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Posted by Anim8tor Fish, on 2011-12-04 04:51:33

Sandy plain

I want to do a couple of spaghetti western type scenes, and I wondered what you guys would think the best way of making the sandy plain is. Only the part where the action is taking place - I'm pretty sure I'll bluescreen the entire background. -I was going to use plaster, which would have the kind of texture I'm looking for, but it's not great for drilling tie-down holes through. Thanks Marnik www.morilyon.blogspot.com

Posted by Nick H, on 2011-12-04 05:14:42

I put plaster over 1/2" chipboard. I have no trouble drilling tie-down holes in it. For a rougher texture, tile adhesive is really good - it has a gritty sandy texture but is easy to drill, unlike actual sand mixed in which will blunt the drill bit. Also it's more flexible and less likely to flake off the chipboard after a while. This video is from quite a few years ago, but shows a desert set in the studio, using plaster over particle board. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=biQZTD3Mexg

Posted by Strider, on 2011-12-04 11:02:48

Sandy Plain - is she related to Sarah Plain and Tall? :P

Posted by grecodan, on 2011-12-05 10:25:19

If you happen to be near a shop that specializes in model trains, you might want to check out some stuff called grass mats. It's basically a big roll of paper with tiny little grains of something or other glued to it. It comes green (it's supposed to represent grass, hence the name), but if you paint it the texture comes across as dirt. Some decomposed granite or other wee little gravel tossed on can add a little more detail. Here's the stuff I'm talking about: http://www.hobbylinc.com/Model_Railroad_Grass_Mats