Above is the "before picture." (Click on the images throughout this post to enlarge).
This is the micro-scale (1/285th, 6mm, 1/300th) terrain board I bought from my friend Adrian several months ago (see "Shipyard," 31 Dec 09 post). It's a river valley set during an early/late winter, depicting a landscape speckled with snow and mud.
In order to make the board more versatile, I made several changes. Starting with the two end panels (seen at the bottom of the above photo), I uprooted all the individual, frosted pine trees on the valley floor and applied two coats of spray paint to the hill (flat white) and the valley floor (flat dark green). I decided to give the river a glistening look, so I repainted it using gloss blue with some dashes of glossy dark green.
The end result, for my initial two panels, is the entrance of an "alpine valley:"
While I couldn't change the course of the river, I felt I could still modify it to suit different scenarios. Strips of tan felt, purchased at Jo-Ann's Fabric, are used in the photo below to create a dry river bed:
(But is it safe for troops to cross? Order the penal troops to advance!)
Oh, and the black curtain is part of a studio lighting and back drop kit my wife gave me for Christmas, that I finally got around to using!
Okay, that's two panels done, four more to go...