First I hacked the shape using a pair of scissors and then painted the whole thing with CeramCoat Dark Brown. I had gotten a bad bottle which I finally abandoned all attempts at using, but had yet to throw away, and figured this was as good a use as any. It pretty much kicked the bottle.
Painting foam < > Easy.
I used a large brush, itself made of foam, to "push" the paint into the furniture foam.
I then dry brushed with another unused color in my pile, Americana Cocoa. I think i bought it as a potential color for my WWII Japanese, but ended up using Folk Art's Rusty Pipe instead. In any case, I found I couldn't actually dry brush the foam and instead painted it on where I wanted it.
Since the foam absorbs paint, there was no worry it'd go on too heavily.
What appears to be coarse texture, by the way, is the foam itself. Which you can see better here:
Of course, a brown step-hill looks kind of like a mesa of some sort. I couldn't decide how I wanted to handle the top - painting it the color of my game board seemed logical, except, the table is decidedly "old school" in color and the hill leans a bit more towards the "model train" approach ("leans", not "is").
I dug out some felt, traced the top of the hill, trimmed it up a bit and voila!
*EDIT: The felt is not permanently affixed. Thus, I can use the hill in multiple environments.
|It's unlikely this hill would see use in GNW-era battles but you never know.|
My favorite part is that it can be squashed to no ill effect.
I can fold, bend, twist and otherwise contort the hill without fear of damage, meaning that storage of several foam hills in a space smaller than required for the same number of rigid hills is a good possibility.
It's also available in 3" and 4" thicknesses, which would work quite well with my 1/32 WWII games.
That said, for my horse and musket games, I'd really like the hills to have a clean cut edge - the rocky look is fine for WWII / Sci-Fi / Colonial but not what I am aiming for with my GNW project. I intend to pick up some more foam to see if using a knife gives the desired look.