by Rich K
Sandbags are easy but tedious. As of post time, I’ve made about 120 for this counts-as model. I’m guessing that will top 300 by the time I’m done.
There are several ways to make sandbags, to be sure, but the simplest way I’ve found is described below. What you’ll need…
- A good amount of modeling material (dependant on how many sandbags you need) such as clay, Milliput, or Green Stuff
- A fine-weave piece of fabric such as a handkerchief or a bit of T-shirt
- A pokey tool such as a sculpting tool or hobby knife
- A container of water to keep your hands from sticking to the modeling material, use as needed
So far, my modeling material of choice for this is Milliput. Clay looked good and is much cheaper, but as it dries, it shrinks. Due to this shrinkage some of my bags do not meet which leaves unsightly gaps in the wall. Lesson learned.
Plasma CraterThe center of the fortification looked sort of empty, I needed something to fill up the space and add a bit of flare. You’ll need…
- More modeling material
- A convex implement of some sort to press the crater into the material
- Crackle paint
- Possibly some other sort of paint as a binder/strengthener
Next take a large convex implement, in my case a screwdriver butt, and jam that down into the center of the pancake to create the crater.
Shape as necessary and let cure overnight.
Once I start painting the crater I think I’ll use a thin layer of GW texture paint in the caldera and around the outer edge. Over this will be a layer of gloss black/grey paint. I’m hoping it will look like boiling earth that suddenly cooled.
In the next installment I’ll cover painting this monstrosity. Until then, I’ve got a ton more sandbags to make…