Miniatures gaming terrain

And now for some miniatures gaming terrain of mine.  I’ve been building miniatures gaming terrain since … well … early 1990’s. And still after all these years I find building new things exceedingly captivating and motivating. For the past few years I’ve built one terrain board every spring and my latest project this year is this board on these pictures. It’s a simple and classic grass/mud terrain board with inlaid little ponds. The ponds are still waiting for a coating of Vallejo’s Water Effects and Vallejo’s Still Water clear acrylic resins, but other than that the board itself is finished.


Shot from above of a board we used last weekend while playing a game of Warhammer 40K (2500pts Necrons vs 2500pts Tyranids … after a surprisingly interesting and brutal game lasting 6 hours Necrons finally bowed and admitted defeat at the end of turn 6 with a score of 6-7 for the Tyranids). I didn’t bother to make a battle report of the game since half of the forces were unpainted or primed only.


The industrial ruin pieces of the game board were built something like 10 years ago, but I upgraded their appearance to fit the terrain theme of this board. Good pieces that have served well for yeas and hopefully will see many games in the coming years as well. The pieces with woods I built earlier this year just for this project. I actually made 8 such pieces, but only 2 pieces fit this board. The stones in the middle piece are likewise old terrain pieces refitted to a new theme. I made a bunch of those stones near the change of millennium and they have been very usable and versatile. I have some materials left to make some more wooded stone-riddled pieces, but I don’t know if I bother because I don’t really any more of them at the moment.


Industrial ruin with a still operational generator! Or something. Perhaps I will add some spillage near the waste barrels, but that’s about the only thing left to do. The toxic pond is unfortunately unclear on this picture, but it was made using a color laser print of a toxic texture and I simply applied an inch of an industrial strength glue on top of it and while the glue was setting I gently poked it stirred it to create an uneven and bubbling surface – worked like a charm except the glue nearly melted away the foam from the edges even after I had applied an ample coating of protection on it!


A center-piece sized cathedral ruins are still very much a work-in-progress and as far as the painting and weathering goes I don’t think I’ll be hurrying it … it’s a daunting prospect considering the size of the piece (2 feet x 2 feet). But then again … what’s the rush anyway?

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