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Friday, July 31, 2009

How to Make Warhammer Stepped Hills

by Matthew Glanfield

A stepped hill for a warhammer! In able to create a warhammer stepped hill you should have focused and set your imagination with warhammer games in mind. So that you come up with a very nice and unique warhammer terrain. By the doing this you should remember all the war movies you have watched and try to imitate the hills that you have seen in the movie. Therefore the top of the hill will be a same as the size of an envelope 3 5/8 x 6 ½ inches in size. On the bottom level it will be wider than on the top of the hill and there should be enough space and room to place a line of at least ten space marines.

Polystyrene (Styrofoam insulation)
Envelope 3 5/8 inches x 6 ½ inches
brown paint

Step 1. Cutting the top level

Get the polystyrene (Styrofoam insulation) with at least 1 inch thick and then draw the outline of the envelope into it. Next step is to draw an oval shaped guideline 1 – 2 inches around the polystyrene. This will create a gradual slope on the outer edge of the top level. Cut out the top level.

Step 2. Designing the sides

Once the top level has already been cut, begin shaping the gradually sloped sides by slicing away thin shavings of polystyrene it is recommended that use a wire cutter. Give all your best to be able to create a rounded, 45 degree angle without cutting into the envelope outline. Just do all your best and repeat again if it not correct. Be sure to incline the sides with a 45 degree angle so that it will look like a real hill.

Step 3. Making the Bottom level

Then you make the bottom level by tracing the outline of the top level into another 1 inch thick piece of polystyrene. Next draw the outline of the bottom level by tracing around the line of space marines. Continue by rounding off the edges like the top level.

Step 4. Gluing the sides

The Masonite is marked by tracing around the bottom level. Use a beveled edge when cutting out the edge. The only difficult part of this is here, try your very best to make the angle fit with the curve of the bottom level. Glue the three pieces together using hot glue or white glue. You can also reinforce the hill by putting in two toothpicks in between the levels. To speed up the drying process and save some time you can use a hairdryer.

Step 5

Apply a filler to merge the gaps between the steps(Spackle will work fine). Glue clusters of sand and gravel on the hill to give your hill the effect of stony ground. Next is to paint the whole model using any brown paint.

Step 6

By painting the whole model with brown paint it seals the polystyrene. Dry brushing other brown paint can actually be done it is not necessary needed seeing as it will be covered with flock. To finish all of, apply a thin layer of white glue over the hill do not include the rocky areas. And sprinkle with Warhammer modeling flock

Tags: step 1, step 2, enough space, step 3, slope, degree angle, top of the hill, outer edge, shavings, polystyrene
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Matthew Glanfield is the webmaster for MiniWarGaming.com, 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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