Because gamers like a big area for viewing and admiring, most of us have the typical 4' x 6' playing areas. Realistically, most of my games end up in tight quarters. Especially my skirmish games in 28mm. Solution: make a mini terrain table for those close quarters.
|Start with a standard 2' x 2' acoustic ceiling tile|
available at any hardware store.
Paint the edges with flat black for a better border
|Inexpensive but very effective for most of my painting needs|
|Apply with a metal spatula a good base layer of a slurry mix|
(sand, white glue, cheap gray acrylic craft paint and water).
Let dry and cure overnight then apply successive coats of dark brown wash
|Again let dry and cure overnight|
|After the board was dry-brushed to my liking I then applied|
white glue to random areas and sprinkled copious amounts of
static grass from Gale Force Nine
|Let dry and cure overnight then take a tooth brush to|
tease out (stand up) and remove excess static grass and Voila!
My whole intent was as mentioned above but after it was completed I knew that I could pose some of my minis on it for some cool diorama shots.
|Steppe this way!|
My Mongols from The Assault Group and Old Glory lines
|Assortment of German Panzers, armored cars|
and half tracks from Bolt Action
|Same Panzers supplemented with 25mm BMW motorcyle |
troopen from Battle Honors (incidentally, putting them in the
foreground mitigates the scale disparity)
|My Soviet Tankovy from Battlemart and|
armored cars from Bolt Action
|Some modern microarmor from GHQ alongside Timecast buildings|
|Composed shot for my Instagram|