Friday, December 19, 2014

Planetary engineering

It's been a long time since I've mentioned anything space-related on this blog.  Just to show you that I haven't abandoned the genre completely, here's another planet for use in my starship battles.
This world is made from a 12-inch Styrofoam hemisphere from a craft store.  I coated it in white glue to protect it from aerosols which can dissolve the material, then lightly applied about four different colors in a mottled pattern.
This massive object provides takes up a lot of room on the gaming table and can shelter even the largest vessels, like this Victory-class super galactic dreadnought of the Terran Transsolar Federation Navy.
It's noticeably larger than my other planet model, but too small to represent a gas giant at this scale.  Instead, it's a larger (but less dense) Earth-type world with a thicker atmosphere, no oceans, and lots of plant life.  I plan on using both of these planets, along with an airless moon, in a future convention game.


Maj. Diz Aster said...

Nicely done! We need to get together one weekend and play Star Navy or X-Wing.

J Womack, Esq. said...

I ahve a styrofoam hemispehere laying about here somewhere looking for exactly the same utilisation. Of course, they are all still far too small to be planets in scale, but a small moon...

Or maybe That's No Moon.

HoldFast said...

Do these planets have names? Class designations? If we start collecting this info, then we could start developing a metafiction that could be used across different games.

Desert Scribe said...

I've used the earthlike world as Regulus IV (a Class M planet) in a couple of convention games, including a joint space-ground invasion game.

The big planet is a secondary hiveworld of the Entomalian Empire, designated by a specific pheromone string in the bugs' language. No Terran designation at present.

The smallest is a nameless moon (that's no moon ...)