3D Print Your Own Starship Interiors!

3D printed starship interiors with playable interiors

There’s a growing number of skirmish wargames that can be set on Starships, this includes the likes of Games Workshop’s Boarding Actions, Star Wars Legion, Stargrave, and a number of RPG systems. It’s useful to have a modular terrain set that allows you to quickly and easily build custom starship layouts. These could be Imperial Star Destroyers, alien battlecruisers, civilian transport ships, generation colony ships, 40K voidcraft, to name but a few.

Spaceship terrain with playable interiors

We’ve designed a lot of sci-fi terrain for tabletop wargamesgames and RPG encounters over the years and have decided to share some of our thoughts for designing your own tables and scenarios below.

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What Games Can Use Playable Interiors?

  • Boarding Actions
  • Covus Belli’s Infinity
  • Star Wars Legion
  • Stargrave
  • Necromunda
  • Cyberpunk Red

Quick terrain set-up

Playing is the fun part, so we believe that one of the most important considerations for building your own spaceship terrain is how long it takes to set-up the table and pack away at the end. Think about how your sections connect together and how easily it can be stored afterwards.

Plan the Sections

A good starting point when planning your Spaceship interior terrain would be to ask yourself if you’re setting up an entire starship or just a cross-section which may feature a small number of rooms. Smaller ships could be used for Stargrave missions on a derelict ship, whilst individual sections of the ship would be more suitable to games of Boarding Actions as you fight in the guts of the engine rooms.

Consider the scatter terrain that is associated with different sections of a star-ship interior. Some examples below:

  • Bridge – Consoles, chairs, command stations
  • Engine Room – Machines, pipes, terminals
  • Crew quarters – Beds, lockers, furniture

Next, think about whether you want multiple levels, platforms or decks, joined together with ladders, elevators or hatchways. Make sure it looks good but is also playable.

Is the ship still operational?

Depending on the theme you’re choosing, you may be playing on a spaceship graveyard or a fully functioning imperial star destroyer. Make the features fun to play on and give plenty of opportunities for objectives and cover.

Sets such as Spaceship Graveyard offer modular spaceship terrain with playable interiors that can be built to multiple levels and section.

Modular Terrain

A good set of modular terrain allows you change the layout for each mission, battle or encounter and can be set-up at various sizes. Furthermore it can be made to sprawl out across the game mat or raised vertically for extra height.

Consider if you need glue or clips to connect the modular sections together of it is freestanding or self-connecting

Removable doors and hatchways

Boarding Actions Terrain Ideas

We’re very excited about the recent release of Boarding Actions by Games Workshop and have recently dropped a new terrain range that seems to be very popular with Boarding Actions player.

Our latest Modular Wall System – The ‘Assault Series‘ is designed to be quick to set-up, include options for various themes and include removable doors and hatchways.

We recommend Assault series terrain

  • Modular Sections
  • Huge variety of parts
  • Snaps together easily
  • Lots of detail!
  • Hinged or slide-in doors
  • 3D print as much as you like!

Star Wars Legion Terrain Ideas

Star Wars Legion Terrain Ideas

We’ve been loving Star Wars Legion at the Saucermen Studios and really appreciate the diversity of world building on offer when designing tables. Star Wars Legion Terrain comes in all shapes and sizes, so we’ve put together a few terrain ideas ideas to help you tell the best stories and play memorable battles in a galaxy far, far away…

How to build terrain for star wars legion

There’s many options for terrain including scratch built DIY terrain, MDF scenery, official plastic kits and 3D printable terrain, but we prefer to go the 3D printed terrain route as it’s affordable and delivers incredible detail! We’ve got some recommendations for which 3D printer to choose if you’re considering getting one.

Star Wars Legion Terrain

How do you set up terrain in Star Wars: Legion?

What size mat is Star Wars Legion played on? – Star Wars Legion is usually played on 3×3′ or 3×6′ tables

Balance & fair placement – Ensure that the battlefield is placed without benefiting one side over the other. EG, elevation, vantage points, cover and ease of movement should be shared equally on both sides of the battlefield.

Make room for dice! – Don’t forget to make your table something practical to play on. Dice should be able to land flat and movement tools should have space to be used.

Choose a theme – Consider the narrative of your battlefield and choose terrain based around it.

Types of Terrain – Include a variety of terrain on your battlefield. Ensure you include larger, line of sight blocking objects, area terrain and smaller scatter terrain.

Star wars Legion Terrain Ideas

Star Destroyer Internals

With a set of modular walls such as the Intergalactic Assault set, you can create skirmish tables set on Star Destroyers, Imperial Bases, or even the Death Star!

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Spaceship Crash Site

Battle amongst the wreckage of a crashed Star Destroyer or scavenge through the bones of a spaceship graveyard. You crash site can include walkways, gantries, broken engines and hull fragments.

Desert Settlement

Planets such as Tatooine with its remote settlements and bustling cities like Mos Eisley can be a great source of inspiration for Star Wars Legion terrain ideas. The mud/stone buildings found on these planets can serve as a great starting point for creating immersive tabletop gaming environments that are faithful to the Star Wars universe.

Battle Damaged Buildings

Destroyed by the imperial invasion or sabotaged by rebels, the battle damaged or ruined buildings off creat options for cover and verticality on the battlefield.

Cargo & Supplies

Crates and shipping containers make great options for cover as they can be sprinkled around the battlefield or added to other scenery to add variety. If you own a 3D printer, these can be printed really quickly too!

Objectives, machines and consoles

Instead of using objective markers, placing small items of scenery is the way to go. Adding small consoles, supply crates or other thematic objects such as broken droids or machinery parts is an easy way to enhance the narrative of your game.

Star-port

Building a star-port often involves combining a number of other scenery or terrain sets such as Landing pads, cargo, buildings, loading machines, etc. it’s best to decide what kind of star port you want to build such as an imperial compound, off-world colony or Tatooine merchant port for example.

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Industrial Compound

This could be an unmanned factory complex operated by droids or a run-down mega-factory on a poor desert planet. Large machines and smaller scatter offer great options for cover whilst pipes and walkways give opportunities for moving across the table.

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Imperial Junk Yard

A spaceship graveyard full of broken ships, New republic prison workers, cranes processing machinery and large sections of wreckage is a super-fun table to play on.

Junkyard Scrap 3D printable terrain stl

Markets

Market stalls and street vendors selling food, droids, ships and other wares make for an interesting game to play around. Larger kiosks can be used for full cover whilst tables and stalls offer cover bonuses.

City

There’s a lot of options for city building terrain in the Star Wars universe!

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Spaceship Interiors

Battling through the corridors of a star destroyer, Rebel Alliance bunker tunnels or transport ship cargo bays is a unique experience and a LOT of fun. Modular spaceship terrain is easy to set up and playable interiors can have removable doors and line of sight blocking scatter terrain.

Walls & Barricades

Attack and defend missions wouldn’t be the same without barriers scattered across the battlefield. the core set of Star Wars Legion includes a set of basic barricades but adding more options and larger, modular wall sections is another option for placing quick and easy terrain. Consider having different sizes and if you have a 3D printer, consider changing up the scale for variety.

Temples & Ancient Ruins

The galaxy holds many ancient secrets and long forgotten Jedi temples. Ruins could feature sections of broken walls, half buried artifacts and sites of primitive rituals.

Star Wars Legion Terrain STL Files

If you have access to a 3D printer, check out the range of terrain and 3D printable scenery at Saucermen Studios. There are many free STL files available as well as individual models and mega value bundles.