how you did yours feel free!