Thursday, April 13, 2017

Hobby Time: Welcome to Dawn, Part 1

Not only do I write articles and not only do I paint, build, and convert Infinity models, I sometimes create terrain too! 'Welcome to Dawn' is the code-name of my current terrain project and the title of the series that will be featuring my journey through creating the coolest and greatest Dawn-inspired table that I can create!

Note, my plan is to make a more wild, swampy, and ruined table than an actual settlement on Dawn. The backstory is that this used to be a populace town, until the wars ruined it and the planet started taking it back over. There will be remnant military vehicles, current shanties trying to refurbish the town, ruined buildings/shanties, trees, swamp ponds, ruined and rusted pipelines, old industrial buildings, etc. The coolest part about this project is that most of it will be created by my own hands and supplies I can muster, and this is the first time I've actually scratch built terrain. It'll be interesting to see how it shapes up.

If throughout any point you have a question on how I made something or what material I used, please feel free to ask!


Front side of tree number 1

Back side of tree number 1

Trees pre-baking phase, mixed with some pipes (see below) to show off the aesthetic

After bake, with necessary reapplication of glue...since it melted

BAM! Trees are done and primed

Decided to put trees inside some ponds. Still debating on whether I like this idea or not

Tried using florist foam (with the proper safety equipment) to create rocks in the ponds. Scrapping that idea and going to make them out of spray foam instead


Trying to get a good feel of the pipes and setup before I start gluing and destroying them

Tiny hole that later leads to giant hole

Kazaks are the best models for this project.

Middle of the pipe busted, so now they'll never be able to hold each other again...very sad.....

Giant hole from above tiny hole

Painted them all silver and then did a very thin black paint to give them that worn, aged, and flatter look

Final results of the painting technique

Added rust powder for extra effects


The plan was to make some buildings and shanties out of sprue from my 40k days and then glue crimped aluminum to them. I didn't have a paper crimper at the time, so I could only make the frames.

The rubble was creating from MDF sprue (from all of that Warsenal terrain you see in the pictures), hot glue, and sand.

Progress So Far

You may notice there are things not yet shown within this article on the table shown in this picture. Don't worry, that's for part 2, as well as a few other things.

And on to part 2! Got a lot more to show off for the next installment, so keep your eyes out for it.


  1. I like the IS3 ^^, and the Speti, of course

    1. Thanks Marcos!
      Yeah, the IS3 was cheap enough, I figured why not? Plus, I have plans to make it look overgrown and beat up, so it should be an excellent addition :) Also, thanks for the compliment on the Spets.

    2. From the "Tavern of Antela" the spanish Ariadnan army supports you.

  2. I've said it before and I'll say it again - I friggin love those pipes! So easy to do and yet so effective and convincing. :)