How to Paint 3D Printed Sci-fi Terrain

How to paint 3D printed scifi terrain

Creating immersive and visually striking wargaming terrain doesn’t need to take forever and isn’t locked in to a single technique. The process of painting incredible looking 3D printed terrain can be done with both regular brushes or an airbrush. In this article, we’ll explore tips and techniques to master the art of painting 3D printed sci-fi terrain for wargaming.

The goal: Create great looking terrain in a short time and minimal cost

1 – Preparation is Key

Before you start painting, ensure that your 3D printed terrain is properly prepared – If printing in PLA on an FDM printer, aim to use support-free designs such as those from Saucermen Studios, this will mean even less cleanup.

Clean off any stray bits of filament, sand any rough surfaces, and fill in any gaps or imperfections with putty. A smooth and clean surface will result in a more professional-looking paint job.

It’s a very good idea to prep your work area for a big and potentially messy job. Also consider that if using rattle cans or airbrushes, you will need suitable ventilation.

2 – Color Scheme Planning

Consider the theme and atmosphere you want to achieve for your sci-fi terrain. Are you aiming for a sleek futuristic cityscape or a weathered and battle-worn outpost? Plan your color scheme accordingly. Research sci-fi artwork or movie scenes for inspiration and use a color palette that complements the overall aesthetic. As an example, we have some great inspiration posts for futuristic cities here.

3 – Priming

Once the model’s surface is ready, prime the terrain with a primer of your choice. A rrattle can of auto primer/filler is cost effective and helps reduce print lines, but regular miniature primer such as Vallejo’s surface primer is also good but more expensive.

Priming the terrain creates a suitable surface for paint adherence. Use a light-colored primer to enhance the vibrancy of your paint colors. This step also helps to prevent issues like paint peeling or chipping and ensures that subsequent layers of paint adhere evenly.

4 – Base Coating

For the base coat, we recommend using cheap craft acrylics rather than more expensive miniature paints – This is purely based reducing the cost of materials whilst still achieving excellent results. Acrylic paints are used for this step due to their versatility and quick drying time.

Begin by applying a base coat of paint to cover the entire surface of your terrain. Use a brush or an airbrush for larger pieces. This layer sets the foundation for the subsequent details and effects.

Base Coating Tips & Considerations

  • Masking – Use masking tape to isolate or hide certain areas. This will give yo cleaner lines
  • Dark to light – Build up from dark colours

At this point it’s also when you need to decide if you will be airbrushing or drybrushing your terrain. there are pros and cons to each which we’ve pointed out below:

Airbrushing vs Drybrushing Terrain

Airbrushing Terrain:

Pros:

  • Gets paint onto the model fast
  • Smooth and even coverage
  • Easy to create gradient effects
  • Very efficient way of painting
  • Control of fine details

Cons:

  • Airbrush costs
  • Mixing paints to the right consistency
  • Learning curve
  • More equipment (the compressor) to store
  • Requires ventilation

Drybrushing Terrain:

Pros:

  • Very cost effective
  • Beginner friendly technique
  • Emphasizes texture and detail
  • No specialized equipment or material

Cons:

  • Limited coverage
  • Time consuming
  • Less control over transitions
  • Big projects can trash brushes

5 – Layering Colours

Expanding the process from the base coating phase, you should now build up you highlights to bring out the details of your 3D printed terrain by layering on additional colors. This is where your chosen color scheme really comes into play. Use smaller brushes for fine details and gradually build up the layers. Consider dry brushing to highlight raised surfaces and edges, giving your terrain a more realistic and textured appearance.

6 – Fine Brush Details

Now you have all the base coat and layers down, it’s time to take a smaller brush, similar to those you’d use for painting miniatures, and brush on the small details. This often includes piping, wires/cables, terminals, lights, buttons, signs, etc. You can also switch over to your regular miniature paints for this step as the pigments are better suited for finer detail.

7 – Weathering and Aging Effects

For a battle-hardened or lived-in look, add weathering effects such as rust, dirt, or scorch marks. Dry-brushing with metallic paints can simulate a worn metal appearance, while washes and pigments can create a dirty or weathered effect. Experiment with different techniques to achieve the desired level of realism.

8 – Final Details

At this stage, your terrain is looking pretty good, but a few final touches could push it that extra mile. Consider adding the following to give it some extra realism and theme.

  • Posters – Grab some free printable posters and glue them onto the terrain. Get free posters here!
  • Stencils – Use stencils to add some quick and easy decals to surfaces. Get stencils here.
  • Moss & Mud – Similar to basing a miniature, you could glue strategically placed grass, moss, mud or other effects.
  • LEDs – No-wire LEDs can easily be placed inside buildings for extra immersion during games. See how to add LEDS here.
  • Wet Areas – Using gloss paints, water effects, resin, or even glues, you can create sludge or pooled water.
  • Snow – There are many snow effects available from mini paint suppliers.

Creating Necromunda Tiles

3D printing Necromunda Tiles Terrain

With the recent launch of the popular DarkHyve Assault terrain set, we wanted to explore how this modular terrain set can be used to create 3D printable Necromunda tiles, that are used in a similar way to Zone Mortallis by Games Workshop.

We’ll be using models from a handful of sets to create the following Necromunda terrain tile. It is hugely customisable and can be easily modified with the push-fit and stackable sections.

12 inch necromunda tile A Front

How big are Necromunda Tiles?

Typically, Necromunda tiles are 12x12inches. They are often combined to create tables that are 36×36 inches (three feet) or 48×48 inches (four foot).

In this article, we’ll look at building a single 12x12in Floor Tile with terrain that be used to get you started on your own project.

Building the Perfect Necromunda Table

Crafting a tabletop worthy of Necromunda’s gritty battles requires a few key elements to set the stage for epic conflicts in the underhive. These include:

  • Vertical platforms / Different levels
  • Scatter terrain
  • Walls
  • Doorways
  • Plenty of corners and cover options
12 inch necromunda tile A Back

What we’ll be using

In this example, we’ll be using models from the DarkHyve Assault terrain range. Specifically, the following 3D printable terrain sets:

12 inch necromunda tile A Parts

3D print all the parts

Using the sets above, print out the following models:

  • 1x Platform_A_02
  • 8x Platform_A_01
  • 2x Floor_B_02
  • 1x Door_Hinged_02
  • 1x Insert_01
  • 1x Insert_02
  • 1x Insert_03
  • 1x Insert_05
  • 2x Insert_07
  • 4x Insert_08
  • 4x Insert_09
  • 2x Insert_12
  • 4x Junction_01-Peg
  • 3x Junction_02-Peg
  • 1x Junction_03
  • 4x Junction_03-Peg
  • 4x Platform_Filler_A_02
  • 1x Wall_A_05
  • 1x Wall_A_09
  • 1x Wall_A_11
  • 1x Wall_A_15
  • 1x Wall_A_18
  • 3x Wall_A_23
  • 1x Wall_A_26
  • 1x Wall_A_27
  • 1x Wall_A_30
  • 2x Wall_A_22
  • 5x Insert_14
  • 1x Hatch
  • 2x Platform_Filler_B_07

Build guides & Instructions

We’ve got detailed instructions, parts lists and even build guides to help yo find, print, use and set-up your 3D printable terrain. Get them here.

Alternate Builds

With hundreds of models available for the DarkHyve Assault set, there’s a huge variety of options. Below is another set-up.

12 inch necromunda tile B Layouts

3D printed parts for the above 12 inch tile build

  • 4x Platform_A_01
  • 2x Platform_A_02
  • 12x Junction_02-Peg
  • 4x Double_Length_Beam_01
  • 2x Double_Height_Gothic_Windows_01
  • 2x Double_Height_Gothic_Windows_02
  • 4x Insert_001
  • 8x Insert_04
  • 4x Insert_06
  • 4x Insert_15
  • 3x Platform_A_03
  • 2x Floor_A_01
  • 3x Insert_005
  • 1x Insert_008
  • 1x Insert_01
  • 1x Insert_02
  • 2x Junction_01-Peg
  • 2x Topper-A_07
  • 1x Wall_A_27
12 inch necromunda tile B Parts
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Best 3D Printable Terrain of 2023

The best 3d printable terrain 2023

It’s been a great year for 3D printing in tabletop gaming and a lot of new 3D printable scenery sets have been launched. Below is a list of our best-selling terrain sets.

1 – Assault Series Terrain

This unique range of tabletop terrain has grown into a huge range of options. What started with modular, quick-snap walls for spaceship interiors for games such as Boarding Actions, has grown into offerings for Star Wars-Legion and become incredibly popular with Necromunda players with the release of our DarkHyve Assault Kickstarter!

Assault Series Terrain is great for:

  • Boarding Actions
  • Necromunda (Alternative to Zone Mortalis)
  • Star Wars Legion, Death Star Interiors
  • Fallout: Wasteland Warfare – Custom Build vaults and layouts

Check out the full collection of Assault Series Terrain here

2 – Zectonium Prison Mines

This was a big project that launched on Kickstarter this year. It included a customizable mining rig and prison facility with an impressive range of interactive features and scatter terrain.

Zectonium Prison Mines is great for:

  • Warhammer 40K Mining Rigs
  • Star Wars Legion Processing Facilities
  • Custom Build Platforms

Check out the full Zectonium Prison Mines collection here

3 – Flatline City

Still hugely popular after it’s launch in 2021, this set has also grown into a second wave which offers even more building shapes, scatter options and more! We’re gearing up to introduce a Third Wave in early 2024, further enriching the cyberpunk terrain range, promising even more enhancements and expansions.

Flatline City is great for:

  • Corvus Belli’s Infinity
  • Cyberpunk Red: Combat Zone
  • 40K & Necromunda
  • Judge Dredd Miniatures Game

Check out the full Flatline City range here

4 -Gothic Factory Ruins

40K terrain would be nothing without ruined buildings and our 3D printable gothic ruins set has been added to so that if offers a great deal of modular set-ups and custom layouts in a variety of heights and configurations.

Check out the Gothic Ruins here

5 – Ancient Aliens Terrain

With a variety of ancient alien ruins, monoliths and machine relics, our alien scenery packs continue to be very popular with Necron players and RPG systems where an off-world civilization is called for.

Check out the Alien sets here


How to Make Your Own 3D Printable Terrain

Our Custom terrain building app BeamDown continues to help tabletop gamers construct their own 3D printable Sci-fi terrain.

Get Building your own terrain here!


Get Free 3D printable Terrain!

Explore samples from our diverse terrain options and elevate your gaming setups by downloading some of our FREE 3D printable terrain.

Is it Worth Getting a 3D Printer for Warhammer Terrain?

Is it worth getting a 3D printer for warhammer terrain

If you’re looking to print your own Warhammer terrain, a 3D printer might be a great investment. Learn which type of printer is best and how you can save money on cheap terrain.

You may be asking yourself whether buying a 3D printer is worth it for printing terrain, the answer is yes… If you want more than a handful of buildings. Definitely, if you want a full table packed with variety! If you want to print miniatures as well, there’s a few considerations.

Should You Get an FDM Printer for Warhammer?

Large terrain is best suited to FDM printers – If you’re new to 3D printing, it’s important to know that there are two types of 3D printers. You can read more about the differences between FDM and resin printers but essentially, FDM printers are excellent for large terrain models such as buildings, but resin printers win for miniatures, scatter terrain and bases.

See examples of terrain printed on a resin printer

See examples of terrain printed on an FDM printer

Is FDM good for miniatures?

FDM printers are not great at printing miniatures but excel at printing terrain. Look at getting a resin printer for 3D printing miniatures.

Which is the best 3D printer for Warhammer 40k?

We recommend the Creality Ender 3 for printing terrain and use them for most of our test prints in the studio, they’re a reliable and cheap work-horse with great results!

We previously wrote about which 3D printer is best for Warhammer but it really boils down to how much you want to spend and what size and quality terrain you want to print. Remember that printing terrain vs printing miniatures have slightly different technologies (PLA vs resin) with current printing technologies.

Cheap Warhammer Terrain

Owning a 3D printer gives you ability to crank out some cheap terrain. Once you buy the STL files, you can print as much as you like! FDM printers use PLA filament, usually in 1KG rolls which cost around $25aud / $17usd. Check out exactly how much terrain you can print with 1KG of PLA here.


Essentially, once you’ve made the initial outlay of a 3D printer, some PLA and some STL files, you’ve got some really cheap terrain!

Further reading on 3D printing terrain:

Best Warhammer 3D print terrain:

Below are the most popular 3D printable terrain products available from Saucermen Studios, you can also get some great Warhammer 40K terrain inspiration here.

Cardboard Terrain Vs 3D Printed Terrain

cardboard vs 3d printed terrain

Two very popular choices for no-hassle terrain at the moment are 3D printed STL files and cardboard, foldable terrain with printed surfaces. Both have pros and cons, so we’ll explore which is best for tabletop wargaming terrain.

Cardboard Terrain Vs 3D Printed Terrain

3D Printed Terrain

3D printed terrain is becoming increasingly popular in the world of wargaming. The technology of both FDM and resin printers allows for intricate and detailed terrain to be created at very little cost, giving gamers a more realistic and immersive gaming experience. With 3D printing, terrain can be printed in a variety of materials, including plastic (PLA) and resin (SLA).

PROS:CONS:
Incredible amount of detail

Can be re-scaled

Print as many as you like

Cheap to produce

Instant download of STL files

Often hugely modular

Strong structures

Many working parts such as hinged doors, LED integration, etc
Needs painting

Can take time to print

You’ll need a 3D printer

Cardboard Terrain

Cardboard Terrain is often provided in starter boxes, such as the Infinity ‘operation’ boxes, it is foldable, already has artwork printed on it and can represent a wide variety of themes. Cardboard terrain stores well but isn’t durable in the long-term.

PROS:CONS:
Artwork already on the walls and floor

Folds down flat for storage

Portable
Basic shapes / very blocky

Easily damaged / torn

Not very strong

Why 3D Printed Terrain is the Better Option

OK, so we’re obviously biased as a 3D printable terrain design studio, but we feel that while cardboard terrain does have some great strengths and features, 3D printed wargaming terrain is just way more diverse, rewarding and encouraging of an immersive game.

If realism, durability a wide range of options and features is important to you as a gamer, the it’s definitely worth looking at 3D printed terrain. Once you make the initial investment of your 3D printer, materials and simple learning curve, you can access thousands of 3D printable scenery models and print out as much as you like! In addition, terrain painting projects can be hugely rewarding too!

3D Print Your Own Starship Interiors!

3D printed starship interiors with playable interiors

There’s a growing number of skirmish wargames that can be set on Starships, this includes the likes of Games Workshop’s Boarding Actions, Star Wars Legion, Stargrave, and a number of RPG systems. It’s useful to have a modular terrain set that allows you to quickly and easily build custom starship layouts. These could be Imperial Star Destroyers, alien battlecruisers, civilian transport ships, generation colony ships, 40K voidcraft, to name but a few.

Spaceship terrain with playable interiors

We’ve designed a lot of sci-fi terrain for tabletop wargamesgames and RPG encounters over the years and have decided to share some of our thoughts for designing your own tables and scenarios below.

Star destroyer interiors legion terrain

What Games Can Use Playable Interiors?

  • Boarding Actions
  • Covus Belli’s Infinity
  • Star Wars Legion
  • Stargrave
  • Necromunda
  • Cyberpunk Red

Quick terrain set-up

Playing is the fun part, so we believe that one of the most important considerations for building your own spaceship terrain is how long it takes to set-up the table and pack away at the end. Think about how your sections connect together and how easily it can be stored afterwards.

Plan the Sections

A good starting point when planning your Spaceship interior terrain would be to ask yourself if you’re setting up an entire starship or just a cross-section which may feature a small number of rooms. Smaller ships could be used for Stargrave missions on a derelict ship, whilst individual sections of the ship would be more suitable to games of Boarding Actions as you fight in the guts of the engine rooms.

Consider the scatter terrain that is associated with different sections of a star-ship interior. Some examples below:

  • Bridge – Consoles, chairs, command stations
  • Engine Room – Machines, pipes, terminals
  • Crew quarters – Beds, lockers, furniture

Next, think about whether you want multiple levels, platforms or decks, joined together with ladders, elevators or hatchways. Make sure it looks good but is also playable.

Is the ship still operational?

Depending on the theme you’re choosing, you may be playing on a spaceship graveyard or a fully functioning imperial star destroyer. Make the features fun to play on and give plenty of opportunities for objectives and cover.

Sets such as Spaceship Graveyard offer modular spaceship terrain with playable interiors that can be built to multiple levels and section.

Modular Terrain

A good set of modular terrain allows you change the layout for each mission, battle or encounter and can be set-up at various sizes. Furthermore it can be made to sprawl out across the game mat or raised vertically for extra height.

Consider if you need glue or clips to connect the modular sections together of it is freestanding or self-connecting

Removable doors and hatchways

Boarding Actions Terrain Ideas

We’re very excited about the recent release of Boarding Actions by Games Workshop and have recently dropped a new terrain range that seems to be very popular with Boarding Actions player.

Our latest Modular Wall System – The ‘Assault Series‘ is designed to be quick to set-up, include options for various themes and include removable doors and hatchways.

We recommend Assault series terrain

  • Modular Sections
  • Huge variety of parts
  • Snaps together easily
  • Lots of detail!
  • Hinged or slide-in doors
  • 3D print as much as you like!

Printing Terrain on a Resin Printer

printing terrain on a resin printer

Resin printers deliver incredibly high detailed results compared to FDM printers, but materials cost a lot more in comparison.

Can you print terrain in resin?

Yes but it’s recommended for smaller models such as scatter and walls. Larger buildings are more cost effectively printed in PLA on a FDM printer such as the ender 3.

If you’re new to 3D printing terrain, check out our beginners guide to 3D printing terrain.

We also recommend:

Examples of Resin vs FDM prints

Below are examples of the same models from the Ship Assault terrain set. On the left are prints from and FDM printer (Creality Ender 3), on the right are resin prints (Anycubic Mono 4K). You can see much crisper detail on the resin prints.

Resin vs fdm terrain prints

The detail will be insane… get some models to match!

Resin printers will deliver some high definition results in your prints so make sure you get some STL files that are designed well. All of the terrain at Saucermen Studios are delivered with an impressive level of detail. Buy STL files here.

Terrain examples printed on a resin printer

Below are some prints from the Zectonium Prison Mines terrain set from Saucermen Studios. These are modular components made up of separate corners, walls, platforms and inserts.This combined platform is 10x10xm wide.

Printed with Siraya tech fast grey on photon mono and Creality LD002. Flat on plate, no supports, hollowed.

RESIN PRINTING 1

Tips for printing terrain in resin

  • Print your resin terrain hollow
  • Ensure you dig multiple holes to allow the resin to drain (multiple holes avoids a vacuum)
  • Print directly on the plate – Freeze the plate to remove prints
  • If the terrain too big for your plate, split it into multiple sections using software such as Meshmixer

Hollow out your terrain prints on a resin printer

To save resin and make the models lighter, you can hollow out the resin prints. In your slicer, add multiple holes to allow resin to drip back out during the printing process.

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Should you print terrain with supports?

Many people recommend printing bases and terrain on a resin printer with supports BUT we’ve found that printing directly onto the plate works great and you get far cleaner and more precise detail. You just need to use a simple technique to help remove the models from the build plate as they tend to stick quite well.

Removing resin prints, stuck on the build plate

When you print directly onto the build plate with a resin printer, you may need help removing the prints. There are three methods for this, each have pros and cons so ensure you consider safety* and potential damage to the model:

  • Using a scraper – Brute force can remove the model but often results in damage or chipping
  • Pour hot water – Use a freshly boiled kettle to pour hot water on the build plate
  • Put your plate in the freezer – Pop your build plate, with stuck models in a tub and freeze for 5 mins. The prints should pop off.

*Safety notes – Using tools forcefully, hot water and resin near food prep areas needs some precautions.

Resin prints can be Brittle

Standard SLA resin can be brittle and does not flex. For these reasons your terrain may not be as durable as needed for games or transporting. If durability is something you need, check out some long-life durable resins such as the TUFF resin from Monocure 3D.

Resin printers are not ideal for printing flexible parts, as the cured resin is generally quite rigid. However, there are flexible resins available that can produce slightly flexible parts. The lack of flexibility also means that using features such as OpenLock Clips may not function as intended.

Be prepared for adding supports and cleaning up the print

Resin prints win on detail but do need some file set-up in the slicer in addition to needing to be cleaned and processed, which involves chemicals and UV light.

Choosing a resin printer for wargaming terrain

The print volume (plate size) and resolution should both be taken into account when selecting a resin printer for 3D printing terrain. The size of the objects that can be printed depends on the build volume, whereas the degree of detail that can be achieved depends on the resolution. It goes without saying that price increases with size and resolution.

Popular resin printers include the following for 3D printing terrain:

  • Elegoo Mars 2, has a build volume of 129 x 80 x 150 mm
  • Anycubic Photon Mono X, has a build volume of 192 x 12 x 245 mm
  • Phrozen Sonic, has a build volume of 134 x 75 x 200 mm

What is OpenLock and how does it connect?

What are OpenLock Clips

What are OpenLock Clips?

The OpenLock Clip System is a method for connecting terrain and 3D printed accessories. OpenLock Clips were designed by Printbale scenery. The System uses clips and sockets to quickly and easily join two models together. At Saucermen Studios, we often use it in our terrain sets to allow secure connections in our modular sets. It has been used in Flatline City and Spaceship Graveyard.

Lost Colony OpenLock Connection
Example of how OpenLock Clips are used to create spaceship wreckage

Modular terrain that snaps together

The OpenLOCK system allows sections or accessories to snap together and create complex layouts for your terrain. There usually isnt any gap between pieces as the fit is seamless. Because the pieces are modular, gamers can create terrain pieces that are specific to their gaming needs.

3D printed pipes terrain
Modular piping system using OpenLock Clips to connect sections

A Cost effective terrain solution!

As with most 3D printed terrain, you can print your collection slowly over time and add parts as needed. OpenLock is no different and if any clips should snap or get lost, you simply print some more. Because the pieces are 3D printed, you can create an unlimited number of terrain pieces at a fraction of the cost of buying pre-made terrain. Additionally, because the terrain is modular, gamers can reuse pieces to create new configurations, which means that you don’t need to constantly buy new terrain pieces to create new gaming environments.

Can OpenLock Clips be printed in resin?

In our experience, we don’t recommend printing OpenLock Clips in resin but do advise using PLA as it has some flexibility. The nature of the clips will flex slightly when inserted into the OpenLock Sockets, so resin would be too brittle.

OpenLock Clip Download

Need an OpenLock Clip fast? Click here to download the STL

What terrain sets use OpenLock Connections?

3D Printed D&D Terrain

3D printed dungeons and dragons terrain

Dungeons & Dragons is a dynamic and often chaotic game where anything can happen. The DM needs to be prepared and have a toolbox of miniatures and terrain that’s ready to go and easy to adapt to a range of encounters and scenarios. Furthermore, the scenery should also inspire the imagination of the players whilst functioning as a visual aid that works cohesively with the 5e rule-set.

3D printable modular terrain

We recommend that you use modular terrain that can be quickly and easily set-up. Key considerations for your 3d printed D&D terrain are:

  • How much do you need?
  • Does it fit a 1 inch grid
  • Can you 3D print it… lots of it?
  • Does it have lots of variety in it’s design?
  • Can you remove the doors
  • Does it include gaps, damaged sections and ladders?
  • Can it be easily painted?

A great set for this is the Dungeon Assault terrain set from Saucermen Studios as it ticks off all of the above features and more!

D&D Terrain for Encounters

Another thought for your D&D terrain is to have a few feature pieces in your collection that are great to pull out for a fight, meeting or random encounter. They should offer theme nut also be functional in game by offering cover, or places to find loot, etc. These could include:

  • Ruins
  • Old relics
  • Ancient Pillars
  • Natural formations such as crystals or rocks

Buy 3D printable terrain for D&D

How do you paint 3D printed D&D terrain?

Don’t make extra work for yourself. Keep the painting process simple – We previously did a write up about how to paint your dungeon scenery (see link below).

Our quick tips for painting 3D printed D&D terrain would be:

  • Use old brushes to quickly drybrush
  • Use house paint or cheap craft acrylic
  • Add some organic growth with flock or static grass
  • Add some dirt or grime (weathering) by slapping or dripping on inks or washes

How to 3D print terrain

Marvel Crisis Protocol Terrain Sizes

marvel crisis protocol terrain sizes

Terrain in Marvel Crisis Protocol is associated with a size value. The terrain size represents the size and weight of the individual scenery piece. Full terrain rules can be found in the ‘Terrain’ section of the MCP rules from AMGs website.

Terrain in Marvel Crisis Protocol is Interactive. This means that certain characters can throw it, jump on it, fly above it, or just hide behind it!

We’ve compiled a list of the sizes with our suggestions for suitable terrain, all of which are available as STL files for you to download and 3D print (links below).


MCP Terrain Sizes Examples

Size 1 – Benches, Small Crates, Lampposts, etc

The examples above are all small pieces of scatter terrain that are most likely thrown by weaker characters or used as cover by smaller heroes. You can see vending machines, terminals, rooftop accessories and crates containing robots.


Size 2 – Dumpsters, Cryo Tubes, Cars, etc

As the scenery gets slightly larger, the features get more pronounced. You can see chunks of damaged cargo, teleporters, street vendor stalls, large computer desks and rooftop ducts.


Size 3 – Kiosks, Billboards, Food Trucks, etc

Vehicles and engine wreckage are shown above in addition to shipping containers buildings, larger industrial machinery and hi-tech advertising boards with LED integration.


Size 4 – Trucks, Market Stands, etc

These big terrain features are large enough to hide behind for most characters and on the heavier end of interactivity. Crashed fighter jets, scaffolding, caravans, junk piles, market stalls and spaceship wreckage are all great options!


Size 5 – Buildings, Monoliths, Pyramids, etc

These are the largest terrain pieces used in Marvel Crisis Protocol. We’ve shown some modular buildings, alien obelisks and some other themeatic structures.


Marvel Crisis Protocol STL files

3D printing terrain is a great idea for any tabletop gamer. You have the option to scale the STL file up or down to match a particular Marvel Crisis Protocol Terrain Sizes and even print as much as you like!

See Marvel Crisis Protocol STL files

How much terrain for marvel crisis protocol?

The MCP rules state that you should include a minimum of 12 terrain features. These should be a mix of the available sizes, but most be sized 2-4.

What size map for Crisis Protocol?

MCP is played on a 3×3′ game mat

Buy Marvel Crisis Protocol Terrain Packs

Saucermen Studios has a range of 3D printable terrain packs designed for games such as Marvel Crisis Protocol. The bundles include a large amount of terrain set around a particular theme. See some of the popular options below