|I moved the show out to the garage. This is just a quick photo of all my gear. Mark's gear is far more impressive.|
When I inquired about Mark's method, he quite generously invited me to his home in Duvall to try my own hand at making stuff. He walked me through his process, and I'm going to share that with you as I try to do it on my own.
It starts with some mdf, or medium density fiberboard. It's available at Home Depot and Lowes. I have some 2 X 2 sheets that are usually available, and I know they are willing to cut larger sheets for you at no cost, if, like me, you are truck-impaired. It's recommended you use 1/8", or 1/4" mdf. I bought some 1/4" stuff to make DBA boards with, and got some of the thinner stuff as packing that came in a large box of whatever-we-don't-need Lorri ordered.
|A couple of mdf shapes I'll use to make terrain. This is the 1/4" mdf that's been cut with a jigsaw and sanded out with an orbital sander.|
After cutting, smooth out your shapes using some kind of sander, preferably some kind of power sander. Mark uses a portable belt sander. I didn't have one of these, but I do have an orbital sander, a veteran Ryobi fellow used many times for stripping my deck. Try to but a sloped edge on your shapes and smooth out all the jagged edges you may have left on your shapes during the cutting.
|A couple of shapes with the shaped pieces of pink foam on them. They're larger pieces with smaller bits of pink foam. Maybe I should have gone bigger. Hmmm.|
|Four pieces slathered in lightweight spackle awaiting sandpaper. I'll probably spackle all eight pieces before I begin sanding.|
In my next entry I'll show you my experience sanding, priming and painting (and hopefully my pink foam won't melt (??!!)