While I am generally happy with my terrain (I know it is not the best looking out there but it is highly modular) one think has slightly annoyed me over the past year or so… the ground looks too pristine. Here the grass just looks untouched and even, much like a park. And I wanted to make it look somewhat more rugged. I think you can see what I mean if you take a look at this picture from Crisis 2007:
Here the grass just looks pristine and even, much like a park. And I wanted to make it look somewhat more rugged. So I took an old board that had seen some wear (some impressions) to see what I could do with it. This is what it looked like before I started:
Now like all my boards this was 50cm x 50cm styrofoam, covered with a model railroad staticgrass mat and MDF backing. I began by removing some of the staticgrass by applying small amounts of water to it and scratching it off with a palletknife. I then applied white glue to the bald spots and added sand (to depict bare earth, when painted over) and a burnt grass variety static grass to these spots. Now this is what they looked like after they had dried:
I was not too happy with this step. Even though I had used only minimal amounts of water to remove the original grass, it had soaked into the adjoining areas and turned them a darker colour (odly enough it loks lighter on the photo). Plus the greenish paper from the staticgrass mat would shine through where I had applied new static grass. So when I painted and highlit the sanded areas, I gave the new static grass a drybrush too in hopes it would help the looks… which it did not.
So I gave these areas a second coat of static grass. Which looks better, but still not perfect. What I tried though was just applying a thing coat of deluded white glue over the original mat in one spot and sprinkling some of the burnt variety there (spot marked with an arrow). I think that looks better actually.
The one think I think I am sure about is that the bare earth and burnt grass areas should not touch, or at least not create as large and area as they do here. I also think that the burnt grass looks better in small areas and applied straight to the old grass. What do you think?
Is this worth it or should I leave the boards as they are?
And if I remodel them all… just some grass added to it or bare earth as well?