Immersive Scenery And Terrain From Everyday Waste

Immersive Scenery And Terrain Ruin

Part of creating immersive tabletop scenery and wargaming terrain for games like Warhammer: 40,000 and Warhammer: Age of Sigmar is finding the right materials. You could go down to your local hardware store or purchase specialist scenery online, but it’s often much cheaper and more effective to turn everyday waste, like tin cans and cardboard rolls, into props that you can use in your design.

An Industrial Refinery by Gustavo De Mattey, Black Chronicles


Why Create Great Scenery From Everyday Waste?

Creating magnificent scenery for tabletop wargaming has several benefits. Perhaps the most important is the fact that it looks great. When you’re playing a physical tabletop game, you want to feel as if the situation is real. The last thing you want is to play a game on a dull, boring table and have to imagine the scenery before you. It’s just not as satisfying.

The second reason for creating great scenery is so that you can incorporate topology, fauna, and flora into the theatre of war. Environment can have a profound impact on the outcome of a battle. Players located on top of a bluff, for instance, may have a defensive advantage over those down in the valley. Likewise, a river may block an army from moving through a particular section of territory, forcing a bottleneck confrontation. Scenery leads to strategy, which leads to a far more satisfying gaming experience.

Wooden building on a hill by Dallas Winston Fitzgerald.

The third reason for creating immersive scenery from everyday waste is that it’s free. Suddenly, all those tin cans and bottles that would have hit the recycling bin can be transformed into something new that bears no resemblance to the original item.

Finally, there’s the satisfaction that comes with building immersive scenery and terrain. If Warhammer 40K, Age of Sigmar or other tabletop games are a hobby of yours, then you can get substantial personal affirmation from building theatres of war yourself.

First: Charles Holland; Second & Third: Navarr Van Dyk

Extruded Polystyrene (XPS) is a common insulation material used in building. You can often find scraps leftover from an extension in your home or in skips around building sites. They make a great base material for making your own structures.


Everyday Waste Helps You Stay True To Lore

Warhammer is more than just a game: it’s a hobby. By turning everyday waste into immersive scenery, players can recreate their visualisation of the Mortal Realms and personalise their saga. Some battles will take place in the dark valleys and cloying mist of Ulgu, while others will be more like Ghyran, the realm of life with abundant tropical forests and untamed natural growth.

Landscapes in Warhammer are important. Not only do they provide players with a vast array of environments in which to play, but they’re also crucial in terms of lore. The centre of each realm is relatively stable, where magic is at its weakest. But as players travel outwards, the land becomes more untamed and fantastical. Right at the edge, the scenery is unusual and stunning.

Collecting household waste is essential because it gives you the ability to create the foundations that will support your recreations of the turbulent and exciting landscapes of the Mortal Realms. With the right materials, you can put your artistic skills to the test and create environments that would make Games Workshop proud.

Necromunda Habitation Block “Hab-block,” by Neil Brabham. There is also a video panning around this fantastically huge structure.


Taking This Immersive Scenery And Terrain Series Forward

Over on my Facebook Community I have recently created a new group. It is for the purpose of followers of The Immersive World Crafter to showcase their own immersive scenery and terrain projects. As a result they also get to learn from each other. Not to mention, they have become The Immersive World Crafter’s. The examples on this article are all from creators in that group whom have given me permission to share with you here.

The group also has learning units. Consequently, some of the everyday household waste mentioned here will appear in tutorials. These will be step-by-step methods for transforming household waste items into something entirely new and unrecognisable of their past form.

What are you waiting for? Request entry to the group now to see all the other great work The Immersive World Crafter’s have created and hold tight for the learning modules.


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Neil W. Brabham
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Very cool representation of the hobby! I appreciate that you covered more than only one aspect of the multiple possible builds and materials for miniature table top wargaming.

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