View Full Version : Where Do You Get Your Terrain?

23-08-2010, 05:59
Sorry for the flood of threads lately... I just never really utilize the forums the way everyone else does and it's really been paying off lately; the people I play with locally are very boring and are usually no help at all.

So I was just wondering where people get all this awesome terrain? Because I can never find it on GW sites. And where does GW get the awesome terrain that they show in Army books and the rulebook? Most of it is obviously not hand-crafted by a couple Joe's. Any ideas? Anyone know any websites with awesome terrain? Me and my brother are going to be making a HUUUUUGE map when he gets home from Afghanistan so I need to atleast prep while he's gone. This thing's going to be like 8' x 12' or something ridiculous like that. :)


23-08-2010, 09:29
GW Terrain (http://www.games-workshop.com/gws/catalog/armySubUnitCats.jsp?catId=cat440155a&rootCatGameStyle=)

Prepainted Plastic (http://www.pegasushobbies.com/gm_main.htm)

And there is always making your own. For many features its not to difficult to knock out. GW's buildings are actually not terribly priced(imo) and the quality is pretty darn good. Same with the Obstacles set (though leftover sprues are great for this). But I wouldn't recommend paying for a GW hill or tree's. It is pretty easy to make hills and tree's.

Oh I almost forgot there is also some good cardstock buildings. The PDF's generally are 2-5 dollars. And sometimes you can find some freebies. Not the greatest but if you get good paper and put a bit of time the results are pretty good. If you need a lot of buildings it's probably the most economical option in time and money.

23-08-2010, 11:20
Get some pink or blue polystyrene (off cuts from building sites are ideal), some sand (free from the beach in my case), PVA, a "test pot" of house paint (I got a brown one as big as a fist for less than a GW paint pot), some static grass and flock and go to town.

23-08-2010, 12:06
I make my own hills and buildings out of polystyrene- its basicly free and often they look better than the GW ones anyway

23-08-2010, 12:09
Sounds nice=)! I have made some terrain of my own using different materials. But GW also have some cool pieces, arcande ruins, temple of skulls etc. Then you can browse other hobby stores for lichen and such things.

Good luck! =)

23-08-2010, 14:02
These are WIP (need tidying up and detailing) but might give you some inspiration:

Made from mouthwash bottle (http://tau.joerogers.info/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/blda.jpg)

Here it is with another one (http://tau.joerogers.info/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/terrain.jpg) made from a shower gel bottle and the bottom crashed space ship is made from the blister packet for a corkscrew!

Anything with a nice shape that you can mount on a base, prime and add detail to can be terrain. It doesn't matter if it is crude as long as it is functional!

EDIT WOOT 100th post!!

23-08-2010, 16:33
Thanks for all the ideas, guys! I like the Prepainted terrain, that was good.

Another question not worth starting another thread for: Where can I get those HUGE castles that you see in big battle pictures? Like the one in the rulebook of Empire vs Chaos. That thing is HUUUGE! My brother and I will need something that large for our huge map.

23-08-2010, 16:53
Check this thread, really good list of terrain suppliers:


Bloody Nunchucks
23-08-2010, 16:58
foam cutter and pink insulation foam really makes wonders

23-08-2010, 17:41
Check shops where they sell miniature trains, it usually has a great selection of kits to make your own terrain.

23-08-2010, 17:55
If you have the money, GW has great building kits. If you have the time and don't mind the work, learn to make your own.

Model shops, especially model train stores tend to have excellent materials for terrain making.

Hills can be made very cheaply using the pink insulation foam available at home improvement stores. Sand any rough edges, get a big can of cheap acrylic paint and flock them (be sure to seal them with watered down PVA glue.)

Buildings can be made extremely fast and cheap using cardstock (I personally recommend comic book backing boards). You can easily make an entire city in a day's work with that stuff. If you want something sturdier and a bit better looking, go for foamcore board. It's still easy to work with, but will take slightly longer. Detailing buildings can be done with so many different materials that I won't bother listing them here.

Really easy forests and water features? There's some pre-flocked mats you can purchase at many game stores for very cheap and are huge. Just cut them with a scissors into the shapes you want. In 10 minutes you have enough ready made representations of wooded areas to last you forever. I use those with trees on individual bases so they can be moved during the game when units cross them. The forest 'base' stays put. Same for water.

Hope some of that helps!

23-08-2010, 18:02
I make my own. Heck yeah! Buy Styrofoam, white glue, spackel (Youknow, filler.), popsiclesticks and barbeque skewers, that+ tools and whatever you can find in your garden (Rocks 'n' stuff.) is the only thing you need really. :) (And sand and flock or whatever to texture it, of course.)


23-08-2010, 18:07
look at my sig ,,, the first page of my terrainblog is just easy made terrain almost prebought haha (that looks real good on the battlefield)

23-08-2010, 18:19
look at my sig ,,, the first page of my terrainblog is just easy made terrain almost prebought haha (that looks real good on the battlefield)

Damn... someone's good at making terrain!

The only problem is that I'm not very artsy/craftsy. I suck at making terrain, but maybe that's just because I don't know all the proper steps.

I really wish there were podcasts or videos or something on how to make different types of fantasy terrain.

23-08-2010, 19:15
GW used to make a book about terrain that was actually very handy for some basic techniques. Also, Privateer Press often has some modelling projects in their "No Quarter" magazine that show some pretty advanced builds in step-by-step mode. And there are resources even on the GW website, on Beasts of War and...well...

There's just a ton of stuff out there. Even in Warseer's MP&T forum there are a lot of really handy tutorials and guides to how people built stuff. I'm sure you can get much more detailed info down there.

23-08-2010, 20:27
If it's of interest I made a Tutorial for how to build your own herdstone (http://z2.invisionfree.com/herdstone/index.php?showtopic=18416).

23-08-2010, 20:39
Now that I am back into collection GW stuff again. ( Mainly oop citadel ) I am finding myself in a mind twist. Build or not to build this time. I have descided to to do both. I've been buying up the new GW terrain ( I love the look and feel of there stuff), looking for forgeworld, and anything similiar to these two companies. I like the older Gw trees so found the maker of them and have been ordering there. Javis trees... The gw tree set is pretty cool. Have 4 sets so fair and may have to get more. The items I am building are the dungeon sets with Hirst Molds. Best way to do it I feel. I am fully knowledgable to build anything I want but it is a time issue. I can make more money working than simply buying it right now. For every hr I work I can buy 2 sets of GW new trees. HMMM Buying is easoer in my book. I rather spent time painting and assembling and gaming.

25-08-2010, 00:06
Have you been to Terragnesis yet?

Also I make a bit of terrain...

25-08-2010, 01:45
Have you been to Terragnesis yet?

Great site! I'd forgotten what it was called, but now that I'm starting to make terrain again, I had been looking for what that forum was called.

Thanks for the link N810. :)

25-08-2010, 02:26
Have you been to Terragnesis yet?

Also I make a bit of terrain...

Yep, N810 to the rescue as usual!

25-08-2010, 02:37
I make my own timbered houses from small bird houses ($3 at the local craft store) and I make a 1st story out of foamcore ($4 a sheet at the office supply store). I use cheap pot divots (2 for $1 at the dollar shop) to base them on. I make windows out of wooden coffee stirrer frames and "panes" made from plastic needlepoint mesh painted gold.

I make doors out of the coffee stirrers and then mount the bird house on the 1st level. Once painted and flocked they look great!