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  • #24836
    Alexander Wasberg
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    Since I started looking at my pico armies, I came quickly to the conclusion that I had too little in the way of terrain, so I set to work trying to amend that.

    Here’s some things I made recently:

     

    Made big enough to work for 6mm as well, this complex becomes quite large for the 3mm forces. Could be a off-the-books lab complex involved in something illegal, a huge farm or anything else you can imagine.

     

    The local HQ for a corporation involved in minerals, oil and a few other lucrative areas in the colonies.

     

    Another multi-scale piece, useful as both 6mm large bushes and 3mm small woods/forests.

     

    A powerplant. the Solar Bloc tank is to show the scale. I’ve realized I could make something similar to the Hoth shield generators with a few of these, so that might happen..

     

    The last finished piece is a small re-fueling depot. I have a few more things in the works, and I will share as soon as I have something!

     

     

    #24871
    Thaddeus BlanchetteThaddeus Blanchette
    Participant

    Nice stuff, man!

    I used a credit card, balsa wood, plasticard, beads and an empty deodorant dispenser to make this:

    We get slapped around, but we have a good time!

    #24873
    MikeMike
    Keymaster

    All very cool.
    I hear AB may make some 3mm stuff as a tester if he can blag some free 3mm models as scale reference…

    He would buy them but he is tight!

    😀

    #24883
    Rules Junkie JimRules Junkie Jim
    Participant

    I’ll be bunging a few 3mm minis to AB on Tuesday, some Vietcong and Israeli figs and odds n ends of vehicles I have lying about.

    Those tower blocks are excellent!

    #24885
    Thaddeus BlanchetteThaddeus Blanchette
    Participant

    AB should consider that he should go a tad smaller than 3mm for a maximum realistic look. I’d suggest modeling based on the vehicles rather than the infantry, because the infantry is usually a tad bigger than 3mm.

    We get slapped around, but we have a good time!

    #24886
    Thaddeus BlanchetteThaddeus Blanchette
    Participant

    Talk to Javelin98 about casting his Shapeways modular SF habs in resin. I’d buy them, but they are too expensive on Shapeways.

    http://www.shapeways.com/product/HPC8R5HZG/3mm-pod-housing-hex-pattern?li=user-profile&optionId=55974305

    Also, your own stuff in 3mm would sell very well, I think.

    We get slapped around, but we have a good time!

    #24890
    MikeMike
    Keymaster

    AB should consider that he should go a tad smaller than 3mm for a maximum realistic look. I’d suggest modeling based on the vehicles rather than the infantry, because the infantry is usually a tad bigger than 3mm.

    I am sure that he knows his 6mm skirmish buildings are just right for a 1 figure = 1 man look, but when it is more a battalion ‘scale’ game then he will make it more suited to that feel.

    Prolly.

    😀

    #24893
    Thaddeus BlanchetteThaddeus Blanchette
    Participant

    Don’t do entire pieces: do buildings a lá Brigade Model’s stuff and let us muck about with it, please.

    We get slapped around, but we have a good time!

    #24897
    Alexander Wasberg
    Participant

    @Thaddeus Blanchette: Thanks Thaddeus, I’m a fan of your work, you have so much 3mm goodness on your blog! I agree with the single building idea, then we can by bags of the stuff and still have it all look different and interesting.

     

    @editor mike: I have hear the same thing, I really hope that AB makes something like his 6mm stuff, that would be exellent! Thank you for the kind words 🙂

     

    Rules Junkie Jim: I thank you both for the kind words and the sacrifice of some spare minis, hopefully AB will put them to good use!

    #24899
    Thaddeus BlanchetteThaddeus Blanchette
    Participant

    Man, but my freedom fighters need a junker shanty town!

    We get slapped around, but we have a good time!

    #24900
    Alexander Wasberg
    Participant

    I hear you, a 3mm Shanty town would be very nice 🙂

    #25027
    Rules Junkie JimRules Junkie Jim
    Participant

    Hello AB, if you’re listening… I posted some Oddzial Osmy figures and vehicles to you today, along with one of these

    http://www.picoarmor.com/pico-products-detail.cfm?id=226&pid=1657&p=PicoTerrain – Building S6&n=3mm Small Mid-Eastern Dwelling (Pack of 4)&m=6

    as another size  reference. Think I got it from a now-defunct company (Simply Six??). Possibly quite big for 1/600th, but it’s a good range for pre-20th century gaming.

    Careful you don’t drop the figures. There’d have been 1 more strip of infantry in there, but I dropped it on the floor and it literally disappeared

     

    #25157
    Angel BarracksAngel Barracks
    Moderator

    Arrived today.
    Thank you!
    Ye gads those are small!

    Half term holiday here but will start work next week on some credit card sized pieces.

    • This reply was modified 5 years, 2 months ago by Angel BarracksAngel Barracks. Reason: manners
    #25161
    Thaddeus BlanchetteThaddeus Blanchette
    Participant

    Aw… Just do buildings, man. Seriously. You can knock up a dozen over the weekend. If they are loose, we can move them about and they become a lot more useful! OK, I’ll buy them anyhow, but I’ll buy a lot more if they are loose.

    We get slapped around, but we have a good time!

    #25165
    Angel BarracksAngel Barracks
    Moderator

    It is a lot more cost effective to make one mould that casts a £2.00 model than ten moulds that cast a 20p model.
    In terms of silicone, resin, time and sanity.

    If I had the ability to make metal spin cast moulds myself and to cast them myself then I would do metal loose buildings.
    But as I am doing resin casting, credit card pieces are the way to go.

    But… If these prove popular then a KS for single metal buildings in the future is very much a possibility.

    #25171
    Thaddeus BlanchetteThaddeus Blanchette
    Participant

    But with 3mm, can’t you just make ten pieces per mold? I mean, I do that when I’m copying pieces for kit bashes. I glue them to a plate of glass, form a Lego barrier around them, then pour in the rubber. When I pour in the resin, later, I have the mold flipped on its back. I then take a big, flat bread knife and just slide it across the top of the mold, as if I were taking the head off a glass of beer.

    Seems to work fine, with negligible flash.

    I would definitely kick in to a metal kickstarter.

    We get slapped around, but we have a good time!

    #25173
    Angel BarracksAngel Barracks
    Moderator

    I could do 10 different pieces per mould and sell it as a pack…
    But there would be issues around fiddlyness. These pieces would be teeny as you know.

    Let me have a play next week and I will start a 3mm topic!

    (the horror)

    #25208
    Mr. Average
    Participant

    Personally, I would find little ready-made “settlements” very useful. But I favor a 3mm scale line from the AB source no matter what its final shape. Like TB, I heartily endorse any such event or product!

    #25233
    Rules Junkie JimRules Junkie Jim
    Participant

    Alexander’s thread sidetracked.

    Angel Barracks railroaded into doing 3mm.

    My work here is done!

    #25273
    Alexander Wasberg
    Participant

    Woohoo, AB is making 3mm stuff. I feel this might make me a poor man.. @AB: Thanks for the speedy deliver of my last order BTW, just started to put things together!

     

    @Rules Junkie Jim: Good work mate, have a cookie, you’ve earned it 😉

     

    I have a few more 3mm piece to share, while I wait for reinforcements from Pico Armor:

     

    Groupshot, sans the piece I finished up this morning.

     

    Landing pad, fully equipped with refueling and servicing capabilities.

     

    Grow-domes, making sure the poor colonists have something to eat, regardless of the often inhospitable climate of partially terraformed worlds.

     

    Last piece is a area defence installation. The guns are multi-purpose, being able to take on atmospheric threats as well as smaller orbital vessels. I plan to build a proper anti-ship installation at some point, but these will have to fill in for the moment.

     

    #25281
    RhodericRhoderic
    Participant

    This stuff is brilliant. Showcases what to me is the most attractive aspect of 3mm.

    #25292
    Thaddeus BlanchetteThaddeus Blanchette
    Participant

    Beautiful use of the resin terrain! I am waiting for mine to finally arrive. Customs is taking forever on this order….

    We get slapped around, but we have a good time!

    #25323
    Alexander Wasberg
    Participant

    Thanks Rhoderic, the finer scales do allow for lost of cool terrain without breaking the bank!

     

    @Thaddeus: These Firestorm terrain bits are really great, You can get so much out of a box!

    I hope the postal service get cracking so you can have yours soon, also, thank you for the kind words 🙂

    #25835
    Alexander Wasberg
    Participant

    Only a single 3mm piece today, but its a big one:

     

    A Hoth-style Shield Generator! One of my Solar Bloc tanks is here to give you an idea of the size.

    #25848
    EartherEarther
    Participant

    Loving the grow-domes! So verdant and domey. 

    #25894
    Alexander Wasberg
    Participant

    Thanks 🙂

    #26126
    Nathaniel Weber
    Participant

    I am more and more tempted to buy up some 3mm stuff.

    Great terrain pieces!

    #26129
    Alexander Wasberg
    Participant

    It’s a great scale to play around with, and cheap enough that you can try it without breaking the bank 🙂

     

    Thank you for the kind words!

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