Years ago I dabbled in a few dioramas. I had fun but had no skills what so ever! A few years later when I discovered 40K I made some ruined buildings out of cardboard but they were very lack luster. I simply made them for gaming for use as obstacles and for cover etc. They were ok but nothing special at all. I didn’t enjoy making terrain at all. Now, all these years later I’ve learnt a little patience and I’ve also learnt that terrain can add so much to a battlefield aesthetically. I’m still very amateurish but I feel I am getting better with the more terrain projects I tackle. The biggest I have as a work in progress is an Ork Fort for my Storenfriede (Troublemakers) Ork Army.
This new piece I completed today. It was a public holiday in my part of the world so after taking my two year old swimming, playing babies with her, watching cartoons with her and then putting her down for a nap I got stuck in to my terrain piece. I am pleased with my efforts here and it cost me hardly anything. The base was for free, from work. The paints were old acrylic ones from a paint box. The polystyrene I found in the study. The sand paper I had in the garage where it had been for a long time. The only thing I bought, a while ago, was the Polly Filla.
I had the idea of an old road (Sandpaper), with a T intersection that went nowhere that had been grown over by moss and debris. A road from another time when, this particular world, had been a proud city. Some remnants of a building lay in one corner, charred and broken from past battles. At the other end of the road there is a Tar/Oil swamp in which the road disappears into.
I will be adding some tangled masses of barbed wire and a few bits of rotten timber. I was thinking a skeleton too or would this be too over the top? I also considered building some kind of alter or even a broken statue. Your thoughts and ideas would be appreciated on this.