After looking around for simple yet effective terrain to use with Warhammer 40K games and seeing none, that i thought were easy enough for everyone to make I decided to share how I make a simple fence. It can be used with any 28mm models.
Step 1: Materials
First assemble the parts you will need. I used stuff that was lying around in my shed and I purchased some craft lollysticks to use as the wood. I boughtthe thinner ofthe sticks as I think they are more in scale with the models.
1. Warhammer 40k model to be used to guage scale of fence
2. Old frozen Pizza box
3. PVA Glue
4. No more nails gap filler (or similar)
5. Craft lollysticks
9. Paint brushes
Step 2: Measure Your Base
Using the craft lollysticks and the Warhammer 40k model as a guide, measure the size of your base. I like to round the base off purely because I think it looks nicer.
Step 3: Cut Out More Bases
Using the first cutout as a rough guide cut out a further 2 bases. They should be nearly the same, but they dont need to be exact. 3 bases gives a nice strong base once the have all been stuck together.
Step 4: The Fence
Stick the 3 bases together using PVA glue, and then assemble the parts for your fence. I like to snap the sticks as I believe it gives them a more authentic look. After all they are meant to be in a 40k war zone and not keeping sheep in a field. DO NOT throw the snapped off pieces away, any that you dont want at this stage will be used later.
Step 5: The Fence 2
Assemble the fence anyway you like. dont worry if the bottoms are not all exactly level we will fix that later.
Use PVA Glue to assemble the fence once you are happy with the design.
Step 6: Back to the Base
The fence will be sitting in the centre of the base, but in order to prevent warping of base we need to add something to strengthen it. I have used more snapped sticks (remember the bits you kept from earlier). Using some on the side to represent a cobbled path/road. Work out how many you will need and let your imagination go wild(ish)
Step 7: The Path
Using the PVA glue stick the Path into place. Remember PVA dries clear so although you will see white when you first use it, it clears away. Using a width of 3 lollysticks seemed to give a good scale for use with the Space Marine model. I wanted a path not a highway. I also wanted to leave it a little rough to show a negleted path, one that is no longer used everyday.
Step 8: Position the Fence
Using the model figure position the final location of the fence. I have used the gap filler for this part. I found that after 24 hours it sets hard making a good solid fix, but it also allows you to move the fence around until your happy with it. I bank the gap filler around the legs, this allows me to secure the model easily and gives a more natural look to the finished piece of terrain. (IMHO).
I also added a further stick front and back at the bottom of the fence. This helps secure the fence in place and adds to the destroyed feel of the fence.
Step 9: Warzone
Now to add strength to the base and to give it a feel of localised destruction. Glue (using PVA) the pieces of stick you broke up earlier around the base. Remember this is a war zone so you dont want/need them in a sraight line. (unless you are using them as flooring for a trench or similar). Try to think of a wood yard that has been hit by a airstrike.
Step 10: Paint the Fence
Leave the gap filler for a hour or two to set. It should be solid enough now for you to begin the painting process. I use Snake Bite Leather as a base for the fence, and a Chaos Black as the base for the path. As long as the colours you use are matt then any make will do, after all its for your war game, the planet its on may use pink wood for all I know.
Step 11: Paintthe Fence 2
Before the base coat dries I apply matt black to the fence to give it a burnt /damaged/old/used look and matt grey to the road just to make it look used. I used Shadow Grey. Again its your planet, your game if you want a Yellow Brick road then thats fine as well.
Step 12: Final Stage
Now apply the PVA glue around the fence/base, in the gaps of the path/cobbles and sprinkle with flock. I have used burnt grass to give it a more authentic war zone look.
By coating the bottom piece of wood with PVA glue I hope to make it more or less invisible. I know its there and I know why its there, but I want to give the impression that it has been buried for a while.
Step 13: Finished Fence
Thats all folks, Hope you have fun and let your imagination go wild.