How to Build Dark Fantasy Terrain: Springtide

Creating physical worlds in the dark fantasy setting is one of my favorite projects to work on, and daydream about too… So much good can come to our imaginations and creative intuitions during and after creating a detailed little world. We start to build little narratives in our heads. Like, what happened in this town or woodland scene? What characters dwell within? Are there villains and who are the heroes? But where to begin? In this video tutorial, we follow Prominus IV in his creative process.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Number of Videos: 10
Artist: Prominus IV
Tags: Mordheim


1. Foam Construction

2. Sculpting The Cliffs

3. Building The Windmill

4. Building The Crypt Entrance

5. Painting The Crypt Entrance

6. Painting The Windmill

7. World Building

8. Painting The Tile

9. Flocking

10. Conclusion


Below you will find the recommended materials used in this course.

Some items may be a bit difficult to find, but a little internet searching usually finds you everything you’ll need.

  • Thin iron rod for details like door handles
  • Woodland scenics foam cutter
  • Hobby Knife
  • Brushes large and small
  • Expanded foam
  • Ballpoint pen
  • PVA glue
  • Hot glue
  • Plaster
  • Spatula
  • Spackel / Filler
  • Water
  • Balsa wood strips and beams
  • Dried roots for trees and bushes
  • Small roots for decoration
  • Foamboard (KAPA)
  • Expanded foam
  • Texture rollers
  • Silicon mould for nails and bolts
  • Decorative bits
  • Games workshop graveyard kit
  • Sandmix (I get mine from a playground sandbox)
  • Liquitex sprays
  • Acrylic paints
  • Brown washes like GW agrax earthshade
  • Nihilakh oxide
  • Vallejo pigments (Desert dust & Light slate grey)
  • Noch flock master
  • Noch static grass – dead grass
  • WWS Static grass
  • Gamer grass tufts
  • Sea foam trees for bushes (Greenstuffworld)
  • Birch seeds (Greenstuffworld)
  • Faller – Streumaterial, Sandbraun


  1. Tom Danvers

    This tutorial series was absolutely fantastic. I learnt loads to use in my next board! Thanks for taking the time to film it all.

  2. kimrasmussen83

    This was very fun to watch, lots of tips and tricks. I hope to see more wargaming boards like this


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