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.

Star destroyer interiors legion terrain

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!

Stargrave Terrain Ideas

Stargrave terrain ideas

Stargrave is a fun, skirmish based campaign game set in a vast, sci-fi universe of planets. As a miniature agnostic wargame, each player controls a crew of 28mm space-faring adventurers. The creators and Osprey Publishing, encourage you to go nuts with the theme and go wild with your imagination – Have fun and get the most of this fantastic game by exploring these Stargrave terrain ideas.

We’ve put some helpful starting points and inspiration to help you get started on expanding or creating a new Stargrave terrain project.

Stargrave Board Size

Stargrave is usually played on a board size of 3×3 feet, however 4×4 tables can be used for larger games involving more than two players. Likewise, 2×2 tables can be played on if space is an issue and you don’t mind quick, fast paced skirmishes. Bigger tables make for longer games.

Ruined Buildings Terrain

Terrain considerations

The Stargrave Rule book suggests that “The more terrain, the more fun that games tend to be!”. We tend to agree with this as game-play becomes more cinematic as characters dodge behind crate, disapear behind buildings or race across tall walkways to grab some loot. Don’t forget to include a good amount of smaller cover too!

Scifi miniature scenery

There are no hard and fast rules for what terrain you must use for Stargrave terrain as it is based in a vast universe. Each mission can be played on a different planet inhabited by different life-forms, because of this the theme and aesthetics can be radically different. Below are some ideas for settings.

Settlements

Off-world settlements can be at any stage of their technological advancement. For example, the township could be populated by small make-shift huts or a series of interconnected inflatable habs.

Cyberpunk buildings slum 3D printable terrain stl

Abandoned research facilities

A mixture of hi-tech structures, walkways, platforms and scientific equipment all play a part in constructing the science facility. This is a great opportunity for modular terrain as it can be changed up for each game to keep your scenery collection fresh!

Buy Ordus Station

Crashed spaceships

Recovering tech or precious cargo from spaceship wreckage is a blast to play on! Cover is plentiful and walkways between different levels of the downed craft make for some fun encounters. Throw in some crates, cargo and broken machinery and you’ll have plenty of variety.

Buy Spaceship Graveyard

Bustling cities

Missions set in a dense city are great fun! Again, modular buildings are the way to go so that you can set-up different layouts and configurations each game. You can see some incredible examples of 3D printed cities here.

Buy Flatline City

Ancient Alien Ruins

Long forgotten before the last war, a civilization left this world but ancient secrets remain. What could your crew discover among the relics and mysterious standing stones?

Alien Ancient Necron Monolith 3D printable terrain stl

Spaceports

An active starport could be set in any environment and can include different sized ships, buildings, merchants, cargo, fuel lines/pipes and landing pads.

Buy Rocket Launch Facility

Interior space stations or tunnels

Playable interiors make for an entirely new outlook on skirmish games and they’re incredibly fun to play with. Consider getting some modular terrain that can be changed for each game and have different layouts that suit your particular mission.

Buy Modular Interiors

Stargrave Tables – Inspired by A.I (MidJourney)

We previously wrote an article on how current advancements in A.I can be used to source inspiration for terrain and wargaming scenery. We’ve found it a really useful tool for enhancing the development process of new tabletop terrain. below are some examples we generated with Midjourney A.I, specifically aimed at Stargrave tables.

3D printed terrain

It’s easier than ever to get started 3D printing terrain and printing your own scenery unlocks so much more potential within the hobby.