From the Shed: Scatter Terrain.

I’ve used my 3D printer to run off some useful modern bits of scatter terrain. Not the most exciting bits, definately not in colour terms, but they should be good for set dressing on the table. All of them were printed from free stl files from either Wargaming3D or thingiverse.


First up we have a set of 6 sewer entrances. As I’ve already got a sewer system, the resin one from Ainsty, these should prove very useful.


Secondly I ran off a load of Jersey barriers. Great for modern games.


Finally I did some anti- tank obstacles… well not quite. The eagle eye amongst you might recognise these as concrete beach anti- erosion defences. Whilst they have been popularised in the alt WW2 game DUST Tactics they have also been used in the real world too. The Ukrainians used them successfuly as road blocks to stop an armoured thrust towards Mariopol by Russian/ Sepratist forces.

Once lockdown is over I’ll be able to add these to some games.




29 comments on “From the Shed: Scatter Terrain.

  1. Faust says:

    I love some good terrain bits. Jersey barriers are always useful as blocking terrain, and the sewer entrances look pretty awesome.

  2. Ann says:

    Very neat. The more I see you guys doing 3D printing, the more I think I need to get one, but then I think to myself that my pile of plastic is already cursed in that it never shrinks no matter how much I work on it. πŸ™‚

    I wonder in real life how they anchored those tank traps or if they just relied on them as a barrier in conjunction with mines, anti-tank weapons, ditches, etc.? Because if they were just sitting there I’d think that you could simply hook a chain or two around them and pull them aside. I’m sure they must have had some solution to not allowing that to happen, even if it is just hooking them all to each other or some such.

    • Pete S/ SP says:

      Thanks Ann. I know what you mean- I’m printing about 1 bit of terrain or vehicle a day- they are showing up all over the house in various stages of preparation.

      No idea how the tank traps were used in real life other than reading they were. The are pretty big in real life but not so big that they couldn’t be dragged off… that said there is the military aphroism that and obstacle is only and obstacle when it is also covered by fire….



      • Ann says:

        Indeed, that aphorism certainly seems to make sense and it definitely a trope in war movies; my thoughts immediately turn to _The Longest Day_ and other such movies. I suspect the best way to get them out of the way would probably be to blow them up somehow, if time was a factor. I don’t pretend to know much about the subject other than they are traps … for tanks. πŸ™‚

        Anyway, your 3D printed ones are pretty cool.

        Interesting too, speaking of Longest Day, that both in the movie and in the real life accounts I’ve read/heard, how things like tank traps can end up being useful to invading infantry. That has certainly happened a lot in my past 40K games, where said tank traps end up being useful cover. I remember taking some tank traps out of the terrain case at a store and suggesting we use them. The player was agreeable and then I said, “Do you think perhaps we ought to have some rules if our tanks and such drive over them?” He said, “If you stop on them just balance your model on them.” “Well, they are tank TRAPS, right?” asks I. After a little more back and forth we ended up putting them back in the terrain case. Perhaps we should have had some rules where the crew could on their turn jump out and throw a chain around the thing (the models do often have little tow hooks and even a chain stashed on the back) and move them out of the way. Maybe a dreadnought or riptide or something could be of assistance? πŸ™‚

      • Pete S/ SP says:

        As it happends I’ve never seen ‘The Longest Day’ must rectify that with all the free time I’ve got.

        Tank traps ‘should’ fully imoboilze a tank- I’ve had some good skirmish games based around tank recovery- no reason why it wouldn’t work in a 40k setting. They will throw a trak or get bottomed out on them. If I were assisted by a Dreadnaught I think its best use would be putting down some suppressive fire.



  3. Wudugast says:

    All very nice, a bit of scatter terrain like that really brings things to life.

  4. Love those Jersey barriers! Kept scrolling back to them. :^)

  5. Some nice pieces Pete, I particulalrly like the sewers.

  6. Jeff Groves says:

    Very nice, Pete! You are certainly getting your nickel’s worth out of your printer!

  7. Sweet πŸ‘ŒπŸΌI like the Jersey Barriers

  8. patmcf says:

    Nice little collection there Pete, well done.

  9. Azazel says:

    Very cool! You know how much I love scatter terrain. Do you have links to those files? I’ve been slowly stockpiling STLs for the day when I eventually take the plunge myself…

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