Carnage4u’s Terrain Blog – Summer Edition

Summer Terrain Project


I spent the majority of July working on a variety of terrain projects. I wanted to give our local game stores so more terrain and I also to make some terrain for some friends. I’m debating selling some terrain as well, so I wanted to see how much time it would take me to make various batches of terrain of different types.

I also had some fun making a multi layered terrain piece. I like the idea of a piece of terrain really being 2 or more types of terrain. I have made rough terrain hills in the past as an example.




I have made hills in the past that I was happy with, but they lacked a bit of style. I also am in a contest internal battle of making terrain as playable as possible, but still wanting terrain to look good.   In the past my hills have looked like this.
Going forward I want to add a bit more life to the hills.  First I simply cut out some shapes in some pink foam from Home Depot.

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The hills are still fairly basic (I do not like to make hills with large sloped edges), but I have cut some angles into the side with the Hot Wire knife shown on the side.


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I am going to make some different color hills as well. This is really a big experiment to see how a variety of different styles will look when done.


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I then quickly drybrush some basic colors into the hills.


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I use a combination of the 2 blended turf flock from Woodland Scenics. I find the result of mixing these two to look the nicest on hills/most terrain pieces


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Here is the final result on my hills. I’m very happy with how these look. Next time I may use even less flock and make multi layer hills.


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Water Pieces 
I always enjoy having some nice water pieces on the game board.  I wanted to see if I could mass product some good water pieces.

I have used some caulk I bought at Wal~Mart. It is about $5 for a tube of caulk, and I used the entire tube to make these pieces.

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After the pieces dry I paint the basic colors on the terrain pieces.  I use a combination of blue/green for the base of water effects. I make the middle of the pieces a bit darker.
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After the first layer drys I then add in a little more detail.

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I use water effects by Woodland Scenics. it costs about $20 per bottle and I used an entire bottle making these pieces.  This is layer 1 of 3.

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The first layer takes 24 hours to dry. It also really thins out.  The second layer is added and I put in a combination of blue/green dyes and mixed it into the water effects. This really gives some variety to the final product
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You can see the difference while it dries based on how much green/blue ink I added to the water effects.

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The last layer of water is added (I missed the picture, but I also lightly sprinkle some flock into the water to give it a “moss” type effect.

After that layer drys I think work on flocking the base. Here I am putting some glue on the sides of the base.

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This is just another  picture of the mixture of 2 flocks I use.

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I just pour this all over the sides of the base.

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I like to leave the edge by the water brown. The next 2 pictures also show some other flock colors added to the piece for additional effects.
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I’ve covered how I make forests before. This will be a brief overview. 

Step 1, get all the pieces out ready to be flocked.

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I user the darker green flock for this. i want the pieces to stand out more as a forest.
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This time I have attached all the trees to 50mm bases.
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I have flocked all the bases for the trees.
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I use a wide variety of materials to add in the final touches to the bases of the trees.
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some examples of final tree bases.

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Ruins & Standing Stones

I made a couple standing stone pieces. Sadly I did not do any in progress pictures.
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I have gone over making small wall / ruin pieces many times. I am gong to just quickly show some pictures of what I have done. These were all made with Hirst Art molds.


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Base colors applied.
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Drybrush on the stone is done first.
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I did some more ground effects as well.

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Here is the final product with some additional flocking material being used on a lot of the pieces.

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Forest/Hill Water Terrain Piece 

I have always liked the idea of making multi piece terrain. In the past I made some rough terrain hill pieces. This is an initial test piece.

I put a template down to see how much space a forest piece would take, and used some Caulk to make the outline of the water piece.
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I then applied the gravel bits to the piece. (except where water/forest will be)
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I then painted/dry brushed the initial layers on the piece.

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Here is the piece with some flock and the first layer of water.

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This is the final look of the initial piece.
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Author: Carnage4u

I have played Warmachine since 2004. Before that I have played warhammer fantasy for ten years, but I stopped playing Fantasy shortly after starting warmachine. I enjoy every aspect of the hobby. I love competive play, as well as just playing fun goofy lists on casual game night at our local game store. I also spent a good chunk of my free time working on making terrain for our events our local gamestores. I mainly play Skorne and Cryx, but I do own a small gatorman minion force that I have fun playing. Brian "carnage4u" Giese

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