Just like any other miniatures game, in Kill Team you’re going to need some terrain for your models to fight over. Often, terrain can take a bit of a back seat to building and painting the miniatures themselves, which is a shame – it’s just as much a part of your game as your models are! Fortunately, the skirmish-sized boards for Kill Team are quite a bit easier to fill with lovely terrain. The options boil down to three main ideas: buy it, build it, or modify it.
Let’s get started:
The easiest (but not usually cheapest) method is to buy purpose-made terrain. Several companies make suitable pieces for your board – some standouts include Pegasus Hobbies’ Modular Gothic Buildings and the Battlefield in a Box terrain from Gale Force 9 (both available here at the Sentry Box).
Unsurprisingly, a handy source for terrain is Games Workshop themselves. Since the game came out, there have been several different “Kill Zone” terrain sets released, which can give you a whole battlefield in one easy package (and usually have a bit of a discount baked in). Unfortunately, they tend to be limited-release items so only the most recent ones are usually available.
GW does have plenty of 40K scenery that you can make use of. My favorite among these are the Ryza-Pattern Ruins. They’re relatively inexpensive and just the proper size to break up lines of sight across your table.
Building your own terrain can be a little intimidating, but Kill Team is a great place to give it a try. Many common household items work great as materials for terrain – think corrugated cardboard, tin cans or pieces from old toys. Spare bits from 40k kits are fantastic for adding small details that can really sell the idea that what you’ve put together is part of the grimdark 41st millennium.
The internet is a great source of inspiration – a quick Google will show you tons of ideas for scratch building projects. I also like to take concepts from some of my favorite video games, such as Space Marine or Dawn of War. Keep an eye out for the basic shapes in the environment and how details have been added to flesh it out. Then consider how you might be able to replicate that basic shape with cardboard or styrofoam before adding details with bits or Plasticard.
But what to do about the board? An inexpensive cork bulletin board can be just the right size for a lightweight and sturdy base for your games. Adding some extra texture and height variation can be easily done with some additional cork tiles, torn into rough shapes and glued down before painting.
While buying all your terrain can be expensive and building it all yourself can take lots of time, a combination of the two approaches can give you the best of both worlds. Straight out of the box, your building kit will look just the same as every other one – but modifying it with some personal touches and added details create a unique piece that can add to the immersion of your games.
This can be as simple as adding a few bits to a pre-painted ruin like the Battlefield in a Box series, or as involved as using parts from GW’s buildings along with foam and Plasticard to create a bespoke, board-spanning cathedral. Little details like paper posters and weed tufts are easy to add but create a great atmosphere – check out this Warhammer Community post for some examples (and some great inspiration, too).
Remember that here at the Sentry Box we have lots of the materials and products you’ll need when building your board, from textured Plasticard and hobby saws to grass tufts and resin details. Stop by and see what we have in store for you!
Thanks for reading! Stay tuned next week for more on Kill Team, when I’ll have some tips for adding another dimension to your games with campaign play. Cheers!