Wargames Terrain – Water tower, walls and barricades

I still think that terrain is almost as important as painting your army. After fighting it out all weekend at Arcanacon on tables well populated by cover, it was time to “put up or shut up”. So here goes.

The resources out there for wargames terrain are extensive; look at your game’s forums to view examples of background inspired terrain. Across the greater internet, resources for model train enthusiasts are almost compatible with 28mm (or so) games that we play. If nothing else, the ideas can be moulded, cajoled or smashed together to fit whatever game system that’s in use.

The stuff below is inspired by various sources out there, including TerraGenesis, Terrain for Hippos and Rob Jedi’s blog.

The results you see so far, best of all, are first attempts. This is great because,
a) I seem to be gettting it right
b) If it goes wrong, it all becomes part of the terrain, if only as wreckage or debris spread across a base!

warhammer wargames scenery terrain
warhammer wargames scenery terrain

This first piece of scenery come straight from Rob Jedi. The size may have got a bit out of control (as you can see in the second picture!) but it seems to have come together pretty well.

Inside is a cardboard post tube that was cut to size. Over that I began cutting ice cream sticks into semi-random lengths and using PVA to glue them down. Our family motto is, “measure twice, cut once”, mostly because none of us do! If you look carefully, you maybe able to see the sticks that didn’t quite fit evenly and had to be split to complete the job. Oops.

Now comes the hard bit; the roof. There were real difficulties figuring out the roof. There is some cool maths that can be done to calculate the exact size of the circle needed to make the roof.

I used guess work to do it.

Once the proper sized circle was drawn, cut a straight line from the centre point out to the edge of the circle. Then you roll it up into a cone shape and glue it in place. The most frustrating part was cutting out all the tiles and making them fit evenly around the roof. Perseverence counts here; again, there is probably some cool maths that would make this process easier.

The legs are another example of the family motto … they’re bits of balsa wood cut to shape and glued into place.

The now completed water tank is ready to be based. Based on a series of articles from Terrain for Hippos, all the terrain is supposed to fit on an old CD-ROM. C&C Music factory? I’ll probably never listen to that again!

The hills on the CD are cork placemats from a discount store that were cut up to shape. Some of the placemat was also broken up into tiny pieces to form rubble that is strewn around the “hill” to smooth the transition from CD to cork placemat. Once all this is dry, liberal amounts of PVA are applied and GW Sand is used to give the ground texture.

Done! There’s a little more fiddling with measurements, but it’s all pretty straight forward.

warhammer wargames scenery terrain
warhammer wargames scenery terrain

The second piece was made by randomly smashing blue foam (unsure of it’s real name) into scenery one night while watching TV with the family. I read on my usual rounds of the blogs about the technique of joining two length of foam together at the corner. The process (again) was remearably simple; just cut intermeshing “teeth” into the foam, apply glue and push together. If you have a look at pictures of brickwork, you’ll often see this ebing used. The foam is not very resiliant to damage, though it is very easy to work with and not as prone to leaving little bits of white fragments everywhere like polystyrene does.

As it’s the war torn future/unrest struck past or anything in between, a few of the bricks were cut out. They were then further cut up to provide debris and rubble on the ground. Some of the left over cork tile was used to provide additional debris. The blue foam is almost resistant to SupaGlue as well, so attaching it to the CD was a breeze and now that it’s all dry, may NEVER come apart again!

Liberal PVA and dirt from my very own garden were then applied.

Not much in the way of difficulty. The one pain point is make sure you cut the “teeth” in the correct interjoing pattern.

warhammer wargames scenery terrain
warhammer wargames scenery terrain

Lastly, the old classic corrugated iron barricade or wall. The form work is a misx of ice cream sticks and balsa wood cut into planks and then all glued together with PVA. A local craft shop was selling bags of corrugated cardboard, probably for scrapbooking or something. This was cut into random shaped sheets and then glued onto the wooden frame. The frame is probably not as square as it could be, leading to an interesting fit in the corner joins!

The pain here? Glue one section down to the CD first and then glue the joining section on.

The floor is more balsa wood glued down and then scored to look like floor boards. It’s not Gidian Gelaende, but it is a good start. Most of the terrain featured here is inspired by or directly ripped off of random pictures and blogs. And all of it is built from off the top of my head. Hindsight would now suggest even the most basic of plans to use as building templates. Measure twice, cut once.

Google images is a great place to start, particularly searches for WWII Leningrad or warzones.