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Sci-Fi crates etc?


What can i use to make/ mould lot's of Sci-Fi/ futuristic crates/ barrels etc?


There are a couple of good writeups in the archives for making crates out of blocks, card, coffee stirrers, and pins.

For wooden crates, take a look at:
http://www.terragenesis.co.uk/infopages/page560.html

For futuristic crates, here are some more ideas:
http://www.terragenesis.co.uk/infopages/page386.html


I think you should consider using the greatest resource for 25-30mm terrain modelers in the known universe ...

[size=18]BOTTLECAPS[/size]!
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They are cheap (because we want to mass-produce sci-fi miscelanea, right?), about the right size, identical (more on that l8r), and already come in a decent variety of shapes and colors:
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Lo and behold, once you've had a few sodas and hit the tops with a Sharpie, you have a set of identical generic objectives:
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Identical. Right. Or ... are they?
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This highlights one of the coolest things about using bottlecaps. You can get a bunch of identical pieces, but you can hide differences inside on the bottom. For modelers, this isn't exciting. But for a gamer, the ability to have 4 or 6 hand made and cheap, identical objectives that can be labeled for different game effects is very useful. Sure, you can write on the bottom of any piece of small terrain like that -- but unless you have a slew of spare electonics a la Froggy the Great, this is the best and cheapest way to mix up several objectives and have no one know which is which until you encounter them! Yay! Applause

Still, this is a terrain site and the generic objectives are not really that interesting. So, let's start by looking at how we can arrange them, exploiting the fact that there are several different shapes, but they all are the same size:
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OK. So, now we have some variety (actually, a decent amount when you consider permutations and combinations (including orientation)). And they are a little bigger (single caps only come up to about knee height on 28mm minis). And they are still identical. But can't we go a little farther and preserve the good aspects (cheap and identical)?
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With a little paint and creativity (ok, and some stir sticks) added, we now have some barrels, cargo pods, containers, equipment looking things, and maybe that last thing on the right in the last picture is a jet engine for a space ship (at least I hope so, 'cause that's how I make 'em). We've kept this pretty cheap, fast, and easy to do. You should be able to mass-produce a whole cargo bay full of this type of stuff for next to nothing (though if you need that many caps, you may either pay in terms of you health or you may have to beg friends for their used bottlecaps. Come on, you're a gamer or a terrainer, people already look at you like that! Laughing ) To add to the generic barrels, if you want a few customs (besides that generic one that is marked on the bottom to blow up when a figure moves adjacent to it), here is some customization:
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and a little more variety
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We also should not forget outdoors and the potential for alien environments our sci fi guys could encounter:
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I also want to make some palm trees like this, but I haven't done it yet.
Besides the use of caps alone, they make good piece parts for other pieces of terrain. Like bases for statues:
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or mybe even a whole fountain...
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OK, so maybe the bottom is the lid from a jar of Nutella. But once you start collecting caps, you will branch out. Trust me. Sooner or later, you will end up with something like this:
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Yep alien yoghurt cup walkers!

So, maybe I have convinced you this is cool enough to rate some effort. But the real point is to see these babies in action. So how about a little scenario with some store-bought sci fi terrain and some of these pieces:
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I think they can hold their own against the store-bought pieces. And they were a lot cheaper and much more fun to acquire. Let's try again:
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Hey look! It's multi-level ajdacent terrain with three levels beyond the ground! That's almost as cool as the Smurf village I made once out of inverted styrofoam drink cups and red plastic bowls! Well, nothing could be as cool as that...

I hope this helps. Fight on, space cadets:
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Wow! Who knew that there were so many uses for bottle caps? Amazing!
Matt
P.S. I have been looking for bases for my minis, so thanks.


Matt Davis10 said:

Wow! Who knew that there were so many uses for bottle caps? Amazing!
Matt
P.S. I have been looking for bases for my minis, so thanks.

The tops of the 'shroomz are gallon milk jug caps. They would work for 28mm or so bases. And we go through at least 3 gal of milk a week around here ...


sagh said:

Matt Davis10 said:

Wow! Who knew that there were so many uses for bottle caps? Amazing!
Matt
P.S. I have been looking for bases for my minis, so thanks.

The tops of the 'shroomz are gallon milk jug caps. They would work for 28mm or so bases. And we go through at least 3 gal of milk a week around here ...


Yeah I had thought that I could use the gallon lids for bases. At least I use an extensive amount of bottles. Smile
Matt


All good ideas but not quite what i'm looking for.
I want weirder shapes like pyramids and pods or something.
I'll find something.


"Pods" - Kinder Egg plastic capsules. They're about 1"/25mm long, are rounded cylinders with swirly grooves on. Very futur-alienesque.

"Pyramids" - cheating a bit I know but I saw some nice cargo capsules... somewhere... made from the small triangles in the Imex/Technolog Hexagon sets. Tetrahedrons, standing about 1.5"/35mm high.

Sagh: nice work on the bottle-tops. I was going to suggest the same, but you have made pretty much any comment I could have made redundant!


Red Orc said:

"Sagh: nice work on the bottle-tops. I was going to suggest the same, but you have made pretty much any comment I could have made redundant!

Thanx. There are tons of cool things you can do with caps and tons of ways you can combine them. Once you get past the "single cap as an objective" part, you can go wild.

I completely spaced on turrets, too. I have a lot of pill bottle caps, the kind with the child-proof cap, so the "circle" part of the cap turns indpendently of the "cylinder" part of the cap. Somewhere in my pile of stuff, I have a bottlecap death-ray that sits on one of those, and thus can rotate. I should have made another one yesterday. You can never have too many death rays!




How long did it take you to collect all those bottle tops lol?
I think one of my sisters has some Kinder egg capsules somewhere.
Those little pods you get from kids toy machines are an old favourite too.
I'm always looking for interesting shapes.
Air fresheners come in some really cool shapes now.


scratchbuilder said:

How long did it take you to collect all those bottle tops lol?

well, my wife is a Coke(TM) addict... Smile and, as a disabled veteran, i go through 5 bottles of pills a month Sad and i have two teenagers, so that's at least 2 gallons of milk and 6 liters of juice a week Confused ... seriously, that's about 2 months of collection.

some of the terrain pieces (and the yoghurt-bots) i already had, but the pods, shrooms and such i threw together in about an hour. glue, paint, wash, done! plus, they're nice things to give away. if you donate a mushroom forest to someone else, you can always make another one toute de suite.

maybe that's where my deathray went ... i am always loosing my death rays ...

oh ... and deodoant stick caps .. those are cool nowadays ...


I think i'll make some death rays!
Matt


ok ... brand new shiny death ray!
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... and yes it rotates Smile (but no gimble Sad )


We should have a death ray competition. Everyone needs a death ray.


Tob said:

We should have a death ray competition. Everyone needs a death ray.

Absolutely! Hmm. I wonder what Angus thinks about this?
Matt

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