This terrain piece has been almost a year in the making. I was so impressed with Glenn Drover's giant Hougoumont model that I bought the necessary buildings from The Wargaming Company (the buildings are made by Leven Miniatures). This is a somewhat stylized representation of the famous farm complex, but it makes for a stunning bit of terrain.
I cut a large, thin piece of plywood to serve as the base. I sanded the edges and corners until they were all smooth and rounded. I primed the wood with rattle can grey primer, and once it was dry, I applied a coat of Liquitex Ceramic Stucco texture gel to the entire base. While it was still wet, I used superglue to attach the resin buildings and fences.
Once everything had cured for a few days, I used an electric drill to make holes where I wanted trees. I glued round cocktail toothpicks into the wood to serve as tree trunks. Once that glue was dry, I primed the whole thing with rattle can white primer.
It is surprisingly difficult to find accurate pictures of Hougoumont. I settled on a couple of 19th century color lithographs to help me with colors. I had a tough time settling on the correct oranges and browns for the buildings, and months stretched by as I repeatedly experimented with different shades. This past weekend I just decided that I should finish the model and move on. It turned out I was agonizing over nothing, because I am quite pleased with how the colors turned out!
Two days with my bix box of flocking materials resulted in the foliage as you see it. I painted the ground a medium tan then used a light khaki color to drybrush the texture. The static grass is from Gale Force 9. I added clump foliage from Woodland Scenics wherever I thought rain water would fall from the roofs. More clump foliage went on the toothpicks to create leafy trees. Finally the formal garden got Army Painter tufts, which I then drybrushed in bright colors to represent flowers.
All told, I probably put in about two weeks' work on this model. I just stretched those two weeks out over 10 months! This should be beautiful on the table.