DIY Modular High Ground Terrain Pieces

 Posted by on September 20, 2012  Filed as: 3D Terrain  Add comments
Sep 202012

This is a guest post by Benoit from Roving Band of Misfits. You can check out all of their Arts & Crafts posts at their site.

When I DM for Gencon, I usually try to bring a little something extra to make the players’ experience at the con great. This generally includes minis that actually represent the monsters they’re fighting, and whatever dungeon accessories and terrain I can make beforehand. It’s never anything super elaborate, as I usually don’t have a lot of time between receiving the adventure module and leaving for the con.

This year, a few of the Ashes of Athas modules I ran included huge rocks that the PCs could stand on. So, I pulled out a piece of blue foam I had lying around, and made some modular high ground. It was so quick and easy that I decided to make a video tutorial for you guys to do at home. Check it out:

In the video I’m using 3/4″ thick blue foam, but you could certainly use 1″ as well. Of course, the thickness you get will also be dependent upon where you live. In southern states, it’s difficult to find thicker foam insulation board because of the climate. I’d suggest asking if it can be special ordered.

Here’s the ratios to mix your white and black acrylic paint:

Dark Gray (base coat): 3 parts black, 1 part white
Medium Gray (drybrush): 1 part black, 2 parts white
Light Gray (optional highlight drybrush):1 part black, 8 parts white

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Benoit is the editor in chief of Roving Band of Misfits. He also does most of the writing. When he's not writing for the game, he's usually building something with his Hirst Arts molds or painting minis. He's been playing and running D&D for, oh, about 10 years now. But who's counting?

  3 Responses to “DIY Modular High Ground Terrain Pieces”

  1. This is really cool. Thank you for sharing it.

  2. Brian, I love stuff like this. I’m going to the hardware store tomorrow to do up some terrain for my games and for Warmachine. Thanks for making awesome stuff, as always!

  3. Glad you like it!

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