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MAKING ANCIENT LIZARDMEN PILLAR RUINS
Building a pile of cool ruins for your Lizardmen terrain collection can be quite rewarding, especially considering how easy ruins can be to build. If you can gather a few blocks of pink or blue insulation foam, a hobby knife, some plastic aquarium plants, and a free afternoon, you'll have a city's worth of ruins with ease. In this basic step-by-step article, we show you a few techniques for building your own Lizardmen terrain. With a bit of practice, you too can have mazes of cool ruins for your tabletop.
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An Empire scouting party encounters cold-blooded residents among crumbling ruins.
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Insulation foam can be shaped into all sorts of pillar-like shapes with a bit of careful cutting and sanding. Be sure to use a fresh blade to get the cleanest possible cut. Just watch your fingers! Try out simple rectangular pillars, or try the more-complex hexagons, triangles, and cylinders. Once you have the basic shape of your pillar done, it's time to etch some cryptic glyphs, symbols, and markings onto its surface. Scour Warhammer Armies: Lizardmen for ideas – there are plenty to choose from in that book! With a fresh blade, cut the outline of your shape or glyph about 1/4" into the foam. Once you have the outline cut, gently scrape out the shape with the tip of your blade. You'll find that the foam will pop right out to leave your shape behind.
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Once you are satisfied with your pillar shape and glyphs, it's time to weather your structure a bit. With a piece of steel wool (or just your finger), rub away some of the foam in a downward motion. Do this step carefully and with purpose, and you'll end up with a convincing crumbled pillar. To augment the ruined look, cut the bottom of a few pillars at an angle to make 'em look like they've sunk into the ground over the years. Attach your pillar to a piece of Masonite hardboard or other suitable base with Liquid Nails and set it aside. Now, we'll look at how to add vegetation to your ruins. First, you'll need to select an aquarium plant for the piece. You can find these things in just about any pet or craft store on the cheap.
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Shape your foam block just like a pillar by cutting and scraping it up. However, this time, gouge a small depression into the foam. Place and glue your plant into the gouged area with a bit of Liquid Nails or other suitable adhesive. Etch spidery cracks into the ruin to represent the plant slowly pushing the stone past its limits over the years. To set up a root network, build an armature from floral wire (or any bendy wire you have) and twist it to the approximate shape you want.
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Cover over each of the wire roots with some green stuff. Patiently, wrap each root with putty and work your way out to each root tip. Scrape a few lines into the putty to add enough texture to simulate wood. Now that you have a few pillars finished up, it's time to begin thinking about your bases and how you are going to flock them. For these pieces, we used good ol' green static grass and red coarse turf. You don't have to follow us, though – have a look around; there are tons of different colours and textures that may suit your needs better than this example.
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If you wish to have some of your pillars and ruins covered in vines and foliage, look around the internet for a Woodland Scenics product called Poly Fiber. Another decent product out there is made by a company named Silflor. Both products come in tons of colours and look great when glued in place. All you really have to do is yank off strips of the stuff to create convincing stringy vines.
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Finally, a few small bushes or leafy scrub will add to your piece greatly. Look around craft stores for large sheets or strands of plastic plants. You can cut and trim these items into small bushes to affix to your terrain base. All you need is a drop of super glue to attach each one to the base. Check out the completed pillars and ruins below for reference as you complete your project.
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When it comes to painting your ruins, it's really up to you. Greys and earthy tans are quite common and will achieve a nice finish. For the pieces above (after a Chaos Black undercoat), we built up Dark Flesh to Terracotta with heavy drybrushes followed by a quick highlight drybrush of Tanned Flesh. Then, we carefully drybrushed Camo Green, Catachan Green, and Scorpion Green into the cracks, crevices, and certain areas to simulate moss and lichen growth on the structure. Remember that this example barely scratches the surface of jungle ruins – look around the internet for pictures of Mayan, Aztec, and Inca ruins to inspire your Lizardmen terrain creations and give 'em a try.


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