Friday, 22 April 2016

SCATTER!

What's occurrin'?

I've been immersing myself in the fascinating area of our hobby known as scatter terrain. What diversity! Loads of inspirational sites visited but as usual frugality won the day. I found some excellent tutorials on an old scenery forum called Terragenesis. I don't know if any of you are aware of it,  go check it out, a fantastic resource of D.I.Y. scenery. As well as the D.I.Y. stuff I've made another attempt at card modelling using some free to download printouts. Although printer ink is more expensive than champagne, nine times more, hardly frugal. Saying that you can still get a decent amount out of one cartridge.

Before we move on to the meat of the post, let's not forget our usual enrichment. The cultural quest continues this time with another fine example of Savage zombie's work. It's called Zombie Doodle. Wow, if only I could doodle this well! The flies are a lovely touch. Enjoy!

ZOMBIE DOODLE!

So, first of all my tiny collection of vehicles got a "crap" wash. Gives them a real world grime coat and makes them look less like toys.

PRISON SEEMS TO BE LETTING OUT EARLY?

A very important first step in this process is to give them a coat of matt varnish. I used a cheap acrylic brush on varnish from a local discount store. It stops the wash just sliding off. Don't worry about being too tidy at this first stage as any brush marks etc. just add to the effect at the next stage. I didn't even bother to mask the windows, although that might improve the look of a vehicle your band of survivors are going to use regularly.

IS THIS AN ILLEGAL CHOP SHOP?

I then mixed my "crap" wash. Taking an empty paint pot, I put in a little black paint, then added some dark brown emulsion from a tester pot. These were only small amounts of paint, a brushful of black and two of brown. The pot was then filled with water and shaken vigourously for a minute.

SPORTSCAR IN THE APOCALYPSE? REALLY?

Put plenty of newspaper down and slap the "crap" all over the vehicles. Leave to dry. Further coats can be added until you are happy with the desired effect. Although these only got one coat. Because of the matt varnish the "crap" wash covers stickers equally as well as the bodywork!

THAT'S A FUCKING BIG SUV!

Moving on from the vehicles, let's get to the scatter terrain proper. These dumpsters were free to download (of course) from the Combat Storm website. Assembled as instructions. To make them sturdy enough to contend with the rigours of gaming and storage they were stuck to "credit" card plastic bases. Which were then sanded, painted and flocked.

FEATURING COMPULSORY DUMPSTER PORN. LOW RES MIND.

Various details were added. The pallets were made from coffee stirrers and matchsticks, following an excellent tutorial article on Terragenesis (the old site) by Snitchy the Dog. I sculpted the rubbish (trash) bags from greenstuff, they look a lot better now they are painted.

A BLUE DUMPSTER.

The other bits and pieces are from the bottomless "bits" box, mostly 40K stuff. I also used some of the boxes from the stack I had previously downloaded by the amazing papercrafter Tommygun. Posters used were kindly provided by The Tollman.

A PALE DUMPSTER.

This final one was made by cutting the shapes of a dumpster from plain black card, using the downloads as a template. Apart from that, the same process was used to build it. A lot more wear and tear was painted on this one, it was really plain.

A NAUGHTY DUMPSTER.

A few side on shots of the dumpsters to better show the added details!

A ROW OF DETAILED DUMPSTERS.

It's worth mentioning the silver fuel barrel below. Made from paper and wire, again following a superb tutorial found on Terragenesis. This one is by bug_bait. I've made a bit of a production line of them now. Same with the pallets.

MORE DETAIL PORN.

A small barricade, useful for blocking alleys and such. Toy car, old Tamiya fuel drum, cut glue sticks, kitchen roll and some simulated barbed wire.

MAN THE BARRICADES!

More free to download card terrain. Vending machines from Tommygun. I think this is known as "street furniture" by the cool kids.

GRAB AN ICE COLD COKE AND SHUT THE FUCK UP!

Finally, more boxes. Boxes are a bit like zombies, you can never have too many of them. These little ones are really fiddly. A new method using old photo's has vastly improved the performance of these free to download printouts. All by Tommygun again.

BOXES, BOXES EVERYWHERE! FOUSANDS OF 'EM.

I guess that's all I got for this time dudes and dudettes. So until next time, follow in the DUDE'S wake and "take her easy".




33 comments:

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    1. Thanks Gordon.
      High praise indeed dude!

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  2. Wow! You have been busy, Bob. What a great collection of scatter terrain you have here. Very impressive indeed!

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    1. Many thanks Bryan.
      Still got a few more bits and pieces to finish off but I'm nearly there Dude!

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  3. This s looking great, definitely pinching the wooden pallets ;-)

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    1. Thanks Andy.
      The pallets were an excellent find. Well worth a look. Sorry don't seem to be able to link properly on this pad thing. Although that's probably the idiot operater!

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  4. They turned out great Bob! I may need to do some more digging online to find these sites.

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    1. Thanks Terry.
      I only knew about it being a former member. Just google Terragenesis. It will take you to the archived tutorials from the old site. They have now moved to a different addy which you can get to from the archives.

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  5. All good stuff Bib, Terra Genesis is a great site I've used for many years.

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    1. Thanks Joe.
      I signed up to Terragenesis many many moons ago. Even posted on there once.
      It's a great resource for DIY techniques. Well worth a visit.

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  6. Now that is some seriously good scratch built scatter, bravo Sir.

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    2. Thanks Michael.
      Much appreciated! I find making your own scenery a particularly pleasing aspect of our hobby.

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  7. Wonderful scatter terrain, Bob. I especially like the cement mixer and the barricade. As you say your 'mix' soon turns shiny toys into great looking terrain :-)

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    1. Thanks Simon.
      The "crap" wash is quite effective that way. Makes me less keen to go down the card vehicle route though. But I've prepped so many!

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  8. And there I was thinking, "Hrm, it's been a while since Bob posted?" And lo, the very following day, you post. Boyo, I may well be psychic! (Call Professor X!)

    Anyhoo.

    A post well worth waiting for! So many cool pieces to add extra depth and character to your game table. I really need to do more of these for my WW2 and Dark ages games. Street signs and Out houses and so forth...

    Where'd you get the idea for the dumpster with the rude words?

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    1. Thanks Dai.
      Psychic or psycho? Lol.
      Scatter is a great way to add individual character. That's the other thing about scatter, it's a cross genre thing. I guess it doesn't matter when or where you are fighting, people will always need small pieces of cover to hide behind.

      The idea for the offensive dumpster? I thought it could be a dumpster outside a biker bar or something like that. I've seen something similar on a bin locally and whilst sorting through all the posters I've got, came across this. Blame The Tollman! It was too funny not to do it.

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  9. That is alot of great work Dude!
    You can never have to much scatter terrain!

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    1. Thanks Andre.
      True! Scatter really sets the table off.

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    1. Thanks Mike.
      High praise indeed dude!

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  11. To paraphrase Renee Zellweger, "You had me at dumpster porn."

    Some fantastic looking terrain, Bob.

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    1. Thanks Finch.
      Dumpster porn for the win dude!

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  12. Fantastic job dude! The weathering on the cars is great and I Love the dumpsters! Top job dude!

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    1. Thanks Simon.
      The "crap" wash is a great way to turn toys into scenery. Dumpsters make great scatter.

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  13. The scale of the cars go well with the miniatures and the terrain stuff is cool too. Zombie minis by themselves can be pretty boring (as my own work shows) but coupled together with atmospheric terrain they are something else. The sum is indeed greater than the parts and they all look pretty awesome to me. :)

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    1. Thanks Kuan.
      The tabletop needs scenery. I've tried to do everything as cheaply as possible. Using free to download card models and toys picked up for next to nothing at charity shops, as well as broken old toys from friends children.

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  14. I love the dumpsters! Great little vignettes with the barrels and crates scattered with them. Your "crap" wash is very effective, the cars turned out quite well.

    Bravo sir! Excellent work!

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    1. Thanks dude.
      High praise indeed. More to follow.

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  15. Bob! Where are ya mate??? It's Zomtober already and it feels kind of empty without your seasonally appropriate posts!

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  16. Bob, Just wanted to wish you a Happy New Year, and hope to see you blogging at some point soon. Hope all is well?

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  17. Is this an illegal chop shop?

    My finger was in my nose, when I read that and now I'm bleeding profusely!

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