Village Tutorial

By Scarab

Tutorial Date 5/21/06

With the release of HORDES all new terrain possibilities have opened up. Here is the first of many tutorials to be presented by the TerrainThralls with a HORDES theme. Enjoy a village that the Circle of Orboros would live in . . .


Techniques Used:
Dirt and Grass, Fire Pit, Thatch, Tree Stumps

Materials Needed

1/4" Dowels

1/4" Masonite Wood

Acrylic Paint

Bowl, plastic

Dirt, filtered


Foam Balls

Green Stuff

Paint Brush

Sand, filtered

Saw, hand

Scroll Saw

Sculpting Tool

Sharp Craft Knife

Sheet Moss

Sheet Styrene

Small Rocks

Small Roots

Static Grass

Strainer, fine

Super Glue (Jell Bondini)


White Glue

Wire Cutters

Wood Chips

Step by Step

  1. Take your Masonite and cut out the desired shape making sure that you can fit all of your huts on it with room between for a large mini’s.
  2. Filed down the edges of the wood to give a gentle slope.
  3. Cut the foam balls in half with your hand saw and then cut out the door and the hole in the roof with your craft knife.
  4. Test the huts to see if the wood chips will fit in the roof and the door. Place the huts on your board to see what it looks like before you glue them down. After you find your location white glue your huts in place.
  5. After your huts have dried paint them black inside and out. Let dry.
  6. Before gluing the moss on try and see if you have any large sections that are intact. Wrap them around the huts before gluing and trim off some of the excess, but not too much. Once you feel comfortable use a healthy amount of glue on the dome and apply your moss. Fill any gaps that you might see. Let dry.
  7. Take the wood chips and glue them in the doorways and the rooftop. Let dry.
  8. Determine where you want your fire pit to go and dig it out a little if you can.
  9. To paint the first coat on the grass I made a mixture of Dark Brown acrylic paint with water and white glue. One part of each. Paint the grassy domes with a generous application of paint. This will also stiffen up the moss a bit. Let dry.
  10. Paint the wood chips with the same wash without the glue. Let dry.
  11. Dry brush two to three colors of light browns and tan on the moss. Let dry.
  12. Dry brush the wood chips with a medium grey. Let dry. Dry brush them with a light grey (just a little). Dry brush them with a light tan (just a little). Wood turns grey after it has been in the sun for a period of time.
  13. On the inside of the hole in the roof, dry brush the wood with black. You are giving the look of a fire and smoke effect. Let dry.
  14. Glue your rocks in around your fire pit. Let dry.
  15. Determine where you want your trails to be. Mark them out so you can see them. Everywhere else use white glue to apply the sifted sand and glue some in the middle of the fire pit. In random spots place various sized rocks before you apply your sand. Let dry and shake off.
  16. Cut your 1/4" dowels around a 1/2" or so long for every tree trunk you with to have. Shave one end to make it look like it was chopped down. Glue the dowels in random areas. Let dry.
  17. Apply green stuff around the base of the dowels and make roots with a texture like bark on them.
  18. On your trails apply sifted dirt. Let dry and shake off.
  19. Rub your thumb or finger on the dirt to give it a smooth walked on look.
  20. Apply a dark brown wash (2 parts paint, 1 part water) to the sand and stumps only. Let dry.
  21. Dry brush a medium brown and then dry brush a light tan to the painted sand area and rocks. Dry brush a light grey, very lightly on the rocks only. Paint the inside of your fire pit black and dry brush in inner part of the ring of rocks.
  22. Dry brush a medium brown on the trunks. Paint the top a lighter brown. Dry brush a medium grey lightly on the stumps.
  23. Apply your static grass in random fashion everywhere but your paths. If possible try multiple shades of grass. Leave some earth showing.
  24. Take your sheet styrene and cut a small piece up the size of your woodpile. Glue all your wood chips and roots to the styrene. Let dry.
  25. Your woodpile will pop free of your plastic one dry. Paint dark brown and dry brush in the same manor as the wood for the huts. Have random sticks as well and place around.
  26. Glue pieces of root and such in the fire pit. Paint black and the dry brush light grey.

Here is what my 15 year old daughter did. This is her first piece. You may be asking the question "I bet her dad helped quite a bit?" Actually she did it all but cutting the trunks because the knife made her nervous. She would ask me how to do stuff but I did not watch over her or tell her what to do. Most of what she asked was how I painted something and what color did I use or how I put the moss on. She thought of all the accessories. She wanted hers to have a trap door for the entrance and made that out of playground wood chips. She even molded the stump roots. She is now excited to do more and I'm excited to see what she does next.


I am more than happy to field any questions. Just e-mail me or you can respond on Privateer Press forum under this post.

Happy Trails…