Clay and Sand
|This is where we left off last time|
The general plotted and planned how he would use the natural terrain to his advantage. "The battle will soon be upon us and we need to prepare the earthen battlements!" He ventured out from his headquarters to survey his environment, connecting himself with the Earth. "Aha!" he exclaimed, "I have found exactly what I need!"
|Joint compound covered everything|
|Waterfall area covered in joint compound|
I took the joint compound and plastered it liberally all over the board. This was pretty messy but actually pretty fun! At first, I used a putty knife to spread it on, but realized that I did not have as much control as I really wanted with it. The putty knife is great when you're working to fill a gap in a wall (the typical purpose of joint compound) but I wanted to slather it over some pretty uneven surfaces. I decided to use a large paintbrush to apply the compound instead, and it worked much better. Besides having more control over how the joint compound was distributed, the paintbrush also gave some good texture to the board, which was important for the following step.
|Finger-texture of the waterfront|
|Cliffs and road. This is when I realized I needed clay|
The Stones of the Earth
|Now with basing! Note the clay on the elevations.|
|The upper river and cliffs|
|Note the larger rocks and debris near the river mouth|
|I also wanted the larger rocks by the waterfall|
The eager general ran back into his headquarters with his sample of Earth. "This is exactly what I need to make my ideal battlefield!" He began to wildly imagine where each grain of sand and each stone would go, how it brought the battle closer to life for him. Each stone had a story, a purpose, and he wished to use them to show the great power of nature. The more realistic his battlefield became, the better control he would have over his opponent's perceptions, and the battle would surely be his for the winning.
Coming Soon - Part 3: The Winds of Life