Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Smaller Scale Trees: Basing Test Results
I have two criteria for terrain making efforts - looks, durability and ease of application. Both methods passed the looks category with a slight edge to the non-pre-mixed version. The flexible pre-mix on the right can look a little smoothed over. Since both will be covered 95% by ground foam those minot smooth spots will be covered up.
On Durability the pre-mixed flexible grout won hands down. How do I test durability - I take the piece , turn 90 degrees and whack the side on the my workbench fairly hard. The side with the unmixed grout just flaked off while the flexible pre-mix didn't show a mark. I ended up redoing the unmixed by adding in a 50/50 mic of matte medium and water rather than just water - while the matte medium shows through it now passes the "whack-test"
On ease of application their both about the same so the winner is my tried and true pre-mixed flexible tile grout. The unmixed stuff is still useful for patches and gravel but not great in covering large flat areas.
SIMPLEGROUT. It currently runs for $30.00/gallon - buy a gallon container as it keeps forever.
I just look for the purplish banner across the top.
I realize this and the previous post are rather basic in nature but its good to refresh some of the more foundational techniques in making terrain. I've got a few more terrain squares to make up so those will be the subject of the next series of posts.