DarkHyve Assault Terrain – Launching Soon on Kickstarter!

DarkHyve Assault terrain Kickstarter now live

We’re about to launch our SEVENTH, large 3D printable terrain bundle on Kickstarter. This unique printable scenery is compatible with other sets from our Assault Series terrain range which is ‘push-fit’ and easy to use. Mix & match walls, pillars, junctions, platforms, doors, accessories and thematic inserts to craft your ideal terrain setup that’s different every game!

DarkHyve assault terrain

Check out the pre-launch page here.

Ideal Necromunda Terrain

This wargaming terrain is designed for customised environments and the perfect backdrop for underworld gangs, ravaging cyber thugs, deep-space scavengers, vault dwellers, military squads, and other tabletop skirmish games with sci-fi themes.

What supplies for Painting Wargaming Terrain?

Painting wargaming terrain

There are certain items that every terrain painter needs to have in their arsenal to help paint terrain quicker and with a wider range of details and effects. Below are our top tools for painting tabletop terrain.

Brushes for tabletop terrain

You’ll need a range of brushes for painting tabletop terrain. As scenery is a lot bigger than miniatures, you’ll need some larger brushes in additional to fine detail brushes. You can also get away with a lot cheaper brushes for painting scenery.

We recommend:

  • Fine detail miniature brushes
  • Cheap Makeup brushes for drybrushing
  • Cheap(ish) brushes for painting terrain features – Check out something like the ‘Golden Maple’ brush set
  • Old brushed for oil paint washes and streaks

Acrylic Paints for scenery

Small bottles and pots of miniature paints such as Citadel, Vallejo or Army Painter won’t go far on terrain projects, so it’s worth grabbing a selection of cheap craft paints in squeezy tubes. These can be diluted for extra coverage and even mixed into large dropper bottles to suit your needs. Some p;eopel also recommend using sample pots of indoor, waterbased house paint for painting terrain.

Airbrush for tabletop gaming

An airbrush is a great tool for painting terrain quickly and efficiently. Airbrushing allows you to create smooth gradients and textures on large surfaces, making it ideal for painting large terrain pieces – You can even use airbrush stencils to add details. It is also useful for creating weathering effects and adding subtle details to your terrain. While an airbrush can be expensive, it is a worthwhile investment if you plan to create a lot of terrain.

Spray Bottle

A small spray bottle can be used for several handy things such as flushing out an airbrush in-between colour changes, filling with paint / PVA water mixes to prime basic terrain projects, and of course, cleaning up!

Sponges for weathering

The foam that often comes in blister packs or model kits… keep that! It’s great for ripping up and using to stipple grime, rust or paint flakes onto the edges of terrain.

Washes for adding grime

You can use pre-mixed pots of inks or washes such as Agrax Earthsade or Vallejo Model wash, but mixing oil paints and a solvent thinner such as artist turps is a great way to weather your terrain, add dirt to the recesses and add nasty streaks.

Recommended colours:

  • Black
  • Brown / Umber
  • Rust
  • Green

3D Printer for accessories and extra terrain

3D printers are an incredibly useful tool to have around for terrain projects.

How can 3D printers help your terrain painting projects?

  • 3D print accessories for your paint set-up or studio
  • 3D print greebles or terrain parts
improve mdf terrain with 3d printed greebles

Pigments for rust and grime

Artist pastels, pigments and comemrcial rust mixtures are usually set with solvent such as isoproply alchohol and are great for adding grime, rust or other weathering. It can be applied as-is, or set and painted over for added texture.

Spray Paint for base coating

Rattle cans are quick and easy ways to lay down paint if you don’t have access to an airbrush. You can apply base coats or spray from above or 45 degrees to apply zenithal highlights and surface colours.

Airbrush Stencils for tabletop gaming

Airbrush stencils are an easy way to add decals, lettering and other marking to your projects.

Think about using stencils to add:

  • Hazard marking
  • Chevrons
  • Icons or logos
  • Words
  • Lines and shapes
  • Arrows
  • Thematic symbols
how to use airbrush stencils

Masking Tape

For protecting certain areas from paint or colour, you can use masking tape. It also allows you to mask simple straight lines for crisp edges and stripes.

Hobby Knife

A good sharp knife is always good to have around for cutting off unwanted parts of your terrain project or even adding damage such as cuts, missing chunks or scratches.

Paint Pallete & Mixing Pots

We’ve mentioned various paints, glues, pigments and oils above, so so’ll want to make sure you’ve got a selection of (ideally reusable) mixing surfaces and containers.

Glue for tabletop gaming

PVA glue and superglue are another essential item to have close at hand. Use the right glue on the right material to repair, add stuff or apply texturing.

Flock, Sand & Static Grass

Organic textures can be added to your terrain sets with any number of grass flocks, sand, modelling flock or even sawdust! It’s worth trying different mixtures of these and getting an understanding of what can be painted over. EG, sand and PVA, when set looks great when drybrushed

Turntable (Lazy Suzan)

A spinning platform or turntable means you can have your terrain piece in front of you, at the right height and be able to spin it around without having to touch it! It’s a simple thought but an absolute game-changer!

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

Buy Cyberpunk Terrain

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

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.

Buy modular buildings

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!

Buy modular tiles

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

Buy modular walkways

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.