Thursday, May 2, 2013

Infinity Terrain - Cheap and Easy

I think I've mentioned enough on this blog how important terrain was for Infinity, so I decided to make my own cheap'n'easy Infinity terrain. My goal was to make some cheap, easy and functional terrain for Infinity - that didn't look too much like kitchen waste glued together. The below terrain pieces cost me a grand total of $14 in materials, and only took me the better part of a morning to make.

And they all stack inside each other for easy storage!

I'm not exactly sure what each piece is. They aren't buildings (there aren't any doors or windows, or any indication models can go inside them), so I guess the 'structures' are some kind of fortified turrets or fire bases. The smaller structure one is some kind generator I guess. Again, I restate that my main objectives are cheap, easy, functional terrain pieces!

How To

After Bandua Wargames released their official Infinity terrain last week, I got to thinking about the way that they store inside each other, and where I had seen something like that before. I remember visiting a $2 shop and seeing sets of gift boxes available. The ones pictured below come in a set of 3 boxes for $7. I bought two sets for a grand total of $14.

Set of 3 gift boxes
They can fit inside each other! Handy :)


Now the reason that I bought two sets of boxes, was because each box in the set was a different height. So unless you wanted sloping walkways, you needed at least two buildings of equal height. Taking the lids of each of the smallest boxes, making each walkway was pretty straight forward:

Cut the ramps, making sure that you leave a bit of a corner
on each side for strength on the railings
Walkways, after four easy cuts
Break the cardboard, so you hear a tear. this will allow the
walkway ramp to bend closer to a right angle
After you've broken each bend, strengthen the joins with
sticky-tape on both the top and bottom
Then the piece was just spray painted, and print-out paper details added


Take the small box, and stick some foamcore to the sides!
But make sure the foamcore isn't so thick as to prevent the
box fitting inside the next biggest box in the set.
Again, spray paint and stick some paper print-outs on there!


Cut paddlepop sticks to the height of each of the box bases
Turn the box base upside down, and glue the lid on top of it.
Now glue your paddlepop sticks to the sides of the structure.

Sync out.


  1. That's pretty cool, functional scenery. It would also serve as a great basis for more detail urban/industrial scenery with a bit of tweaking.
    Well, a lot of tweaking, but it's a great idea to start with!

    1. Thanks! The possibilities are endless! I was just going for something quick and easy, but with a little more time and effort, it wouldn't be hard to get them looking better :)

  2. That;s a good idea for portability and cost etc - now where to find these in England...

  3. This is fantastic and made me run out to the dollar store to buy some boxes even though I just finished all my mantic deadzone scenery.

    For the bridge you made, is Scotch tape the best or would some other type be more robust? I thought about duct tape but was worried it wouldn't allow the same flexibility. Thoughts?

  4. Really neat--thanks for the idea