I have been planning a landing pad as part of my terrain collection for years, but for various reasons painting one up never quite floated to the top of the to-do pile. I'm pleased to say I've rectified that glaring omission and I have a new shuttle to put on it too! Which all means I can do some nice hangar-bay scenic shots like this:
For those of you who enjoy knowing these things, the background is made from three Micro Art Studio barracks on their ends plus one of my habs with my newly painted hotel also upended and balanced on top!
The landing pad is from Ziterdes, and is another hardfoam piece of terrain. I gave it a very quick and relatively basic paintjob with a few markings to liven it up.
As for the big lumpy shuttle shown in the scenic shot, this is a solid piece of resin that I picked up recently from the Penkridge tabletop sale. It was already painted and the seller told me that they believed it was produced by Snapdragon (if anyone can confirm this, I'd love to know!). The only downside was that it was designed to be based in flight, with a hole for what would need to be a very thick supporting rod. As there was no landing gear, it simply toppled unevenly when placed on a surface.
In order to rectify this I built some landing gear out of scraps of plasticard, square plastic tubing and a few pieces from my bits box. After a matching paint job, I think most people wouldn't realise they're not original to the model.
I'm pretty pleased with the resulting shuttle - it really does look like an unloved workhorse!
|I painted a few extra details such as the blue sensor lenses and the stencilled number on the top.|
|The paintjob is slightly different from my approach, but I really like the heavy rust streaks.|
|Hopefully the aftermarket landing gear isn't too obviously a later addition!|
I'm looking forward to getting these new additions onto the tabletop for some games of Stargrave in the not to distant future.