Tanks for the Memories
Cryxian Mining Rigs

By Nobody

Tutorial Date 1/15/06

Klepto is always going on and on about wanting this and that, so to shut him up I asked him, if there was one thing he wanted what would it be? Ever the Cryxian, he answered that he wanted four things—Four Cryxian mining rigs so he could play the scenario on page 145 of the Escalation rulebook.

Techniques Used:
Common Items, Painting Rust, Rivets

What you need to complete this project:

4 8oz. Soda cans
Sheet styrene
Green stuff
White glue
Super glue
Model paints
Items from your morgue (box of odds & ends from other models. Also known as a "Bitz Box.")
Flock or static grass

Step 1: Cut the bases to size and bevel. I used 1/4" styrene but masonite or similar material will also work

Step 2: Empty soda cans and affix one to each base
I was looking for a large storage tank look similar to what you might see at a refinery. My daughter drank one and I drank three. Hey, I’m bigger!…

Step 3: Create control boxes using template below
I was going to just affix the parts to the can itself, but was afraid Klepto would complain that it looked too plain…

Step 4: Affix items from morgue. I used a part from a paper towel holder for the top, protective rings from new super glue tubes for windows on control panel, and old model parts from a Monogram 144th scale Space Shuttle model. I also went completely nuts and used green stuff to make the rivets all over the rig. Yes it was a lot of work, but it paid off in the end.
We make a lot of Space Shuttle models at work and there are always pieces left over. OK, so there are more pieces left over when I make them…

Step 5: Spread white glue on bases, cover with dirt and allow to dry.
Jenzen liked to help with this step…

Step 6: Prime black

Step 7: Paint dirt with American Burnt Umber
My wife Natalie cannot be convinced that you have to actually paint the dirt to look like dirt, but I think it looks better…

Step 8: Heavy dry brush base with Vallejo Model Color Flat Earth #983

Step 9: Dry brush base with Vallejo Model Color Stone.

Step 10: Paint Drilling Rig with Ral Partha Steel

Step 11: Dry brush each Rig with GW Boltgun Metal

Step 12: Using a sponge apply black ink wash where you want rust to be and let dry

Step 13: Using a sponge apply sepia ink wash over black wash and let dry

Step 14: Using a sponge apply Vallejo Model Color Flat Earth #983 over black and sepia washes<
I used the sponge technique for the randomness. It was fun because it was different than just using a brush. It sucks up a lot of ink/paint though…

Step 15: Using a sponge apply Vallejo Model Color Bright Orange #851
Go easy. Too much bright orange can ruin it…

Step 16: Paint inside of windows with Vallejo Model Color Deep Green #970

Step 17: Paint inside of windows with Vallejo Model Color Olive Green #967

Step 18: Paint window with GW Brazen Brass

Step 19: Highlight windows with Ral Partha Gold

Step 20: Make some rust drips below some of the rivets using a sepia ink wash

Step 21: Spray with Glossy seal

Step 22: Spray with Flat seal and allow the rigs to dry completely

Step 23: Load up a brush with a 50-50 mixture of white glue and water and randomly paint the mixture onto the base.

Step 24: Cover glue mixture with flock/static grass and allow to dry.

There you go, a fairly easy terrain piece you can wow your friends with at your next game.


Don’t over do the rust. Less is more.

Also, when pulling pieces out of your morgue, keep in mind how many Rigs you plan to make and look for pieces in multiples of the number you are making so they all have the same feel.

I delivered the mining rigs to Klepto on game night. Now he is already yapping about the next project he wants me to do…