As you probably am aware by now, one of the things I love the most about tabletop wargaming isn't assembling the armies, nor is it having to paint up 100+ figures, or even the thrill of the actual game itself. Don't get me wrong, playing is awesome (and is, in fact, the end result and purpose behind why we do what we do), but as of late is has not been the thing keeping me interested in the hobby. What has then, you ask?
I love building terrain: assembling it, painting it, that sense of accomplishment that washes over you when you've put on the last bit of flock, or tested to make sure that final drop of Magic Water has set. Ahhh... a thing of pleasure. Even more then building from scratch a nice piece of terrain, though, I love to track down one of the beautiful pieces that Forge World (now, for fantasy, rightly called Warhammer Forge) once made in volume, or one of the fabulous pieces currently being offered for very reasonable prices by Tabletop World. Painting these pieces is always a great pleasure. The old maxim is never more true then in a case such as this: good models paint themselves.
I'm not a particularly good painter, but I'm always trying to improve my abilities. However, when a piece of terrain such as the Forge World Well (long time gone, recently returned!) graces my desk, it's kind of hard to really make a mess out of it, so well is it designed and cast. Add to that a few little tricks (flock, washes, Magic Water), and within a very short amount of time great things can happen!
Something pretty similar can be said of the Empire Cannon Emplacement:
This one's not quite done yet, but as you can see a little bit of drybrushing, some attention to detail, and... SHAZAM! A lovely piece of terrain!
I'm currently working on two other pieces: the Tabletop World Abandoned Factory, and the old Forge World Cottage (which I was lucky enough to find at a reasonable price on ebay!).
So, I guess the point of this post (if there even is a point) is that playing the game is only one samll part of this hobby we're all so very fond of. Fluff, terrain, modeling, painting... the creation of these worlds is where 90% of the hobby lies, so... be creative! ;)