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Panzergruppe Inactive Member28 Oct 2012 5:40 p.m. PST

After I made my first batch of asteroids out of cork, TMP link another gamer pointed out to me that although the 3D models are good for casual games they aren't really allowable for a tournament. The main reasons being that the shapes and sizes were different to what was supplied in the starter. I decided to make a fresh batch that were the exact same shape and size as the supplied counters but instead of using cork I made them from Sculpy. The starter set contains 6 double sided asteroid counters which means I will need 12 models. I made the first six as smooth asteroids using the I call these the positive image and 6 rougher cratered models I call the reverse image.

All 12 Asteroids

Positive Image sculpts

Reverse image scuplts

Both positive and reverse image "large" asteroids

To make the asteroids:

You will need some Sculpy, some simple tools to sculpt with, baking paper and an oven tray and oven.

1. Trace around the counters onto a piece of baking paper, remember to flip the counter over and trace the reverse shape.
2. Attach the baking paper to a firm base with some tape,this could be piece of mdf or similar board. I use a ceramic tile.
3. Apply the Sculpy onto the baking paper inside the traced shape and work into shape.

To get the asteroid surface right reference some images from the internet, there is plenty available for inspiration. It took me about 2 hours to complete the sculpting.

4. Once happy with the result carefully transfer the sculpts on the baking paper to an oven tray and follow the firing directions on the Sculpy packaging. It takes 15mins in the oven and let cool for 10 minutes before painting.

All too easy.

Mako1128 Oct 2012 5:52 p.m. PST

Those look great!

Well done.

Personal logo MrHarold Sponsoring Member of TMP28 Oct 2012 6:13 p.m. PST

Great idea… and it does work really well without irking anyone!


Dantes Cellar Inactive Member28 Oct 2012 6:55 p.m. PST

Those are really cool!

Garand28 Oct 2012 10:51 p.m. PST

This is brilliant! Consider this idea duely ripped off… :)


Personal logo elsyrsyn Supporting Member of TMP29 Oct 2012 4:36 a.m. PST

Nice idea. And for an asteroid, should you decide to make molds and cast more in plaster or resin, it doesn't matter if they have air bubbles!


AndrewGPaul Inactive Member29 Oct 2012 6:59 a.m. PST

Are X-Wing players really that pedantic and tedious that the exact shape of the asteroids could affect the result of a game?

ming31 Inactive Member29 Oct 2012 11:28 a.m. PST

Great idea!

wehrmacht29 Oct 2012 2:24 p.m. PST

Are X-Wing players really that pedantic and tedious that the exact shape of the asteroids could affect the result of a game?

No kidding – it's STAR WARS for Pete's sake… WW2 dogfights in space!!

Panzergruppe Inactive Member29 Oct 2012 2:30 p.m. PST

Are X-Wing players really that pedantic and tedious that the exact shape of the asteroids could affect the result of a game?

The guy I was talking to was talking about organising a tourney and casually mentioned he would only allow the counters. Shape and size were his leading arguments. I just took up the challenge to p!55 him off. If I can avoid using counters on a tabletop I'll do my best to one way or another.

Thanks everyone for the kind words.

herzogbrian Inactive Member30 Oct 2012 11:16 a.m. PST

I have always just used Lava Rocks for the grill as my astiroids. The only work required is to drill them and that only if you want to mount them on stands.

billthecat31 Oct 2012 11:24 a.m. PST

Yes, better in '3D'…. but still an improvement over the flats.

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