CD Terrain part 1:
Son of Clay Molding
CD terrain is a big fad going around these days. As the name implies, it’s gaming terrain based on a CD. I was looking for a good way to base up the plaster piece cast in the Clay Molding post, and for want of a MDF base of the correct size, I found an old AOL CD that I’d saved.
If you’re following along from the Clay Molding post, clean up the rubble piece you created with a bit of sand paper. The flatter you can get the bottom, the less clean up work you’ll need to do after attaching to the base.
Step 1 is to glue the terrain piece down to the CD. Elmer’s wood glue is my all purpose glue for most of my plaster projects, but the glue failed to gain any grip on the CD face. Plan B is 2 part epoxy, this little marvel has been in my inventory for only 6 months but I can’t live without it now. Now that the rubble is secured to the CD, all that’s left to do is to cover up the hole in the CD, I used a bit of card from a Dunken Doughnuts box. The box paper is thin, but waxed on both sides to give it a stiff and sturdy finish. I find the boxes to be a cheap substitute for plastic card.
Step 2 is to Spackle the base to hide any gaps where the rubble did not meet flush with the CD & clean up the line from the card used to cover the CD center hole. At the same time, the Spackle also begins to texture the dull, flat CD face & starts to add a bit of life to the piece.
Step 3 is apply sand. Nothing like a bit of grit to make dry brushing easy. Some time ago Home Depot carried “tube sand”, 60lb bags for $3.00. The mix is a rough collection of many sized sand grains – perfect for terrain basing. The sand is applied using Elmer’s white glue and a bit of water. Combine the glue and water in an old bowl & apply with a brush. Michael’s Craft store carries a line of large, cheap brushes(GW tank brush sized) that are excellent throw aways for terrain work.
Now it’s time to wait while the glue dries. I find that terrain building is a lot of hurry up and wait. Many is the time I’ve sat swearing a blue streak because a wall has broken free before the glue sets, or the sand pulls up with the dry brush because the base coat lessened the glue. Each of these steps (except for the epoxy, which sets in about 5 minutes) was left over night before beginning the next element.