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The UK’s Games Workshop, makers of Warhammer Fantasy Battles, Warhammer 40,000, and The Lord of the Rings: Strategy Battle Game, are frequently criticized in tabletop wargaming circles for selling outrageously expensive products. My wallet knows this first-hand. A few years ago, I almost went broke trying to feed my addiction to little toy soldiers from a dark gothic future. But Games Workshop products are also incredibly beautiful, their game worlds are impressively fleshed out, and their magazines, game novels, and comic books are some of the best in the business.

And then there’s all the cool stuff you can get for free. Their website offers dozens of very high-quality how to articles that can teach you model building and converting, pro-level painting, and gameboard and terrain building. Regardless of what tabletop game you play, you can benefit from this outstanding repository of articles.

Warhammer Painting & Modeling – Link
Warhammer Terrain – Link
Warhammer 40,000 Painting & Modeling – Link
Warhammer 40,000 Terrain – Link
Lord of the Rings Painting & Modeling – Link
Lord of the Rings Terrain – Link

From the pages of MAKE:
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Tabletop Terrains That’s no pile of trash; it’s my asteroid mining colony! Read this article in MAKE: 08: Toys and Games, Page 80. To get MAKE, subscribe or purchase single volumes. Subscribers–read this article now in your digital edition!

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture, including the first book about the web (Mosaic Quick Tour) and the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots. He is currently working on a best-of collection of his writing, called Borg Like Me.


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  1. jhurliman says:

    My main terrain making supplies consist of hardboard (and a jigsaw), plaster mix and molds, plastercloth, liquid nails, wood glue, putty, sand (Home Depot sells fine grained 50lb. bags), PVA (Elmer’s) glue, styrofoam insulation sheets and a hot styrofoam cutter, an airbrush, and a dremel tool. You can pick everything up at a hardware store and hobby shop and make just about any type of terrain with it.

  2. Aud1073cH says:

    I like to build scenery from a combination of new and found materials. – I’ve added a couple photos to the MAKE pool.
    One addition I make to my models, that I havn’t seen in the Citadel miniatures is lighted and moving features.

  3. brian-bowling.myopenid.com says:

    Unfortunately the links to the articles on the Games Workshop US site seem to be broken. Current articles can be found in the http://www.games-workshop.com site.