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Warhammer 40K Terrain: Cracked Aquila

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What do you guys think, is there much interest in this kind of stuff on instructables? i.e. would documenting more terrain pieces of mine be useful to others?

The Aquila is the symbol of the imperial guard army in the game Warhammer 40K.   I saw a piece of terrain on the Games Workshop website. I really liked the cracked aquila on the ground and thought it looked pretty simple and id try to make one myself. In game this piece would just act as difficult terrain. 

The model is supposed to look like an imperial guard sculpture that fell over or off of a building and broke on the ground. It took about 6 hours to make over three days. It is a very cheap piece of terrain to build. Its just mat board, clay, sand , and paint.
 
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Step 1: Materials

Materials
- mat board
- printer paper
- air dry clay (you could try polymer clay or green stuff)
- wood glue
- pva glue
- sand
- paint

Tools
- scissors
- hobby knife
- printer
- pencil
- paint brushes

Step 2: Template

Print out a picture of the aquila, or a different shape of your choice, and cut it out with scissors. I used this image . My bird was about 6'' X 2.5''. Then trace it onto the mat board. Cut out the shape on the mat board with the hobby knife.  Accidentally cutting into the shape is not a big deal, it will just look like weathering later on. 
Next add details that don't go all of the way through the board. I did this by cutting a V notch into it. Just cut diagonally into the mat board and then diagonally in the other way.
GeekTinker2 years ago
I've been playing, collecting, and building scenery for tabletop miniature games for two decades now. I'd like to see more material for this topic on Instructables. I think the piece you've instructed on how to make is creative and full of ingenuity. Plus, it's relatively easy for somebody to make one. I don't think the cracks in the clay made any difference for this piece of terrain. It shows the exposure to the elements and natural weathering that would take place.
My interest with the hobby of tabletop miniatures games has blended with my hobby of photography. I think pictures of miniatures on the tabletop would be enhanced by having cinematic terrain like this in the background.

I've been working on an Instructable for making Ork, Necron, Tau, and Imperial Guard buildings out of the packing materials from laser printer cartridges. Reading your Instructable has helped inspire me to finish that.
William930 (author)  GeekTinker2 years ago
Thanks, looking foreword to seeing your instructables
Cool bananas
ilpug2 years ago
I'd love to see more!
ilpug2 years ago
I'd love to see more!
modded2 years ago
Please do more. The one thing I would say is that it would look cool if there was a trapped, flailing tyranid under one section.
William930 (author)  modded2 years ago
that would be awesome haha. ill do more after college apps hopefully
Also, that's I don't paint Tau, but it looks good. Could you possibly do an instructable on how you painted it?
William930 (author)  modded2 years ago
What do you paint?
Well, I tried Marines, but I made the line highlights too thick and found the armour hard to paint. I am currently working on an ork army, as they are easy to paint to a good standard. I may try Guard next, as they are versatile background-wise, so I can come up with a new Regiment.
modded modded2 years ago
Do you just paint Tau, or have you dabbled with other armies?
William930 (author)  modded2 years ago
I have some kroot. Ive also painted some non Warhammer40k models.
Fair enough. I findif you use a drybrush with a very hard, coarse brush and progressively brush lighter colours on, with less pressure, you get very effective hair.
neologik2 years ago
OMG, i'ts a great job.
quiete simmilar to the original.

i liked a lot..

greets
FrozenIce2 years ago
hey! i really like it :) POST MORE PLEASEEE 5*
William930 (author)  FrozenIce2 years ago
thanks! Im making a crashed meteor next:)
Great!!! I made 2 last year. Is the one ur making next the one from mini war gaming?? check them out for more ideas!
William930 (author)  FrozenIce2 years ago
i was just going to put a moon rock from How to Make War Games Terrain in a crater, but that is a really cool, ive never seen that technique before.
ilpug2 years ago
By all means, post more! this looks great! My friend is a pro level miniature painter and sculptor, and i am pretty darn good at making terrain myself. I would love to se more.
William930 (author)  ilpug2 years ago
you should post pics of some of yours. i was surprised at how few instructables there are on miniatures. thanks for the encouragement
All of my stuff has been sold at the moment. once I make more, i will post.
mikeasaurus2 years ago
My old roommate used to make and paint all kinds of 40K miniatures, the process looked very detailed. I definitly think having more Instructables on painting (and miniatures in general) would be awesome.