Greetings terrain builders! On this Valentine's Day weekend I'm going with a quick and simple project: rock piles. Rock piles are a thematic addition to the mine setting and can be extremely useful for game play as barriers and cover to hide behind. Plus, they're a great way to reduce your terrain making "waste."
First I began with some offcuts, a few 25mm round bases, and my breakaway blade. Personally, I hate waste. I try to get the most out of everything I can. Our hobby isn't exactly the most environmentally sound hobby out there so I try to reduce my impact by using most of my off cuts for other projects. I maintain a bin of off cuts of various sizes and most of the terrain made in this series has all been made from pieces in that bin saved from previous scenery projects.
I cut up and shaped the offcuts into rocks of various sizes and shapes using the same techniques I did for the mine walls detailed in Making Mine Scenery Part II.
I built these up into small pillars of large stones and glued them all together with wood glue. We'll get back to these in a bit.
With some tall piles done, now I wanted a pile of rubble, or maybe a section where the roof collapsed. I started this piece with a small offcut of 1/8" hardboard that was a little over 4" wide and I whittled the edges until it fit neatly in my roughly 4" wide mine corridors.
Like the tall rock piles, I shaped my foam off cuts and deliberately stacked them in a haphazard way that made the center the high point that the rocks were built up to, or represent the closest point to where these rocks fell from. Next I used a crappy old brush and painted glue on the base and any exposed areas of the top of the 25mm bases and then dipped the bases in play sand.
I let the glue dry for a while and when the foam and sand felt dry and secure I painted everything Citadel Scorched Brown in two successive coats.
Once these basecoats were done I went through all of the stages of drybrushing from Making Mine Scenery Part I and Making Mine Scenery Part III to make them blend in.
Here's a couple model eye view shots of the rock piles in use.
Making Mine Scenery Part I
Making Mine Scenery Part II
Making Mine Scenery Part III
Making Mine Scenery Part IV
Making Mine Scenery Part V
Making Mine Scenery Part VI
Making Mine Scenery Part VII
Making Mine Scenery Part VIII