Whilst cleaning up the garage, I pulled out a couple of City Fight Terrain pieces I’d started to work on at the end of last year. They need a bit of attention and a decent paint job but they show that even good ol’ white expanded polystyrene can do the trick for most terrain projects…
|'Welcome! You must be the new neighbour!'|
I head down to the local electrical goods store every so often and rummage through their wheelie bins (ask the manger / don't fall in...) and help myself to all kinds of cool packaging polystyrene that would have otherwise been destined for the recycling truck…
|This lot will eventually be a 6'x4' Imperial Bastion...|
Whilst certainly not as smooth to use as extruded polystyrene, expanded polystyrene does come in different grades, so focus on collecting up the higher density stuff and you’ll find that you can yield some really good results.
|'Ever thought about decorating...?'|
A knife with a retractable blade is perfect for your cutting needs since you can replace the blades quickly and easily – something you’ll need to do regularly. For this reason, I’d also recommend you use a cheap bread knife for any ‘bulk’ cuts you may need to make.
|This one will eventually end up as the 'Statue of the Blinded Angel'...|
|... I'll look to model her a blindfold out of green stuff...|
When gluing polystyrene, I’d recommend using Wood Glue over PVA to help achieve a stronger bond. These scenery pieces have been mounted on 1ft square 6mm MDF boards as they will eventually form part of a bigger, modular City Fight terrain set.
|... The statue itself is an old Doctor Who Screaming Angel figure|
There’s no denying that there’s some great city fight inspired terrain available from the likes of GW and Gale Force Nine. But if you’re on a budget, have the time and are looking for something a bit more personal from your terrain set-up, why not give good ol’ white polystyrene a go?
|I'd better get building...|