Jump to content


Scenery on the cheap: ideas

Recommended Posts

I've also been collecting this kind of molded pulp packaging. I haven't found much that's useful at n-scale for CAV, but I have been slowly gathering enough different shaped pieces to make an interesting 28mm Tatooine outback town for a Star Wars miniatures battle.





Never did anything with these except collect hordes of them

(They are the dividers from bulk boxes of 4' florescent lightbulbs)






I similarly have hoarded like bits from computer packaging from my time at the computer section of our local campus Bookstore.


Like you, I have not got around to using any of them for anything yet.

Edited by CarlZog

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Not sure if I showed these before, but for 10mm gaming, Audio casette tape cases are your friends!  The height of a tape case is pretty darn close to one story in 10mm and they look great when stacked.  Also they all seem to be made of some sort of styrene so you can use plastic glue or superglue.


I buy cassetes 10 for a dollar at the resale shops and even use alot of the innards of the tapes themselves.

The vehicles and infantry below are 10mm




More buildings here:



They don't even have to be that fancy to look good. I made a set of 8 for a buddy that used a much more limited selection of parts
See them all here:
Also, to give credit where due, the idea isn't original to me.  I got it from Ironhands.com in the Gundam section.
Edited by Eilif
  • Like 11

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites


Not sure if I showed these before, but for 10mm gaming, Audio casette tape cases are your friends!  The height of a tape case is pretty darn close to one story in 10mm and they look great when stacked.  Also they all seem to be made of some sort of styrene so you can use plastic glue or superglue.


I buy cassetes 10 for a dollar at the resale shops and even use alot of the innards of the tapes themselves.

The vehicles and infantry below are 10mm



WOW!  Those look amazing - definitely going to borrow that idea! 

  • Like 2

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

  • Similar Content

    • By jsalyers
      This year’s SS exchange includes painters from both the Reaper forums and Facebook.
      You must be a member of one of these sites to participate but you do not have to join the other - unless you want to.
      Agree to the guidelines for the SS exchange (see below)
      Answer all of the questions below and PM them to the organizer (me)
      Paint your assigned miniature and mail it by the deadline
      Welcome to the 2018 CAV Secret Santa exchange in which we purchase, paint and gift a miniature to another gamer in the spirit of the season. The idea here is to have fun, get to know one another, and spread the joy of CAV:SO. :)
      Here are our simple exchange guidelines.
      Please do not sign-up on both the Reaper Forums and Facebook - use one or the other not both.
      Please keep the cost of your gift to the value of a single blister pack.
      Fill out the questionnaire below and send it to me in a PM.
      Please don’t contact your SS exchange partner unless I indicate that they are ok with this. I’ve included this as an option in the questionnaire. Please respect the privacy of  others.
      We’ll accept sign-ups until October 15th.
      I’ll assign partners by October 22nd.
      A work in process photo of your miniature is due by November 22.
      Send the photo to the organizer (me) and I’ll share them to the various groups as appropriate.
      Ship your miniature in time for delivery to its recipient - December 17th if you’re shipping domestically in the United States. If you’re shipping internationally then you’ll need to send your gift earlier.
      When painting a miniature for your recipient please respect their requests. Some people love the idea of peppermint striped CAVs others are looking for something they can add to a serious force - keep this in mind.
      If you are mailing internationally don’t send anything other than the miniature unless your recipient has approved all of the extra items. Customs can be a difficult and complicated process especially for plant matter, powder, and other seemingly innocent materials. Please list only the actual cost of the miniature as the value on the customs form and list the item as a gift.
      Everyone who signs up must understand that Secret Santas can and do fail. There is no guarantee that you'll receive a model. Such is the nature of these exchanges.
      If something happens and you can not meet your commitment please contact the organizer (me) as early as possible. I’ll make arrangements to take care of your recipient. There is no shame in this… life happens to all of us.

      2018 CAV Secret Santa exchange questionnaire
      Mailing Information
      [Your Name]
      [Your Full Address]
      Miniature Information
      [A list of models that you would like to receive in the SS exchange.]
      [Desired paint scheme and basing - please be specific. Don’t say '...anything will do...'. Help your painter out]
      Personal Information
      Are you willing to ship internationally?
      Are you open to communication with your painter?
      Sample questionnaire
      Mailing Information
      Gertrude Painter
      1234 Some Street
      Paint Town, Paint State
      Miniature Information
      CAVs: Rhino, Crusader, Talon TANKs: Naginato AIRCRAFT: Longbow
      Urban camo blue, grey, white - digital camo if possible
      Urban basing
      Personal Information
      I will ship internationally
      I am open to communication with my painter
    • By tombwalker
      One of my newer pieces.  Been having a play with a couple of corrugating tools and a baked bean tin.  Really enjoy making these things,  just need a bigger house to store them in.

    • By SamuraiJack
      Gloomhaven Scenario 1 - Miniatures are property of Cephalofair Games 3d printable hex tiles, perfectly compatible with Gloomhaven or any RPG, as well as Shadespire and other hex based games by scaling up the tiles.
      Adventuring in multiple universes often takes us to fantastic places, 3d printing has made it possible to bring the worlds from our imaginations to the table. There are already many systems which create fantastic dungeons, caverns, towns and forests; however all of these systems use square based grids. Squares are very good for some things, making a rectangular room is easier to imagine than adding walls to a hex grid, however this set has a new way to make easy walls while also taking the many advantages of a hex grid which are:
      No diagonal movement - fair and more natural movement 1 hex based module - more configurations and more possible builds Adjacency - No diagonal attacks, every slot available to attackers is clear Natural Formations - Hexes present a more natural shape so they adapt better to natural formations Irregular Rooms - whenever there is a skew wall squares tend to have too much unused space, with hex grids you can do walls in every 8 directions with our wall system. Easier Spells - some spells have a much easier way to calculate the appropriate area of effect. These are only some of the advantages, if you want to convert to hex d20SRD has some other pointers. 
      This set uses Printable Scenery's Openlock design. Their design is well known and has been open from the get-go, this has let a ton of people grow the community and make some incredible designs. If you like this set please visit their page to look at what they have. I am also working on a solution to make the sets more compatible and have some connection tiles, go from squares to hexes!
      Texture Sets
      This campaign has 4 base sets, and one trap and decoration bundle, Most of the sets include at least 1 tile per available frame, one wall per wall length and a column. Most have more options that will be listed below.
      The Dungeon Set has a complete set, plus some extra broken walls and floors with moss and a more broken stone.
      The Cave set has extra wall textures to make your caverns look more realistic.
      The Tavern set has an extra set of "inn" walls with stucco to give some wall variety.
      The Grassland set has 3 full sets of floors, grass, mixed and dirt, this way you can make roads and transition tiles easily.
      With over 45 different decorations and traps, this is the perfect addition to liven up your dungeons and make them look more populated. includes some tiles that snap on to the frame system. 
    • By SamuraiJack
      Our new Alpha-Tauri wargaminig terrain fits to all of your favorite 28mm - 30mm tabletop and miniature games.
      All buildings are hand-casted and are made of high quality resin.
      With our set you can build a very impressive sience-fiction wargame scenery or a nice diorama to present your miniatures in a showcase.
      The miniatures that are shown in our pictures are from Wargame Exclusive. They allowed us to use their miniatures for size comparison.
      The miniatures of wargame exclusive are also made of high quality resin.
      Now, take a look at our fantastic new Alpha-Tauri buildings.
      This is our Taygeta Defense-Line Starter-Set
      Picture 1: Taygeta Starter-Set Picture 2: Look how good the Wargame Exclusive miniatures are taking cover Picture 3: Also the back of the walls are nicely designed Your starships, antigrav-tanks and jetbikes can easily land on the Elnath Landing-Pad. 
      Picture 4: Drones and a jetbike are just landed. Picture 5: Enough space to turn around If the Defense Line is not enough, your combat troops can take cover in our Atria Bunker.
      Picture 6: Atria Bunker, solid to withstand any fire Picture 7: You can remove the roof to place your miniatures inside the pillbox. Picture 8: The 28mm scale Wargame Exclusive miniatures can look over the walls With our Cebalrai Artillery-Bunker your troops are able to fire back on their enemies.
      Picture 9: Cabalrai Artillery Bunker is equiped with a 3-gun turret. Picture 10: You can easily remove the 3-gun turret to replace it with another one you own
    • By tombwalker
      Found a couple of broken toys in a charity shop.  This became a project for a rainy day on holiday.  

  • Who's Online   32 Members, 2 Anonymous, 0 Guests (See full list)