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Here's the quickest terrain you've ever built. No glue ... no special tools. You just need the foam inserts inside Games Workshop boxes and some paint.

When Warhammer 40k Fifth edition came out, someone described to me how area terrain works. I thought, "Wow that sounds like a project on my shelf I've been calling the 'cheap terrain project' because it was so easy."

Here's the deal: inside many of the GW boxes are these inserts; expanded polystyrene foam used to hold the metal bits. Not all GW boxes have these and I'm afraid they're using them less and less, but you might have some. Here's an example from a Vampire Counts Black Coach box:




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This is where the project was at when WH 40k 5th ed came out: one piece I had cut up and begun to paint.



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I hunted through all my boxes and bags until I'd found 28 of them. Here's a pic of what I did with them:




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Now, I'm insane. I used a hot wire cutter to make them look more like rubble. Then I coated each with DAP elastomeric patching compound, painted them with black acrylic latex paint, sprayed them with white spraypaint, and finally sprayed them with matte varnish. This thick, rubbery coat means you can throw them across the room and unless they land on a family of porcupines, they don't get damaged.

You can save time by just tearing off the tops with your fingers and painting them with common house paint.

These quick rubble pieces are light, durable, easy to store, easy to transport, and fast to make. They're just the right height for 28mm miniatures. The walls are the right thickness for 28mm games and the sections within each piece look like they used to be rooms. They're super easy to repair.

An interesting use of these is to stack them up. If you have a lot, they kind of look like tall ruined buildings.

Here are close-ups of the pics.

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