Saturday, April 9, 2011

Tutorial: Making Small Hills

OK, so besides the armies I'm working on for the MayDay convention, the scenario requires a bit of terrain. I'm running the game on a 5' hex grid mat, and there are fourteen hills required in the scenario. Time to buckle down and make some hills!

I started with a paper cut out of a roughly circular disk that fits inside a 5" hex. Then I went to work with the scissors and cork tile.

Each hill is composed of three tiers of tile. Each circle was cut out a little smaller than the one below it. The hill tiers were glued together with white glue.

Before you know it...fourteen 5" diameter hills.

Texturing these, I used the same technique that I use for figure bases. First, glue and sand.

Next, a spray of flat brown.

Then, dry brushed layers of orange-brown and off-white.

Add patches of watered-down glue, shake on some static grass, and presto.

Of course, this technique for the hills has the benefit of allowing the figure bases to blend in nicely.

Next up will be a tutorial on painting Roman Auxilia.

'Til next time.


  1. They'd make good-looking burial mounds too, or ancient overgrown structures.

  2. Nicely done. Thanks for sharing the technique.

  3. Kevin,

    I love the look of the hills. What are the advantages of stepped hills over other hills in gaming? In WF the steps are quite big. Is it just about looks or does the slant make it more playable, or something else? Thoughts?

  4. Mark,

    Haha...the only advantage in these hills is they are quick to make with the materials I had on hand! I just didn't feel like going out to Home Depot and getting pink styrofoam, digging out the hot wire and smelling nasty fumes! But it's not like I haven't done that before!

  5. They look good, as you say quick and easy