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Texturizing MDF Terrain Buildings

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I started painting some mdf terrain and quickly realized how long it was going to take and how much crap it was going to look like. lol. So I found a better solution. Using sticker labels and creating my own textures.  Here is the process and result. 

1. scan mdf terrain.
2. import into GIMP (linux version of photoshop)
3. Resize IMAGE to 8.5 x 11 with 300 dpi
4. Resize layer to 8.5 x 11
5. Crop layer to whatever current mdf you are working on.
6. Measure in real measurement, the size of the mdf, length x width. Then ensure that the layer is the same exact size in GIMP. Sometimes it is not.
7. Download textures and start overlaying.
8. Print out on Avery full label sheets.
9. Apply to mdf (start with interior, cut around all edges). If you want window glazing, it is better to put it on the bare mdf first, then apply label over it to hold it.  I used plastic card sleeve protectors on the Tavington place and it turned out great.
10. Apply exterior, do not cut the sides, only trim down to maximum width.
11. Use pastels to shade the white edges and add more grunge to the texture.
12. Apply railroad flock, various

HOpe all that makes sense.  I'll have more pics of the others soon and of everything all put together.  The car is a 1:43 Blues Brothers
The gas pumps, AC unit, fence, and streets are from World Works Games various paper terrain (mainly Streets of Legend).

I will probably use left over mdf pieces in the future to give the signs a 3d effect instead of just on the labels.

I really think some old western buildings would look amazing with this treatment.

 

Gas%2BStation%2BFinal.jpg

 

This is part of a bigger Zombie Apocalypse table I've  been working on and that's why I've been away.

Main%2BStreet.jpg

 

 

I see I missed the Iron Painter this year :(  - I can't find the gallery to post comments on everyone's work though, anyone got a link?

 

 

 

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Very nice. I've avoided MDF for just this reason, though I still have a few small pieces sitting in my bitz box. I'm piss poor on photoshop, but maybe I'll try something like this myself. Thanks for the idea!

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NNnnnnnnnnnng it looks so GOOD. I'm really happy you posted this. I backed a Kickstarter recently for Victorian buildings made from MDF, and my pledge was...enormous. The thought of all the detail work on those modular sections is exciting, but daunting. I'm going to try this for sure. 

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2 minutes ago, wolpertinger_press said:

NNnnnnnnnnnng it looks so GOOD. I'm really happy you posted this. I backed a Kickstarter recently for Victorian buildings made from MDF, and my pledge was...enormous. The thought of all the detail work on those modular sections is exciting, but daunting. I'm going to try this for sure. 

Hey, have you got a link for that? For when it finally becomes available for retail sales, I mean.  I'm making up a huge 8' x 4' Arkham Horror board in this style and Victorian age is perfect.

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Nice stuff.

14 hours ago, spectrehorseman said:

2. import into GIMP (linux version of photoshop)

GIMP is an open source imaging editing program available for most platforms, not just Linux. It's an excellent program that, unlike Photoshop, is free (you can donate money if you like to support them though).

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@Bengt - sweet, I didn't realize it was used across more platforms. I have a dual boot set up on my laptop (windows / linux).  I despise windows  but sometimes it's a pain trying to get something to work in Linux (ubuntu).

 

 

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18 hours ago, spectrehorseman said:

I used this one

 

3 hours ago, spectrehorseman said:

@Bengt - sweet, I didn't realize it was used across more platforms. I have a dual boot set up on my laptop (windows / linux).  I despise windows  but sometimes it's a pain trying to get something to work in Linux (ubuntu).

The forum won't let me like your initial post more than once, so I figured I'd just like the rest by way of proxy. :D

Seriously, this is one of the most ingenious ideas I have ever seen for terrain. Cheers for posting it.

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The board is finally done, now for some playtesting. (I'll have rules to share soon if anyone is interested in helping me playtest (Alpha)

 

Overhead%2Bview.jpg

 

Gas%2BStation.jpgpolice%2Bstation.jpgTavington%2BPlace.jpg

 

theater.jpgBack%2BAlley.jpg

 

and here is a sample of the Survivor Cards

 

SURVIVOR%2B6.png

All the items are magnetized so they fit perfectly on the survivor card.  Here are some sample items

 

firearms.png

 

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On 4/21/2016 at 6:18 PM, spectrehorseman said:

The board is finally done, now for some playtesting.

 

How well are the textures adhering to the MDF now that it's been a year? Are any peeling off?

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