40k 2nd edition ruined!

So… once again I attempt to recreate the past with the clear inspiration being everything 2nd Edition. There are some often mentioned tropes with 2nd edition 40k. One is that the terrain is ‘neat’ – almost cartoony… and often covered in green flock no matter the actual piece. I have tried to source a few images for inspiration:

Good ols han’ made terrains! Yeeehaw!

I think this is an absolutely brilliant set of terrain. The green edges and the (neatly cut and completely unburned) ruined buildings. Lovely! The red of the Tyranids just adds to it.

Probably the easiest solution today would be to buy some lasercut MDF terrain for this kind of thing… and it would probably look at lot better too! But – and no disrespect to the MDF out there – I think the homemade terrain gives a different feel. It somehow can’t look oldschool in MDF (prove me wrong!)

For my first few ruins, I wanted something a little more dark and grey. So instead of the adobe style ruins from above, I went with classic plascrete grey stuff. In coming years I might go a different route but for now…

Here are the finished pieces:

And as always I show you all the gritty details about how this was made. No matter how simple a thing that people build I always appreciate this kind of thing myself.

For this build I actually made myself a few dogmas. First of all I wanted to use the dimensions of an IKEA pappis box as the framework to work from. So the bases for the ruins would be made like a jigsaw puzzle from a sheet the size of the inside bottom of the box.

A rectangle the size of the (inside) bottom was cut out. Then a jigsaw of bases was drawn on the rectangle. Using a 28 mm Ork I decided on the height of the buildings to be 5 cm, while the doors were 3 cm high and 2 cm wide, windows 1.5 cm square and 1.5 cm above the ground. I sketched all this on some 5 mm foamboard that I have had for ages.

Also I wanted to be able to have at least 4 layers in a box. So in essence I wanted all the ruins to have the same height… as I want some “spacers” in between to project the pieces, I left a bit of air at the top.

I made the bases fit inside a pappis box in one layer. On the bottom of each base you can put a number and then the same number in the box… makes for easy placement. Also for each layer I will add a spacer with numbers on for the other layers.

Painting-wise I was at a bit of a loss… I knew that black undercoat with grey drybrush would most likely make the ruins very dark. Instead I chose to fully coat them in dark grey before starting the drybrushing. This almost worked… but in summation I think you always want to colour terrain pieces a bit lighter than you expect.

A) After cutting out the walls I cut them a bit and removed all the straight edges. I made some random holes, and windows/doors. I then added some large stones/rubble (pink) and then while the glue was still wet added a bit of chinchilla sand. To prevent warping I didn’t cover the base in sand but rather just painted it with diluted PVA/sand mix. B) Next I undercoated the ruins in black spray and painted the whole thing in dark grey wallpaint. Then I went for a light grey drysbrush, adding more and more beige to the light grey to build up the colours. C) Then I blotched in a few diluted specks of brown paint. This serves also to seal the areas with sand and rubble. Lastly the ground was painted in browns, again building up with beige. D) Finally, green flock was added around the edges of the pieces. Enjoy!

The last few details were made by adding some copper wire and some gravel. I might eventually go back and add a few more details – jerry cans, oil drums, and boxes always makes a good look. But for now I am calling it done.

This is just the first layer, and my ambition is to make 4 layers in total. A few pieces might be made as “doubles” meaning they will be two layers high. We will see.


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