Today's post shows some 'in progress' shots of the terrain as it gets colors added. Once I'm done with the post I will be working on the 'greenery'. Some of it is done but not yet photographed. I have one piece near by that has at least 16 different plant species on it. All total, I've probably collected somewhere between 20 and 24 plant species to populate my tropical terrain. Indulge your patience and enjoy these photos while awaiting "the jungle."
A closer in shot of the four main islands in there 'all together' arrangement with the first four colors added, the "browns" with the last one being a light tan color.
Careful study - very, very careful study - will reveal that all 8 colors are still visible in the final view. You might also look carefully at the 'back' edge of the piece to the top right. Except for the last two colors added, all the other colors are there to help the edges blend in to each other.
By the way, that very last dry brushed coat is why the sand was glued on before any painting was done. To get that effect required the 'teeth' or 'texture' or both that the sand provided. All the other effects can be achieved on a smooth surface but you just can't get the same highlight effect without that texture.
And thinking beyond the pirate game, at some point I will have an equal number of small bases worked up for deciduous trees and the same for coniferous trees. And also, though maybe not as many, some sandy desert pieces. Once all is acquired and built, including the 8 large pieces still to be assembled and finished off, I am going to have an incredibly diverse and highly functional collection of terrain. Oh, and I am still planning on building an "actual" mountain range - that is down the road a bit, even though some of the raw material is at hand. Will also be adding some 'mesa' pieces for Apacheria and some rocky pieces. Yes, you can call me "The Terrainiac"! I wear that moniker proudly.
Now, I have some jungle to go hack my way through. Where did I leave my machete?
...and a bottle of rum...