Terrain Tutorial – Age of Sigmar MausoleumSeptember 11, 2018
Want to make great terrain? Don’t know where to start? Need a refresher? I got you…
Before you begin there are a few tools you will need. Nothing complex. A ruler, craft knife, pencil, old brush/glue spreader, PVA glue and a cutting mat. Make sure you have spare knife blades as cutting foam and card will blunt them fast. Keep your pencil sharp. A metal rule is preferable but not essential.
Materials wise, I highly recommend foam core board which is available from most art supply shops. This is used by architects to model their designs. Strong card from a cereal box is another essential. For this tutorial we will also make us of an egg box, cocktail sticks and balsa wood. All of these items can be substituted for thick card and newspaper.
A base adds strength to your terrain. It also helps delineate the boundary of the feature. We are going to make a mausoleum for the legions of Nagash, and it benefits game play to know where the spookiness starts and ends. I selected a laser cut MDF base from an online retailer (ebay is great for finding these) due to it being strong and cheap.
Sketch out a footprint for your terrain piece on the base. This will give you basic dimensions. To prepare the base brush a thin layer of PVA on the bottom side. This helps prevent warping later when you glue things to the top side.
Map it out
Measuring the footprint on my base I found the long side 2 1/2 inches and the front ends 1 1/2 inches. Using my eye I decided a 3 inch height to the roof top looked great and the side walls at 1 1/2 inch height allowed both sides of the wall to be cut from the same height as the end pieces.
The advantage of foamboard
Foamboard is a lightweight foam sandwiched between layers of card. We can take advantage of this when building. For the side walls mark a line down each end the width of the foam board. Score through the top layer of card and foam whilst leaving the bottom layer of card untouched. You can then remove this piece to make a lip.
The lip you made in the side wall covers the edge of the front section when you put them together making a neat and strong corner. PVA glue will hold this well after 24hrs drying time. I like to temporarily pin my joints so I can continue whilst the glue sets.
Once the main structure is assembled, glue it to the base and allow 24hrs to dry. A building needs a roof so measure the length of your sides and width before drawing onto your card board.
This is all we have time for this week. Come back next week when I will cover adding texture and detail.