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sean6833308 Feb 2016 10:14 a.m. PST

I've not seem many miniature games that couldn't use a little more scatter terrain.

All your troopers want to have a place to hide from enemy fire. In the real world, most of the time, there are lots of places around us to duck and hide.

So I decided to add some scatter terrain to my collection. I wanted to do this on the cheap so hit up my local craft store and found a nice selection of small wooden cubes. A little glue, paint, and wash latter and… Ta! Da!


These will work for both 15mm and 28mm. I went with some pretty bright colors, but it would be easy enough to tone them down with a different selection of paints.

More details on my blog. link

Twoball Cane08 Feb 2016 11:39 a.m. PST


I just might borrow that idea

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP08 Feb 2016 12:12 p.m. PST

Simple, cheap, quick. I like. Note potential for finicky upgrade later. Decals or stencils with unit or corporate logos, for instance. Anyway, something else to add to my list of things I really ought to get around to.

GROSSMAN08 Feb 2016 12:14 p.m. PST

Get the soft pine wood ones and you can etch lines into them and make it look like real boards.

sean6833308 Feb 2016 12:51 p.m. PST

I have thought about painting on some labels, but am not sure I want to spend the time doing it. Good thought though.

tshryock08 Feb 2016 5:03 p.m. PST

Shrink some real labels down and clone a bunch of them onto one sheet then print out on adhesive paper and stick on (after cutting them out of course).

zoneofcontrol08 Feb 2016 7:07 p.m. PST

I did a similar thing for a zombie game. Used 1/2" square blocks and painted them florescent orange. Did a simulated air resupply drop then the survivors went out and scavenged for these parcels. They didn't know what was inside until they spotted, collected and opened each one. I had a separate list of contents that they rolled against to get a random result.

I have since bought a bunch of the old Musket Miniatures boxes and crates plus got some model Railroad stuff to use.

Canuckinator08 Feb 2016 7:27 p.m. PST

With a bit of extra detailing, they could also become sci-fi Hesco barriers:

War Monkey08 Feb 2016 9:12 p.m. PST

That's great! thumbs up I did that same thing some time ago.


Home Depot has a very small section of hobby woods that has smaller square wood dowels for stacks of smaller crates as well.

Mako1110 Feb 2016 1:37 p.m. PST

That is a really great idea.

Thanks for sharing.

Adding some additional paintwork, decals, or logos would really make them pop.

Must get some myself, for my troops.

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