Category: Scenery


Model Painter vs Terrain

There are many aspects of the wargaming hobby that I really enjoy from socialising with other gamers to painting models to the tactical side of gaming (probably in that order). However I have barely done any terrain painting, let alone terrain building! So after being in this hobby for nearly 2 decades (I started young!) I have actually finally fully painted a piece of terrain! See below for a picture of what I have done so far.

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Nomad Terrain

The reason why it’s taken so long to get into this aspect of the hobby comes down to priority, for me models have always had a much higher priority. Any terrain I have purchase has been built and left unloved an unpainted, used mealy as a gaming piece and not to add to the aesthetics of the gaming board or to enhance the gaming experience. I will gladly admit now that this attitude is really short sighted, after all I spend hour after hour painting models only to put them on boring looking unpainted terrain!

Now in the past I generally played at local venues (like clubs or in tournaments) which provide their own terrain, however over the last year I have played more and more at home and at my mates houses. In order to play at home we all brought and built terrain and sorted gaming tables out. For me this is as far as it went, however my local gamers started to paint their terrain and make nice playing surfaces. As time has gone on their gaming tables improved whereas my lack of care for terrain has become more and more obvious.

Inspired by how cool games looked on my mates tables (as well as starting to feel a bit bad when we played on my bland table!) I decided I needed to give terrain painting a go. I was not looking forward to “wasting my time” painting buildings instead of models, until I did my first building… What a change giving something a go can make! I can safely say that painting terrain is both good fun and rewarding. I like the fact that you get to use spraying techniques (like dusting and using stencils), weathering techniques (ok I just brought rust pigment, but it was fun to use!) and generally getting the big brushes out and being a lot more slap dash about your painting. After all you want your building to look good, but you don’t want to spend hours on each one.

Nomad building

Nomad building

I think another reason why I have enjoyed painting my terrain is that I see it as an extension of my Nomad force. Rather than just seeing terrain as a “means to an end” I have started to think, what and where is this place that I am building? Is it a space station, ship, outpost, mining colony etc. Also who does the buildings belong to, because Pan-O buildings are going to look different to Nomads buildings! Creating a narrative certainly helped me decide how I wanted my terrain to look. For example I want my table to be a Nomad outpost on an arid world, so the buildings have a large amount of rust. I also wanted the buildings to have an industrial feel (as Nomads are hard works, well if they are from corregidor anyway!), so I added hazard markings. I also used the colour scheme of my Nomad force to really tie it all together.

The start of my Nomad Outpost

The start of my Nomad Outpost

I know this “revelation” of having fun painting terrain won’t be new news to the majority of gamers, however I have been presently surprised! I am still in the early stages of painting the terrain needed for my table, which is a lot as I primarily play Infinity. I also need to do something about my gaming surface, as the green mat looks bad against the buildings. I am thinking of adding a texture to my gaming table and painting it sandy brown, but we will see. I am certainly looking forward to working more on my table and seeing what I end up with, hopefully my enthusiasm wont wear off!

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HD Stencils

1a8b93727034a7e1fa57bd2da203307c_largeI have been putting off painting my Mirco Arts buildings, which I use for all my Infinity games. This is mainly because I prefer painting models than terrain, but also because I have not been inspired to paint my terrain (even if the buildings are great!). However the new HD Stencils by Anarchy Models, have defiantly inspired me! By using two different colour spray cans and these stencils, I think I could get my buildings looking great by putting some of the hex pattern onto the flatter areas. After all, in the future there should be hexes everywhere!

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