Sunday, December 26, 2010

TABLETOP GAMING - "Making DESERT DUNES & River" Pt.2

As usual, I like to lead off with a photo of where the next stage ends up...here are the basic shapes of my DESERT DUNE pieces. Now let's work backwards to see how I got there.

In my last post I had different pieces of insulation foam on the hex-shaped boards. I realized after I had already cut them out, that I did now allow for the transition of the sloped sides from the base. They would have ended up too small, when sculpted. So I cut all new pieces of foam that matched the maximum edges of my hex-boards. Live and learn...

I used various tools to begin shaping the "sand/rocks"...a saw from my miter box, a piece of sanding paper from an old belt sander, and a file that looks like a cheese shredder. I don't own a hot wire "foam cutter" tool, though I have tried to make one in the past with a soldering iron. When melting through the foam, they tend to give off very strong fumes that aren't good for your brain...you have to use them in a well ventilated area. So...just doing this "old school".

Once I had the basic shapes the way I wanted them, I used "Super 77" spray mount...I coated the bottom of the foam, then the board. Once they were a little bit dry, I pressed the foam onto the board. You'll notice I've also spray-glued a big boulder on the top of the dune.

Here are all three segments of the dunes...the hex-base format lends itself to various configurations.
Next, I gave everything a coating of gesso, to seal up the surfaces, and give a uniform base coat to the shapes. I will begin to further refine the shapes to add details, and create more "sandy" textures and transitions on the forms.

3 comments:

Christopher said...

Nice work Uncle. Good talking to you over the holidays. That last picture in this segment, the overhanging boulder looks much like either the head of a teenage mutant ninja turtle or maybe the head of a dolphin. Maybe it's just my whacked out imagination...

Warren said...

Ha! I see it now. Perhaps it's a teenage mutant ninja dolphin. Could be a future sculpture project!

Great talking to you, too, on Christmas...we need to do more of that.
-Unka W

Anonymous said...

Looks like snow right now....or maybe I've just watched too much TV of New York's snow problems. Glad you are back at a project. mom