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I have recently ordered the v2 book, a Terran patrol fleet for myself and a directorate fleet for my better half.

I also purchased a 3x3 nebula vinyl gaming mat to play fsa and xwing on.

But the leaves a need for scenery. But planets etc are a little bit new to me in game terms. Sure I used to play bfg and used the old flat card templates. But they leave you wanting more.

Whilst I am waiting for my stuff to arrive. I was wondering if there are any 'rules' governing planet,moon,asteroid sizes. I am hoping not but until my rule book arrives I am asking here and praying for help!!!!

In the mean time and in hope of them being ok size wise I purchased these from a local craft store.

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There are 3 x 70mm poly rounds. 4 x 50mm poly rounds and 10 25mm card rounds.

I am hoping to turn the larger poly balls into planets. Some of the smaller ones into moons and a few small asteroids.

Thoughts/help anyone.

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They'll work but you'll have to seal them before you do any painting.  Either using slightly watered down PVA Glue (white glue) or drywall compound.  Otherwise you go to base coat them with a trust can of spray primer and you'll have melted somewhat toxic mess.

 

On a slightly random side note, asteroids are easily made by getting a bag of the char-rocks or volcanic rock that people (foolishly) add to their grills.  With a little drilling and some wire you can make something like this:

 

Tartarus Asteroid Base

 

I made that asteroid base with some volcanic rock and a few bits from the scenery blister.

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Northerndragons , I will have to have a look for those rocks as the small card balls don't clean upon break up very well. Still I have 7 planets cleaned and drying after a couple of coats of pva.

Sky admiral here's a pic of my mat from gale force 9

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It's for beginners fsa and x wing too.. Figure mire can be added to take it up to 3x6 or 4 mats could be laid out for anything from 4x4 upto 6x6.

I'm still waiting in my fsa stuff. Lot of the ships either struggle with getting it..or sell it before it's even arrived. I have it on order from firestorm games since Monday and am waiting for them to resupply with the Terran fleet, directorate fleet and v2 book.

Because of this I have no fsa experience and only some dystopian wars experience. I have been reading the forums and I am getting the impression games will need a big play area?

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So today i got around to doing a bit more with the poly balls i got earlier in the week.

A few minutes sanding and several coats of PVA failed to hide the texture of the poly balls, despite that i am still happy with the results.

I plan on doing the bases of my FSA in the same way as i have the planets.

Bases
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Group shot
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Well atlast my order for firestorm armada has shipped from the store I use. Only took 11 days for them to get restocked.

Rulebook v2

Card deck

Directorate patrol fleet

Terran patrol fleet

Undercoat.

Think that should get us playing. Now to settle on schemes. Directorate are my fiancées fleet and as such she wants grey/red. But as to the terrans........ Shrugs.....clueless.

Thanks for the comment Frans, I was going for a simple gas giant look across them. Simple and relatively quick, and if I am honest I would probably mess them up trying to detail in land mass etc.

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Beautifully done!

 

How do you manage to paint the balls with the constant colors and without creating cracks?

 

Are using a primer first or some other stuff?

 

I'm asking because everytime I paint a ball, the sphere degrate leaving cracks all around it.

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Thanks Cold_fusion.

 

I went through the following process.

 

Sand the polystyrene balls to a smother finish. As you can mines not perfect but theres no lines etc.

Paint on 3-4 watered down coats of pva glue. Allowing each to dry first.

Airbrush Vallejo polyeurathane primer.

Airbrush base colour.

Airbrush other optional colours.

 

For me i used the following. Vallejo model air (all) Yellow, red, blue, white and black. With those 5 paints i was able to do all the planets above.

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