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Article updated: 2017.05.01

Miniature games are usually played on terrain. I've collected the sources and terrain tutorials I've found interesting.

Websites dedicated for miniature terrain

"der Müller" tabletop - wargaming - terrain - scratchbuilts (Facebook page)

The Terrain Tutor (Facebook page)

TheTerrainTutor's Terrainiacs (Facebook page)

Wargamers Terrain Tips and Talk (Facebook group)

Terrain inspirations

Hobby Shop's Frostgrave scenery: Artic urban fantasy terrain.

Pinterest boards:

 

Generic articles

Roleplaying Tips - 22 Terrain Hacks For the Low Budget Game Master: Terrain on a budget.

Campaign Mastery - 3-D Battlemaps for the financially challenged – Updated & Enhanced: Great ideas to create 3D terrain for your games.

Warlord Games: Dave's Antares terrain: A nice tutorial about creating various kinds of terrain (rocks, cacti, etc). Dave Lawrence uses troop trays as the base of these terrain pieces.

Warlord Games: Modelling: Dioramic Basing, Part 1: An interesting article about designing and creating a diorama base.

Warlord Games: Feature: TheTerrainTutor’s D-Day Board Project: Tutorial video on creating D-Day terrain.

Designing terrain

Battleboards: How to design the ULTIMATE wargaming terrain: A good video about how to design your terrain boards.

Painting terrain

See our Gaming Nexus article: Painting miniatures - Terrain and vehicles - Sources & tutorials

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Techniques

Flocking - Creating flock

Highlen Terrain: How to make Flock: Tutorial video about colouring sawdust. Create a watery mix of the chosen colour, then mix it with sawdust, and spread it out to dry. After it dries, filter it.

Flocking

TheTerrainTutor: An In-depth guide to realistic flocking: Tutorial video.

TheTerrainTutor: A complete guide to adding flock, static grass, clump foliage, lichen and tall grass to your scenery: Tutorial video.

Textures

David Neat: ‘Model-making Basics’ – creating surfaces: Tutorial article on creating different textures.

TheTerrainTutor: Texturing terrain with rolling pins: Tutorial video about using textured rods.

Herbert Erpaderp: Green Stuff Rollers and Base Making: Tutorial video.

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Materials

Balsa wood

TheTerrainTutor: A guide to using balsa wood when building wargames terrain: Tutorial video.

Cork bark

TheTerrainTutor: How to make cork bark rock faces for your wargaming scenery: A tutorial video on using cork barks as rock faces for your hills.

Fire retardant fibre

atbzimark (for Table Top Games UK): How to make Fire or Destroyed Vehicle Markers!: Tutorial article on making smoking fire using fire retardant fibre and flickering led lights.

Foamboard

TheTerrainTutor: A comprehensive guide to using foamboard to make wargames terrain: Tutorial video.

epicfantasy: What is Foam Board "Tips and Tools": Tutorial video.

Lava rock

Jez (for Table Top Games UK): Terrain Corner – Asteroids: Tutorial article about making floating rocks from lava rocks.

Polystyrene foam

Famous Gaming Model & Scenic Supplies: Using polystyrene: Tutorial article about the basics of using polystyrene foam.

Manorhouse Workshop: How to work with high-density polystyrene: Part 1: Tutorial article about foam terrain.

David Neat: Shaping styrofoam: Tutorial article.

TheTerrainTutor: A guide to using bluefoam to make wargaming buildings & ruins: Tutorial video about working with high density polystyrene.

Polyurethane foam

adgwraith (on Beasts of War): Cheap and easy rock formations: Tutorial vide about using polyurethane foam to create rock formations.

PVC Foamboard

TheTerrainTutor: PVC Foamboard - A new basing material?: Tutorial video.

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Scenery types

Smoking fire

atbzimark (for Table Top Games UK): How to make Fire or Destroyed Vehicle Markers!: Tutorial article on making smoking fire using fire retardant fibre and flickering led lights.

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Terrain types

Terrain ground

Multiverse Gaming: Step-by-step: factory grounds table: A nice tutorial on using pair-dry paper clay for creating terrain.

Obstacles

Rob Phaneuf (for Ironwatch Magazine): How-To Terrain: Obstacles: Tutorial article in Ironwatch #45, p46-59.

Rob Phaneuf (from You Magnificent Bastards): Scrub pad hedges: Tutorial article.

Rocks

adgwraith (on Beasts of War): Cheap and easy rock formations: Tutorial vide about using polyurethane foam to create rock formations.

Jez (for Table Top Games UK): Terrain Corner – Asteroids: Tutorial article about making floating rocks from lava rocks.

Hills

TheTerrainTutor: How to make cork bark rock faces for your wargaming scenery: A tutorial video on using cork barks as rock faces for your hills.

Avian (from Avian): Making Hills: Tutorial article.

Desert

Henry Durand (from Plastic Pirates): Desert terrain - palm trees and an oasis: Tutorial article.

Henry Durand (from Plastic Pirates): Desert terrain - more palms and a sand ridge: Tutorial article.

Crystals

TheTerrainTutor: How to make simple crystal rock clusters: Tutorial video.

Snow and frost

Roman from Massive Voodoo: Tutorial: Visualising Winter: An awesome visual tutorial on how to approach winter terrain.

Mike Howell (Hakomike): Snow Basing Materials Reference: Comparison pictures for different kinds of snow bases.

Precision Ice and Snow: Website dedicated to selling snow effect supplies. It has lots of tutorials.

Hamilkar Barkas: How to make snow effects on dioramas (Tutorial): Tutorial video.

Posts from the I <3 makettezés modelling Facebook group (in Hungarian, but Facebook translates them):

Water

Luke Fellows (of Lukes APS): Cheap Water Effects for Terrain and Miniatures (Tips & Talk Ep 8): Tutorial video.

Gonzalo Dávila Ruiz (for Duel Painter's): Viking chieftain: Tutorial article about creating a spilling beer effect.

Water - Ponds and pools

Oasis

Pond

Swimming pool

Water - River sections

Jez (for Table Top Games UK): Terrain Corner – River Sections: Tutorial article about creating river sections.

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Vegetation types

Vegetation

Luke Towan: DIY Static Grass Tufts - Model Railroad - How To: Tutorial video about making realistic grass tufts out of static grass. Very informative.

Wargamesterrain: How to: Convincing Vines and Climbers: Tutorial article about making vegetation that climbs on trees, rocks or buildings. It seems for me it is for more determined modellers.

Wargamesterrain: How to: Easy and Realistic Fern: Tutorial article about making miniature ferns out of plastic ferns.

Wargamesterrain: How to: Jungle Undergrowth Terrain: Tutorial article about making undergrowth.

James Collard (BrushStroke): Quick Tip: Flowers (Facebook): Tutorial article about changing grass tufts to flowers with gluing flock to their tops.

Trees

Gaming Nexus: Making trees for miniature games - Sources & tutorials

Mushroom

Mr. BUG-Man: Tutorial: Simple bases & Sculpting Mushi for Trollbloods: Tutorial article about making mushrooms from wire and putty. Seems easy enough to try.

C'tan: Miniature mushroom tutorial: Tutorial article about making mushrooms from pins and plastic putty.

Bamboo, bamboo groves

Wargamesterrain: How to: Easy Bamboo Vegetation: Tutorial article about making bamboo from bamboo sticks. I'd add some putty (or blobs of glue) under and beneath the notches to make it more realistic.

sho3box: Bamboo groves: Tutorial article about creating bamboo groves using plastic miniature bamboo and cork sheets.

Yeti's Yell (from Sarcophagi): Bushido: Bamboo Trees Yeti’s Way: Tutorial article about creating bamboo groves using plastic miniature bamboo and gorilla glue.

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Buildings

Emmanuel Nouaillier: Miniature building construction in foamboard: An awesome tutorial about using foamboard and plastic card for creating buildings.

Errhile: Do-It-Yourself Terrain - Cardbuilding #1: Basics of making card buildings.

Errhile: Do-It-Yourself Terrain - Cardbuilding #2: A tutorial about making cardboard walls to create buildings.

Errhile: Do-It-Yourself Terrain - Cardbuilding #3: A tutorial about making cardboard buildings with accessories (stairs, walls) that you can fit into the buildings.

Errhile: Do-It-Yourself Terrain - Cardbuilding #3,5: Help about deciding how many buildings will you need for your table.

Errhile: Do-It-Yourself Terrain - Cardbuilding #4: More designs for buildings.

Errhile: Do-It-Yourself Terrain - Cardbuilding #5: A large building that can be used to store the smaller buildings.

Claudio De Lucchi: TUTORIAL: Construction of walls (in Italian): A step-by-step guide with illustrations to create very realistic stone walls. I think some steps could be skipped unless you are devoted to insane detail.

James Wappel Miniature Painting: Among the Monuments: Showcase article with South American style scenery for lizarmen.

Henry Durand (from Plastic Pirates): Spanish Town - Administration building: Tutorial article.

Henry Durand (from Plastic Pirates): Viking Hall

Wooden and bamboo buildings

Mary Profitt: Making Bamboo Floor for Miniature Base (Facebook): Tutorial article about creating bamboo floor (or walls) using toothpicks, but the same method can be used with bamboo skewers or anything similar.

Modern & high-tech scenery

Bugbait: 40K unfinish terrain: Excellent ideas for making cheap scenery.

Marcel Ackle: Oil barrels: Making oil barrels out of metal sheets, like mustard tubes.

Curt C: Pin Markers and 28mm Early-War WWII Fallshirmjägers: Tutorial on making bullet impacts, intended to be used as suppression / pinned markers.

Maelstrom's Edge: Building Terrain - (Part 1): Bases: Tutorial article about creating high-tech buildings from food packaging. The article uses the Maelstrom's Edge terrain sprue, but it's not essential to the buildings.

Maelstrom's Edge: Building Terrain - (Part 2): Structures: Tutorial article, second part.

BlackJack Legacy: How to make a game board for The Walking Dead All Out War (YouTube): Terrain tutorial video.

TheBeastsOfWar: The Walking Dead Boot Camp - A closer look at the Tables (YouTube): Terrain showcase video.

MTGandMORE: THE WALKING DEAD : ALL OUT WAR Woodbury terrain set (YouTube): Terrain showcase video.

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Terrain with electronics

Junk to Fun Projects: DIY Miniature Tents and Camp Fire (with smoke) (YouTube): Terrain tutorial video.

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Terrain tiles

Cardboard tiles

Campaign Mastery - 8 Easy Ways to Organize Your Dungeon Tiles

Roleplaying Tips - Dungeon Tile Mastery: 9 Ways To Get The Most Out Of Your Tile Collection

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Gaming boards

Modular gaming boards

ThroneOfAngels: Episode 39 - Project: Modular Terrain - The Frame System: Video about ideas for a modular board.

ThroneOfAngels: Episode 47 - Project: Modular Terrain - Tray System Part 1: Video about creating the modular board. It's very slow, so the link skips to the interesting part.

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Miniature modelling

Massive Voodoo: Tutorial: Working with string - Conversion & Basing: Tutorial article with lots of pictures on using strings for miniature or terrain modelling.

Props - Banners and flags

Pin at War: How to make flags for miniatures - step by step: Tutorial article about printing and modelling flags.

Twin Cities: Painting Linen Banners: Tutorial article about making flags and banners from linen pieces.

Avian (from Avian): Making Banners: Tutorial article.

Props - Posters

Kelemen Gábor: Decals, posters, vinyls and stickers (Pinterest board): Printable posters for modern and futuristic games.

Converting miniatures

Lanse Tryon's steampunk skyship construction

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Do you have further ideas about miniature terrain? Do you know other good sources? Tell us in the comments!

 

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