OK, if the title didn't get your attention, I don't know what will do. :D
This is the first of my shenanigans about scenery on a budget. If you have been lurking for a while here, you must have noticed my crazy future urban setting for Rogue Trader like games, which I call the Besenval Port. I have a number of gorgeous MDF buildings by now, but I'm facing the prospect of thinking a little out of the box and making some more scenery of my own. I still have some nice MDF kits waiting for their moment, but I also felt the urge of having some more stuff that could be easily set, that gave me new shapes and possibilities and, more important of all... that was unexpensive!
Sooo, until I get and cut some foamboard and stuff like that, let me explain. It all started with an innocent idea. The other day I just had this follow-on milk can in my hands...
|The can was empty. No Suberling was deprived of food during this experiment|
'Ohhh... I think I can use this shape...' was the thought that immediately crossed my mind. The rest, well, you can imagine.
I had two thoughts in mind. First of all, it could be used as a huge oil tank, that made sense for a port area. But it would have looked a bit dull, just one single pale colour and rust all over. I thought it could be something more. How about a building?
|One single colour and spray dirt all over. Dull|
Yup. I see a building over there. Trust me :P
I didn't really need this to be particularly shiny or professional looking. In the best Rogue Trader tradition I'm just using whatever junk I have at home and turning it into something useful on the board.
I painted raw blue on the parts meant to be windows and added just one professional bit to the mix: One of the really nice doors from the Trash Bash Sci-Fi Doors Kickstarter by Robebeast. Recipe for success. That tiny bit makes the difference, trust me.
|Begin to look like something?|
I was a little worried about the floor height, it's slightly smaller than actually required for 28mm. scale, but this being this kind of project, I really didn't care that much about accuracy, it's simply a way of having a cheap building with an unusual shape to give variety to the board.
Then all I had to do was painting some naive, comic-book like glass effect and paint the door. I could have added some more shapes, cardboard stuff or whatever, but this was enough for the experiment. What I indulged myself to do was a (cheap) advertising signal for the roof, as it looked too flat. I just copied the general design from a travel toothpaste kit I got on a travel to China some years ago, so it also fits into Firefly settings (one day... one day...). Dual-use material, I never do random stuff:
|Please, any Chinese speaking reader out there, indulge my puny attempt|
This is for certain the cheapest building I have in all my collection. I know, totally amateur, but works for me, I think it will do its part on the board. Great news is that I can potentially have a full neighbourhood of these in a few more weeks! I can build a full town! Mwahahaha!
No, seriously, now that I'm in the mood for stuff like this, I've begun to see the potential of lots of stupid objects and boxes. I think you may want to embrace for the impact of a Diogenes attack...