Clarence Harrison - Back to the garage! To quickly cover a good portion of the hill with texture, I used irregular shapes cut from a felt-backed grass mat. These mats are obtainable from many model shops and gaming companies. I prefer the felt-backed mats to the more common paper-backed ones because they form better to irregular shapes and hold up better when covered in layers of filler, glue, and paint that comes later. I painted the felt side of the mat with watered down PVA glue and placed the section on the side of the hill. Then I used straight pins raided from my wife's sewing chest to hold the mat tightly in place while it dried. The excess can be trimmed away later with a sharp hobby knife. Instead of using the grass mat, you could resort to textured paint or layers of flocking. I've used all of these methods, but I prefer the mat as I get fast results and it instantly smooths out any imperfections in my layered insulation board.
|To quickly add texture to the hill, I cut rough shapes from a felt-backed grass mat.|
These are attached with water-downed PVA glue and held in place with straight pins until it dries.
|The pins hold the material to the foam until the glue dries.|
Afterward, I cut off the excess with a sharp hobby knife.
|To simulate exposed rock, I glued down pinebark chips(available from all home|
and garden supply stores). To blend them into the hill and cover the rest of the exposed foam,
I used a joint compound filler.
|Joint compound applied with a spatula blends the "rocks"|
into the hill and covers the rest of the exposed foam.