Project Lustria: brave new foams

I am currently planning to make some Lustrian terrain for my warmaster, and Mecha! games. Trying to expand my horizons I am trying out a new material (new to me) called Foamy sheets- durable dense foam which comes in thicknesses from 2-6 mm. The sheets I bought were 2mm x 30 x 40 cm, and cost a dollar .It comes in a bevy of colors too!

Foamy sheets are ultra easy to cut, score, and holds paint really well. My thought was to use it for large stone plazas around my temples, and using it for defining areas like swamps, jungles etc. Normally I use masonite or door skin (1/8 inch plywood) or canvas: time to try something new.

Some tests I did with two colors of the 2mm foam. This piece is roughly 4 x 5 inches

My observations so far:

• Cheap and easy to find. Three out of three hobby and craft stores had it.

• Very easy to cut, but leaves a hard edge. Sanding a bevel is possible.

• Takes paint and glue great! has a bit of a tooth to it, perfect for ground and stone

• Smaller pieces may warp some around the edges. Need to find out the min size

• Cutting stones possible, but faster to score the material with a graver (or other sharp tool). The sun face and bricks to the right are done that way. Also easy to cut through, so an under mount is crucial.

• Pencil marks make subtler scoring lines

So Now I ask all of you out there- have you used this stuff? If so, what's your take?


  1. Can't wait to see this when it is done!

  2. Hmmm Lizard Condo's.......