This is a tutorial showing you an easy way to construct great looking crystal outcrops for your games of warhammer 40,000 from readily available resources. You will need
Phenolic foam (the dense blue stuff)
A sharp knife, I used a kitchen knife but a hobby knife will suffice
First cut your bases out of card into appropriate shapes. Here I went for 5 objective style pieces and 3 difficult terrain style ones. 2>
Cut your foam into columns of 5mm-1cm. do the same so no side of the column is more than 1cm wide on any face.
It should end up like this: 3>
Now cut each column into 1cm-2cm lengths.
Do this until you have what you deem an appropriate number. 4>
Slice and dice these sections until you can make out crops then PVA them to the card, it may be a good idea to sharpen the ends to a point.
PVA basing material onto the card also, mine looked like this: 5>
Now begins the painting. This is more a guide than actual instructions as painting is personalised and depends on the board you want the terrain to tie into.
I spray based mine black.
The crystals were drybrushed Games Workshop colours Regal blue, then Ultramarines blue, then Ice blue. IMPORTANT!
FOR PAINTING THE BASE I USED OIL BASED PAINTS AND A WOOD STAIN, DO NOT DO THIS AS IT HAS A CHEMICAL REACTION WITH THE FOAM CAUSING IT TO EVAPORATE!
On my board I got nice results and you could get the same on yours. Now I just need some craters...