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I'm planning on building a desert themed table for my new space marine chapter in the near future. I already have the basic ideas, such as gently sloping dunes and large rock formations. What else could I use? I'm feeling sorta lazy with this project, and I don't really want to make anything too complicated, but I could get my scenery building friends to lend a hand. Would ancient rome/greek buildings look horribly out of place on a desert landscape for 40k?
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You could easily include things like sinkholes, or (my personal favorite for desert landscapes), rock 'walls' with exposed fossils.
Desert terrain is fun and eas to make and its also cheap.
get some dried plants that look like its dead like small twigs maybe a few palm trees (dead) tar pit, sand, oasis, dry river beds, ruin bulidings like old bunkers.
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This is one of my friend's idea he gave me for my table. If you want to include buildings you can cut the tops off home made ones and use the tops on the board. Use lots of white glue and sand on them it will look like a city covered in sand from an ancient sand storm. It should look really neat.
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Try making some stacks, you can do this by using kebab sticks and polystyrene blocks. Stick the polystyrene onto the kebab stick and then attack the resulting stack with a hot wire cutter cutting out sections of the stack round the resulting sharp edges to give a wind blown apperance and then cover with wall filler then paint it desert colours then add some sand to the base
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I have had some success making abandoned desert fortifications, all you need is some gutter guard(the mesh kind that looks like chain link) some dow rod around 3/8 inches in diameter,wood glue, sand,thin flexible wire, wire snips, and a medium piece of partical board( or small depending on how many fences you plan on making). simplly cut out a pice of particle board, drill evenly spaced holes that are the same, or very close to the diameter of the dow rod. next saw off a piece of the dow rod( this can be long or short depending what you want the height of the fence to be) and add some wood glue on the end you plan to insert into the drilled hole. now check the underside to make sure tour dow rod is not protruding out the underside of the particle board. the dow rod should be snug in the holes. next paint the dow rod a metallic steel color.now you paint on some watered down wood glue mixed with sand. after the paint and sand dries it's time to add the gutter guard. now you can either make the fence look ruined by cutting and tearing the gutter guard, or leave it in tact for a fotified look. attatch the gutter guard using the thin wire( I recommend atatching the guttter guard on the top and bottom to give it stability) here's how mine looked finished. CoolMiniOrNot - desrt fortress terrain by neonnecromancer
-Use bones to make desicated skeletal remains of once living megafauna. Alternatively models of fossil dinasaurs can be bought from museums and even the early learning centre.
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make sure you clean those bones off, bleach or whatever does the job? probably use some google and see how to clean bones cheap/easily.
Also tumbleweeds! I was gunna use bits of steel wool and spray them white and then dry brush brown (if you could even paint over them) but I never got around to it.
Witht he desert terrain you can get as complex or as simple as you like. Desert with just dunes and rock formations though very doable and based on a number of real world locations will seam a bit boring unless there is specific objective points to it. Adding some ruined buildings whether based on 40K imperial buildings or forts or an older civilisation would look fine.
I guess you need to establish the look of the world you are going for, is it desert like the Sahara, outback Australia or the wild west? I found a good trick was to use the ruins of Osgiliath ruins as a basis for the desert buildings as they have a fairly generic ancient civilisation look to them.
(If you would like a few ideas I have done some desert terrain in my scenery blog as well).
Monument valley is a great example of an amazing visual.