|The original piece of expanded foam|
As this was just a trial, I started flocking one area first. As a rule, I'd usually paint first and flock later. If you do get flock in your brush, it needs cleaning immediately.
|Size 8 Sceptre brush|
What you'll need;
• PVA glue
• 'clumpy' flock for trees
• three tones of grey/brown paint
• several sheets of old paper (a newspaper or magazine cut along the spine will do)
|Glue on foam|
|Work in progress|
|Grey cliffs and rocks|
I've been using this very cheap white for some years now. Not worth paying citadel prices when you get do much more at the art shop for your money.
Back to the flocking. You'll still probably find 'missing bits' even after a couple of rounds of flocking. This is where the sheets of paper come in. Re-glue those areas (by dripping or painting the glue on) and pour the flock over the remaining areas. Each time you do this, turn the island over to let the unstuck bits fall off, then move it onto a new sheet, using the remainder to pour again - if you put a crease in the edge of the paper at 90 degrees, you can use it to aim the flow. The old paper can then be thrown away.
Eventually, no more bits should drop off. Your island is complete. Mine took about 20 mins - yours may take longer.
|Scatter your flock and clump foliage over glue, pour off excess and repeat|
Just a final note - give that brush a clean with plenty of water again, even when you've cleaned it once. If that PVA hardens on the bristles, you can say goodbye to the brush.
Happy world-building, and please let me know if you make one of your own.
|The bubbly rock from a lava flow|
|Final drybrush with white brings out the detail|
|There it is, the finished island|
|Here's an overhead view with ships for scale.|