Making fantasy role playing game miniature terrain

Here’s my first attempt at sculpting foam, making terrain and using a foam wire cutter, all in one go! I will definitely be taking better pictures when I can. I have to say I love the Hot Wire Foam Factory hot wire router and hot wire knife. When trying to cut foam with Xacto knives and surgical blades the snow that was produced was obnoxious. (Now I just have a smell like hot ass and polystyrene fumes!)

Old piece of foam, cut and glued. Click to Enlarge.

Old piece of foam, cut and glued. Click to Enlarge.

Glued with Mod Podge and dried in the sun. Click to Enlarge.

Glued with Mod Podge and dried in the sun. Click to Enlarge.

Rough cut foam, staircase on the side, the beginnings of a cave. Click to Enlarge.

Rough cut foam, staircase on the side, the beginnings of a cave. Click to Enlarge.

A foam rock mountain cave. Click to Enlarge.

A foam rock mountain cave. Click to Enlarge.

I cut a tunnel through the bottom. Click to Enlarge.

I cut a tunnel through the bottom. Click to Enlarge.

The hand router is awesome. Click to Enlarge.

The hand router is awesome. Click to Enlarge.

 



The Carving out the tunnel more. Click to Enlarge.

The Carving out the tunnel more. Click to Enlarge.

Sculpting more of the top. Click to Enlarge.

Sculpting more of the top. Click to Enlarge.

I recommend plenty of ventilation when using a hot wire foam cutter. Click to Enlarge.

I recommend plenty of ventilation when using a hot wire foam cutter. Click to Enlarge.

Carving out more rock shapes. Click to Enlarge.

Carving out more rock shapes. Click to Enlarge.

Learning the tool here really, a lot of what I sculpted to start with was crap and got carved away. Click to Enlarge.

Learning the tool here really, a lot of what I sculpted to start with was crap and got carved away. Click to Enlarge.

My head is shiny. Click to Enlarge.

My head is shiny. Click to Enlarge.

Carving out the natural cavern shape of the top cave. Click to Enlarge.

Carving out the natural cavern shape of the top cave. Click to Enlarge.

The hot wire knife does not like to cut the cured Mod Podge, but it did the job slowly. Click to Enlarge.

The hot wire knife does not like to cut the cured Mod Podge, but it did the job slowly. Click to Enlarge.

More yet to do, but the basic shape is done. Click to Enlarge.

More yet to do, but the basic shape is done. Click to Enlarge.

The crude stairs and the mouths of 3 caves on the one side. Click to Enlarge.

The crude stairs and the mouths of 3 caves on the one side. Click to Enlarge.

The larger cave on the other side. The upper cave on the other side joins the large one on this side. On the left is the other side of the tunnel. Click to Enlarge.

The larger cave on the other side. The upper cave on the other side joins the large one on this side. On the left is the other side of the tunnel. Click to Enlarge.

The last one for now. More to come on this, my first ever attempt to make terrain, my first attempt to sculpt foam and my first attempt to use a hot wire tool, all in one! Click to Enlarge.

The last one for now. More to come on this, my first ever attempt to make terrain, my first attempt to sculpt foam and my first attempt to use a hot wire tool, all in one! Click to Enlarge.