Archive for category Terrain

Adepticon Malifaux terrain

One of my major projects for Adepticon was creating terrain for the new Malifaux tournaments. Its a fun game to create terrain for – a wide variety of archetypes are in play.

Hollow Halls is made up mostly from Manor House terrain kits. These kits are rather a chore to work with, detail is worn down from over casting the molds, pieces are large & heavy and instructions are non-existent. No wonder they were going cheap on Ebay.
Infestation is made from Hirst kits, building molds I made for Adepticon a few years back and a bit of sculpting.
Grey City is an old 40K table made from Hirst components.
Cairn Hills and Grave Yard are old fantasy tables made from pink foam and (once again) Hirst blocks.


Leave a comment

Gothic Building Tile

Building segment in the Gothic 40K style.  The tile is created in the “no window” style of the 5th ed rules to provide 100% LOS blocking terrain.  While the master did not survive the mold making process, the mold has been recreating faithful copies.

The tile is 4 inches high and half an inch thick.  The master is based on pink foam with 1mm Depron details.  The foam is painted with Foam Coat from Hotwire Foam Factory to add texture and fill gaps.  Depron is a thin foam product normally used with RC planes.  At 1mm its thin enough to cut like paper, no need to use plastic card and then putty the joints, just cut the detail as a single piece.

Leave a comment

Quick Links: Cast Buildings

Shrine of the Aquilla

From Epic Battles –  English Translation – a German language Epic Armageddon forum.

photos used without permission

The post is in German, but the Google translation does a good job of translating the construction of a massive Epic scale building.  The cast parts pictured above are 3-4 inches high and could easily be used with 28mm figures.  It appears the tiles were created using a 3D printer, then cast in resin.

Hirst Industrial Building

From Hirst Arts forums.

photo used without permission

An ingenious combination of the small brick, industrial pipe and the machinery builder molds.  The build is clean but  well detailed – I’m sure it would fit well with a variety of near modern to steam punk settings.

Tom’s Boring Mordheim Forum

Tom’s forum is anything but boring.  Go check out the Terrain building and Scenery Gallery for a number of well done Mordheim tables.

Leave a comment

Crates and Barrels

The Hirst Arts Cavern Accessory Mold #85 is an invaluable mold.  Crates, barrels, sacks and vessels are appropriate for just about any sort of table top game – fantasy, historical or Sci Fi.  These crate and barrel stands are going to be used at Adepticon on the Legends of the Old West and Malifaux tables.


Infestation Malifaux Table

WIP Malifaux table for Adepticon

The Infestation table represents something eating its way through a city block.  Two buildings are reduced to rubble, a third building is half gone and the pumping station seems to have held out without damage.  Two ponds, two feeding pools and a pair of eggs round out the table.

For those of you who have been reading CTF for a while should recognize most of this terrain from various unfinished projects.

If you play Malifaux, please leave feedback on how this table would play.  I don’t play the game (yet?), and have given it a good guess to what would make for a interesting and varied table.


Leave a comment

Quick Links: Pirate attack on Fortified Town

Several years ago I was asked to build a pirate castle.  My version ended up being a ruined pile of rock, half taken over by the jungle.  This fortified town from the Steve Dean painting forums may have been more the along the lines of what was originally envisioned.  Love the sloping walls – much more appropriate for the age of cannon than my flat walls.  The town just needs something other than a plain green mat underneath of it to be truly rocking.

Image used without permission.

Leave a comment

40K Defense project

Two more terrain items using the Defense wall tile.

Includes a pic of the master wall tile.

1 Comment

Terrain Images

First step to any terrain project is drawing inspiration for the piece under construction.  From my RSS feeds, I’ve been collecting terrain themed posts.  Various game systems are represented, Malifaux, Mordheim, 40K, and FOW to name a few.

The conflict in Iraq provides a look into what fortifications really look like.  Easily modeled, but I wonder how well the simple lines of concrete walls would translate to the table top.  There is a reason GW covers everything in skulls – the sense of fantasy and hyper-realism goes hand in hand with gaming.

The other end of real life is Malifaux – a dimensional blasting combination of Old West, Gothic, Demon World and a few other genres.  These PDF files are a collection of game locations that really help set the mood for terrain building:

Reference for a Gremlin Moonshine still – I have a request to figure how to build one.  With a few Hirst barrels, wire and green stuff  it should come together nicely.’s/Detail

all images used without permission

Leave a comment

40K Defense Wall

Adepticon has put out the call for terrain kits to meet the needs of 40K’s 5th edition.  Build an easily repeated, durable, inexpensive terrain piece which can block line of sight to a Rhino.   No small task.  If you have any ideas, be sure to leave a comment.

The most obvious terrain item to block LOS is a wall.  Direct, and to the point, but could easily look ugly or out of place on the table.  The Defense Wall is a hybrid of bunker and wall.  Four cast panels provide the majority of the detail – wall on the bottom with gun ports on top for a bunker feel.  Doors (Hirst Arts) on the ends can either be left exposed, or hidden behind a second wall piece.

The wall panels are cast in plaster.  1.5 inches of pink foam fill the center of the piece.  Foam core is used to clean up the center and finally, a bit of  “granny grate” tops off the walk space.

1 Comment

Quick Links: Making Buildings from Foamboard

If you have any interest in scratch building or weathering, go read this article:  Making Buildings from Foamboard Done?  Lets all say wow together.  Finding the materials used by the author is a bit of a challenge.  Discussion on finding stock in the US at Fine Scale Modeler.