Terra demands terrain!

I’ve always been fascinated by the idea of making my own terrain since I read an article about making lily pads from bottle caps in White Dwarf years ago. However, most of my projects then consisted of corrugated cardboard (without tape to cover it…) layered on top of each other to make hills. Very poor hills, I might add.

Said article!

However, yesterday I made a trip to the hardware store to get materials for my own battle boards. GW’s prices for battle boards are a little too high to my liking, so being a stingy Scot, I decided I needed to make my own! Admittedly, I also thought it’d be fun, so price isn’t everything here!

However, as part of building my own battle board I want to build my own terrain. I’ve visited dozens of blogs, guides, webstores, and forum posts for inspiration, materials, how-to’s and the like for building terrain. I favourited the sites, and thought I’d share it with those who are in a similar situation!

First, some inspiration for everyone! Some fantastic pieces of terrain!

Now that you have some ideas, I compiled a list of a few guides!



More hills


Ruined buildings

Buildings from papier macher

Pipe piles

MiniWarGaming’s PDF on making terrain


For trees I found 1, 2, 3 different ways of making them!


As far as materials are concerned, I think most of this  this is more to just give you an idea, because you can find this is most hobby stores. What isn’t there you can get on eBay or Amazon.

You an also order How to Make Wargames Terrain or Terrain Modelling Masterclass of Amazon for more professional help with building your own terrain.

Further reading would be a few blogs I’ve found that I really enjoy!

The Lost and the Damned


Dagger and Brush

Classic 40k

There’s also a few people on Twitter worth following specifically for terrain!



Christian Templin


Robert Sedgeman

Chris Foreman

Here’s some YouTube channels to follow

The Terrain Tutor

I’ll keep updating this post whenever I see something that should be on the lists here!


Welcome to the Jungle

Always love jungle terrain!

The Lost and the Damned

Everyone who’s played Warhammer 40k in the ’90s will remember the green death world cacti with the red spikes made out of styrofoam and toothpicks. I built a few of them myself back then, but unsurprisingly they didn’t survive the dawn of the new millennium. More recently Jonas over at the Oldhammer Forum put together a whole bunch of these which are looking great.

Inspired by Cheetor’s excellent Alien Flora & Fauna series I’ve been meaning to extend my own collection of terrifying terrain for a while now but most things haven’t progressed past initial assembly.

During one of my hunts for source materials I came across an item that immediately jumped out at me as a modern version of the cacti of death though – a rubber massage ball from Tiger, available also in bright green.

Warhammer 40k death world jungle terrain Dark Angels livery makes for surprisingly effective camouflage on many jungle worlds

A dark green wash and far too many…

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