I have been painting like crazy in an effort to complete the dwarf army before October. This past week, as I was writing scenarios for the campaign I am working on, I thought to myself “How can I have dwarfs and night goblins fighting an entire campaign above ground?” I decided I had to take a break from painting bolt throwers and build some sort of underground terrain. I had a big piece of styrofoam laying around and it inspired me to make an underground skirmish board. It’s pretty quick and dirty but it will have to suffice for the time being. I started by cutting the outlines of the trenches with a sharp blade. Then I used my fingers to break out the majority of the styrofoam, and used the blade to smooth and shape the tops and sides of the walls. Next I smeared drywall plaster all over the inside and let it dry overnight. The next morning I cut some squares out of cereal boxes, one for the floor in the beer room, and one for the ramp to the upper level. I shaped some sticks to look like supports and stuck them all around along the walls. Next I painted watered down PVA over the entire piece to keep it from melting when I primed it. I used straight PVA along the ground and sprinkled a thick layer of dirt on to it.
After the glue was dry I primed the whole thing black and let that dry. I used an old blister pack as a pallet and mixed up a brown from red, yellow and blue craft paint. In another blister pack I mixed up a watered down dark grey and painted it on all over, then I added a few splotches of browns where I thought it looked good. I dry brushed a very light grey over this and let the colors blend together a bit. I made a table from the cereal box, and painted some old dwarf standards and glued them to the walls in the beer room. To finish it off I added a few mushrooms here and there, and glued on some flock to act as moss.