Terrain Essentials

Created by Dave Taylor Miniatures

An Essential Guide to Building Tabletop Terrain

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Thank you, Heralds!
6 months ago – Thu, Apr 11, 2019 at 02:30:13 AM

Today has been another fantastic day! We are, of course, excited to have passed another goal and added 8 more pages to the book, but we are especially excited to celebrate everyone who has brought us to this point - our Heralds. From companies with a large influence in our hobby to those of you who hangout in a small FB group, you have all brought more teammates to this campaign, and we thank you heartily for it! Looking at our list of referrers is just wonderful - over 100 different sources have help us knock down Content Upgrade after Content Upgrade!

We are now at a 160-page, hardback book! Mel has plans for another 16 pages and we’re all working to get him those pages. Thank you for helping us make an awesome book.

Final Stretch Goal Revealed!

Our next goal is to pass $195,000 and add 4 pages each to the Water and Snow chapter, and the Core Techniques chapter.

After that we can see the final Content Upgrade at $210,000. At this point Mel has all the pages he has been planning out for the last year. While the photo on the Stretch Goal image shows his infamous notebook, I will let you know that he hasn’t let me look inside. I think he wants to surprise me. Let’s continue sharing the campaign and get him these pages!

And Finally...

There are two stops left on the Chill and Chat World Tour. Thursday night will be Mel’s regular livestream at 7:30pm UK time, and then on Friday night our US and Canadian teammates can catch Mel in the afternoon/evening as he goes live at 7:30pm Central (5:30pm Pacific, 8:30pm Eastern).

Thank you all. Let’s crack on!

Cheers Dave

Penultimate Content Upgrade revealed! (and some news on shipping costs)
6 months ago – Tue, Apr 09, 2019 at 11:02:45 PM

We are very excited! The last few days have seen things picking up a little in pace, and this morning our new teammates took us past the $165,000 Stretch Goal, adding very realistic (and functional) hills to the book content!

Next up is the section where Mel will be able to discuss seasonal variations of texture and paint choices, as well as looking at building trees from armatures!

Following that is the freshly revealed stretch goal which will see Mel rounding out the Water and Snow section, and being able to bulk up his descriptions of his core techniques.

After THAT is the final Content Upgrade Stretch Goal to bring us to Mel’s dream book. It’s still a ways off, and time is running short. Please share (and endorse) the campaign with all the wargamers and terrain builders you know! Together we can do it.

Shipping price update

We have been talking with a number of fulfillment hubs and it looks like we’re going to be able to bring down the prices (that will be collected in the pledge manager). We’ll have a final announcement later this week, but we are looking at being able to have the following for the first book:

US, UK/EU/EU adjacent - $12 Canada - $20 Australia/NZ - $25

More details once we’ve been able to lock in the prices.

Thank you all for your support of Mel and this project!

Cheers Dave

On our way to another Stretch Goal, and a visit to Mantic!
6 months ago – Tue, Apr 09, 2019 at 02:06:24 AM

Greetings, teammates!

We had a great livestream show last night (check out The Terrain Tutor on YouTube if you missed it) where we talked a lot about the excellent tables at Salute and some of the other fun we got up to at the event.

We are currently about 65 new teammates away from our next stretch goal - 8 pages on realistic and functional hills! After that we’re closing in on the final 24-pages. Very exciting!

Today, Mel and I dropped in to visit Mantic Games. Mel was obviously angling for an opportunity to nick Ronnie’s new hat, but Ronnie was keeping it locked away. Instead, Mel was delighted to see the vast piles of Terrain Crates ready to ship out to stores. He grabbed a few of the Town and Tavern sets on our way out and when I asked him why he said “Dave, buddy. It’s much easier to show a number of different ways of painting wood if you don’t have to build every single table and bookshelf, and barrel yourself.”

I suspect this may have something to do with the Kits section of the book ;)

Salute, and the Final Week Push!
6 months ago – Mon, Apr 08, 2019 at 02:05:11 AM

Mel, Jase, and I had a bit of a chance last night to take a breather and have a good natter once we got back after Salute.

This morning we awoke refreshed and have been tackling all sorts of tasks. Mel has started editing the AdeptiCon show video today, and will be working on the Salute video later this week and I’ve been contacting some of the lovely folks that had us on their podcasts. Basically we’re getting reading for the Final Week Big Push!

We know that the next four stretch goals will allow us to create the book that Mel has been planning for. It will get us to a 176-page tome of Terrain goodness that will be referenced by terrain makers for years. Here’s Mel’s plan for making sure as many people as possible can ask him questions about the book directly this week (all live-streams will be via The Terrain Tutor YouTube channel).

Sunday Nighter! - 9pm UK time. Tales from Salute! Mel, Jase, and I will be on the livestream show talking about the cool things we saw at Salute yesterday!

World Tour - part 1 - Europe -Tuesday, April 9th. Mel will be going live from his living room at 7:30pm Western/Central European time (6:30 UK) to catch some more supporters from across Europe.

World Tour - part 2 - Australia/Asia - Wednesday, April 10th. Mel will be live from his living room at 7:30pm Adelaide/Tokyo time (6pm Perth, 8pm Sydney) to make it easier for supporters on the other side of the planet to jump in on the conversation.

World Tour - part 3 - UK - Thursday, April 11th. This will be Mel live-streaming at his regular time for his Thursday show.

World Tour - part 4 - America - Friday, April 12th. 7:30pm US Central time (5:30pm West Coast and 8:30pm East Coast). Mel will be live streaming to catch supporters in the US and Canada.

And then the Conclusion Livestream next Sunday. We’ll have more details on that later this week.

The Final Push

You have all been such wonderful supporters during this campaign! You have shared it with your friends and family, your local gaming groups and so on. This week we ask you to do it all again, one last time. For gaming and terrain groups and forums, don’t forget to make sure the mods/admins are alright with you posting links to the KIckstarter first.

Thanks again for your excellent support, and let’s make sure we get all the way to Mel’s dream book.

Cheers Dave

We did it! Now it’s time for the traders to step up!
7 months ago – Sat, Apr 06, 2019 at 02:37:28 AM

Hey Folks,

I've nicked Dave's laptop because I'm so stoked about reaching this goal. One of my biggest worries was having to pick two out of the three feature builds for the book. Hitting this goal means we've got the medieval motte and bailey, the future, high gothic, industrial, facility and my ruined frostyheim manor! We’ve got all the buildings and ruins that are essential! 

This is the start of the super realistic stuff, with this goal being focused on the tips, tricks and techniques to produce very realistic hills that look great and also work as functional gaming pieces!

Now, our current situation is that it looks like we might fall short of our final 176 pages by about 16 pages. The community has got us this far, and as we’re here at Salute, it’s time for the traders who keep saying that I’m a credit to the community to pick up the baton and help us stay on target.

This weekend Dave and I are pushing the book, and I’m getting the terrain, tables, and traders for the Salute vid, I’m asking the traders to step up and carry us forward!


If you’re a trader, or if you know a trader, get them to share the Kickstarter campaign, endorse it with why they’re sharing it, include the hashtag #Traders4TTT and tags @theterraintutor, so I can make sure they get called out on the Sunday Nighter Trader Roll of Honour!

So, let’s get the traders closing the gap and then we’ll pick up the ball on Monday for the final week and those final super realistic sections that are the cherry on the top of my planned book.

Thanks for getting us this far folks, you’re all awesome, now let’s get the traders helping us out to create something special!

Let’s get cracked on!