Baldur the Stonecleaver’s Rapid Growth Spell

By Ra

Tutorial Date 6/18/06

Baldur has an opening and takes hold of the advantage, Rapid Growth is cast, a forest walk takes place and a crushing blow rains down on the opposing Caster. How sweet is it when an apposing Caster leaves an opening for Baldur to cast Rapid Growth.

The idea behind this was to take a spell from a Caster and turn it into another playing piece to add to the playing experience. This was an easy choice to make. The approach on this piece was a little different than normal. This piece needed to be more durable than a piece of terrain because it might be handled every turn. If you know you will be the only one handling your terrain then you can choose to have more delicate pieces.

Techniques Used:
Trees, Underbrush

Material

Masonite

Prefab Tree

Rocks

Roots

Ground Turf

Paint

Paintbrush

White Glue

Plastic Ferns

Super Glue

First off the spell piece needed room to have figures on it but still give the feel of a forest. Take your Masonite and cut a perfect five-inch circle for the spell, yes we want it perfect. Paint the base green, let dry. Placing the tree was next and you will notice that the tree actually hangs off of the circle a little bit. Glue the tree down with white glue; throw some rocks on there and maybe a root or two.

After everything has dried the rocks were painted black and dry brushed with a few different shades of gray but not to heavy. The root was then dry brushed with a lighter gray to give it a sun baked look. The ferns were actually part of a bigger plastic fern plant that was picked up at the local craft store. Cut a few small leaves off and bend the leaves a little bit with you fingers to give them the curved look and glue them in with super glue. Placing the fern in rock crevasses makes it easier to keep them in place and make them more durable. After all of this has dried you can glue static grass or ground turf as shown in this picture.

This piece will take you about as long as it took you to read this tutorial. This is a very easy, fast, durable playing piece. If you have any questions feel free to contact me at . and I will be more than happy to help.

Ra