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

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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

Cyberpunk Terrain Ideas

Cyberpunk terrain ideas

Immerse yourself in a neon-lit world where advanced technology meets urban decay and a constant struggle for it’s inhabitants. The urban sprawl is an enticing backdrop for miniatures games and with Cyberpunk 2077 being hot stuff at the moment, it’s a good time to start that Cyberpunk terrain project you’ve been thinking about!

Popular Cyberpunk Miniatures Games

Infinity (Corvus Belli) – This is one of our favorites at Saucermen Studios! It’s often set in densely packed terrain setups with lots of cover, height variations and high-tech themes.

Judge Dredd (Warlord Games) – Mega City One is all about the dystopian future set in a cyberpunk style city. Buildings, ramps, scatter and various cover are utilised here.

Cyberpunk Red – Combat Zone (Monster Fight Club) – A reactionary skirmish game where gangs battle in Night City. They’ll use battle damaged buildings, barricades, shipping containers and other scatter terrain.

Reality’s Edge (Osprey Games) – Shadowrunners fight in an ongoing campaign, using hackers clones, robots, etc in a cyberpunk future.

Painting Cyberpunk terrain

Cyberpunk terrain typically comes in two flavors… dirty or utopian. This is a reflection of the grim future of high-tech / low-life. It’s recommended to apply some good weathering techniques to your cyberpunk terrain such as grime, grease, dirt, etc but also have some good neon colours and light sources in there for good measure.

Check out the painting tutorial below which features Flatline City being painted:

Add LED lighting

Integrating LED lighting into your terrain project and 3D printed scenery is easier than ever now! Without any wiring or complicated hardware, you can add LED signs and internal illumination.

Add some posters

Posters are a cheap and easy way to bring your terrain projects to life!Check out these range of freely available terrain posters and check out the video below for a tutorial.

Flatline City – The ultimate Cyberpunk Buildings

We previously launched a hugely popular Kickstarter for Flatline City, it included a range of modular buildings and a number of additional sets. Furthermore, we followed up with a second wave of 3D printable terrain which expanded the cyberpunk terrain range even more! It has everything you need to build a Cyberpunk city table. Below are just a small amount of the 3D printable scenery you can build…

Scratch Built Sci-fi Terrain

If you’re more of a scratch builder or kitbasher, you should look at using greebles to add some quick and highly detailed features to your projects. Greebles are best printed in SLA (resin) but also work well with FDM printers.

scifi greebles 3d printable

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Saucermen Studios have a large range of Cyberpunk terrain, including modular buildings, scatter terrain and other 3D printable scenery.

How to paint 3D printed dungeon terrain

how to paint 3d printed dungeon terrain

3D printed scenery for Dungeons & Dragons and other tabletop games is great to enhance you gameplay experience and wow players! if you have access to a 3D printer, you can even crank out a huge amount of scenery for very little cost but with a mighty impact! Sets such as Dungeon Assault: Modular Walls are easy to set-up and change around to match your encounter.

We’ve put together a quick guide to help you easily paint fantasy terrain such as dungeon walls, castles and other ancient, stone scenery. it’s a super-quick and effective process that uses cheap materials!

What you’ll need:

  • 3D printed fantasy terrain (such as Dungeon Assault)
  • Automotive primer / filler in a spray can (this is good)
  • Cheap craft acrylic paints (black, white, brown / burnt umber)
  • Sponges, cheap large drybrushes, fine detail brushes
  • Mini paints (silver, bronze)
  • Brown / dirty washes or inks
  • Flock / static grass, brown pigments & glue
  • Airbrush (if available)
3d printed fantasy terrain

Step 1 – Print your terrain

We recommend using an FDM printer such as the Ender 3 for printing terrain. Standard slicer settings are great but we also have a guide for print setting here.

Step 2 – Prime your 3D printed terrain

Automotive filler/primer is great for laying down the first coat on PLA prints. It forms a base for the next layers and covers any imperfections that may have appeared during printing.

Step 3 – Paint a black base coat

Black is an excellent starting point for your colours as we’ll bring it up to highlights later on.

Step 4 – Stipple on some mud & grime!

Using an uneven (torn) sponge, apply some brown to the recesses of the primed model to break up the black and establish grimey areas.

Step 5 – Dry Brush the stone

Starting from a mid grey, up to white, use a large brush to drybrush stone onto all the stone / brick areas.

Step 6 – Paint the bolts & small details

Using a fine detail brush and mini paints, paint the bolts anything metallic and other details or features

Step 7 – Paint wood

Change gears from stone to wood and paint the wood areas. Dark brown to lighter highlights.

Step 8 – Add more grime!

We use an airbrush with a dirty brown ink to add some dirty patches, grime and general misery. You could also apply washes with a large brush if you don’t have an airbrush.

Step 9 – Add moss

We mixed a bunch of different basing materials together such as flock, leaves, staic grass and ‘earth’ pigments. When mixed together we brush PVA glue to the model and sprinkle on the moss mixture. You can also push the moss into desired areas with a brush if you want it to be really dense.

Recommended fantasy terrain:

Why You Need Modular Terrain

Modular Scifi Terrain

Playing with the same terrain every battle can get tedious after a few battles, but multi-part, modular terrain can unlock a huge range of features and play-ability.

Modular terrain is great!

Build & Expand Unique Sci-Fi Buildings

modular terrain
Examples from the Flatline City terrain series shown above

A small amount of sections goes a long way with modular terrain, by vertically stacking building sections and adding accessories and expansions horizontally, you can design and construct some really great tabletop terrain set-ups. It’s worth looking at terrain sets with a large number of compatible options to give you more variety. Check out the Flatline City terrain series as a great example of modular city building with a huge choice of sci-fi structures.

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Modular Terrain Tiles

It’s not all just about modular buildings. You can get a great range of modular terrain tiles that interconnect so that different layouts can be set-up. With this, you can create roads, factory floors, spaceships and more!

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Expand Terrain Upwards

A good modular terrain set will allow you to choose how tall you want to each building or terrain piece to be. The structure should be sturdy and even have the option for easily accessing playable interiors by lifting the upper sections and flooring sections.

Make Each battle different

With a collection of modular terrain, you can switch it up every single game. A The same terrain set could be used in 40K battles, Necromunda skirmishes and Infinity missions, all as different structures. It’s worth painting different sections but keeping some parts universal too.

Connect to Walkways & Accessories

Walkways, stairs, gantries and accessories should be attachable to your modular terrain set so that you can easily change the function of the building and adapt the them to your particular game or mission. Consider how adding turrets, CCTV, ramps or even extra pipes could change the terrain.

Ash wastes terrain stl

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Modular Necromunda Terrain

Necromunda is a great example for a game that benefits from modular terrain. Think of how a modular piping system or walkway set can be used to wrap around buildings or add beneficial cover, while allowing access for a sniper to the upper levels!

Check out some great Necromunda Terrain ideas here.

Modular 40K Terrain

Warhammer 40K is another game that uses a variety of terrain, so consider how your 40k collection could be enhanced by adding the following modular sets:

Get more 40K terrain ideas here

How Do You Make Modular Terrain?

Terrain and tabletop scenery can be made in a number of ways, such as kitbashing, scratch building, adding greebles to MDF, etc, but if you have access to a 3D printer, it’s definitely worth looking at 3D printing your own terrain over traditional methods.

3D Print Modular Terrain

With thousands of 3D printable models files available, including a range of free STL files, 3D printing has become a standard for producing terrain at home for many hobbyists. below are some useful resources to help with 3D printing terrain.

Recommended 3D Printed Terrain Sets

Product Grid #1

Flatline City – Kickstarter STL Bundle

Flatline City – Kickstarter STL Bundle

Original price was: $299.00.Current price is: $159.00.
Flatline City: Second Wave – Kickstarter STL Bundle

Flatline City: Second Wave – Kickstarter STL Bundle

Original price was: $299.00.Current price is: $129.00.
Lost Colony: Spaceship Graveyard – Kickstarter Bundle

Lost Colony: Spaceship Graveyard – Kickstarter Bundle

Original price was: $169.00.Current price is: $89.00.
Grid City – Ruined Buildings STL

Grid City – Ruined Buildings STL

Original price was: $7.99.Current price is: $0.00.
DarkHyve Assault: System Terminals STL

DarkHyve Assault: System Terminals STL

Original price was: $2.99.Current price is: $0.00.
Ordus Station – Kickstarter Bundle

Ordus Station – Kickstarter Bundle

Original price was: $129.00.Current price is: $79.00.
Zectonium Prison Mines: Mega Drill STL

Zectonium Prison Mines: Mega Drill STL

Original price was: $2.99.Current price is: $0.00.