|Basing with chipboard hex tiles. I ended up spackling the foam hills to cover up the ugly cellular grain.|
If you're going to make terrain, it makes sense to base them in the hex grid you plan to use them on. Before, i used to pick up 2" hex ceramic tiles from home depot or lowes for cheap, but they don't seem to be making them anymore. You can still get them online for about $11-15 for a sheet of them but it's expensive to ship since they're heavy. So i've turned to making my own hex bases with chipboard (which i had a lot left over from making my own WoW minis gameboard).
What's chipboard? Chipboard is to cardboard like particleboard is to wood. It's basically reclaimed cardboard mashed up and glued together. Hence, it's denser/firmer/tougher than cardboard. It's most often used in making board game boards since it's pretty robust. Generally, you can only find it at real art supply stores, like Utretch's and not Michaels or Joannes.
Chipboard is known to be difficult to work with, because it's tough material! But it's not too bad. It takes a sharp (sharp!) razor blade/utility knife and 3-4 slices to cut through. If you have a dull razor blade forget it. It's better to use the sharpness of the blade rather than alot of pressure on the knife otherwise you risk loosing control and cutting yourself. I'm thinking about trying to cut it on a band saw or something. Your other option is foamboard, which is easier to cut but not as thin.
Some of my chipboard-based terrain:
|my old skateboard wheels with a straw and studded with iron-on rhine stones to look like rivets. I'm getting pretty good at seeing possible terrain from trash!|
600 rhine stones for $2 at walmart! Cheapest rivets ever and easier to work with than mustard seeds!