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08-18-2016, 07:15 PM
Desert and Rocks!
In our very first Community Feature, we took a look at Rich Blondel’s CORE collection. Now Rich is back with a look at some of his Dark Age terrain, and some words on how he built and painted it all.

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” Greetings,*Samarians.

I am happy to be able to*show you all my Dark Age gaming table! I wanted something that*looks very natural and would be easy to make, I didn’t want*to sink*a lot of money in this project either, so I’m presenting*a photo tutorial for a cheap board that*will look (I hope) realistic.

• I bought two wooden boards, each 4’x2′

• I took*some*used cork noticeboards and tore them*up around the edges. I glued the cork down to the boards, and*kept the pieces aligned pretty well with the edges of the board. To hide the*line created when the*two boards are put together, I used smaller pieces of cork as shown in the photos.

• I glued down patches of*sand on to the cork to create some varied texture.

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• I wanted a desert table with a lot of rocks… So I went*walking in my local*woods and took rocks I thought were*nice. Slate is*definitely my favorite. [Of course, if you don’t have woods nearby that you can take rocks from, you can always pick some up from a local landscaping center – Ed.]
• In my opinion, nature is definitely the best to represent nature. The only problem, I find, with this approach is the weight of the big pieces. If you’ll be traveling with your terrain, you might be better off choosing to make your rocks out of foam or*tree bark.

• I used foamboard and cork to make the bases for the rocks. I glued these two pieces together with*white glue (PVA), and I glued the rocks on to them with a hot glue gun (glue pistol).

• For a bit more of a Samarian feel, I added some industrial bits to a few of the foamboard bases.

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• When it came time to paint the table and rocks, I used a variety of spray primers. All of them were what I considered to be “desert colors”. The rocks also received some light dustings of grey, and then they were finished off with a pale, sandy dry brush with a wide brush (the kind typically used for painting houses).

Conclusion
I hope you enjoyed these photos. I’m currently working on some rusty pieces of Samarian architecture, some I’m excited to be able to show you those next time around!