Tag Archives: Terrain

A quick post about Frostgrave Terrain


Continuing with the Frostgrave theme, here’s some recent structures I put together for Frostgrave or other skirmish games. Here are three ruined village buildings originally sold as Normandy scenery sold as “Bold Action 28mm Ruined Hamlet” by Warlord Games. These are three identical house kits that can be put together in any kind of way you want to put them together– which is a strength. I find that you kind of have to start with the largest corner pieces to have a second story, so all of mine kind of look similar. No worries, it’s easy enough to make them look different.

I assembled the pieces, primed them grey, went over with a medium shade of gray to bring out the details, glued them to small craft wood bases. Then did a small wash with dark tone to bring out the details. After the glue dried I sprayed with a fixative and sprinkled some white flocking on it to give it that snow fall look.

Hovel 1, with a big Octopus sigil on the second floor. That’s a little piece from Hirst Arts that I painted red and black.

Hovel 2 on a nifty round base. This one will take up less space.

Hovel 3.. I added the dollhouse bench as a nice detail. I like the way the snow is on the bench, too.

Here’s Hovel 3 with an Ice troll and a construct for scale.

The ice troll is a Pathfinder Miniature. I figure it fits with the theme of the game and I can stat it out eventually.

I wouldn’t want to use these for the internal part of a city but they will work great on the outskirts. The basic philosophy of Frostgrave terrain is to block line of sight to avoid long shots from across the table. These will help!

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Post Apocalyptic Roadway Terrain– 32 feet of Hell-road!


I know, I’m posting a lot about the Road Warrior/White Line Fever game.   However, I’m just about done with the major bits.  I did promise one or two on terrain and some of the pedestrians and bike gangs.  So here we are, how to make 32 feet of Hellish Highway with a relatively cheap buy in.

I wanted a ground cloth for the base– looking like desert with a lot of dark spots and stippling to give it some shadows, and a road right up the middle.  Why 32 feet?  That’s roughly the size of 4 standard convention tables, which are 5 x 8, laid end to end.

When you are making a groundcloth, go cheap.  You won’t be using a 32 foot long groundcloth very often so there’s no need to spend a mint on the base material.  I chose a light tan muslin which cost me 2.95 a yard at Joanne’s Fabrics. AND I got a nice 20% off coupon just for looking for a store on their store locator, so it was cheaper than that!  We dropped in the Mart of Wal on the way home and picked up 3 cans of spray paint– dark brown, olive green, and a tan highlight.  These were Rustoleum for about 2.50 a can.  I also picked up two cans of the dirt cheapest flat black spraypaint at 96 cents a can.   We got home, laid it out flat in the yard, and started spraying.  What??? I didn’t wash it first and dry it? No way.  But we’ll get to that.

Start with the Brown. Don’t make a lot of straight lines– there are no straight lines in nature! Then overlay with the Olive to make shadows. Fix the bad spray lines by overlaying with Brown again. Highlight with the Tan.

After about 30 minutes of effort, you’ll have the base done.  It dries fast, but do yourself a favor, give it at least an hour before stage two.

There you go, 32 feet of land, done my way. It will be more than enough for a convention game.

Meanwhile, we went to the rubbish kip behind the grocery store, and found a nice sturdy WAXED CARDBOARD box.. the thick kind of cardboard.  Using an Exacto, I cut a rectangular space into the box bottom roughly 8 inches across and the length of the box, which is about 24 inches.

After an hour or so, I picked up the cheap black paint (remember the 96 cent cans?) and went out to the yard where the now-dry cloth was set up.  Starting more or less in the middle, I placed the rectangular stencil right down the center of the cloth (eyeballing it is fine).  How did I know it was the center?  Because I didn’t wash the crease out of it first, remember?  It made a handy guide for painting the road straight up the center of the entire 32 foot stretch.

Just like this… end to end, with a slight overlap so it is consistently black from section to section.

Gradually, you get a nice long stretch of tarmac

And voila, after about 40 more minutes of effort:

32 feet of Post-Apocalyptic Highway!

The end result isn’t charming, but it looks pretty good from the 3 foot high test. When you consider it’s pretty much a specialized bit of terrain for only a certain kind of game, I think it looks pretty great.

Sadly this pictures is on grass and not very flat, but this will give you an idea of the playing space. If I were doing it again I’d make the road six inches wide, not eight, but I can live with this.  Would it look better with little yellow line marks?

Summary: 10 yards of cheap muslin, 17 dollars with a coupon.  5 cans of paint about 12 dollars.  40 USD invested plus the time = End result, 32 feet of Road!

15mm SF update: Earth Force painting, Scenics acquired


So, my latest addiction is 15mm SF, as you can see by prior postings. My intention is to build a small mixed tech/medium tech village inhabited by farmers and miners, with a central administration building and a few outlying higher tech structures, then a hodgepodge collection of structures built out of whatever material is close to hand. My vision is that shipping containers would get a lot of reuse as structures, as well as a few mud huts (with high tech add ons like satellite dishes). As there is a distinct rebellious and religious element in the populace of the campaign I’m developing, I’m adding MBA’s 15mm mosque and maybe a few Mediterranean 15mm buildings. I’ve also added Blue Moon’s higher tech buildings (two of them) as the central complex. The rest of the structures are going to be kitbashed out of electrical utility boxes (about a dollar each), pencil boxes, and Papier-mâché style craft boxes from arts and craft stores. Since the colony does skirmish with native fauna on occassion there are some defense pillboxes on the perimeter near the agriculture fields to keep larger predators away. Other than that what troops there are are ad hoc levy types. I haven’t bought and painted them yet but I’m contemplating the Sahad by Rebel Miniatures. They match the arid landscape I’m creating. This week I painted most of the Earth Force group I’m using as the attacking force (well, base coat, anyway… pictures when they are done and I’m not too embarassed to show them). Overall color scheme is dark olive uniform with light grey highlights, black leather boots and gloves, green helmet and black googles. Support weapons get a blue helmet and armored troops metallic gunmetal shoulder and helmet pieces. Command/squad leader types will get some form of insignia.

Two great low cost finds this week:

A relatively modern looking Elevated Water tank for the settlement from Rix Products:

Rix Modern Elevated Tank

Water collection and storage would be one of those important tasks for my fictional settlement, and I can see this as being a victory objective for the attacking force. I could have gone with a HO scaled water tank with the classical cone top, but this strikes me as looking more science-fictional. Pretty cheap, too, I got it for about 8 bucks on Ebay.

Alternative energy sources:

The settlement would be challenged in its early years to create power cheaply and efficiently. There probably would be a range of technologies in evidence that seem positively 20th century for a SF setting, but if you think on it, they probably would be the easiest and most cost effective choices available for a struggling colony. Using that assumption as a baseline, I went with a lot of wind turbines and solar panels to generate basic electricity, supplemented with methane collecting and burning, water wheels, etc. I don’t want to go TOO deep in the weeds here so I’m representing the basic concept of homegrown power by adding a forest of wind turbines and solar panels. My go-to set is from Woodland Scenics Scene-a-Rama Alternative Energy Scene Setters (item WLS-4348). These are about 10 bucks from Woodland Scenics and you get two solar panels (for rooftops) and two wind turbines with each kit. I ordered 3, for 7 each, from Ebay.

Woodland Scenics Scen-a-rama Alternative Energy set

These scale very well against 15mm scale buildings.

I also picked up 3 OKI Wind Power Turbines. They are constructed for 6mm SF sets but scale very nicely to 15mm:

All this extra detail (alternative energy, water storage, soon– agrictulral plots) may seem extraneous but I think it’s the little details that make a game setting more memorable and tell a story.