A great looking map and some simple model terrain can go a long way towards making your games stand out. Here are three super easy projects.
A Sign (Post) of Things to Come
I made this little sign post to put alongside roads on my game map. It gives the players a visual reminder of where something is, like the big city, in relation to the combat action. I intentionally left it blank.
To make it, all you need are some small pieces of wood, cut to shape, and some modelling clay for the base. I actually used a kind of papier-mâché, which worked fine. I highly suggest painting the wood and giving it a wash to bring out the grain.
Stalagmite (of Doom)
Stalagmites and standing stones are all over every fantasy world, so having one I can plop down on the map really helps highlight those features.
This is mostly modelling clay, molded into shape and then filed to add some detail. I added chains so that it could be part of a broken bridge or a feature of a jail, surrounded by miserable prisoners.
Well, well, well. What have we here?
Again, water wells are everywhere. You know there’s something down there and you know your players want to find out.
The well was also made with modelling clay, built on top of plastic card, which I painted black. I added chains to look like they connected to the depths below. Some dry brushing really made this model pop!
Incidentally, Chris Shaeffer created an amazing map centered around a well as his entry to round 2 of RPG Super Star Season 9, go check it out.