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Creating a desert scene offers an easy first foray into diorama building, here's a product to get your groundwork started.

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Duration: 4 minutes 20 seconds
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This 4-minute mini guide shows our road test of a handy product from Vallejo of Spain. Their Desert Sand product (Ref: 26217) is one of several shades in their ground textures range. It comes in a large 200ml pot & has the consistency of a thick paste.

It already is fairly gritty & contains what Vallejo labels “micro particles”, but to add more varied texture, we threw a selection of grit & gravel from the Games Workshop line into the Vallejo paste.

The video shows it all in more detail as a “How To Guide”, but the Desert Sand is easy to apply using standard sculpting tools. It goes on well & dries hard & fast in 35 to 40 minutes. The paint content means any gravel you add will take on the same shade.

As for the ground work terrain, we used polystyrene with a coating of Das air drying clay to generate volume.

A few accessories & weapons were added, while Tamiya's 1:35th scale D.A.K. Kubelwagen (Ref: 35238) took pride of place. It was given a battered & faded paint finish & finally a desert dwelling fox presided over the abandoned British gun line.

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