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.

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.

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

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Flatline City – Kickstarter STL Bundle

Flatline City – Kickstarter STL Bundle

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

Flatline City: Second Wave – Kickstarter STL Bundle

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

Lost Colony: Spaceship Graveyard – Kickstarter Bundle

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

Grid City – Ruined Buildings STL

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

DarkHyve Assault: System Terminals STL

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

Ordus Station – Kickstarter Bundle

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

Zectonium Prison Mines: Mega Drill STL

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