How to Make a Warhammer 40k Building

Jan 24 11:32 2008 Matthew W. Glanfield Print This Article

This will be for Warhammer 40K, Warhammer Fantasy, and Lord of the Rings gaming systems, but mostly everything can be transfered into any miniature war gaming system.

"One day I can make a cool piece of warhammer terrain" thats is always come to ones mind when looking on the beautiful terrain maid by other people. Stop wishing and prepare your materials caused today you will create your own terrain. Creating a flocked hills and rocky formations for warhammer is not just complicated compared in making buildings and towers. Although constructing buildings is more commendable and needs more creativity but as long as you are willing and have the heart to let it all out in creating a warhammer terrain you can make anything. Almost anything you can make such as towers,Guest Posting houses, churches, castles, bunkers, factories and and pretty much anything part of warhammer gaming. That all for the introduction and its time to gather all the materials needed for its time to stop the talking and start working.

Materials list

• 20?x30? foam board

• pencil

• ruler

• utility knife

• paint brush (medium sized one will do)

• white glue

• black paint

• gray paint

• white paint

• Popsicle sticks

And one karma from Astronomican (it’s like food for the soul)

Step 1 Outline and cut your windows and entrance ways

Use a space marine cadet to size up the doors on your foam board they should fit through the doors. They're actually able to fit through the windows too but that's not entirely necessary if you choose to make the windows a different size. Lets not include what is the measurement of the foam board that we will be using for the height and length of the walls for we have our own design and size of the building to be made. Just buy a sheet of foam board with a size of 20 inches x 30 inches will serve for a good sized miniature building.

So, we draw and trace the desired design the cut out the doors and windows. To save some of your time you can cut out a template and trace the template for future use.

Next, creating the side wall of the building. To assume the wreckage you can roughed the side walls.

Step 2 Installing Popsicle sticks for added support

This next step is the crucial and important because you are going to add extra support to your structure so that it will not easily be break down. But this step will not give you a hard time, first begin by slicing out Popsicle length strips in each level or storey of the front side of the building. Next is glue the Popsicle sticks in the slots you have just created.

(Note: slicing too deep in the foam board will cause you to deface the front side of your wall.)

Step 3 Cut and glue down your floors and walls together

This step is the craftiest and needs an extra patience because it takes a little concentration and hands that are not shaky. Line up your three wall together to measure the size of your floors. You will then see what will fit in as a floor for each level or storey. You can choose to roughed also the edges of the floor to indicate wreckage same as what you've done for the side walls. to give some give some variety and design on the floors you can add up some wooden sub-flooring made from Popsicle sticks.

Step 4 Scuff and add rebar

This will be the most unique part of creating a terrain for you will destroy some part of the building you made in order emphasized the damaged parts of the building. It's the best part actually. Don't be afraid and hesitate go ahead and try and you will see the result. But don't destroy all, randomly create explosion holes and bullet hole marks throughout the front sides.

And going in for a closeup to see some added rebar which is glued in place .

Step 5 Prime building

Acrylic black paint is what to be use in priming the whole building. You can add some fine sand to texture your paint this will add a rough concrete like texture to the structure and will give a different look and result when its time to dry brush later.

Step 6 Paint building

Next step is paint the building with gray paint. Make sure not to put a lot of paint on the brush. Creating a dry brushed look with the gray paint exposing about 5 percent of the black is best. Otherwise priming it in black would be meaningless. After painting it with gray dry brush it with white paint but this time make sure it's a very light dry brushing. And finally add a light green to accent the building. Otherwise it would be gray only and dull. Also add variety on the floors by painting it with yellow and brown colors.

Alas, there you have it! A simple multilevel building wrecked and blown up to give it character and unique look. We hope this inspires some nice terrain ideas. Feel free to tell us what you think of this project. Any ideas or suggestions are welcome and encouraged.

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Matthew W. Glanfield
Matthew W. Glanfield

Matthew Glanfield is the webmaster for, a site that strives to provide useful resources to players of the Games Workshop Warhammer Fantasy, Warhammer 40K, and Lord of the Rings Strategy Battle Game.

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