Unless you count the Goblin Town terrain I have been painting (which I don’t), I have never made any terrain before and certainly not from scratch. Thankfully, there are some great videos on Youtube by the Terrain Tutor to learn the art of terrain making. Thanks to a video on making scatter terrain with cd bases, I finally jumped into this part of the hobby.
My main goal is a “board” that can be used for many of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey scenarios. Yes, I’m maximizing how many scenarios fit on the board a bit because there is no sense in making a board specifically for Roast Mutton (which is in a forested area), for example but since each of the events happened in the same general area, I think I can get away with this. In my head, I wanted the terrain and board to look like something you see below.
So how did I do? Well not too bad. I stuck closely to the base design I used for recent Hobbit minis because I knew that would help tie everything together. I think the tall and wild grass look definitely comes across in the small hill too which is great. Using a cd as a base was pretty easy and I happened to have some slate I bought a while back that looks pretty good as the crest on the hill. I need to make some taller, bigger hills at some point and make some bigger rock cliffs but one step at a time. It will be interesting to see if the basing paste from Vallejo and all the tufts prove to be sturdy enough for terrain as well.
But the bigger question is, how would this look on a mat? I scoured the internet for a mat that captured the tans and greens you saw in the images above from the movie and the closest I could find is pictured below. The greens are brighter than I wanted and more prevalent but I just couldn’t find many convincing “plains” mats like I had hoped. I wanted one because I figured the terrain I make for this movie could easily be used for Rohan scenarios too. That may still be a possibility for down the road, I will just need to make a lot of terrain to dull down the bright greens on the mat. The upside is that this mat could easily be used for Shire terrain if cover up some of the rock cliffs on the matter (which is easily done) so I should have a pretty versatile mat here.
While I’m still in the acceptance phase that this terrain isn’t going to exactly match what I thought it would, I do think I’m on the right track and I got my first piece of terrain made easily and painlessly. It really didn’t even take a ton of time and I think I learned enough tricks that I can make terrain even more efficiently in the future. So all in all, mission accomplished here. I just need to make some more hills and then delve into tree making and I should have enough terrain for Roast Mutton with the three trolls!