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Practice Castle Project by TerranScapes

TerranScapes is a war-gaming terrain company.  Mike at TerranScapes has a vast assortment of terrain products on his site that he solely produces and does custom work as well. 

I love his work and appreciate the high level of quality and attention of detail he puts into every piece he does.  His You Tube videos are interesting, inspiring, and entertaining.

For more imformation on his work visit his website:

Mike was commissioned to build a "Lord of the Rings" themed Castle from the world of men.  The unique factor of this custom terrain is that it has been taken over by Orcs and retrofitted to reflect the land of Mordor.  Before he delved too deep into the project, he decided to do a practice version of the castle.  After learning from his experimentation he proceeded onward with the main project.  


TerranScapes - Intro to Castle Project - HHWF 3D Scroll Table - LOTR

Published on May 17, 2012

Discusses some very early work on a buttress for a large castle project intended to be compatible with the Lord of the Rings miniature game. Design inspiration and a general overview of the project is included.

TerranScapes - Castle Project 2 - LOTR

Published on Jun 25, 2012

Discusses a change in plans for the castle design based on material difficulties in trying to assemble the outer wall.


TerranScapes - Castle Project 3

Published on Jul 12, 2012

Discusses cutting round wall sections and experiments in carving foam to conform to round wall structures.

TerranScapes - Castle Project Update 4 - WIP

Published on Aug 11, 2012

Shows a detailed look at work done on a 28mm scale castle mock up as prework for a larger project. Some video of Hot Wire Foam Factory tools in use are included.

TerranScapes - Castle WIP - LOTR HWFF Foam Coat

Published on Aug 25, 2012

Shows a largish castle assembly that is being built as a practice mock up for a larger project. At this stage I primarily discuss the addition of the butresses, magnetization of the sections, the foam coating of the surface, and the dressing for the door. Particular problems with the staircase leading to the top is also focused on. The castle is designed for use with LOTR games, but is suitable for use with any 28-30mm scale wargames.

TerranScapes - Castle Terrain Project Finished (Pretty much)

Published on Sep 6, 2012

This video shows the 99% completed castle terrain piece done as a practice round for a much larger project. This phase includes the painting of the structure, the addition of the main doors and some basic weathering. Discussion focuses on areas for improvement in the final version, particularly for application of the Foam Coat and detail preservation as well as wear along the bottom edges.