How to Make Warhammer Gaming Terrain, a Simple Hill




Introduction: How to Make Warhammer Gaming Terrain, a Simple Hill

Playing Warhammer can be great fun but is one of the more expensive hobbies i have picked up. After spending countless hours collecting and painting new units, playing on a plain kitchen table or even a textured playing surface just seems lackluster. The scenery online can run anywhere from fifteen to hundreds of dollars. If you are anything like me you would rather spend your money on increasing your Warhammer armies. Taking a look in your basement or closet can turn up most if not all of the things necessary to start making your own terrain. A great thing about making your own is that you can tailor it to fit your table or whatever size you prefer. This is my first instructable so criticism is welcome and needed =)

Step 1: Supplies

All of these supplies can be gathered from nearly any house or just a quick trip to a store.

1.) Glue, Elmer's glue seems to work well
2.) Sand (any will do)
3.) Styrofoam (and lots of it)
4.) Paint brush, its going to get sandy and full of glue)
5.) Sandpaper, I used 120 grit (not necessary but goes a long way for smoothing out the hill)
6.) Paint ( I used a brown i had left over after painting my bathroom)
7.) Disposable cup (mandatory trip to 7/11 for a Slurpee)
8.) Knife, pocket knife works fine

Step 2: Shaping the Hill

For this first figure out what dimensions you want the top of your hill to have. Since we will be adding a slope to the edges of the hill, the top will be smaller then the bottom. Add an inch or so to compensate for this. Cut the piece of Styrofoam out bigger then the size you want the top of your hill to be as I explained. After you have it cut out start by cutting at an angle along the edges of the Styrofoam to create a sloped side. Here it is up to you how much of a slope you want but when you are happy with it you can then take sandpaper and smooth it all out.

Step 3: Adding Texture

After you are happy with the shape of your hill its time to add texture to it. For this step well have to mix the glue and some water to thin it in the disposable cup. Use about twice as much water as glue. Depending on the size of your hill mix the glue and water. Don't get to crazy this dose not require  to much. After you have mixed the glue and water apply it to you hill. Id say apply it to 3/4 of your hill but only add the sand to half of the hill. This keeps some of the sand out of your brush. Then reapply some more glue/water mix to the other half and finish applying texture. Add the glue generously as this is what is going to hold the sand to your Styrofoam. After your happy with the texture, it may not stick well on the slopes but that's fine, apply a generous amount of glue to the entire textured part. The ones I have done so far end up looking almost like mud at this point but it seems to be the only way to ensure that the sand will hold. 

Step 4: Finishing Up

The hill may take 1-2 days to dry if you rush this the sand could get smudged or smeared and you will have to start over. The top part that you have textured will become very hard compared to Styrofoam only when it is good and dry. When it is dry you can use a dry paint brush or even your hand to brush off excess sand and or lightly tap the edge of your hill on a table to shake off the excess sand. From here you could do whatever you want, for my hills i went on to paint them which will cover up any spots i missed with the texture and color the untextured hill sides. The paint can also help hold things together so be sure to allow the paint to dry too. Be sure to paint lightly over the sand if it is still not holding as well as you would like. As I said when the paint dries it will also help hold the sand down.

Step 5: Other Info

I also made some rocks using the same techniques but only instead of adding texture to the rocks I textured the base I attached them too.  After shaping the rocks you can hit them with a hammer to add some weathering to the rock. Were just looking to dent them not destroy them.Practice on some scrap first.

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    10 years ago on Step 5

    This looks a little bare with just sand and paint on the base. I would suggest that you add some tuffs of modeling grass and / or some bit leftover from one of your models to give it some flavor.


    10 years ago on Step 4

    Once it is painted and dries, you can add some grass to the hill with a little bit more of the glue, then dust it with modeling grass. A photo of your completed project at the end would make this a great Instructable.

    Wolf Seril
    Wolf Seril

    11 years ago on Introduction

    Nice. This is something I always wanted to do when I was into Warhammer but just never got around to.