Saturday, October 1, 2011

Terrain: Walls (pt 2)

or, "Mr. Gorbachev, put up this wall!"

The RM crew has been a bit busy lately, doing life stuffs, so I felt now would be a good time for a quick update on the progress on my cheapo walls.

Rather than leave well enough alone, I went ahead and added some extra detail. Keeping with the theme of "cheap" and "easy to obtain materials", I went with staples and plastic self-adhesive "gemstones". The staples became ladder rungs, and the gems became (or rather, will become, once painted) light fixtures. The 78 piece pack of gems cost just over a buck fifty at the local craft store, and the staples cost $34 each and were hand crafted in Poland and imported via the Russian Mafia. Not. Do yourself a favor- when you gather the staples, just shoot them out of the stapler one at a time into a bag or folded sheet of paper or something like that. Don't take the block of staples home to pry apart by hand later.

I used Rustoleum 2x Satin Fossil spray paint as both primer and base coat for these wall sections. Eventually I'll go over them again with an air-brushed coat of off-white, detail painting for the lights, and maybe some graffiti.

Though the walls aren't yet finished, I'm already starting on my next terrain project- modular office/apartment blocks constructed from postcards, rubber cement, old coffee grounds, toothpicks, and green peas soaked in water.


  1. They really look excellent! Cheap and simple... I think you have me convinced. :)

  2. Wow, these are excellent. I may have to steal your ideas there...

  3. Those are looking great! Can't wait to use them this Wednesday.

  4. Came to the notion you could drill a 5mm hole on each facing of the gemstones, then put a small bit of greenstuff inside, and tap it with a mechanical pencil nib, creating a small beady iris. Like embedded optics.

    Instant omni-directional laser ball defence point. Can see the thing spin up and spit bolts like a deadly disco laser.