Necropolis of Baron Mogulus

Fantasy scenery, generally used for tabletop wargames.

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Necropolis of Baron Mogulus

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Here's my collection of undead-themed terrain. A necropolis is a "city of the dead." After the pictures is the background on how it came to be. None of this terrain is for sale.

You can buy most of these terrain pieces from manufacturers like GW or Armorcast. (I didn't sculpt it.) This gallery is here to show you a collection of well-painted, themed terrain, to encourage you to start your own collection!
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Skull piles

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These piles of skulls are by Armorcast. I glued them to a foamcore base, added more skulls, bones and sketons, sanded the base and painted it. The skulls on spikes come from Lance & Laser.

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These are the smaller three piles of skulls.

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Graves

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These are the graves of the cemetery. Each row has a selection of tombstones, skulls and other odds-and-ends that you might expect to find in a fantasy graveyard. There are 19 rows. Most are about 3" wide, but I made the lengths all different. The tombstones come from all kinds of companies, but the majority are Games Workshop.

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In the upper left, the rat is dragging away two rotting heads. In the lower left, another rat is looking at a rotting head and thinking the same thing. On the same piece, the head of a pitchfork is leaning against the tombstone, ready for a hand to reach out from the grave and grab it.

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In the upper left, an arm is breaking up out of the ground, though it's hard to see in the photo. The skeleton rising from the ground on the upper right is from Reaper. In the lower right, two rats dig into the spilled guts of the torso of a hanged man. In the lower left, there's four heads on spikes, with some heads and skulls below them.

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In the upper right is a rotting arm and a coffin lid, both by GW. In the lower left, there's another coffin lid but it's upright between tombstones so it's hard to make out. Another head-on-a-stick adorns the piece to the lower-right.

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More graves

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These are the biggest two rows. There are some coffin lids, skulls on sticks, and the impaled skeleton from the GW Black Coach. (I stepped on the impaled skeleton to the upper right, impaling my foot. That was the only unpleasant part of building the necropolis!)

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The last of the rows of graves. The tombstones are from Armorcast. I tried something new with the bases, mixing talus (irregular pieces of rock) to the sand, then painting the talus grey. It wasn't tedious and produced a rubble effect. The necropolis was looking too freshly-mown.

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Here's another pic.

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Skull spikes

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I bought way too many of these skulls on sticks from Lance & Laser. Then I remembered how Vlad would impale prisoners on spikes, so many that the invading Turks thought it was a forest until they got close. So I glued the rest of them to a foamcore base and added several skulls on the ground, including some kind of monster rhino skull in the middle.

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Shrine

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This shrine came from Target Games, but I think they just bought some old Grendel pieces, cast them in resin and resold them for their game Chronopia. Anyway, this is a good piece. It doesn't take up much room on the table, but it has a lot of character.

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These two small tombs are excellent. They're resin, from Armorcast. I went to some effort to paint them carefully so that their detail would stand out.

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This is a back shot of the tombs. The detail on the sides is really excellent.

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Sunken cross

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This big resin cross, from Target Games, was supposed to be mounted on another piece, but I thought something so big would probably be the first to fall. So I cut out the center of a piece of foamcore and glued the cross down in it. Then I painted it and it turned out well.

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Pillars

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In the process of collecting things for my necropolis, I got more and more pillars. When I began assembling the necropolis, I decided the pillars would be based individually so they could be moved around. This picture is of two evil pillars (left) and two good pillars (right) from Reaper, mounted on 25mm bases. I put them at different angles so you could see them. It was tempting to paint every leaf on them, but I decided they were carved that way and just painted them grey.

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These six pillars are old lead Grenadier menhirs mounted on 25mm bases. While painting them, I discovered four of them had words on the side: sea, chaos, hill and dwarf. They apparently came with Giant figures and the words were for each kind of Giant.

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I think these three pillars are from Reaper too. They have gargoyles atop pillars with skulls on the ground around them.

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These two Reaper gargoyles are meant to be used as miniatures, but I liked them as statues. They're mounted on 50mm bases.

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Here are three more pillars/statues. The ghostly one on the left is by Grenadier. The lizard-like one in the middle came from someone else's junk box when he sold his figs to me, so I don't know who made it. There's a snake crawling across the skulls on it. The cross to the right is actually the base of a Reaper figure.

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This is just a back-shot of the same pieces.

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This came from the same junk box as some other pieces. It's a big statue of death. I mounted it on it's own base since it's so heavy, and added some flock to make it look a little overgrown.

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These were the first four pillars I made. I glued old D&D figures (probably Grenadier or Ral Partha) to the tops of wedding cake pillars. They're very top-heavy and prone to breaking.

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Demon's arm

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I have a dragon from Ral Partha and don't have any intention of assembling it, so I used its arm as a separate piece. It came holding a tombstone and I wasn't about to let it get away. So I painted it like a demon's arm had broken up through the ground and was clinging to a large tombstone. It would make good chaos terrain for Warhammer, too.

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Giant's spine

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This was an attempt at making a giant spine jutting out of the earth. The spine itself is half of a kind of plastic tubing used to protect cables. When it was done, my cousin asked me, "What's that? Did you dig it out of the cat litter box?"

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Extra pieces

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These are a Reaper skeleton rising from the ground next to a GW plastic pillar and an old Grenadier ram gutted on a sacrificial altar.

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Skull rock

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This was carved with a hot wire cutter out of pink insulation foam. It's intended to resemble a rock chipped into two giant skulls, probably by beastmen or orcs.

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Walls

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To surround the necropolis, I needed tall walls. Here are pics of the 4" sections. I built 8 feet of fieldstone walls. The bricks were glued to 1"-wide strips of masonite (otherwise known as hardboard or medium-density fibreboard) for stability, durability and storage. For a color scheme, I decided on a mixture of dark blue and grey. That makes the necropolis seem more fantastic and fits the theme of my undead army, the Dusk Brigade.

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More walls

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I made two sections about 7.5" long just to see what they looked like. The second was made with junk bricks and was a test to see what fieldstone floor tiles looked like stood up on end.

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