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Peter Cushing

Saturday 21 April 2018


I've been wanting to improve my stock of 40k/Necromunda/Shadow Wars scenery and as much as I love the new GW stuff it's ruinously expensive. So I started to think about how I could build things up without breaking the bank.

The key thing for all the skirmish games I like is to have some height and different levels, so creating some sort of gantry or walkway looked like a good place to start.

A few people has talked about buying aquarium filters and using those for walkways. No-one had ever really said what they would use so I looked on ebay, found a cheap set and took a punt.

When they arrived, I was immediately impressed: they connected together in six different ways, allowing any set up to be completely modular. Even just slotted together, they were able to be lifted holding the weight of quite a few miniatures.

So, how to paint them? I needed something fast, simple and durable - the filters are made of quite soft plastic so I had some concerns about the paint adhering. 

I primed them with Halfords black and then hit them with a dusting of Halfords silver. This gave me a basecoat to work from. I give it a quick drybrush of a lighter silver and painted some black stripes here and there.

Why the black stripe? Well, the most iconic Necromunda colour is the hazard chevrons so I knew they wanted that on them. But how to get them done with the minimum possible? 

The stencils were made out of one of casefile folders. One about 1cm wide, one about 1 inch wide. 

I stippled the yellow rather painting it as this basically makes it 'pre-chipped' and worn. 

Next I started weathering. This was basically Vallejo rust weathering effect painted on then wiped off with my thumb to colour the metal and then stippled back on to create some texture. 

A drybrush of orange finished off. I painted a few sector marking with white and then toned them down with Vallejo smoky ink (if you don't have this, it's a bloody godsend for terrain features, like a liquid Typhus corrosion from the GW line).

I also added some drops of Nurgle's rot for chemical spills here and there. 

So here's all 16 pieces laid out on 36'' by 36'' table. That's a lot of coverage for £6. 

Obviously, I've ordered another set. 

And here's a couple of shots of it against the rest of my terrain. 

Next up - legs. 


  1. Amazing work, completely inspiring and just the type of scenery I aspire to. Thanks!

  2. Wow, seriously? I would have never guessed the source. They look really good, I may have a look at that aquarium stuff. Thanks for the finding and great job!!

  3. Very nice! A great result, and so cheap and quick.

  4. Well done clever clogs as my Mum would have said many years ago. Idea well and truly nicked.

  5. I really like your post good blog on site,Thanks for your sharing.


  6. Very cool! The eBay item linked looks different than the ones you are using. The ones you use have diagonal cute holes that form a V pattern, and the eBay one the holes are all parallel. Is that the actual eBay listing you bought from?

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  8. Hi, just stumbled upon your blog. Loving this idea!
    I do have to second Skywatcher though: The ebay listing looks different, is this the actual one? I really want to order a set and make some walkways like these :)