"In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort."With the addition of some more models to my Halfling army, I realized that I'd need some bespoke terrain for them - to act as scenario objectives and/or add character to battlefields that the little legion would play on. I wanted to create some cheap and fast Hobbit Holes for my army to live in. I saw that Games Workshop was putting out some nice resin facades to build off of eventually, but I just didn't want to wait or spend the money. I looked for a good tutorial online for building what I was looking for, but I just didn't find one. So I guess I had to do one myself.
The material list isn't too long and mostly consists of stuff I had lying around. You'll need:
- Some 2" thick insulation foam. - A plastic drinking straw.
- A blank CD to act as the base. - Some scrap cardstock/cereal box cardboard.
- Some balsa wood strips. - A push pin.
- Various flock/plastic flowers/tufts. - Xacto knife and a box cutter with an extendable blade.
- Hot Glue gun. - Wall joint compound
- Wood Glue or Elmer's Glue
|Step 1: Cut a slab of foam about 1/4" deep, 5" long and 2" high.|
Using a ballpoint pen, I drew out the windows, door and stonework for the
front of the house.
|Step 2: Using a sharp Xacto blade, cut out the windows and door.|
I also removed some of the non-stone area to recess that a bit and bring
the stone forward.
|Step 3: Glue some scrap card onto the back of the front piece.|
It'll give you something to glue the door and window bits to.
|Step 4: Using a hot glue gun, I attached the 2" foam to the CD as a|
base. I then used a box cutter with an extendable blade to shape the hill
until it matched the approximate curve and height of the front piece.
|Step 5: I then attached the front piece using hot glue. Any gaps or joins were|
hidden with some wall joint compound. I then glued a bit of drinking straw to the hill to
form a chimney. A few thin cuts of foam were added to make a walk.
|Step 7: I primed the whole shebang with a bit of flat latex black house paint. |
Then I painted the whole thing up in a pretty standard way.
|Step 8: I then flocked the hill to match my game boards and added some|
tufts, clump foliage and flowers to really make the hole feel homey.
|A few nights work and I have my own little Shire to defend!|