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Welcome to r/Terrainbuilding!

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This is the spot for all types of tabletop terrain. From D&D to Infinity, we'll take all comers. We love to see what our fellow Redditors are making for their games. Post your work in progress projects and completed works. The regulars here are always happy to answer any questions you may have about materials or methods!

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Before You Post Kickstarter Links are frowned upon: If you are the creator of the Kickstarter - by all means post your work in progress photos, some of your painted final products, and please talk about what you're trying to accomplish. Members of the community can easily locate your product by clicking on your Reddit Profile or using Google. This rule has been implemented for the continuous Kickstarter topics that are posted that contain a simple link with a 3d render and it's Kickstarter goals.

Auction Links will be removed. No direct links to eBay or your Etsy store. You can mention that the piece of terrain is for sale in the comments and members of the community can direct message you for the link. r/terrainbuilding is not responsible for any financial transactions that occur through comments or personal messages. Be smart! Please check out r/miniswap

Offering Services: Less is More Do not post frequent topics offering services or links to your commission website – these will be deleted. r/terrainbuilding is not responsible for any financial transactions that occur through comments or personal messages. Be smart! Please check out r/brushforhire for hiring other artists through a better avenue than this sub.

3D Printing

You are not allowed to post unpainted 3D Prints or advertise for 3D print kickstarters. We allow the creator or pledgers of kickstarters, commission painters, and YouTube personality to post their videos, products, and services but within reason. This sub can easily turn into an advertisement list of products, webstores, or STL download sites. We want to keep the homegrown forum community vibe thats welcoming to new players without spamming them with products to buy.

e.g. User crossposts a new render every other day in blender posts of variations D&D furniture on ten other subs.

This is disallowed The cross-posts are really low effort

e.g. Artist creates a free STL and prints it out and paints it with a basic drybrush

this is allowed

If someone is PAINTING 3d prints.... they should absolutely be able to post their terrain. 3D printing is probably the future and there shouldn't be any grievances against those who print.

Awesome Terrain related sites:

u/pixelastic's awesome subreddit image parser

The Terrain Tutor on youtube

Diorama Man

Iron Archives


Hirst Arts Fantasy Architecture

HA Tips and Tricks

HA Casting Tutorial

Foamcore Tutorial

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Making an Embossed Ceiling for Miniatures

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18:29 UTC


A Guide on Making Your Own Cheap Crackle Paint/Paste for Terrain Building

Hi there

I wanted to make a red planet playing table for 40k and OPR and I had in mind that parts of it should look like dried out lake beds or salt flats so I needed crackling paint or paste for that. This comes with two problems:

  1. I'm not going to buy enough GW crackle paint to cover a table because I'd not be able to afford rent if I did
  2. GW crackle paint makes very small crackles and I wanted them to be a bigger scale

So I went and searched for tutorials on how to make my own that would be cheaper and modifiable but I had a really hard time finding anything.

Because of this, I thought I would share my experiences here so if somebody has similar goals as me, they might follow this guide or take it as a start and do some tests on their own to find something that works for them. I'm also happy to hear from others that might have some experience with making their own crackle paint.

As a start, I found this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QppkO9IyUOU and I liked how his end product looked so I went and bought some diatomaceous earth and went on to mix it in different rations of water and glue but I could only ever get very fine cracks that I assumed would fill up with paint rather quickly.

These are the best results I got with that mixture:



If you like these results, you can use the rations on the plates as a guide, it's water to glue to diatomaceous earth.

I then went through a whole process of addatives and rations and different glues and whatever to try and get bigger cracks:


Until I landed on a formula that makes pretty big cracks, even with a pretty thin layer of paste, is solid when dried, pretty cheap, thick enough to be sculpted but can be thinned out to the point of being pourable. These are the (quickly and badly painted) results I got with that mixture:

This was thinned down and poured into the ditch.

This was applied to a very rough base so the cracks are more irregular than they would be on a flat base.

The trick I ended up using was making a past out of starch, water and salt that loses a lot of volume when drying and making this paste should be your first step:

Step 1: Make starch paste

For the paste, mix 1 tablespoon of corn starch and 1 tablespoon of salt into 1 cup of water and heat that up in a pan or in the microwave. Heat it until the starch gelatinizes and you get a very gloopy mixture. Watch out, this will be very sticky and super hot so you don't want to get it on your skin.

Add water to this mixture until it becomes the consistency of toothpast and for every tablespoon of water you add, add another pinch of salt. The salt is there to inhibit bacterial growth because we've essentially made pudding. It will dry out when you use it and not much will be able to grow in it once dried but we don't want to take any risks so it should be suuuuper salty when it's done.

This mixture will thicken up when cooled completely so let it cool and then come back and add more water and salt to it until you have a workable consistency.

Step 2: Mix cracke paste to desired consistency

Take 2 parts of your starch paste and add to that 2 parts by volume of diatomaceous earth powder and 0.5-1 part wood or hobby glue. If your glue is more flexible when dried, add a bit less and if it's more brittle when dried, add a bit more.

This is your crackle paste ready. You can now add different things to it:

  • Water or alcohol (if you want it to dry faster) to thin it out, make it smoother or even pourable, it all works.
  • Paint or pigments if you want it to have a certain color. Just don't use too much paint or replace some of the glue with it. The paste is also quite easy to paint once dried.
  • Sand or gravel if you want it to have some texture.

Step 3: Apply, let dry, paint

Apply your past with a spatula, a spoon, your fingers, whatever you want. If you want the cracks to be more irregular, make the surface you spread your past on a bit bumpy. Porous surfaces can give you some bubbles in your paste but they are hardly noticeable.

A note on diatomaceous earth:

It is used in poultry farming to inhibit mites in coops and stuff so you can get it for pretty cheap online. And please wear a mask and goggles when working with it. It's a very fine abrasive powder that will attack mucus membranes when it comes in contact with them.

I hope you found this guide helpful and as stated above, I'm happy to hear from others on how they managed to get some good DIY cracke pastes going. In any case, I had a lot of fun experimenting with mine.

16:55 UTC


Making an AWESOME display case form my Ork Kill Team

16:00 UTC


A small part of Middle Earth

So after 3-4 years in the making over time, I partly finished my modular Middle Earth inspired terrain. My plan was to include several biomes, namely the Shire, small parts of the Pelennor fields, a bit of Rohan and the Old Forest, because these are parts of my favourite areas in the universe. I will still keep going to enhance and change various things. My first plans will be to add better fences, change the pond in the Shire area, add more small details, change the area around the festivity tree and also increase the stability of the black borders at each board (if you have any suggestions how I could do that let me know :D). I woud love to hear your thoughts, additions, changes and criticism so I can improve the map more. Thanks and Cheers












12:27 UTC


Hanger inserts for foam terrain boards. (free file in comments)

20:44 UTC


Some laser cut terrain designed and cut by me.

17:50 UTC


How tall would you make 1 floor for 28mm scale? (Middle Earth Strategy Battle Game)

Making some ruins for my Buddy and I to have in our games, can’t figure out the scale of how high would be a good fit for both clearance of models but also looking good. Any input is appreciated 😊

14:50 UTC


Finally making some progress

Been on and off working on my first foam build. Was really nervous to do my ink wash but i think it came out pretty great. Going to do another highlight pass and add some moss. Any feedback or advice would be appreciated 🙂

13:47 UTC


I just found this sub reddit

I am new this this, and I was wondering how to get into this hobby. I personally wanna make something, that would look neat in a tranchula encloser, any youtube videos and such I should look up? for how to make destroyed objects?

09:28 UTC


Is anyone planning on doing a terrain piece of the tree at Sycamore Gap?

Just curious since sometimes when I'm browsing through reddit it is hard to tell if some of the work here is a photo or a terrain piece when it first shows up. I expect if someone wanted to do it they'd be able to make a nice piece of terrain.

09:15 UTC


Finally done with my logged forest

Not too happy with the big one or how the spackle set on some but it's a learning process and I'm satisfied

03:15 UTC


How can I level out the base of this terrain piece?

02:39 UTC


My current WIP

Going to epoxy fill the moat. Add a few more details as well as a wash. The skulls need work. But it’s shaping up nicely

01:26 UTC


My son wanted a bunker for his army guys. Now I'll have to make some for myself.

23:17 UTC


10 points if you can guess what I’m building right now

17:24 UTC


What should I seal this with to protect from general wear?

I am fairly new to making terrain and I was wondering what I should seal this with for protection? I was thinking of some kind of acrylic varnish spray but I was worried about frosting due to the spray can.

16:45 UTC


Adding twigs and sticks

I'm working on my first 4'x8' 40k board and I just added some construction sand with gravel around the base of the rocky hills. I'd like to add some small twigs and sticks I find to simulate logs and branches but I'm unsure if I need to sanitize them first somehow. Should I bake them at a low temp or am I good to just lay them and spray with some mod podge mix?

13:58 UTC


How to make a Far West CHURCH - HORROR Lovecraft CTHULHU

08:12 UTC


Almost done

Even made my own flock

02:45 UTC


In 2 minutes, the nearest piece of styrofoam to you will explode. What do you do?

02:23 UTC

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