Friday, July 23, 2010

15mm Scratchbuilt Sci-Fi Terrain

Hi, folks. A while ago I saw a cool thread on making sci-fi buildings from yogurt containers on the Orbital Barrage blog.

This inspired me to try something similar. A while back my sweet wife got me a single serving Keurig coffee machine. It uses little little sealed cups of coffee grounds (called K-Cups), similar in appearance to a yogurt container, though smaller. I thought those would make good 15mm terrain and decided to test it out.

Also made a slightly larger version from a container from a Snack Pack Lemon Pudding. Had to eat the pudding first to get the cup. Oh, the sacrifices we make for the hobby, now if I can just figure out how to make terrain from beer cans I'd be in heaven. :) Anyway, back to the article.

I cleaned out the 3 containers and primed them a darkish grey with Rustoleum spray primer. The color looked good for some kind of drab, prefab military or frontier habitat. I then did a wash with Magic Wash tinted with "burnt sienna" craft paint to give a rusty appearance. The cups would still be kind of plain without some external detail so I had to come up with something alog those lines. Fortunately I have been megacasting some of the Hirst Arts sc-fi molds for a Space Hulk board for my son Bob and had plenty of spare bits that would work well as detail pieces.

There are some Rebel minis and Khurasan minis pictured for size comparison. Thanks for looking and thanks to "Kelroy Was Here" from Orbital Barrage for the inspiration.



Kelroy Was Here said...

Very nice stuff. I'm glad I could serve as an inspiration. Nothing beats making nice looking terrain for next to no cost. Plus, I like your doors better than the ones I made.

Luckyjoe said...

Thanks. I agree about the fun of cheap terrain. I'm always looking for ways to make cool stuff using found or free items. My doors were Hirst Arts pieces so I can't really claim any credit there, but thanks.