Monday, 19 May 2014

Space Crystals!

Space Crystals! They are surely a sci-fi wargaming staple, and if not they should be. Every now and then someone shows off some lovely new space crystals and I get the urge to build my own but hit a brick wall because I can't find the right materials at the right price. Well, this time I finally overcame all the obstacles! I found some Quartz crystals (they don't turn into Alka Seltzer on contact with PVA, bonus) at the right price, I had some leftover LASER (is it still an acronym after all these years?) cut bases from another scatter terrain project (which technically makes them free) and critically a spare hour or so. I like the look of them as they are and have so far resisted the temptation to make them pop more with an ink wash. My sci-fi terrain is quite garish already and as long as they don't get 'lost' on the board I will leave them alone.





I've used a few of those use-out-of-the-box grass tufts that are all the rage.




Shown alongside 'Paul the Prepper', my custom Zombicide character, for scale. He is a 28mm civilian militia from Copplestone Castings.


I thought about writing it L.A.S.E.R. but surely that can't be right?

Thanks for stopping by!

18 comments:

  1. I can sense a water feature with crystals brewing for a zombicide mall :)

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    1. Not a bad idea there Jason! Big, space-borne crystals carrying the Z-virus that have taken root in the heart of our culture!

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  2. You should have said you were after some quartz - there's loads of it lying around on the ground at the old mine workings up the hill from my folks' place! ; )

    Mind you it's not as clear and nicely shaped as these - very nicely done.

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    1. Cheers mate! Are those lumps of quartz any good for terrain do you reckon? I'll have them if they are, though they probably lack the purported healing powers these one have.

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    2. It's the creamy coloured stuff with the odd pink vein in it - but it tends to come in lumps rather than nice pointy crystals. I can get a few bits next time I'm up there walking the dogs.

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    3. Great, thanks mate. I've a feeling it will make some nice looking space rocks! From spaaaace!

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  3. Next up real Diamond terrain! heh

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  4. Thanks for the shout out. I went for a more garish finish than you did: I'm trashy like that :)

    I'm looking forward to seeing your cool terrain set up for a game soon. Its been a while since there has been a 40k report around here.

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    1. My pleasure, I was taking my inspiration from you so it seems only fair. I love your crystals, especially as green is my favourite colour, but I have been sailing some fairly lurid waters with my sci-fi terrain recently so I felt like toning it down.

      Ugh, tell me about it. I have a couple of fantasy reports backed up but I haven't played RT for yonks. Hopefully soon that'll change, got one in the diary.

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  5. It's funny that you should do a post on this. I'm trying to design a dio and was thinking "if only I could find some crystals"

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    1. Aha, great minds! I bought these from an ebay shop with the user name 'nikkiewan' who offers a worldwide service. It was free postage in the UK, not sure if it's the same all over but the comms/customer service was excellent so take a look. The larger set and the smaller set together came in at about £10.00 and made the six bases above.

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  6. Great looking crystals. When I saw the title I thought you were going to be talking about the Fenris resin ones. I'm bummed that I missed your competition, but I've been struggling to keep up with the blogs. I also read something about your blog con showing. Is there a report coming up?

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    1. Many thanks Sean, glad you like them! I'm a make-it-yourself kind of guy where possible, that's part of the hobby for me, but I do like the commercial ones available. The Battlefield-in-a-Box branded ones are quite nice looking too.

      Sorry the comp passed you by, I regularly read your blog so I understand why, hopefully I can do something similar soon as I conquer the internet a bit more!

      There is a blog-con report in the pipelines, I will get around to it very soon. It wasa great day and lots of fun to meet up with all the boys.

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  7. They remind me of tiberium from command and conquer

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    1. I misspent many hours of my youth playing C&C so Tiberium has to take a lot of credit for my latter day obsession with sci-fi crystals!

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  8. Haha, there are crystals everywhere! Really great, they look pretty nice indeed!

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    1. It's an invasion! Glad you liked them Suber, thanks.

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