What’s in the Box?

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Salyut Zond, Gecko Squad, Tsyklon Sputnik

Hello there fellow tabletop gamers (there’s one inside us all). Recently, I posted this image onto Wargamers Consortium-Infinity, a great Facebook group moderated by a friend of mine, Nestor Medina. Big shout out homie! To kickoff the new group WGC-I hosted a painting challenge, and these are my entries. However, this post isn’t going to be about the models, it’s going to be about the swanky crates you see in the background. What if I told you that for pennies a day you too can cover starving tabletops with terrain such as this? Well you can, and here’s how.

Here’s what you’ll need:
– Box cutter or X-Acto knife
– Corrugated paper
– Scissors
– Tape
– Paper glue
– Marker
– Cardboard granola bar or cereal box
ShippingCrate-Assembly21I’m not the most precise person when it comes to building terrain, which is why I like to use already made boxes as my underlying structure. Using this granola box I’ll be able to make two 2″ x 2″ x 6.5″ shipping crates with clean right angles.
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First, tape the open end closed. I can’t be the only person that destroys the packaging on these boxes when I open them. So that’s what the tape is for. 🙂
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Next, 2″ measurements along the long edges of the box. Two is an easy number to remember, and fits the 28mm scale of all my tabletop games nicely.
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Cutting time! Okay, so slicing into a box that’s already assembled can be dangerous and unstable, but I find it to be way faster than deconstructing, cutting then reconstructing it. All that being said, I always do several light passes with a very sharp blade. Also, cut only the long sides using a blade and then finish the shorter sides with a scissor. Don’t worry if this doesn’t look super neat and accurate. You can fix that later.
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I bought a 30″ x 20″ sheet of this corrugated paper from an art store for about 3 dollars. It’s great stuff and comes in several different colors. Since then, I’ve found it online for even cheaper.
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After cutting the paper into 2″ long strips I glue them onto the sides of the crate using paper craft glue. Turn the box top-side down onto your table. This’ll help keep the edges of the paper flush to the top of your crate. Then cut off the excess flap of paper with a scissor.
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Do the same fro the top of your crate, and you’re almost done with construction!
Next I sliced a few .5″ stips of cereal box card.
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Add some glue along the top edges of the box…
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…and along the strips of card.
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Then snip off the excess.
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And there you have the final constructed product. Now this is a very simple concept, but you can do all kinds of interesting stuff using these simple techniques. Perhaps you’d like to add doors to your crate, or use this idea on bigger boxes to make entire buildings? Do your thing and have fun. 🙂
ShippingCrate-Assembly0In my next post I’ll show you how to paint this bad boy up and add detail using stencils and posters. Thanks for reading and happy building!
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Infinity Report

Man it’s been such a busy month that I’ve been severely neglecting my blogging duties. Commission work, a busy day job, a couple vet visits (for my dog not me) and NYC ComicCon, the time has just been flying by. However, I’ve still managed to squeeze in a little painting and modeling.

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My Infinity terrain collection is complete, for now. I tried to fit all my stuff in this picture. Mixed in with some paper terrain odds and ends, this makes for a great amount of coverage on the table. Obviously I have a lot of painting lined up for me, but so is life as a miniature gamer.

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Nomad – Hellcat

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Nomad – Hellcat

I also finished work on my first Hellcat for my Corregidor box. I LOVE this model! Totally want to buy all the poses for this little shite. Anyhoo, that’s what I’ve been up to. Stay tuned for pics of my adventures at NYCC. Later!

Special Delivery

While rummaging through my office mailroom I came across some shipping boxes and had a eureka moment. Easy super cheap terrain for Infinity! So here’s what I did.

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First I assembled the boxes as usual and sliced the ends off 3″ deep.

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Then I cut out some scrap card (2 1/4″ tall) to support the “roof top” and glued them into place.

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Finally, I cut out another scrap piece of cardboard for the roof top and rest it on top of the supports. I kept these unglued and removable for storing smaller terrain pieces inside.

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Voilà! Here’s the final design. You can use the terrain piece just like this or you can take it a little further…

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…like so! I printed out some 3D textures that I found online from this website. Then I used some double stick tape to adhere it to the box. It’s just like wrapping a gift. Super easy and super cheap.

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Here’s a group shot of my Nomads playing in their new sandbox. Have fun my little minions. Deploy!

Fun With Paper

“Why Dave, where have you been you slacker? You said a post a week but it’s been over two.” Said the disappointed blog follower (aka the voice in my head).

Sometimes I just need a good distraction. I don’t want this blog to become a chore or even worse, work. Bleh! So, my recent distraction has been… playing Infinity! That’s right I finally played a game with my freshly painted Haqqislam models and it was awesome! I even spent a week assembling a terrain table so I can play at home. check it out.

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Paper Terrain

All the terrain on this table was made using paper print outs that I cut out and glued together. With a little help from my wife I was able to finish it all in about three nights. This terrain’s a great solution for anybody that has a tight budget and some time to spare. It’s also very easy to store away, just roll up the streets and stack the buildings in a shoe box. Eventually, I’d like to build a themed table with a greater variety of elements like multi story buildings, vehicles and lots of cover. While I figure out what I want that final table to look like, this terrain will do the job nicely.

Most of the original PDFs for the table are from Toposolitario.com and the plastic buildings in the center are Plasticville’s Hobo Jungle. The best part is all this easy to assemble terrain is FREE! I just had to print it out and buy a glue stick. Booyah!