AS I declared in my foregoing dispatch I have embarked upon a 28mm Sci-Fi project drawing on the gonzo (machine) spirit of eighties gaming and - in particular - the aesthetics of Rogue Trader-era 40k. Miniatures aside, all the scenery I currently have is specifically for 28 and 15mm fantasy (some interchangeable, some not). Now I know that it's perfectly authentic to fight laser-battles across verdant pastures and woodland when it come to RT, but I wanted something rather more specific without reverting to the grimdark smashed cityscape that predominates in latter-day 40k.
First-up I wanted some buildings to represent an imperial settlement on some godforsaken backwater planet and after searching fruitlessly for suitable manufacturers of such decided to make my own! Thus far I have only crafted one of what will be hopefully grow to be a sprawling metropolis of, er, three-or-so habitations.
The core of the structure is a hexagonal cake dummy (hit Ebay for these: they are dirt-cheap) based on 3mm foam PVC. I have been using the latter material for basing terrain elements for some years now and cannot recommend it highly enough: it doesn't warp ever, is light, thin and can be cut easily with a stanley blade. Before attempting to adhere anything to it, though, I do recommend giving the surface a quick roughing-up with sandpaper to aid cohesion.
Anyway, back to the tutorial! The parapet walls were made from off-cuts of foam PVC, pinned to the cake dummy. The dome is a polystyrene ball cut in twain. The roof surface is made from Slaters single-tread plate embossed plastikard I bought years ago from Antenocitis Workshop and never used. The door and control panel are also from Antenocitis (you get two of each in a pack: bargain!) whilst the hatch on the roof and ventilation-thing at the rear are sundry GW bits bought cheaply from the 'bay. Once everything was stuck firmly in place I coated the walls with ready-mixed filler. To be honest I got rather carried away during this phase of construction and the effect was rather more drastic than I intended, but in retrospect I actually think it works! The base was covered in the usual aquarium sand+cat litter combo.
These alien fungus-plant-blob whatsits are merely polystyrene balls cut in half, glued to foam PVC, coated in a mixture of filler+PVA (spackle+wood glue to our American cousins) and then sprinkled with Woodland Scenics Fine Turf of all things to add texture. A gloss finish gives 'em a gooey, seeping look. These were in part inspired by Matakishi's 'alien plant' tutorial here. These are simple and open to all sorts modifications by brainy hobbyists. Incidentally, I got the styrene balls in a bag from a local garden centre (which also sells craft supplies and other miscellany) for £2.50. I still have half a bag left so this was a really cheap build.
Lastly we have some spaceship debris from the 'Battle for Macragge' boxset. A quick n' dirty PJ got these table-ready in no time.
So what next scenery-wise? As I mentioned above a couple more buildings, probably some storage-type stuff (crates, barrels etcetera) to scatter about, craters (probably commercially-sourced) and maybe rocky-hill things. All the above photographs were taken on a sheet of heavy grade calico cloth (£4) which I will be turning into a textured battle mat the same mars-red colour as the scenery bases using this tutorial. Stay tuned earthlings!