Monday, October 9, 2017

Spray Painted Cork as Mountainous Scenery

This is an idea that I have toyed with on and off over the years -- using Cork to represent mountainous regions of the playing board. As a material, cork is a good one to work with. From a practical point of view, the material is very light and therefore can be transported with a minimum of fuss. Moreover, it is also "green" in the sense that it is regularly harvested and harvesting does not kill the cork plant. Its more like how sheep get sheared for their wool realistically. 

To represent mountains, I decided to experiment a little bit with using different colours. On the example below, I have used Games Workshop's own white spray paint to coat this piece of cork.

I will say from the outset that this process uses a whole lot of spray paint to be honest! If you look closely at the image, you will also see that there are patches where it looks like I have missed my target when spraying. This is not true ... the cork absorbs a lot of the paint and some areas are a bit more resistant to spray paint than others.

What I will say though is that the overall effect -- certainly in terms of the texture -- looks impressive. The nooks and crannies combined with the layered visage of the cork makes this piece look very much like a small scale mountain or cliff. 

I'm pleased with the overall effect here. Although I want to try more, I think that I might need to assess whether there's a better way to mass paint cork for a cheaper amount of money. 


WestRider said...

That's looking great. I have way more cork than I'll ever need for bases, might have to give it a try myself.

One easy way to save a bit of cash is to use spray paint from a hardware store or something instead of GW's. I can get Krylon Fusion* for around a quarter as much as I'd pay for GW sprays.

*NOT regular Krylon. Has to be the Fusion or Camo lines, and it has to be Matte. Even their Satin is really glossy.

Ben said...

I use poundshop spray cans without any bother. I'd definitely recommend them for something like this.

Michael Corr said...

That's a really nice effect you've achieved there.

jabberjabber said...

Thanks for the tips, compliments and feedback guys -- much appreciated!!!

Ziek said...

Whoa! This is awesome!

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