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Old 05 Mar 2007, 13:49   #1 (permalink)
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For my Death Korps of Krieg I wanted my bases to reflect their barren world, ruined by nuclear weapons. I couldn't find anything around the house suited to represent the ashen wastes, and I hated to have to order something that basicaly amounts to colored sand. At that moment I heard a familiar pawing noise and a light bulb went on in my head. Kitty Litter. It was perfect, and cheap. After hugging my cat, and getting fresh claw marks for my trouble I used some Tidy Cats on a spare base, and it looked perfect with a bit of black drybrushed in the crevices. This'll also make the Ash world board I was planning on making much easier, as I could cover many boards for less than $20. Add a little clear epoxy for volcanic glass and bombed out buildings and you're ready for post apocolyptic fun!
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Old 05 Mar 2007, 16:35   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Cheap Ashworld Terrain

I'm not sure, but mightn't the cat litter absorb the paint slightly?
Although I've never used it myself.

If it works, good idea.

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Old 06 Mar 2007, 20:19   #3 (permalink)
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I don't think that'd be too much of a problem since for an ashworld it mostly need just a little dry brushing. As soon as I get a digital camera I can post a pic....
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DA ROKK 'AS WETHERD EV'RY RAKK DA PROIZE WE SOTT IZ WUNN!
DA PORT IS NEAH DA BELLZ OI 'EAR DA BOYZ IZ ALL EXULTINGZ!
WHOILE FOLLOW EYEZ DA STEDDY KEEL DA VESSUL GRIM AN' DARIN':
BUT O 'ERT, 'ERT, 'ERT!
O DA BLEEDIN' DROPS O RED!
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Old 08 Mar 2007, 10:48   #4 (permalink)
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kitty litter is too think what you need is a fine gain sand. Go to a builders mertchent buy a kilo for X amount and use the rest to make your own table.

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Old 10 Mar 2007, 05:05   #5 (permalink)
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Sandbox sand works great, too. You can buy a huge bag for about $5 here in the Great White North, it gives you a good clean texture and you can probably do at least 3 4x8 tables with the amount you get!
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Old 18 Mar 2007, 21:41   #6 (permalink)
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for a board, thats great! but for bases, I've found that if you put coarce sand on the base, prime it, paint it codex gray, then lightly drybrush Bubonic brown and rotting flesh, you get a nice ashy/rocky look
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Old 21 Mar 2007, 16:59   #7 (permalink)
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Make sure you out a few blast silhouettes on any exposed walls that are still standing. Where someone was immolated by the heat wave as they stood there...
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Old 26 Mar 2007, 22:19   #8 (permalink)
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What I found looks good for ash waste is taking a fine sand and then basing the model with it. Then take a slightly larger sand/rocks and put them on. Then spray and drybrush it and it creates a nice effect.
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Old 16 Apr 2007, 02:48   #9 (permalink)
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I personally think kitty litter is a great idea. good find
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