Friday, 17 December 2010

Custom Hex Terrain

Ive just had my first go at repainting Heroscape hex tiles and making some terrain to fit them.
I painted them with GW Calthan brown, washed with a future-wax and tobacco ink mix, drybrushed with Vallejo light brown, sealed with matt varnish. They are a little bit chalky and I think some of the paint will come off with repeated use.. But the plastic underneath is almost the same color so it shouldn't be a big problem. (I had to use my iPhone to take the photos, so excuse the slightly wonky colours.)

Basic Heroscape tiles repainted. Rebel Minis Titan Marines for scale.

I glued some of my twist-tie trees to plastic sheet cut into hexes to use as foliage/light cover hexes. I'm not 100% satisfied with these.. The twist tie trees shed paint if bent at all and I want to try something more durable. In the short term they look fine though.

Hand made plants on foliage sections

 Next, I cut some larger hexes and carved into the edges to make some urban rubble/hard cover hexes. This was a lot of fun. I used some bits from GZG and Platformer to add interest.

I'm especially pleased with how the rust turned out. It reminds me a bit of Killzone 2 on the PS3. I tried painting each of these terrain pieces with the care I'd spend on a character model. I think it's worth it.

Here are all the bits arranged together. I really like how easy and quickly an interesting and attractive game board can be put together with just these few pieces.

All together with Titan Marines for scale.


  1. I like what you have done with these, very well done


  2. Nice.

    I do love the trees - the are so much better than my attempt with fish tank bits :-)


  3. These turned even better than I had imagined, nice work!

  4. Thanks people! My fish tank bits arrived today so expect a deluge of forest bits once I decide how to attach them.

  5. If you need anymore hex tiles - I have 3 box's of Heroscape and no intention of using them. Drop me a line.

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