This canyon/pass by Neils-Christian Ganderup measures 60cm by 45cm and is 20cm high at the top of the rock spire.
For the most part, this piece was carved from a single large piece of blue insulation foam (Styrofoam) measuring 60cm by 45cm and 5cm thick. I cut the shape out of the piece, and then cut out the road making it some 2.5cm to 3cm deep and wide enough to be used by a 5-miniature wide unit. Small roads were cut leading up to the two raised hill areas, and the craggy areas around the edge and the rock spire. The spire was given some additional height using leftover pieces of foam stacked on top of each other. The smaller rocks are also made from leftovers.
The whole thing was then covered with structural paint - except the bottom ;-). When dry it was spray painted black, and when that was dry it was drybrushed twice: once with a rock colour and once with a white on the most prominent areas. The rocks and the spire received an additional drybrushing of white.
The large areas I wanted flocked (the two raised hill-areas) were painted Goblin Green and left to dry before being painted with diluted PVA and covered with static flock. On the road through the pass I put watered down PVA directly onto the surface (no green paint), and covered with static flock leaving some areas bare to simulate wheel tracks. Small amounts of static flock was also added in patches on the rocks and rock spire.
The figure in the image is Teclis, the highelven mage.
This article was reworked in May 2008 from an earlier version written in September 2001.
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