|Themed terrain can add new levels to your game.|
I attended a local tournament a couple of weekends ago that was a dual 40k/WHFB event with 3 games of 40k on Saturday and 3 games of WHFB on Sunday. Needless to say I did not do that well at the event and when looking back and trying to breakdown what I could have done differently during each game or what I could have changed in my list; one thing stood out as I looked over the tables... the terrain. The terrain at this event was a mix-match of different collections and there was very little BLoS terrain. Now this is not about bashing this event for its terrain as there are definitely things I could have done with my list and different choices I could have made during the games that may have altered the outcome but what I want to talk about is terrain in general (or sometimes the lack of terrain) and the impact it has on the game.
|Table view of one of my games that weekend.|
|Example of terrain with little BLoS|
|Example with plenty of BLoS and select fire lanes.|
When Hyv3 asked me to contribute to the Mandulan Chapel, I figured I could contribute articles on making terrain, objectives, model conversions, and boards and show you the step by step processes along with a materials list and time involved. One of the most common comments I hear when I talk to people about terrain is "I wish I could make something like that." Well, truth is, anyone can make terrain with a little time, effort, and materials. That's my goal for writing these articles, to help inspire you to make terrain. Hopefully many of you will find these articles helpful and inspire you to create your own terrain and tables that you can use either at home or your FLGS. I'd like to see this page become a spring board of ideas for not only us to contribute to, but for you to contribute as well. If you have ideas, techniques, or samples of your work that you would like to share we would love to see them.
To get the ball rolling I'd like to show some examples of terrain features I have made in the past.
|Train yard board I created for Da Boyz GT|
|4x4 City Terrain board|
|Ancient Ruins Board|
|Modular 4x4 City board made of foam|
|Plenty of cover amongst the ruins|
|Custom and themed terrain can bring a level of realism to the game|
|The land raider has plenty of target options but most are in cover.|
|Lots of obstructions to limit LoS and create fire lanes|
|Custom terrain can help create a mood for the game|
|Half of this unit is hidden due to BLoS|
|Are the Necrons guarding an ancient device in the ruins?|
|From above the Chaos player can see most of the scarabs...|
|However, from the model's eye you can only see 1 or 2 bases|
|City of Dresden, WW2|
|Winter themed table|
|Crystal desert theme|
|Look for unique ideas at local craft and toy stores|