Iron & Snow
by Chris "Spectacle" Walton
Like many, I played other miniature wargames for quite some time before being introduced to Warmachine ("Rob-Hey Chris, the guys told me about this awesome game with wizards and robots"). I had created terrain sets for those games and played happily; content with the knowledge that not only did my models look cool but my terrain reflected the contest of the games. After playing my first series of Warmachine games with my old terrain, there was something really bugging me...I needed to have my terrain fit in the theme of the game I was playing. This was the Iron Kingdoms; not a forest land, not 16th century Bavaria, not Space Rome! I had to create a board that fit with what I thought the IK world should look like. My duty was clear. Being that I play the only faction that really matters in Warmachine (yeah, I said it) and I had recently completed a snow board for a different game; there was only one logical choice. A Khador factory town! Now I could fight the weak bellied Southerners o the ground of my choosing! Before beginning, I sketched out a few ideas so that I had a clear idea of what I was getting into. I knew I wanted a big factory with smoke stacks and a few out-buildings. Here are the fruits of my labor...
1/4" strips of bass or balsa wood
1/8" styrene strip
O scale windows
The core from a toilet paper roll
Heavy card stock (Optional)
Step 1: Cut a base from masonite and bevel the edge. The minimum size you will need is 8" x 10".
Step 2: From foamcore cut two 6" x 10", two 4-1/2" x 1", one 4-1/2 x 4", two 4-1/2" x 4-1/2", and three 4-1/2" x 6" pieces.
Step 3: Cut the two 6" x 10" pieces of foamcore as shown in the graphic below. These will be the floor and the roof of the structure. (3A)
Step 4: Cut one of the 4-1/2" x 6" pieces of foamcore as shown in the graphic below. This will be the wall with the large sliding door. (4A)
Step 5: Glue the walls to a floor piece (5A). To ensure that all of the walls go together properly take special care to overlap the walls as shown in the graphic.
Step 6: Glue the roof in place 1/2" below top of wall to provide protection for the troops you place on the roof. (6A)
Step 7: Fashion steps out of foamcore (shown blue in photos).
Step 8: Glue on the doors and windows. Fashion frame and door of the large sliding door fro sheet styrene and attach.
Step 9: Cut and glue 1/4" wood strips to walls. Attach the upper piece 1/2" from top of wall and the lower piece 3/4" from ground.
Step 10: Fashion corner supports out of sheet styrene or heavy stock and attach. (10A)
Step 11: Cut the cellar walls and assemble. Affix to structure. (11A)
Step 12: Fashion the top frame and door from sheet styrene and affix to cellar walls.
Step 13: Fashion the small water tower from the core of a toilet paper roll. Wrap in card stock (I used Bristol) to hide the diagonal groove. The peaked roof is also made of card. The entire water tower is placed in three lengths of 1/8" x 1/8" styrene legs to give it height.
Step 14: The tent-like roof piece was structured out of sheet styrene.
Step 15: The stacks are made of 2 knock-off toy light sabers from the Dollar Store. They were the kind that collapse and telescope out. I separated the tubes and picked ones that were the right size and taper. The banding up top is made by cutting heavy card into a strip, wrapping it around the tube and trimming it.
Step 16: The Khador symbol above the cellar is cut from sheet styrene.
Step 17: Add bolts and rivets as needed.
Step 18: Weather and damage to walls can be applied with an Xacto knife. (18A)
Step 19: Paint buildings in your favorite Khador colors.
Many of these same techniques can be used to make other buildings. (19A & 19B)
The tank was made with a card-wrapped tissue roll in the same way as the water tower in Step 13. Add pieces of bendable drinking straws and there you are. (19C)
The lamps are Christmas village accessories and the drilling rig is an old toy.
Well, there you have it. All in all, by keeping the buildings simple and in a military style I think I reinforced the Khador thee of the board and cut down on the time the whole thing took. To paraphrase Patches O'Hoolihan from Dodgeball: "If you can build a box, you can build a building!" Good luck ad stay frosty!
Chris "Spectacle" Walton