Warmachine Terrain – A Mountain
I have written a few other articles on this topic and, if you haven’t read them, you may wish to double back and do so:
However, if you are familiar with table top terrain building, you can likely skip those two articles. In this post, I am going to cover how I made a mountain. In this case the mountain is not intended to have models on it but it is met to be impassable terrain and nothing more.
This project will take a few days to complete. Not because there is a terrible amount of work involved in it but because you are going to have to wait for materials to dry between steps.
Let us first review the basic tools and materials we need.
Materials and Tools
- Floral Foam or Styrofoam “Saw dust” – Kudos to my brother Matt for the donation and suggestion on this one. Every time he cuts Styrofoam, he saves the dust from it. It makes for an excellent texture, is easy to work with and is very lightweight. It also makes for a good material to decorate model bases with.
- Cardboard – I have a small stack of pizza circle cardboard which works great. Fret not over the cardboard too much, everything is going to be painted.
- Craft Flowers and Plants – Optional for the mountain project but nice to put finishing touches on it.
- An old Christmas wreath – also optional but great for trees
- Spray Paint
- Wire – I used telephone wire, you can use what you wish but keep in mind your scale
- Hardware Cloth or Chicken Wire – I prefer the smaller grid of hardware cloth but you can use any type of wire screening provided it is stiff enough to hold a shape.
- Drywall Mud or Spackle Paste
- Glue – Use common sense to determine what will work. Adhesive caulking is also nice to have around.
- Scissors – for cardboard and paper
- Wire cutters and pliers
- Paint brushes
- A Putty Knife, about 3-4″ in width
Getting Started – The Mountain “Frame”
To start, bend some hardware cloth into roughly the shape you wish your mountain to be. As I mentioned above, this particular mountain is intended to serve as impassable terrain. It is not intended to allow you to place models on it. It met to be fairly lightweight and relatively sturdy.
As you can see in the photo above, simply bend your material into a rough shape and glue it to your cardboard base. (I suggest you use a good sized glob of adhesive caulk. Set the piece aside and let the caulk set.
Next Trim and Cover
While Warmachine is a brutal and bloody game, it is a pretend game. Make sure you don’t leave any jagged edges on your mountain.
Next, spread some glue.
I prefer to use wood glue but you can use regular old Elmer’s or a similar type of glue. Try and work rather quickly as you want the glue wet enough to soak into the burlap.
Glue bonds better with some pressure, you are going to put all kinds of stuff on top of the burlap so fret not over any glue that may seep through.
Securing the Burlap
You will need to make sure that the burlap cannot move. While it is glued to the base, you need to use some wire to make sure that does not move. Don’t worry about hiding your wire, you are going to cover it anyways.
Cover the Burlap
I suggest that you go with two thinner coats for it will dry better. Also keep in mind that you will be adding texture on the final coat.
To add texture, I used pink foam. Put another coat of mud on it and literally bury it in pink foam dust. Don’t touch it while wet but let it dry completely. Keep in mind it may take a few days depending on how thick you coated it and deep you buried it. In my case, it took three days to dry.
Depending on how you wish to finish off your mountain, you may not wish to seal it. However, most materials stick better to a primed surface. It certainly makes painting it easier. I recommend Kilz Primer Sealer Stain Killer. It is important to use this product in a well ventilated area. However, this particular product covers well and dries quick.
Top It Off
I am not sure exactly how I am going to finish this one off. You have a few options:
- Simply spray paint it the appropriate colors
- Tuft up some cotton balls, glue them to the mountain and hit them with some green spray enamel. It will look like a forest.
- Dyed chicken feather cut and tufted look like grasses
- You can insert any type of terrain material you wish.
That is it for today’s post. I will share exactly how I put the finishing touches on this project, along with other terrain and structures for Warmachine in the future. Thanks for reading.
- Warmachine Models (lumpyscorner.com)
- WarMachine – Building Terrain – Part 1 Table and Basics (lumpyscorner.com)
- WarMachine – Building Terrain – Part 2 – More Obstacles (lumpyscorner.com)
- Throwback Thursday: DIY Terrain (ultanya.com)
- WARMACHINE: An Intro To A Marvelous Game of Steampunk and Sorcery (bigbluedie.com)