Monday 27 April 2020

Quick Crate Pile Detailing

I picked up an ebay lot of 16 pre-painted resin crates last week for under £10. Although completely usable as they were, I decided to spend a little time to add a little bit of weathering and detail.

Step 1: Sub-assemblies

As much fun as 16 individual crates can be, the reality is that most of the time I want more sturdy piles. Having some glued together means they're quicker to set up and more stable during a game.

I glued the crates into some useful blocks:

These can be stacked in a variety of different ways:

Step 2: Details & weathering

I added some stencils to give the sense that these have been marked up by the shipping company or merchant. The rectangle and triangle were cut out of a piece of scrap paper with a hobby knife, and then I stippled onto random surfaces with red paint using an old big brush.

I did the same thing on some crates with an off-white into a circle stencil (made using a hole punch). After the stencils, I used a scrap of blister foam to dab dark grey paint at random onto the crate surfaces, paying particular attention to the corners and edges.

Finally, I roughly stippled a dark brown on the bottom third of the crates to suggest some dirt and grime.

Finished Crates

The finished crates aren't going to win any painting competitions, but for a time investment of around 15 minutes, I'm pretty happy with the results.

Expect to see these appearing in scenic shots in the near future!


  1. They're never going to be the most exciting sculpts in the world but they do look a lot better now. The grey sponging and the shipping markings make them look much more realistic and used. They'll make good cover in future battles!

    1. That's the key thing really - enough detail and functionality, without detracting from the miniatures that are gaming over them! Cheers Toby

  2. That's so clever! I love the results!

  3. They certainly look better with the markings and weathering.


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    1. Thanks Riot! A bit of detail never hurts.

  5. 'Crate' work.

  6. The "After" photos show that your efforts were well worth it. They look so much better with the weathering.

    1. Thanks very much! I think a little extra detailing really can go a long way.

  7. Hurst Molds sells the mold to make these.

    Cargo Bay Accessories

    Mold #302