Posts Tagged ‘Planetstrike’

Doing the review of Fronltine Gaming’s Blast Zone F.A.T. Mat was great.  I enjoyed playing with and on it.  Luckily for us, the mat’s owner decided that he wanted to get a bunch of terrain matched up for use on his new gaming surface.  I’ve added an article on the build process in the terrain tutorial section.  What do you think of the pieces laid out on their fancy mat?

Make sure you check out pictures of all of the completed terrain pieces in the tutorial.  Spoiler alert!  I also did a couple crashed Dark Eldar Raiders to match the set.

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Early last year I built a whole lot of Ork terrain for Warhammer 40k.  I had built years before a few ramshackle pieces for friends, but I had never made a table set.  Since I had started building an Ork army, I thought it might just be time to try out some new tools (new to me) and see what i could come up with.  What happened next is what usually happens with Orks – dey gets all outta kontrol!

The first set went well, but felt a bit generic.  So it went up on Ebay while I decided what to try next.  The second set was a tryout for more designs, but also for adding some theme to the pieces.  Set done – off to Ebay it goes.  The third set was a real winner I thought.  Flexible designs, good theme, cohesive look (as cohesive as Orks get), and had some cool details scattered about.  I figured that this would be the last set I’d do.  WRONG!

As I had been posting the work-in-progress photos up on the terrain forum at Warseer, I was getting a lot of questions on technique and materials.  One of the posters there turned out to be a U.S. Army artilleryman stationed in Afghanistan.  We got to chatting and he decided to commission an entire Ork Fortress in the style I had worked out.  Four towers, three wall sections, a gatehouse, and three pieces of battlefield dressing were now on the drawing board.  I took about 7 weeks to work out the details, build, and paint the beast.  If you havent looked at the photos of Fort Ork, take a few minutes and check it out.

Anyway, after that big build project, I was definitely done building Ork terrain for a while… or so I thought.  I made the mistake of travelling to an out-of-town 40k tournament and bringing the village with me.  The host shop was new and had asked if folks could bring terrain in to help flesh out the tables for the tournament.  When the owner saw the set, he decided that he wanted it.  I drove home with a lot more space in my van than I started with.

Needless to say, my Orks needed a new home to fight for.  Keep an eye out for more adventures in building for da Boyz in the near future.  Meanwhile, check out that craziness:

Ork Village 1

Ork Village 2

Ork Village 3

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All spiked up and nowhere to play?  Mascara running because Games Workshop doesn’t make terrain for your homicidal beautiful Dark Eldar / Dark Elf army?  Well have no fear.  The Wild Boar Blog is here with a great new tutorial on how to make your own Fields of Dreams Nightmares.

With the arrival of the new 6th edition of Warhammer 40k, terrain will have a great impact on the play of your army.  The game now has provisions for:

  • Buildings – how to damage or destroy them
  • Firing points and arcs of fire
  • Battlements and emplaced weaponry
  • Fortifications and reinforced structures
  • Ruins and battlefield debris plus their gaming effects
  • Forrests, lakes, and rivers with mysterious properties
  • Archeotech and other unique terrain with special features

Pages 88 to 107 in the new rulebook give you the details of these rules along with some inspiring tips on what you might include in your terrain set.  The “Choosing Your Army” section from pages 108 to 131 gives information on how terrain can be included as part of your army list and how to incorporate it into various missions.  Add to these all of the battlefield photos and scenes throughout the book, and you should be able to build quite a wish list for your outpost, lair, or encampment.  Execution is up to you (pun intended).

Since the release of the last Dark Eldar codex, I have built a half-dozen sets of Dark Eldar / Dark Elf terrain for display, Ebay, or commission.  To get a feel for what elements I wanted to include in the pieces, I went to the codex and the miniatures to see what common elements I wanted to carry over.  The curving, spiky nature was what I felt tied everything together best.  So, that’s the theme I went with.

Explore the gallery of Dark Eldar / Dark Elf terrain here or click on the pic for the individual set.

                             

For the full tutorial on how I build pieces suited to your army, click here or on the photo below.

Remember.  If you build it, they will come… and die!

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(Note 1 – Page numbers cited above are for the collector’s 6th edition of the Warhammer 40k rulebook.  Numbers may vary from the other printings)

(Note 2 – Yes, I still make this terrain on a commission basis.  You can contact me through the comments or email me at sarasotasteve@hotmail.com )

So, I have posted my tutorial on how to actually make vac-formed terrain useful – aka durable and attractive.

GW has released a couple of vac-formed terrain kits over the years.  They have had a high cool factor but a low function factor.  Check out the tutorial and I’ll share what I have learned while trying to make the Moonscape and OOP Blastscape terrain kits into something worthy of putting on your tabletop.  These techniques should serve you well not just with the GW pieces but with scratchbuilds or any of the offerings from other makers.  Enjoy!

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