The Green Board « Do-it-Yourself Terrain

The Green Board

12.27.2007

Post by Bill

So one of the first projects we decided to take on was to create some simple surfaces to play on. By this I mean that we needed some 4ft x 4ft areas to play on. So here’s the list of supplies used to make this type of board;

  • Required
    • 3/4″ Polystyrene sheets (8’x4′ sheet runs about $12-$14)
    • A razor blade or cutting instrument
    • Brown Paint ($7.50 for a matched quart of latex paint) (for this we had the GW Beastial Brown color matched at a local hardware store, but any brown should suffice so long as it’s not Enamel, aka shiny)
    • Flock (we used Woodland Scenic’s stuff, but you need something to texture it with)
    • White Glue (Elmer’s was used in this case $1.50 per large bottle we used roughly 2.5 bottles)
  • Optional
    • You don’t need to match the paint color, any brown will work just fine
    • Sand Paper, we rough sanded the edges of our board to ensure that it more or less square
    • We used Woodland Scenic’s Fine Turf Green Grass with a tiny bit of Fine Ballast Brown mixed in to give it some contrast. Each bottle runs $10 a piece**

**There are plenty of methods for flocking, in this case we did it based on convenience. All things considered, I’d rather go with something that is tried and tested (Woodland Scenics being a company that’s been around in the model train industry for many years)

To start we went through the following steps, we cut the 8ft x 4ft sheet into two even halves. We sanded down the tongue and grove on two of the ends and after doing this we worked our way with that paint. The latex paint is fairly thin so we ended up using roughly 2.5 coats of paint. This essentially covers all the ‘pink’ that could be seen. Now one of our initial concerns is that will the foam sheet be sturdy enough to not break when moving it around. The answer is Yes, it is. In the end I needed something that’s not a complete bear to store and this fits that perfectly, it’s thin and many of them can be stacked (you’ll see more of these in future posts).

Once the paint has dried, the fun part comes in, putting the flock down.

Now since I didn’t have this site in mind when I started this board, I didn’t think to take any pictures, but for the rest of the process, I have pictures. Laying down the glue is fairly easy, and it is possible to do an entire board in one pass especially if you have more than one person helping you! In this case we used our hands, however, I would recommend finding a large paint brush to do this step as it will leave strange lines in the glue if you do it entirely with your hands.

Applying Glue

Applying Glue

After getting the glue down with your hands, I’d suggest going over it with a paintbrush to even out the layer of glue. In the end, I purchased 3 bottles of the Green Grass and 1 bottle of the Brown to make the mix. When we made the mix, we used all three bottles of green and roughly 2/3rd’s of the brown to make this mix. It’s not exact, but you get the idea. So, once we started, we had three bottles full to create an even layer over the glue.

Applying flock

Applying flock

Applying more flock

Applying more flock

Some things to keep in mind are that you don’t just want to actually just dump the stuff out on top of this, you want a fairly even layer of the flock over the top. When you get the majority covered, you can watch for areas where the white glue shows through and begin to cover up those areas. From here , it’s a waiting game, as in you wait until it’s all dry and then you can knock of and collect the excess flock. All in all we used a total of half of the 3 bottles with the mix we made, so we have plenty extra to use on terrain features and model bases whenever we feel the need to.

Finished Product + stains!

Finished Product + stains!

And the finished project….with backpack mark and stain…. Unfortunately, it’s not always possible to keep these things in perfect condition, but really, this stuff gets covered with all kinds of other pieces of terrain.

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