Really, I wasn't so creative as to have conjured the methods for making these from the air, I took the ideas from two places - the ideas for the forests were taken from this wonderful post over at the Spartan Games website. The ideas for the islands were taken from the Dystopian Wars Australia group on Facebook (and I'll henceforth refer to them as Lewis islands for that reason).
So, after reading both these posts I decided to make my own islands. firstly I made a frame for the forest foliage, filled it with Woodland Scenics clump foliage, and liberally soaked it in PVA.
|A nice mix of dark and light to add some variation.|
|The islands in the foreground - a mixture of cut edges and torn edges - the cut edges will be painted as the rest of the island, while the torn sections will be painted as rock.|
|The flat top surfaces of the tacks would be a good base for the glue that would hold the foliage to the trunks.|
The rocks were drybrushed in successively lighter layers of gray, from dark to light, and finally a very light drybrush of white.
|The final coat of white really helps to delineate the edges and make the whole thing look better (in my opinion).|
The islands on the other hand received a heavy coat of a rich dark brown:
I then drybrushed, heavily and progressively lighter with different shades of brown. Finally a light flesh tone. Of course - the rock was done the same as the rocks above. Finally I added some static grass:
|On the largest island here I left a large open area, eventually I'll grab some Spartan town pieces to add there - just a manor house I think...|
Finally I used some Woodland Scenics Hob-e-Tac glue - on top of each tack head. Then once this had set sufficiently I pulled the foliage I had made earlier apart and pressed it onto the tack heads. I tried to get some nice variation in tone across the islands, and I think they came up very nicely.
Well - that's that for now. Thanks to the guys on the Spartan forums and DW Australia for the inspiration! I think my Lewis class islands cam up well! I'm thinking of using the remaining cork tiles to construct a variable land board I can lay over my sea board so I can add the land battles aspect to my DW games, though I don't have any land units yet... We shall see!