Monday 26 October 2015


So, what do you do on a grey, rainy friday with the kids off school due to a teacher's incept day? Few places are open (we had planned to go swimming, but the baths aren't open to public swims, a trip to Derbyshire's Bluejohn caves was called off, they were shut too), and anything outdoors looks a bit too cold, wet and grim. So, rather than sit in, watch DVDs (ok we watched some Thunderbirds DVDs) and play on the Xbox, I turned out all my bits boxes from the shed and we all set-to on creating some Thunderbirds-inspired sci-fi buildings.

There is method to the madness, I have a long term plan to do some sci-fi gaming again, perhaps at 6mm, but we also have just come into possession of 40+ second-hand Battletech Mechs, and I have no terrain for them to fight over. So, for years I've been throwing useful looking bits (broken or out-grown toys, spares from model sprues, plastic containers and packaging, etc) into boxes in my shed. There they have laid, until I needed them for some sci-fi builds. I could just buy some terrain, but building it is part of the fun.

So this rainy friday afternoon, my 2 'helpers' and I started a messy job...

 The bits spread out for first investigations. One man's junk is another's far-future terrain...

 The Mech is for scale... the yellow piece is from a broken Hotwheels set, in the end we decided it as too big, so saved it for a 28mm sci-fi project in the future.

 The guts from our broken dehumidier (apparently nobody fixes these, you just have to buy another!), so I gutted it for parts.
 First effort, not really what I was looking for, but my 2 helpers were warming to the task. 

 Plastic plumbing leftovers... the good stuff!

 An improvement, some kind of geo-thermal power station?

 6 year old's efforts (with some help with the control tower). First task was mastering the clippers without the need for the plasters.

 Next stab at the power station idea. The tube is from a broken Dyson attachment.

 The power station grows. 

After a few hours of cutting and gluing the novelty had worn off, but I continued that evening, Superglued fingers and all, to finish a few pieces and get them sprayed metallic grey as a base coat. Still all a WIP, but below are some of the current pieces, undercoated. Others will follow. Again the Mech is for scale. 

Shuttle landing pad, with stolen control tower idea.

 Erm, generic industrial chemical storage building.  

 And another building, built on the case of a broken smoke alarm.

 The reactor building.

 Still work to be done, but we have the start of 6-7 peices that'll be plenty to give the Mechs some cover on my desert boards.


  1. Over the past few months I have been deciding to get into Sci Fi wargaming and had plumped for 15mm. However, over this last weekend, I have fallen in love with the idea of 6mm Sci Fi. The ability to build an army for £10 is amazing. Couple that with how quick they will be to paint and I think this is the direction I am going in. Terrain is something I have been thinking about and have started collecting bits of junk.

  2. Great outcomes! Terrain building is a great way to include the kids in the hobby, given their general lack of painting abilities.