A Quick Forest and an Old Fountain

Here is a quick way to produce decent looking forest and a old fountain to your tabletop.

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  • Chipboard / MDF or something similar
  • glue
  • small rocks and sand
  • cork
  • blue foam
  • spackle
  • green stuff / milliput
  • woodland scenics premade trees
  • paints for painting


  • Water effect (woodland scenics)
  • Realistic water (woodland scenics)


Cut the base for the trees and the fountain from the chipboard. In this project i tried a hex-method. It´s quite easy to form large unified areas of forest when you use hexes. I know some people don`t like this but my gaming group saw this to be very useful. Glue the trees to the bases and also some small rocks. You can add more details like fallen trees, leaves, bones etc. I didn´t want to use too much time on this project so kept the amount of details low.

I used to make my own trees in the past but now days i trust in Woodland scenics trees. Those are relatively cheap, looks ok and most importantly saves my terrain building time. You can even buy many different looking trees so you can make your forest look absolutely gorgeous with minimal effort. I use HO-scale trees in this project.

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Use cork to the places where you want to create bigger rock formations. Cork is a wonderful way to mimic rocks and it´s also quite cheap. I harvest my cork from the nearest forest. If you want to have more mass but not to spend too much cork, use blue foam to create the “body” of the rock. Use spackle to fill in all the gaps.

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For the fountain i just piled up and glued some cork on top of the blue foam. I made sure that miniatures could be placed on top of the rocks. I placed the corks so that it looks like the water is coming from inside of the formation. Hide all the joints with spackle. Sprinkle some sand over the spackle so it will look more natural. After this i used green stuff to create the stones around the pool.

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Before painting i covered the bases with sand/glue mix to give some texture.


I undercoated the pieces with black, then drybrushed all the bases with different greens and browns. For the stones i used mostly browns because it looks little bit more natural than straight greys. The final highlite drybrush for the stone was light grey.

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Water is rarely blue in real life but for this terrain piece i wanted the water to look very pure so i used mostly blue paints. I also painted little waves to the pool (you can see them from this bad picture).

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Water (optional):

For the pool i used Realistic water. Just poured it to a plastic cup, added a very small amount of ink (i used blue, you can use green or even brown) and poured it over the pool. Remember to check that there is no places were te stuff could leak. Let it dry over night.

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For the stream i used Water effect. It`s much more sturdier stuff than Realistic water so you can modify it with brush or some tool to make the stream look more dynamic. The stuff is milky color but will dry transparent.

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This is very easy and quick method to make decent looking forest. I hope you like it and it gives you inspiration for your own projects!

To the next time!






  1. JCoo said:

    You mean the shape? For this project i just used drawing program to make the hex, then printed it out and used it like a template to draw the hex on the chipboard.

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