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WIP: the Crane

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 crane, still untouched

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.

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Finished: Silo

It may have taken some time to do it, but now the silo is finally finished.

Overview of the building


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:

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WIP: Rural buildings

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.

Silo prepared with sand

First out is some pictures of the silo. Nothing fancy here, the parts comprise of:

  • cardboard, corrugated and regular
  • space hulk sprue
  • straws
  • 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.

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WIP: Scratchbuilding shipping containers

Instead of concentrating on finishing one of my many terrain projects, I thought I’d start a completely new project; modern shipping containers!

This time I saved some old Dell harddrive caddies from the trash, and though I’d use them for something. I liked the look of the sides of the caddy, so I broke them off. This is what I had in the beginning:

Sides from the harddrive caddy

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Thrift store jackpot

Thrift store jackpot

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.

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Graveyard & Church Dice Tower

Church and Graveyard

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.

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Finished: Dust Tactics terrain 2 and Turbine

Turbine, entrance view

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.

Turbine, air intake

Turbine, notice the control panel in the background

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WIP: Dust Tactics Turbine

Turbine primed and ready


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
  • Different angle


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Update: Luigu’s Restaurant

Close-up of Luigi’s Restaurant

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.

Overview of Luigi’s Restaurant


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Warehouse placed on the platform

This warehouse was finished in 2010. It’s actually made up of three separate buildings  which may be connected in several ways, or they can be used alone. I also made a platform on which the buildings can be placed upon. The buildings are made from cardboard boxes.

Warehouse side view on the platform

Houses separated, without the platform

Warehouse close-up




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