Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Frostgrave $25 Terrain Project

For a while* now, I've been thinking about doing a series of posts on making terrain on the cheap. Randomly I thought $25 for a complete table. Why $25? Mostly cause it's a nice round number, and because while much of the terrain out there is really expensive, it doesn't have to be. But just doing random terrain, even if I specify wilderness or urban or something... it's still just random.

Then Frostgrave hit the scene. It it seemed to scratch the same fantasy urban skirmish itch that Mordheim did, and I started paying attention. And when the reviews were really positive, and it was noted that you can use whatever minis you want... well, that was enough to make me want to check out the rules. So I got the book. And I was impressed.

So when David Drage over at Iron Mammoth's Studio posted up the list of required terrain for Frostgrave, I thought "there's my $25 terrain project!"

The list of needed terrain items is:
  • Square Mausoleum Building, 6" per side with a door in each wall.
  • Ruined Wizards Tower - at least 10" high with three floors. This tower must have a building either side of it with a bridge or ladder allowing access to the upper stories.
  • 6 Statues in a 12" square ruin.
  • Haunted Houses - Six small stone monks huts with no roof.
  • A Well or Fountain.
  • Four 2" diameter discs to act as teleport points.
  • 6 Columns or ruined columns.
  • Underground Library- The table must be covered in multiple decaying book shelves and rubble. There should be a door or entrance point on each of the four sides of the table.
  • Plus enough scatter terrain to cover the board
Now, I could make a lot of this out of Hirst Arts, but that wouldn't work with this project, especially since each of those molds is $34, and that doesn't even get you any plaster! So instead I'm going to use items that mostly come from dollar stores and hardware stores.

Baseline rules for this project. I'm going to say that none of the basic tools I have on hand, or the glue, paint, and and the occasional random item in my bits box count against the $25.

What's an occasional random item? I don't know yet specifically, but it probably won't be something significant to the project. Paper, thin cardboard, a few pieces of dry pasta, maybe a plastic spoon... We'll find out as the project progresses.**

*Seriously, like years... 
**If you're on G+, you know that it's already started!


  1. I will follow this attentively since I have been contemplating scratchbuilding myself a table for this game. Now If can do it on the cheap, it will be a bonus!

  2. Nice approach to the project. I will be following your post to see if I can pinch any of your ideas!

    Thanks for the link!