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Scrap Objectives

More tiny gaming props today.

Shown above are two unexploded grenades and six “Scrap Counters”.

The unexploded “stikkbomz” might occasionally be used in games of Gorkamorka.

Scrap in the Gorkamorka setting is analogous to treasure in a dungeon RPG setting: its the main reasons for the protagonists to be there.

Scrap was originally represented by cardboard tokens in the Gorkamorka game.  While 3D representations of things like that can be nice to look at, they are often impractical in game play terms, proving to be awkward to move around with the model that is supposed to be carrying it and the like.  Often cardboard tokens are just more practical, if not as pretty.

Despite that I decided to make Scrap Counters anyway, based on 22mm tiddlywinks.  I made sure that each counter had a piece that served as a handle to pick it up and tried to make the profile of the scrap reasonably flat, so that they wouldnt be too awkward to use in game.

I actually really enjoyed making these, almost like a set of tiny dioramas.  Painting the ork skull and the Necron head were highlights.

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  1. […] More tiny gaming props today. Shown above are two unexploded grenades and six "Scrap Counters". The unexploded "stikkbomz" might occasionally be used in games of Gorkamorka. Scrap in the Gorkamorka setting is analogous to treasure in a dungeon RPG setting: its the main reasons for the protagonists to be there. Scrap was originally represented by cardboard tokens in the Gorkamorka game.  While 3D representations of things like that can be nice to … Read More […]

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  2. Those are really nice my friend, love the grenades.

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    • Thanks TAL. I find that the change of pace and routine when making little pieces like that very enjoyable.

      Lots of people skimp on terrain and objectives and other props but I think that thats a mistake. Nicely painted figures arent worth much with horrible cardboard counters strewn around them.

      Like the civilians that you have been making for your WWII project, the scrap counters are not strictly necessary, but they should enhance the atmosphere. Atmosphere is the reason that I play.

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  3. Great stuff! How did you make the empty ammo shells?

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    • The empty shells are supplied as one piece from the GW Ork Boyz set, so I didnt do anything terribly smart with them other than stick them down.

      I find that lots of the scenic elements from he GW kits can be found for very cheap prices on Ebay. Thats where I got many of the specific parts for my Gorkamorka orks.

      Actually, now that I look at the markers there isnt anything that I scratch built on them: everything is a model element either in part or in its entirety. I did make some most of them look battered, but everything is a kit part.

      I hope that helps 🙂

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      • Ain’t nothing wrong with using pre-fabricated parts. It’s a constant battle for time vs money.

        I have spent the afternoon making fences from old sprue. Given the time invested in this, I’m not convinced this was a particularly smart move on my side. It’s probably cheaper to buy some model kit, although I must admit it was quite satisfying.

        Cheers

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        • Agreed on all counts. If its fun making the fences like that and at the end of the process you end up with enough fences for your needs then great, plus is a few bucks saved.

          I am currently putting the finishing touches to a shanty town terrain set (pictures next week). Some of the stuff is from kits and other elements are scratch built. Although the kit stuff was quicker to get together, it looks better with a few scratch built elements to give it context.

          Oh, and if you get sick of making fences I can recommend the products from Renedra 🙂

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  4. I’m currently working on a some terrain including a silo.
    Lucky for me (since I’ve already put in the effort), Renedra don’t have a chain link fence, which is what I’ve made for this building.

    I have already bought Renedra’s gravestones, which will come to use when I build my graveyard. The work has already begun for this piece too.

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    • I looked for a chain link fence from Renedra when I was at Salute. While the more rustic fences that they have are nice, they were not what I was looking for.

      I painted up half of my Renedra gravestones recently to fit in with my Standard Falls project. Photos will be up over the next week or so.

      I did a very quick job on mine though: functional but far from inspired. I am interested to see how yours turn out, particularly as the other terrain that you have been making recently is so nice.

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      • Thanks Paul, I’ll try to shake a leg!

        The graveyard is probably due at least another two weeks from now. The silo terrain piece is hopefully done sooner, if I can find all the pieces needed to finish it.

        Cheers

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