Making Terrain With A Styrofoam Cutter

In the last podcast you heard me mention the use of a styrofoam cutter so I thought I’d write up a little tutorial on how to do that.  I dug around my house and found a few scrap pieces of foam and decided to build a quick modular hill.   I gathered some foam, the cutter, flock grass, white glue and some grey primer.





Using the cutter I went around the foam pieces and held the wire at a 45 degree angle.  As I was cutting I moved the wire in random up and down movements until I cut out the entire piece to give the hill a nice rocky look.  I did the same thing for the rest of the foam pieces.  You may want to stack the foam pieces a few times and cut them again to make sure they look good stacked on top of one another.

SAVE THOSE SCRAPS!  After I cut up the main pieces I saw that I had a little left over.  So I cut that out too and this time I cut the top of the foam so that it wasn’t flat along the top.I then sprayed all the pieces with the grey primer, of course you can use just about any color you want but I wanted more of a stone look so I went with grey.

After the paint dried I spread on the white glue along the top of each piece of foam.  Once the glue is spread on where you want the grass to stick, sprinkle it on and let it dry for a few hours.  If you have two different colors for grass thats good too as you can make some nice transitions and depth.Once it’s dry, lay down some cardboard or newspaper and tap off the excess grass, that way you can gather up the grass easier and use it again for other hills and things.All done!  Here are some extra shots of the hills in use!  Remember to have fun and never get discouraged, if some one doesn’t like your hills just blast’em with some plasma cannons!Here are some addional pictures of the rocks I cut for Dave that I mentioned in the Podcast. These show a different style for the stone as well as what you can do with more time to paint the final product.

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  1. #1 by Andy on July 11, 2011 - 9:39 am

    These look awesome on Dave’s new Realsm of Battleboard. Nice tutorial!

  2. #2 by Raiven on July 11, 2011 - 9:00 pm

    Yeah I really dig the Badlands looks of it

  3. #3 by Brother C on July 12, 2011 - 6:18 am

    hey guys, great tutorial.what is the name of your foam cutter you used?

  4. #4 by Raiven on July 13, 2011 - 10:06 pm

    I know Bill already responded to you Brother C but for the rest of the world out there he used a Styro Wonder Cutter Tool (with a name that professional it has to be good!) from AC Moore

    I’m sure, however, that any styrofoam cutter you can find at your local arts & crafts store or hobby store will work just fine.

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