[Surprise Attack!] Some Things I learned Casting 30 Pounds of Plaster Terrain
So, a while back I found myself wanting to experiment with plaster casting and after a little searching on the eBayz I found a guy unloading dental plaster for about a dollar a pound and free shipping. He still is, if you want the link.
Well, well, well…what’s a boy to do when confronted with a deal like that?
|I will clone you for my army of the night|
You will make mess. Oh lordy, will you ever. Be ready for it and have an open-topped trash can nearby that you can just slide the rubble into. Or, if you’re Dethron, be cheap and make it into rubble terrain!
Some of the first batches sized up with minis for scale. This will do nicely, now to repeat the process a thousand times.
The pile overflows the workbench and needs a box of its own. Progress!
Getting close to the end of my 30 pound box…I started using the whisk to mix the plaster in the cup but eventually it got so coated in dried plaster that I said “fuggit” and just used a metal spoon.
Even this box gets outgrown and a bigger one is called in for reinforcements. I re-use the original plaster box.
Eventually even this box was too small and I had to use both of them.
All told, I picked away at this for a few months, but that’s a little deceptive because it was actually a very manageable process. Every night before bed I mixed and cast a batch then went to sleep and let it cure for a day before repeating the process the next night. In theory you can pop the plaster out after about an hour and grind out endless batches, but that way lies madness if it’s a process of this size. MADNESS, I SAY. Just plan ahead and do a little each day or, while you’re painting/gaming, take a break every hour and cast a new batch. It’s only a couple minutes to cast a batch so it’s not too onerous if you do it that way.
Once you’ve reached the end of your geeky marathon and the bottomless box is empty, get some cheap spray paint and blast those suckers. I had a bunch of half-empty spray cans in my garage so total cost for this stage was zero bucks. Dethy would be proud.
Grab some oil-based wood stain and give them all a good dunk, same concept here as dipping minis. The oil-based stuff protects better than the water-based, trust me. Since it’s shiny when it dries just hit it with a blast of matte sealer to take that gleam off and you’re done.
The combination of spray paint and gloss wood stain will give a sort of candy-coating. This is good, you want this. Unless you like plaster chips and dust. Which you don’t.
|Not even close to all of it…|
When all was said and done I realized that if there’s one thing I don’t need it’s 30 pounds of terrain cluttering up my Nerd Lair. So, let’s just entice more folks to the tourney and GIVE THIS SHIZNIT AWAY FOR FREE, Y’ALL!
|A Very Special Thank You to all the players who kept me motivated on the final stretch of this insanity.|
So, we did just that. What other tournaments give you free shit just for showing up?
Okay, a lot of them do…but not enough to throw your back out picking it up!
More to follow on the zaniness that was North Carolina’s Dire States throwdown. SPOILER ALERT: The fire department showed up. No, I’m not joking.
Watch your backs, you never know when I’ll strike next!