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At my last visit to Toys ‘R’ Us, I bought two interesting terrain pieces for €6 each. Both are kids toys related to the brand Elias. This post is about the second one, a crane (Elias – Krana i Lunvik).
The problem with both the Elias stuff and Thomas and Friends, is that most (all?) vehicles and many buildings have a face. This is of course a kids toy, so they want to add some character and persona to the stuff so they also can sell movies, cartoons and what not. For me this presents a problem, since I want terrain that looks a bit less like… a kids toy.
It may have taken some time to do it, but now the silo is finally finished.
It’s been great fun building it, and a learning experience. The shed was made of some sort of house from a craft store, with the intention to save me some time. With the protocol in hand, I can see that scratchbuilding it like I wanted it would have taken less time because of the tough material it was made of. Balsa wood or foamboard would have been a better idea. Here are some more pictures from different angles:
At the moment I have several buildings in the pipe. It’s a long pipe though, since one of these buildings was mentionen in this post over a year ago. Here is some work in progress pictures of three of those buildings.
First out is some pictures of the silo. Nothing fancy here, the parts comprise of:
- cardboard, corrugated and regular
- space hulk sprue
- matches and tooth picks
- CD-tower base
- scavenged plastic parts
The whole piece was then primed with black spray paint as seen here. I have begun the painting and I think I’ll go for an abandoned look.
Time for an update with miniatures from the Castle Ravenloft boardgame.
Someone on BGG had painted their heroes bases with different colors, making them easy to distinguish on the game board. An excellent idea worth borrowing!
I’ve tried to give the ghouls a look indicating they have been down the deep, damp dungeons for a very long time.
I couldn’t resist on keeping the clear blue flames on the blazing skeletons.
The wraiths also came in clear blue plastic, but less of this is seen as I wanted them to have proper clothing.
Yesterday I went to a local thrift store to leave off some stuff from my basement clearance for charities sake. While I was there, I was also hoping to find some cheap plastic playsets in a usable scale, which could be used for conversions. I like to convert plastic buildings, because they often have some type of detailing, which saves me the time and effort to make it myself. Old and/or broken playsets are an excellent starting points for this task and they usually come very cheap too.
Well this didn’t go exactly according to plan. I thought this post would be about the upcoming Silo building, but as you can see I had more interest in finishing the Graveyard.
Modern setting or fantasy; there’s always room for a church and a graveyard. The church makes for an interesting building to explore, and in this particular case also helps with dice rolling. A graveyard is a good terrain filler, acting as an open area which you can see through, but still giving hard cover. A graveyard can also serve as a spawn point for zombies, which makes it dangerous to cross it or be nearby.
I have previously done a quick visual comparison of three miniature sets:
- Studio Miniatures Nazi Zombies
- Mantic Ghouls
- Warlord Games WWII German Infantry
Some of you may wonder what happened after that. The three sets can be combined to create some original Weird WWII creatures. I’ve been toying around with some different poses and settled for a few. This is very much a work in progress, and I’ve got plenty of parts left to create more zombies.
This is the latest additions to my Dust Tactics terrain.
The first piece is a turbine, which can be used as a mission objective. This post describes the different parts it’s made from. All in all this was a fun project, and I found good use for some of the Fenris barrels I have stocked up on. I think they add a lot to the industrial vibe of the Turbine piece, as well as to the wasteland vibe of the smaller terrain pieces.
I’m currently working on expanding my Dust Tactics terrain. This is a sneak peek on one of the terrain pieces I’m working on. I reckon this could be an industrial turbine, or perhaps some sort of air intake to the secret base. Looks like an objective to me!
Stuff seen in the pictures:
- barrels from Fenris Games
- toilet rolls
- CD jewel case
- ketchup spout
- spaghetti (!)
- drinking straws
- pin protectors from different computer cables
- parts from an old backup robot
Some updated pictures of Luigi’s Restaurant. I’ve added a table and a pair of chairs, made from balsa wood, matchsticks and a the top from a shampoo bottle. The trash can and the fire post is from Mega Minis if my memory serves me right.