Nick has very kindly provided us with a tutorial on how to create your own fantastic tapered hill out of relatively inexpensive materials. If you enjoy this tutorial why not head on over the Scenic Forge Facebook page to check out some more examples of Nicks work.
N.B Nick refers often to a store called Wilkos which is a general hardware store here in the UK.
SAFETY FIRST: Assume that any materials you sand while making terrain will be toxic - you definitely don't want to breathe in MDF. Wear a face mask and put your clothes in the wash as soon as you're finished.
Carve the edges and back of the chunks until you've got a reasonably close fit, but it doesn't have to be perfect. Try not to have any deep gaps bigger than about 5-10mm. Glue it all together. You could use specific Wood Glue, undiluted PVA or No-More-Nails (or the cheaper knock-off versions - I like the Wilko brand stuff). You need to let the glue dry completely afterwards - usually 24 hours for No More Nails.
For me, I wanted to save some time so used a glue gun which sets pretty much instantly. Not everyone has access to a glue gun, and depending on the properties of the styrofoam and glue gun then you might unfortunately find that the styrofoam melts. Mine doesn't, so I'm ok. Try it on an off-cut if you're worried.
Step 6:Sand the styrofoam down, getting the taper as smooth as possible. Again, doesn't have to be perfect but the more perfect the better. The glue MUST be dry before starting this step.
I apply this while the glue from the boulders is still wet. This means that sand settles into the gaps between the boulders easily.
When people base minis they often glue sand to the entire base, paint it, then glue flock on it patches. When it comes to terrain it's the opposite - glue sand on it patches and cover the bulk of the terrain in flock.
To be Continued:
Be sure to check back for part 2 where Nick will be showing us how to paint and flock the hill.