Scratch Build Terrain Details: Merchant´s Desk and a Chair

This time I will work on a ordinary house objects, desk and a chair, but of course with some minor details added.

You will need:

  • Few different thickness of balsa
  • 1mm plastic sheet
  • 5mm thick plastic rod
  • Greenstuff
  • Thin plastic tube and rod
  • some small skulls
  • superglue


Cut the basic shape for the chair from two different sized balsa sheet and glue those together. From this point on keep one miniature from the chosen scale at hand all times to keep the pieces in right size!

Then cut thin balsa strips and glue those on to the handles and to the seat itself.

Cut off  small square from the seat and glue little bit bigger square behind the seat. You can also add plastic rods and skulls under the handles.

To make some padding for the chair press some greenstuff on top off the glued square and glue also small plastic bolts to the greenstuff. Use knife to make small wrinkles around the bolts to represent fabric. Press also some greenstuff on to the seat and smooth it out with sculpting tool.


Take 5mm thick balsa sheet and cut the basic shape of the table.

Cut also two rectangles that will form the supports for the table. Use semicircle file to make small grooves to each of the edges.

Cut two circles from thin plastic sheet and glue those on the supports.

Then turn your attention bakc to the table. Take the same plastic sheet that you just used and cut thin strips from it. Glue these on to the sides of the table. This seperates the table from normal wooden tables because it seems that it is reinforced with medal.

Then take 5mm thick plastic rod, cut it in the right length and glue it under the table to join the supports. Place the rod slightly angled to make it more interesting.

Cut small bolts from thin plastic rod and glue this on to the plates and to the edges of the table. Although the bolts are very tiny they break the smoothness nicely and make the surface much more interesting! For the same reason use the back of your hobby knife and score some grooves to the table to resemble wood better.

Here are both pieces with the miniature that I used for the scale.


Painting was very straight forward. First I used dark brown base paint ( I always use brown color for base with terrain). Then I dry-brushed the wood with lighter brown, picked out the metals with bronze and painted the paddings with red. Then thinned wash of Devlan Mud and the pieces were ready!

Questions, critics and comments are always welcome!



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