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Using terrain for your games

Post by shesheyan » Sat Mar 10, 2018 1:55 pm

It has come to my attention that some of you might be interested in buying buildings to make their encounters more lively. Having played many wargames over the last 20 years I have a wide variety of buildings and accessories. Here are a few suggestions for buildings :

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4GROUND
I recommend 4Ground for those who don't want to deal with paint. Just assemble and use. More expensive but less hassle. The interior of the buildings is also painted. Their 28mm old timber framed series is perfect for D&D:
https://www.4ground.co.uk/28mm-the-age- ... -cottage-1

PLASTCRAFT
Plascraft also offers a series of Color-Ed medieval buildings. They are less expensive because they use PVC sheets instead of mdf. Not as study as mdf but much better then cardboard or foam core. I never bought from Plascraft but have seen many in person. I bit fragile for heavy wargaming use but more then ok for RPG sessions.
https://plastcraftgames.com/en/designed ... lling.html

GAMES WORKSHOP
The wooden platforms in the picture are from Games Workshop The Hobbit set :
https://www.games-workshop.com/en-CA/Goblin-Town

Their Lake Town and Osgiliath models are stunning :
https://www.games-workshop.com/en-CA/Th ... 0520000%5D

SARISSA
The buildings in the picture are from Sarissa Precision's (unpainted) Japan collection :
https://www.sarissa-precision.com/Japan ... 86570.aspx

Sarissa also have a timber frame (unpainted) collection :
https://www.sarissa-precision.com/Engli ... 49940.aspx

PAPER TERRAIN
The Wargamers Vault offers a wide variety of terrain for your games. The prices are low but be aware that printing those can become expensive. I've printed a few and recommend using cardstock instead of regular paper. Use spray glue if you want to glue the building on foam core to make it more sturdy. When cutting foam core, the trick is to use a steel ruler and a fresh blade. As soon as the blade isn't cutting well change it. (safety first : never cut towards your other hand. please be careful)
http://www.wargamevault.com/browse.php? ... anguage=fr
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Post by zontoxira » Sat Mar 10, 2018 5:08 pm

The wooden buildings are really neat. I really fancy the floral decoration, too :lol:

A friend in our group recently brought a full set of dungeon tiles from Dwarven Forge. His other group wasn't that keen on playing with the set, cuz they thought it was too much a hassle and time-consuming to use them. While we've yet to try them, they look amazing (and pre-painted) and I can hardly wait for our next live session (which may happen towards the end of this month).
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Post by Havard » Sat Mar 10, 2018 10:00 pm

These are great Sesheyan. So far my miniatures collecting has mainly focused in characters and monsters, but I really like the idea of adding buildings and structures, both for tactical purposes and just adding atmosphere.

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Post by shesheyan » Sun Mar 11, 2018 5:54 pm

zontoxira wrote:...I really fancy the floral decoration, too :lol: ...
The dollar store is your friend for cheap vegetation. ;)

Dwarven Forge stuff is awesome. I think I may have played in one game with a DM who used those. I once did a set of generic rooms and passages with foam core. Its fun but you have to prepare in advance and pre-select/organize as much as you can to save time on set up. The problem when you start having a lot of terrain is were do you put it? I have a gaming room now so its not a problem anymore.
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Post by shesheyan » Sun Mar 11, 2018 6:02 pm

Havard wrote:These are great Sesheyan. So far my miniatures collecting has mainly focused in characters and monsters, but I really like the idea of adding buildings and structures, both for tactical purposes and just adding atmosphere.

-Havard
You should it really gives an extra dimension to combat. During that session the monks climbed on top of the small huts and then jumped from above on two unsuspecting guards. It felt like a Wuxia/Ninja movie ! Fun times.
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Post by Angel Tarragon » Mon Mar 12, 2018 3:19 am

Looks great, love it!

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Post by Big Mac » Mon Mar 12, 2018 1:20 pm

These look great!

How do you deal with the amount of storage space terrain takes up?

Are any of these things easier to break down (for storage) than others? Alternatively, do any of your buildings double up as storage boxes for minis or dice?

The wooden platforms you have look pretty flexible (and I know that Dwarven Forge stuff can be built different ways). Do you have any buildings that are modular?
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Post by shesheyan » Mon Mar 12, 2018 4:34 pm

Big Mac wrote:These look great!

How do you deal with the amount of storage space terrain takes up?

Are any of these things easier to break down (for storage) than others? Alternatively, do any of your buildings double up as storage boxes for minis or dice?

The wooden platforms you have look pretty flexible (and I know that Dwarven Forge stuff can be built different ways). Do you have any buildings that are modular?
I have an entire book shelf dedicated to terrain and I have a small plastic filling cabinet on wheels for the accessories like trees, shrubs, etc. The ideal way to save space is to nestle smaller buildings into larger ones. Buy buildings that have accessible interiors if you plan to do that. Simply don't glue the roof in place.

I do put miniatures and dice inside buildings when I travel to someone else's house. But I wouldn't carry a dungeon from Dwarven Forge terrain. Their resin is rather heavy. That is why I use dungeon tiles instead.

You don't have to use terrain for every encounter. Only when you think its going to be a memorable battle for the players.
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Post by shesheyan » Sat Mar 24, 2018 12:31 pm

As a follow up to my previous post about terrain here is one method you can use to create low cost terrain.

1) Cork bord is an excellent material to simulate stone or concrete. I buy my cork at the dollar store. 12"x12" sheets.

2) For the roof I use gray cardboard that can be found at an art supply store.

3) One generous coat of dark gray on the cork and one coat of light gray dry brushing for highlights on the roof will bring the building to life.

The buildings in the picture are 10mm scale, perfect for large battles. But cork board can also be used for 28mm D&D miniatures scale. At that scale doors and windows can easily be added to the building.

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An afghan village my friend made using cork board. Its 20mm scale IIRC :

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Post by Havard » Sat Mar 24, 2018 6:01 pm

Wow, this is amazing :)

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Post by willpell » Sat Mar 24, 2018 7:50 pm

My FLGS has a pretty much unbeatable terrain collection. I don't know how I can use it, but I certainly feel a desire to try.

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Post by shesheyan » Sun Mar 25, 2018 1:14 pm

Any terrain enthusiast looks forward to Christmas time. The dollar store Christmas decoration section sometimes contains bargains. Real modeling trees can cost a fortune. Its easy to get rid of the snow either by dry brushing over of it or with spray paint.

The low walls, lion statue and gate are one of my best finds. A fraction of the price if I had bought resin cast from a miniature company. They are generic enough I can use them with D&D, 1920s Pulp Action and even as an historical park in a modern game.

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Post by Angel Tarragon » Sun Mar 25, 2018 2:12 pm

Some amazing stuff here! :shock: :cool:

Loving the new terrain!

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Re: Using terrain for your games

Post by shesheyan » Sun Mar 25, 2018 7:45 pm

Big Mac wrote:
Mon Mar 12, 2018 1:20 pm
Are any of these things easier to break down (for storage) than others? Do you have any buildings that are modular?
The most modular and complete system I'm aware of is Fantasy Dungeon Battle System. Its double-sided printed cardboard. I've seen this in the real and its sturdy enough for roleplaying. Extremely modular. But I would recommend building the rooms before the game.

http://shop.battlesystems.co.uk/fantasy ... in-7-c.asp

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Post by Havard » Sun Mar 25, 2018 11:58 pm

I want this! :D

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Post by shesheyan » Mon Mar 26, 2018 12:24 am

Havard wrote:
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I want this! :D
If I didn't also play wargames I would buy several kits!
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Post by Big Mac » Fri Apr 06, 2018 1:50 pm

shesheyan wrote:
Sat Mar 24, 2018 12:31 pm
1) Cork bord is an excellent material to simulate stone or concrete. I buy my cork at the dollar store. 12"x12" sheets.
Wow! That cork board didn't really look anything like stone...

...until you painted it.

Then it looked totally amazing!

I would never have figured that out.
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Post by shesheyan » Sat Apr 21, 2018 11:37 am

One of the best ways to save money on terrain is to scrap build. Once again the dollar store is my favorite hunting place. With the change in season gardening items were put on the shelves.

I found this cool looking Animal Repellent Mat. The octogonal shape of the product gives it a sci-fi feel.
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Step one : I cut the mat in strips of 5 octogones. This produced left over parts.
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Step two : I glued the left over part in the middle of the octogones and applied paint. I'll be using these are sci-fi barbed wire in my next Coriolis rpg game or with my wargames.
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I didn't know what I would do with the mat when I bought it for 2,50$. With a little imagination and hobby time I was able to save loads of money. And I have left overs to create other stuff using the same mat later on. The magic of scrap building is that you can combine parts from several dollar store hunting trips. After a while you will have a drawer full of bits and parts you can choose from.

Thanks for reading me !

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Post by Havard » Sun Apr 22, 2018 10:12 am

That is very creative! There are lots of things that can be used if you just come up with the right ideas! :)

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Post by Big Mac » Fri Apr 27, 2018 12:36 pm

Wow! Your "science fiction barbed wire" is amazing Shesheyan!
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