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Has anyone noticed that those brown plastic inserts in chocolate boxes, when flipped upside down, look a lot like industrial storage tanks and bunkers?

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Yes, they are excellent for storage tanks; the problem is the plastic is often very flimsy.  You will most likely need to reinforce it, or treat them very carefully, less they get dented or squashed.

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A couple more ideas for cheap terrain...

 

Dollar Store bubble microphones:

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Radar Stations:

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Plastic mini-ornaments:

 

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Storage Tanks:

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Yes, they are excellent for storage tanks; the problem is the plastic is often very flimsy. You will most likely need to reinforce it, or treat them very carefully, less they get dented or squashed.

Fill with plaster. Remove when plaster is dry. Paint.

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Yes, they are excellent for storage tanks; the problem is the plastic is often very flimsy. You will most likely need to reinforce it, or treat them very carefully, less they get dented or squashed.

Fill with plaster. Remove when plaster is dry. Paint.

 

I was going to say this. Done the same thing with those awesome styrofoam inserts from ice cream cone boxes. Look like generators or some such.

 

Sometimes, though, the outside looks nicer than the inside and you need to keep the whole piece. In those cases, you might have to leave the plaster in. For a lighter such piece, try pushing green stuff or Magic Sculpt into the insides of the corners. One time, I smeared two-part resin on the inside to give it strength.

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A few things:

 

An electrical connections box I got at work before it got pitched:

(It says "The Siemon Company on it)

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With a little foam board, some cutting, texture and paint  becomes:

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A Bunker for my Iron Warriors Army!

 

Never did anything with these except collect hordes of them

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

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Am I the only one that sees a castle wall in them?

 

Sorry for posting these here, but I noticed it was the Cav Thread after I wrote it all....

 

George

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I am a big fan of the electric junction box for buildings - there's a Hobby article about that on the Reaper main site, here:  http://www.reapermini.com/TheCraft/46

 

In N-Scale, these boxes are roughly 4-story buildings, meaning ample cover for CAVs.  

 

They're not free, but they are very cheap.  I made the mistake(-ish) of buying the heavier, thicker ones that cost around 3-8 bucks a pop, but IMHO the flat panels make better windows.  Cutting and filing the connectors, however, is a royal pain.  

Here are a few examples I'm working on - I've bought some Evergreen polystyrene strips to make windows out of, and I'll cut out little rectangles for door frames once I have some more time.  

 

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Never did anything with these except collect hordes of them

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

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

 

Our garage storage space is brimming with them.

 

As you can imagine, my wife is neither amused nor enthused.

 

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

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A couple more ideas for cheap terrain...

 

Dollar Store bubble microphones:

IMG_2946.JPG

 

Radar Stations:

IMG_2955.JPG

 

Plastic mini-ornaments:

 

IMG_3357.JPG

 

Storage Tanks:

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Where are the little guys in trench coats from?

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Where are the little guys in trench coats from?

 

 

They're from Hawk Wargames' "Dropzone Commander" range; they're called, Scourge Warriors.

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Awesome. Those bulbs and microphones make nice terrain and I have some recycled plastic electrical boxes I need to take a look at.

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Bubble Tape containers can be used to great effect also.

 

http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/44596-sci-fi-power-plantshield-generatorobjectivethingy-complete/?p=616664

 

The if you follow the link in the thread to my blog, there's a WIP and some scale comp photos.

 

Short version:

  • cut two bubble tape containers apart at the hinges
  • trim them so they'll sit flat
  • remove the paper backing and sand the sides to be glued together for better adhesion
  • Glue them together
  • (optional) use Milliput or greenstuff, I used Milliput since it can be smoothed with water) to fill the voids at the bottom of the containers. I did this to remove any indicators of scale so I could use it across multiple types of games.
  • Glue to your base and attach any desirable greeblies from your bit box (I used two disposable razor blade covers, one on each side)
  • Prime, paint, and desired basing technique.

Edit: Oops, the wip was in a different post, here http://www.scsminimadness.blogspot.com/2012/04/shield-generatorpower-plant-wip.html

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