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The Static Grass Board

Saturday, August 8th, 2009

Albeit an awkward name, it effectively identifies it for our gaming group.  This board started out with the intention of being a scorched earth/alien planet but lets just say that didn’t work out and we moved onto phase two.  See, we had already flocked the board weren’t about to go out and purchase another sheet of polystyrene (pink insulation foam).  So, knowing that the glue we used to hold the flock down was water soluble we decided to remove the flock by hand….

Static Grass Board

A messy process...

Static Grass Board-3

This is what happens when you remove flock by hand...

The reason I’m posting this is to simply suggest that you don’t try it, either start over with a new board or just don’t do it….it’s probably not worth the effort.  That being said, here’s what it turned into after repainting the black base coat and flocking with static grass.

Static Grass Board-4

Static Grass Board Complete #1

The whole board was completely covered in glue and then the static grass was applied en mas.  When we applied this, we only let the grass sit on top of it for a minute or two and then knocked the majority of it off and then reapplied it again.  This time we let it sit for a few minutes and knocked as much of it off as possible.

Static Grass Board-5

Static Grass Board Complete #2

Now we took a few handfuls of brown flock and grey flock and scattered them across the still wet board to give it a bit of color change.

Sci-Fi Structures

Saturday, August 1st, 2009

One of the biggest things that we try to do with our terrain building is use things that are readily available. Something that you can break apart, file off, or smash to bits to use the remains. This is a perfect example of breaking something and using it’s bits to great effect, case in point, an old Polaroid camera, smashed to pieces. This camera was $1 at a local thrift store.

The pieces that were used in addition to the camera bits where purchased from a  company called I-Mex and specifically, the Platformer Set.  The sets are inexpensive and come loaded with tons of parts, in the following pieces of terrain that I’m about to show you, I may have used 5% of the total pieces inside of just one box.

Water still/Gas extractor/whatever

Each pieces was pretty much made by saying “I think this fits here, and trying to make it fit”.

The front of something

In most cases, to cover up something that didn’t look good, or wasn’t of use, I always fall back onto scraps of the pink construction foam (polystyrene).

A small hovel

The reason for the posts like this is to emphasize that I didn’t know what I was doing to start and I had no plan in mind while creating these pieces.  I build a lot of pieces with a game in mind, and in this case, it was Necromunda.  Necromunda relies heavily on a cover mechanic and the ability to sneak from place to place making it difficult to be shot at by your opponent.

Base Coated Hovel

All of the pieces of terrain I’m showing here were built with just that concept in mind and nothing else. I don’t have a lot of details as to how they were built other than things were glued together however it best fit.  Each piece grew out of a part of a polaroid camera case that as taken apart.  The reason I make posts like this is to hopefully inspire you to build something similar or to give you an idea to create something completely unique for your table.

Painted Waterstill/ Gas Extractor
Painted front of something
Small Hovel painted

Thrift Shopping

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

One of the key components to making terrain, to me, is doing it as cheap as possible to get the greatest effect possible.  Of course there are times where I won’t necessarily stand by that based on the quality of a more expensive product, but generally, I use thrift store shopping to augment my terrain building.  One of the better parts of making terrain, especially Sci-Fi futuristic terrain, is that you can pretty much take any household bits of junk and garbage and create something futuristic looking…it’s all about the paint and the construction of it, not so much about what it’s literally made out of.

I usually stop at various thrift stores through out the week, when it’s on my way to this or that, and every once in a while it turns up something great.  Today I managed to find this:

Thrift Shopping can be your friend

Thrift Shopping can be your friend

This cost me a grand total of $7USD which is basically nothing in comparison to what it would take to make a crane by hand…not to mention, I can make my own custom additions to this one to make it that much better.  There is a project just on the horizon that involves Warmachine, Ships, and Cranes.  This crane is basically the last piece that I’ve been looking for in terms of parts.  This, in terms of finding junk at a thrift store, is a win.