How to Buy Scenery for Warhammer 40K Space Marine

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How to Buy Scenery for Warhammer 40K Space Marine

Warhammer 40,000, sometimes called Warhammer 40K, is one of the most popular tabletop strategy games available. The science fiction game offers a wide and varied selection of miniatures, and players can choose to build one or more of numerous different armies to use in the game itself. The Space Marines are one of the more widely used sides in Warhammer 40K, due to the versatility of play style they offer.

Scenery is widely available for use with Space Marines, and all kinds of 40K miniatures. These can include cosmetic touches to the battlefield, as well as structures and obstacles which can have an impact upon the game play. Scenery for Warhammer 40K Space Marines is widely available and easy to find on eBay.

Game Types

There are a few different game types that are commonly played in Warhammer 40K. Game types are scenarios which set up some basic rules for the overall play of the individual game, and can effect starting conditions such as troop placement and victory requirements. Having the right scenery for a game type can greatly enhance the experience.

Battle Scenarios

Battle scenarios are one of the most commonly played types of game. These scenarios place one player as an attacker and the other as the defender. Battle scenarios often represent set piece battles, with defenders positioned in well entrenched positions, with attackers on the outside of these fortifications.

This means that games of this sort will require a great deal of fortifications such as bunkers, pillboxes, sandbags and barbed wire. The attacker will often be started in a fairly open space, though terrain features such as trees and shrubbery, walls and hills may be useful to give them a chance to manoeuvre.

Raid Scenarios

Like battle scenarios, raid scenarios place on player as an attacker, and one as a defender. The difference here however is that the defender is often supposed to be in an unprepared position, without fortifications and other structures established. These scenarios offer a great deal of flexibility on how scenery can be set up. It is often recommended to have a variety of fauna, buildings and terrain features evenly spread around the playing area to create interesting tactical situations, and to avoid giving an advantage to any one player.

Special Missions

  • Special missions can add special rules to game play, and can offer an opportunity to use a range of different scenery. Rescue missions, for example, involve two or more players racing to reach the middle of the playing area.
  • Fortifications and terrain features should be spread out evenly throughout the gaming space, as well as a prop in the centre to represent the object that the players are attempting to capture. A common choice is to place a vehicle pilot that the various sides are trying to rescue or capture, often represented by a casualty model.
  • Kill team missions are a unique setting, which gives one play a small number of elite units and the other a large force of ordinary soldiers. These missions can include defences, buildings, shrubbery and terrain features to create an interesting area for the kill team to infiltrate.

Warhammer 40K Settings

The setting a player wishes to build can depend on personal taste, and how they prefer to play. Another potential aspect to selecting scenery is if a player is taking part in a large scale campaign, where each game represents part of an overall metagame, where winning and losing different games can have ramifications for the rest of the campaign. Popular settings for Space Marines include;

Urban Settings

Urban settings are a popular choice for many games, and require the use of a great deal of scenery, creating some of the most detailed gaming areas. Ruins and large buildings are often crowded together around narrow roads, with slightly more open city squares creating kill zones or choke points.

The narrow spaces and plentiful hiding places for infantry can create a tense game, and create numerous interesting tactical situations. Players with infantry focused miniature collections may enjoy this kind of scenery, as those with a large number of vehicle models may find manoeuvring difficult. However, moving vehicles through these crowded game areas can provide a unique challenge.

Rural Settings

Rural settings are often the opposite of urban settings, and consist of open spaces made up of flat fields, hills, low walls and the occasional small structures. This kind of scenery can lend itself to those with larger miniature collections, particularly Space Marine or other collections with an emphasis on large vehicles, as they allow considerably more room to manoeuvre.

This kind of setting can result in intense, smaller skirmishes around the few structures that are present, which can add a change of pace from the slow, larger scale movements across the open parts of the field. Some rural settings can also be made to be enclosed spaces, with the use of large numbers of trees to create a forest.

Mixed Settings

Many players prefer to create a mixed setting, where part of the map contains a significant number of structures, while the other is more sparse and open. These are useful for attack and defence scenarios, where defensive players have the opportunity to set up in the more built up environment. These settings offer versatility, and a more varied gaming experience, and this type of setting is one of the most commonly used.

Boards and Mats

  • Terrain boards and mats are a key part of any scenery collection. They create a scenic base for the rest of the scenery. Boards are sturdy, rigid surfaces often made out of wood or chipboard. They allow players to use the board itself as a base. Scenery such as shrubbery is often attached directly to the board, which allows for a more rapid setup, but can also reduce the flexibility of the board. The board cannot be rolled up, meaning that a significant amount of space may be required to storage, depending on the size of the board.
  • Mats are softer, and require a hard flat surface to be laid upon, in order to provide a stable surface for gaming. They are easily rolled up and stored, and are an excellent choice for situations where space is an issue. Both boards and mats are available which match scenery types. Those covered with a green, grass like surface (often referred to as flock) are best used with rural style scenery, whereas grey, darker surfaces are better for the more urban settings. Other styles can include alien worlds and deserts.

Terrain Features

  • Large terrain features are also available, which can add a great deal to a gaming surface. Hills are widely available, and along with buildings can add an interesting tactical dimension to gameplay with elevation. Areas of ‘difficult terrain’, which slow the movement of player’s forces down, such as swamps and marshy areas can also be added.
  • Rivers and streams are another possibility, which can create interesting situations such as river crossings. Larger terrain features can be used in conjunction with other types of scenery to create an interesting space in which to play with Space Marine and other miniatures.

How to Buy Scenery for Warhammer 40K Space Marine on eBay

A wide range of scenery and terrain that can be used with Space Marine miniatures, and others from the Warhammer 40K range can be found on eBay. To view the full listing of available scenery, navigate to Toys & Games. Scenery can be found under Scenery, Props & Paint, in the Wargames & Role-Playing section.

Items can be arranged by conditions such as price, condition and distance to seller. Auction and Buy it Now buying options are also available, offering flexibility in how scenery can be purchased.

Key information about an item, such as the type of scenery, is often prominently displayed in the item listing. Further information can be accessed on the items page as well as information about the seller such as item reviews and feedback ratings. It is also possible here to ask the seller a question about the item.

If a specific piece of scenery is required, it may be easier and more effective to use the search function available at the top of every page. Searches can be made to return results from within a category, or from the whole site. More information about the search function is available on the Search Tips page.


Scenery can have a great impact on the gameplay of tabletop wargames, and how players use their Warhammer 40K Space Marine miniatures. Tight, enclosed gaming areas can create tense, close quarters situations, while wide open fields allow for dramatic and sweeping manoeuvres of large forces. Warhammer 40K remains a hugely popular pastime for people of all ages, and the scenery is as important as the miniatures in making the game as enjoyable as possible. A huge range of scenery is available for all kinds of gameplay, from fortified bunkers and tank traps to farmhouses and rivers. There is a wide selection of scenery available on eBay.

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