If you've played Warhammer long enough there are certain items that you've probably accumulated over the years, like the red plastic rulers that come in the boxed sets* and piles of tiny white dice. If you had the 3rd edition 40k boxed set, or maybe even one of the original battle-forces, then you probably have some of the old plastic gothic ruins lying around. Sadly, I never had any of those ruins, but I did amass a small collection of Lord of the Rings ruins from my days as a GW red shirt (we got a free box-game ever time one of the movies came out). Alas, they are not nearly as cool the 40k ruins, but sometimes one must make do with the contents of one's proverbially terrain making pantry. Here's what I did to spruce some of these ruins to turn a bland, ho-hum piece of terrain into something better, the Chapel of St. Nigel!
To start this off, I cut a piece of MDF board to fit the footprint of the terrain piece, beveled the edges and glued down the ruins. To make the nifty floor tiles, you'll need some regular thin cardboard, like from a blister pack. I cut these out into squares and then snipped and trimmed them to make the cracked and broken tiles. In order to make the ruins look more bombed out I made some rubble out of wall spakle (or filler if you're not American), sand and some plastic sprue rubble - although I now wish I mixed in some other random bits and pieces to make the rubble look more authentic and less uniform. Additionally, I did not have a meat grinder at my disposal, which, as Dethtron demonstrated, makes for more realistic rubble when cutting up the plastic sprue.
Next thing I did was raid the ol' bitz box where I found an Imperial Aquila emblem from a Rhino kit to decorate the archway and some pieces to make a statue. I have no idea what line this figure came from, I grabbed it out of a box-o-random-mini's down at a FLGS for practicing my color layering skills on. It's mounted on an old Ral Partha paint pot lid. The next step was to paint and flock the whole thing, using inexpensive craft paints. If I were using some plastic ruins that had windows, I might have even made some broken glass out of the plastic from a blister pack.
Also, here's the recipe for painting the weathered bronze statute:
(1) base coat the whole model Jade Green (which is OOP, you can mix something similar, I have faith in you)
(2) heavy dry brush of Tin Bitz
(3) heavy dry brush of Burnished Gold
If you hadn't figured it out by now, the Chapel of St. Nigel is a tribute to my terrain making hero, Nigel Stillman.
*I'd have more of these, but when I first started playing Warhammer as a 13 year-old my mother realized that these devices where more often used a weapons amongst my brother and I, rather than for measuring - thus they were confiscated.