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    Avatar photoDeleted User

    These are supposed to be rocks/mountains… for temperate and tropical settings.
    I wanted them to blend in with the board but the left group (with ground cover) blends in too much while the right group looks out of place. I used up all my spares in the left group and don’t have any more to experiment with.

    What do you guys think?

    Avatar photoNathaniel Weber

    <p style=”text-align: left;”>I like the ones on the right, unadorned with flock. Rocks are dramatic terrain pieces and I prefer when they really stand out.</p>
    If you are unhappy with those on the left, perhaps increase the highlights on the exposed rock, or add tufts of dead yellow grass to differentiate them from your board?

    Avatar photoMike

    I prefer the left, maybe add dirt / mud to help unblend?

    Avatar photoPatrice

    Well… perhaps buy some more miniature grass stuff to sprinkle on the right group?

    What I also do is glue a thin card board under the rocks which seem out of place, cut it one cm or half-cm from the rock edges, add some stuff where needed, and paint on it, and miniature grass again.


    Avatar photoRhoderic

    I like the ones on the left more than the right. Perhaps they’ve just been too heavily flocked. Can you make the flock a bit sparser/thinner or is it already sealed in place?

    Normally I tend to think that too many people paint rock and stone in an overly cold grey, which I find naive and cartoonish. Where I live the stone is all the greyest of granite and gneiss, and it’s still not that grey. So I prefer somewhat warmer, earthier tones for anything in the general category of “grey” that isn’t meant to look like a modern or futuristic man-made material that hasn’t been through extensive weathering. Which should mean that I should prefer the rocks on the right. Yet, looking at your photo, I agree that they look out of place, like the choice of colour palette doesn’t match that of the ground. It’s maybe a case of the greenness of the grass having a deliberate cartoonish naivete of its own, which calls for the same style and palette to be carried across to all the other features of the landscape. I’d use the rocks on the right on a board where the grass is more toned down (and possibly darker).

    In any case, I like where this is going! Nice work!

    Avatar photodeephorse

    Whilst they certainly look like rocks, they look nothing like mountains.  What scale of miniatures do you intend to use with them anyway?  That will make an awful lot of difference to how these ‘rocks’ are perceived on the table top.

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    Avatar photoirishserb

    I think the pieces on the left look okay, though I would accent the rock with some light grey highlights.  They maybe could have used a little less flock.  For the ones on the right, I would add a a little flock and highlight the edges of the rock.

    Avatar photoDeleted User

    Thanks for the feedbacks.

    I removed what I could from the left group and dabbed some brown wash on. The brown wash didn’t seem to affect it much. I’ll try sprinkle some brown ground cover on top tomorrow.

    These are for 6mm (HMMWV) and 3mm (infantry)

    Put some bush/trees on these to break the rocks up.

    On arid background for contrast.

    This is what I had in mind for mountains. I’d like to avoid putting a base on these so I can use them like this.

    Avatar photoThaddeus Blanchette

    Nice! Is that tree bark? I need to steal that idea!

    Normally I would say high contrast, but in picoscale, this will detract from your minis. Instead, make limits of terrain easy to see. To my mind, the left group with a few trees are the way to go.

    Drybrushing flock a light yellow can also make it pop nicely at this scale. You might want to test it on a piece.

    Now dish: what are they made of?

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    That looks spectacular in any scale!

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    Avatar photoAutodidact-O-Saurus

    I prefer the look of the flocked ones better. But the picture of them all stacked together is the cat’s meow! NOTHING wrong with that!

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    Avatar photoMike

    Agreed on the big pile!
    Very cool looking.

    Avatar photoDeleted User

    @Thaddeus- these are indeed barks, actually mulch.

    Tried adding brown ground cover to the ones marked red but it’s subtle, I didn’t want to over do it liek the green. Marked white are green ground cover added in more limited fashion. I think I’m going to go with the while ones, they’re simpler to do.

    Thanks again for the suggestions, it actually made me think of making a new board with less green.

    Avatar photoCacique Caribe

    Yes, they blend together well.  If you still have concerns, use a firm nylon toothbrush and thin out the flock a bit on them Leftie ones, and add occasional tufts and thin flock patches – just here and there – on the Rightie ones.

    EDIT – That last photo looks perfect, specially the ones on the right (white arrows).

    Loads of WIPs: https://www.flickr.com/photos/9593487@N07/albums/with/72157710630529376

    Avatar photodeephorse

    The rock-pile mountain looks very effective.

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