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Thresher0107 Dec 2019 5:19 p.m. PST

Anyone had any success in making futuristic, and/or at least modern-looking Sci-Fi furniture for 25mm – 32mm figs?

I'm looking for ideas for making chairs, couches, tables, beds, computer consoles, and other interior stuff that might be useful.

Of course, inexpensive commercial items will be considered too, but given my budget, not sure I can afford much of that, which is why I'm considering making stuff, and am trolling for ideas, photos, tips, etc..

Personal logo StoneMtnMinis Supporting Member of TMP07 Dec 2019 5:44 p.m. PST

I think Cacique Caribe(before he was locked out) had several threads on making such items. You might also go over to the Lead Adventure Forum because they have a lot good threads over there on DIY terrain and such. And some of them are really creative and stunning.

Narratio07 Dec 2019 7:10 p.m. PST

It also depends on your ID of SF furniture. If you follow the 70's minimalist school (Space 1999, Moonbase Alpha, etc) then colours are all soft pastels and shapes are very, very simple, no ornamentation, squared blocks or cylinders for chairs, add a simple angle piece to get a recliner. Plain circles on a central stalk give a table, that sort of thing. Consoles are just, again, rectangles with masses of flashing lights. None of it too hard to make from pits of Wood / MDF or plastic with a decent paint finish.

Also, look at packing and packaging materials. A lot of this is great for the modern grunge look. Take a plastic bottle top and the neck of the bottle, cut three or four grooves out of the neck and you've got a table. Take the bottom off of a bottle or can, remove a disk from the base and cut it in half, that gives you a couple of semi circular bar tops or side tables.

I've also used packaging from boxes of chocolates, filled with plaster or plasticine, sliced up to make seating and, with added plastic aquarium plants, rows of hydroponic plant growing trays.

Time to actually look at the waste that surrounds you and how to recycle it.

Earl of the North08 Dec 2019 2:21 a.m. PST

Mantic's Star Saga game has some scenery in it that is useful link

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP08 Dec 2019 8:06 a.m. PST

Search for quarterscale dollouse furniture. Regular scale is 1:12, so quarterscale is 1:48 which is close for 25-32mm. Also, it's not too bad if the furniture is a bit large, since it won't be on bases and it is easier to have figures stand on tables, etc.

Even the non-scifi stuff – – looks good if you paint it up in all white and silver to match your motif. And don't forget the bathrooms – – everybody poops!

Beyond that, I have had a lot of success with various types of bottle caps making 28mm scifi internal scatter terrain.

Personal logo StoneMtnMinis Supporting Member of TMP08 Dec 2019 10:39 p.m. PST

This is just one of Dans threads on the subject:

TMP link

And I am sure if you search through the older messages you can find others.

If anyone wants to know which specific lego pieces were used let me know and I can give you Dan's email.


dapeters09 Dec 2019 10:43 a.m. PST

I did not agree with a lot of his non gaming comments but his absence has been a real lost to TMP

Thresher0109 Dec 2019 7:48 p.m. PST

Thanks for the tips.

I did do a search Dave, and came across those. I really appreciate it, and miss him too, along with many of the others.

No need to bother him.

I think I can make do with some small purchases for stuff I can't easily design/make, and scratch-building some of the other stuff.

4th Cuirassier12 Dec 2019 7:08 a.m. PST

Wouldn't any furniture do? Unless in space where weight's a consideration does furniture ever really change?

Thresher0114 Dec 2019 2:44 p.m. PST

Some, perhaps, though I draw the line at wooden picnic tables, wooden chairs, and those overstuffed, WWII-era, couches and chairs.

Modern and later will work though, especially if it is of Scandinavian design.

Also, not sure that chairs with wheels work, since on a spaceship stuff should really be bolted down vs. acceleration, deceleration, and sharp turning, climbing, and diving maneuvers.

That's never covered in a Star Trek episode, but can you imagine how lethal it would be to be in the "crews' mess", and/or cafeteria during any of the aforementioned maneuvers?

No doubt, that's where the "crews' mess" got its name. It'd be lethal to be in there.

capncarp31 Dec 2019 1:20 p.m. PST

etotheipi: "And don't forget the bathrooms everybody poops!"

Not Zap Brannigan!

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