Sunday, June 17, 2012

Back from the future?

About two years ago I was asked to create a desertic futuristic terrain, to play with 28 mmm figs.
After a lot of hard work I finally realized the boards to compose it as a modular one : 3 60x60 cm, 3 60x30 cm and 2 30x30 cm.
I also made some buildings, plants, small rock piles and found suitable authentic rocks, with an "alien" feel, i think.
But in the end, apart the buildings, all remained to me, unused.
Quite at the same time I found, trough the web, some interesting mechs, nominally indicated as 1/100 scale, so useful for any rule you use, as full heigh mech or robotic support.
More about them later, just an insight ... Front Mission 3 and 4 from Square Enix for Playstation, anyone knows?
Some shots about the desertic terrain, miniatures are from AT-43 and Heavy Gear (thanks to Matt of the Closet Gamer for his splendid job), here to show the true dimensions of the terrain.

The terrain boards are in thick plywood (2 cm) to prevent warping, covered of glued cork foils added with sand to cover the areas where cork don't join.
The only negative effect is weight ! Next time I will use blue foam, the insulating one, strong, light and not so expensive.
Plants are mainly plastic ones, from a garden center, but I used also natural ones, dryed and paint (the bottle like ones) also based with cork. Stone piles the same.
Two boxes of ready terrain pieces (2 more not shown) and some more material for the next ones!

As said before, who knows these wonderful pieces of technology ?
There are a lot more of these two, 12 different ones in total, but ... this is the bad new, they are actually absolutely out of production.
As always stuff fron Japan is produced in a fixed amount, when sold out you have to wait for a new batch of production, naturally if they decide to do it!
Next time I  will show more of them, stay on alert!


  1. Wow, I love the variety of alien flora you have there, really impressive. What are some of the more odd items called? (so I can get some!)

    1. Hi Samulus, thanks for appreciation.
      As you see i use both plastic plants as natural ones.
      Plastic plants are easily found in florist and pet shops (the aquarium ones), and in a good garden center you can find several exotic dryed plants.
      The ones on the third picture are just coming from one of these shops (in several different dyes too).
      Possibly you can also get some plants by yourself from the garden, grass fields or a city park.
      The little orange bottle like are the perfect example as i picked up them from wild grass, let them dry and then paint orange, only because i liked it!
      On 13th picture you can see some peach nuts of a variety called "saturnina" (the brain like ones), some plastic grass, black/blueish fruits from plants that grow on country walls (like ivy) and lastly a few branches that looks like insectoid nests I got from a green garbage container! Never dislike these, they are a perfect resource of materials, look carefully!
      BTW i liked your 2 last posts on Autosentia and Earth crisis.

  2. Great to see my Gears getting some use! :-D