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I want to build a 'dungeon crawler' board based on metro 2033

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The Other Tunnel

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I have been working on the other piece of polystyrene, similar to the other one I have glued over some holes, added a base and also cut bits away, this is due to that this one has a lower profile.

I then put all over it filler and sanded a bit so it looks more like concrete, painted it in black undercoat, a darkish gray dry brush, then a white dry brush and then the last of my army painter gloss which seems to be mostly the darkening gunk these days.


the bit at the back I might paint bronze and then rust up so it looks like a large metal door has half closed allowing people to sneak underneath

However I think the platform looks a little too condensed:


Things to do now these are done:

1) go to tt combat and buy some of their cheaper bits, namely venice street stairs these will look great for the steps upto the platform:
Plaza Street Stairs

also they have some wonderful walls from their other ranges (and some post apocalyptic looking shacks and a japanese shop I might buy to make the station look live in.

I will probably buy at least two more to lengthen the platform one each side. Then I’ll work on the walls.

2) graffiti up the walls around the tunnel and the trains

3: ive realised I need some more walls so I might get them printed…

also I found some soviet reliefs to use so will get these printed at the right scale.

Railway Signs, Trains and Marbled Platforms

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So carrying on from my last update.I completed the tunnel entrance in two ways…

– I used my old strong tone quick shade varnish a brush all over the tunnel entrance. Mainly to give strength and protection to the foam. Plus it grimed up the stone/concrete a bit.

– Second I used my Russian Cyrillic Mold (originally for Icing), I tried first to use plaster but soon realised the mold was lacking depth for the plaster to have any decent structure, so I went back to the drawing board.

– I ended up using some of the UV Curing resin I bought from the OTT Store and it worked Great! I glued them to a green base from a front line base from historical anglo saxons painted it off white and painted the resin letter yellow and then bright gold

The station signs state the starting station in Metro 2033:
“Exhibition of Achievements of National Economy (Russian: Выставка достижений народного хозяйства, Vystavka dostizheniy narodnogo khozyaystva, abbreviated as VDNKh or VDNH, Russian: ВДНХ”

then I glued the sign to the top of the tunnel. Next I had painted some monorail carriages ages ago in the light blue / dark blue which seemed prevalent for trains in the USSR (and still seem to be in some countries now!)

I bought some paint pens in gold and silver to go over the details (mainly doors windows and lines on the side, I also highlighted the top sign which said “CENTRAL METRO” I painted in METRO to read METPO (russian metro) and then crudely painted “MOCKBA” over the first bit. It looked terrible but my next plan was to use:
– game effects dry rust and AMMO Shader – starship filth (these NEW AMMO shaders are brilliant, but a tad expensive for 10ml)

I painted over the lovely bright carriages to grime them up which you can see below (at a later date i used rough iron by the army warpaints with the two shaders for the inside):


the above shows the change of grimeyness for the trains and also the grimeyness of the tunnel from adding the quickshade varnish..

You may also spot platforms, these are from that station set I talked about last time. And used my knowledge of painting marble floors from the bunker I have done to create my best Marble yet. I basically used makeup brushes to add from darkest to lightest and then a touch up at the end (I finally took a picture of what I used which you can see below paint wise)

paints used for marblepaints used for marble

having not the space to use a air spray, and also when i did try not getting great results, I am glad I have found a great method with using brushes…

Long awaited update

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So I have  been away for a while…

In this time I landed my hands on this 3d kit:
Urban Sherman Avenue Metro Station Digital STL 3D printable

the person who printed off the below bunker for me printed it for a -con which got cancelled (to show off what his business can offer for the miniatures gamer without a 3d printer) so I got it at a very reasonable price…

However I got stuck as how to make the bunker and the station blend together…I tried with plast molds, which I am not 100% happy with. I then got distracted with making and painting more miniatures for this as well as painting all my zombiecide zombies to use with this as well (cheapest way to get a hoarde like group of figures)

However over xmas we got a new iron, which gave me much needed inspiration, below are the plaster tiles i’ll go on in a different post

Now here is the process of my iron foam… I cut it in half, there was a curved section and a sharper section. I thought these would be great for tunnel entrances to give and end to the station (the station looked odd with just the trail ending…

tunnel end 1 foamtunnel end 1 foam
tunnel end 2 foam, which I have raised using other foamtunnel end 2 foam, which I have raised using other foam

I started with tunnel end foam 2,

I cocktail stuck the bottom section, to the top and using crafting glue left them to stick overnight, these are basically have a foot print of half a hollow square, so I am planning to use them as “blocked” tunnel entrances, I put foam card on the top for a roof (and cover some foam cuts and hollow bits of the top foam piece. Then because my cutting was wonky i glued the bottom to another piece of foam card in a hollow half square shape so that the trains can still fit in when laid on the ground, but the sides wont rock because the back is higher than the sides.

I then used alot of old filler to scrape across all the foam inside the tunnel and out, I then painted it all black and dry brushed it with a grey green, a uniform gray and a white, to give a concrete effect as shown below

my next is to work out how to raise tunnel end foam 1 in a similar fashion as it is currently a tad too low for the trains


I have ordered a cake icing mold of russian cryllic alphabet:

which i am planning to use with plaster or greenstuff so I can put ‘Vnkh’ (vnkh is the station arytom lives at, at the start of metro 2033) above both tunnels, I think this would bring them into the world more. Also I noticed online vnkh tunnel in real life has dark green accompanyments so I’ll add these in.

Also I might have a look at the below stls:

too see if there’s anything I can add (aiming for walls for the underground station and maybe tunnels

Further Graffito

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I added some more graffiti but used some new sheets I had made. This has given me an Idea to use transfers to create wall paintings and floors on my roman scenery which I may try as well… I also created something for my sopranos project which I think turned out well too using transfers.

I have technically completed the main bunker however there are some other bits I am planning

Overview of bunkerOverview of bunker

First Time Kit Bashing Historicals

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So as probably most people here I have bought in the past some plastic germans for WW2 and also some plastic americans.

Added to this I am sure we all have sprues you get free from wargame magazines. therefore I also had some Napoleonics, Boer War, Desert Rats.

Add this to some sprues of zombies from:

which i used some of the bodies for:


The above are using the zombie bodies, but on the left using american head and arms (i stuck two backpacks together so it looks like he’s carrying extra stuff)

the middle is a german head and arms, with an american weapon

on the right is a zombie body, with german arms and a desert rat head. the ‘backpack’ are misc packing you get on the american sprue – long holdals.

Here is a group I had made:

I love how these turned outI love how these turned out


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I will come clean, I stole this from someone on the zona alfa facebook group…

Stalin BrosStalin Bros

yes that is right…”Stalin & Co” like its some 1990s american sitcom. in 1:35 scale.

I put this plastic kit together, it was pretty simple and had some variants of heads which I may paint up later as broken statues. I ended up sticking them to squares I had excess from an mdf building and painted them black and dry brushed them with bronze


I also used the Salute Russian flag model from 2019 and also got on ebay another large statue of a Russian Officer

Graffiti Pt 2 & general Overlay of the bunker

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This is just to show the graffiti parts I couldn’t fit in the other project part.

Below is the bunker tunnels I have done showing general outlay

Overview of the tunnels doneOverview of the tunnels done

The Tunnel Systems I have left to complete

Below are the last bit of the tunnel complex I am looking to complete. So far i have painted the floors and walls as explained in an earlier post.

I need to do some more weathering and then varnish the surfaces before adding more graffiti decals to these


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If I am honest this was my favourite bit.

I have been playing around with affinity for ages (a photoshop competitor) and I HAD heard rumours of people making their own decals…

So I bought some Microset and Micro Sol and also some waterslide decal paper both white and transparent.

I then searched the internet for things I liked. I found decals were really only tank based for ww2 for soviet graffiti. With this in mind I looked for pictures I wanted to include (red dwarf/simon pegg inspired) and mixed that with Metro 2033 references, actual soviet propaganda and real life soviet graffiti.

I amended the pictures slightly in affinity and made the sheets attached below.

If i am honest, I printed them out, painted ‘ard coat or some other satin/gloss varnish (so the ink doesnt run) dunked them in water (sometimes with a bit of micro sol and then painted the surface with micro set and then attached the wall.

Please feel free to use the pictures.

—–below this line is some things people asked me on facebook so may be help here also ———————————————————————

Yes I used white and clear, the white didn’t seem to do too much different however only a very small number of these are the white version (I now wonder if there wasn’t alot of difference due to my files being PNG).

Most are clear. It is good to note that the colour of the wall helps immensely – I have a few red walls where it just doesn’t work as well.

– Images were from the internet the high res the better, some were posters, others are actual pictures of graffiti (I was annoyed that there were no russian/soviet decals not meant for tanks/ww2) so I created my own using Affinity (a photoshop like software), I did change the pictures sometimes if the photo was at an odd angle.

-There are PNG websites out there which were also really handy (this is where i got the soviet posters from).

– I did buy micoset/sol. I didnt realise I have been using them incorrectly until very recently – Most of the above were actually just painted with games workshop ‘ard coat (or another varnish) and then dropped in water. (The varnish is to stop it running).

I only used the sol when it was tricky to remove still, however I did brush it on more so as time has gone on.

The micro set is really good as it helps it get into the crevices (the one i have is ‘painted on’ effect, some if you look closely are sitting on the surface (when i didnt use the microset). Whilst others are ’embedded’ where i did use it. Good thing is you can pretty easily rip them back off if dried

a good point to make is, printers dont print white, it is the paper that is the white. With decals anything white will be see through unless you buy white decal paper. However even this had trouble going up against very dark walls.

my blue soviet walls held up better to graffiti decals than the red, which is why halfway through the build i painted more blue walls as even after washes the graffiti decals still looked good.

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Weathering the walls!

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This will be a short one. Ultimately I used all the army painter quick shades
dark tone, strong tone, medium tone, soft tone and military shader. I dabbed in places so there was different coloured grimes/dirt/mould on the walls


I also had a very old pot of Oil wash and powder which I also used to create grease and rust around pipes and dirt around holes in the floor

Planning the Paint!

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If I am honest, my first attempt was a complete failure.

Firstly I had been watching alot of Bald and Bankrupt whilst reading metro, which really got me understanding what I thought soviet meant and actually what it was like on the ground:

He speaks russian, often is in Belarus and shows the viewer old soviet buildings, bus stations, hotels etc.

What I learnt was that everything is blue, to some extent – instantly out went as much dark red paint as i expected!

I mixed this idea with the pictures I had seen of the Moscow underground stations a mix of grandeur and practicality.

With this in mind I wanted to have marble like floors and then functional walls with hints of fancy-ness. The idea was to paint as if new and then use washes to add that grime needed for metro 2033.

I went on youtube and found this wonderful video on marble:

he explained it well – and it is easier to follow however I tried this a few times and i just never got a great version of it. Damn! Back to the drawing board for someone with alot less techinical skill. I needed something…bulletproof.

So I did what I know best. Stipple with horrendously destroyed brushes!

I used an undercoat of gray and black primer (vallejo usn light ghost or vallejo black) i did some in one and some in the other as I was intruiged as to which would look better. Ultimately I couldn’t tell.

I stippled generally the blues first, varying on the floor as i wanted that natural non-uniformness of marble.

The paints I used to varying degrees:
Army Warpainter – Electric blue
Game – heavy blue
army warpainter – wolf gray
game colour – magic blue
citadel – lothern blue
game colour – glacier blue

I would like to pretend these were thought out, ultimately these were ones I had alot of. The only ones I added in that I did think about were:

wolf gray, glacier blue and electric blue – with glacier blue being my choice for Soviet Blue! (later on I will explain why this became my favourite in a later post)

I then stippled on top of this:
game colour dead white
nocturna – medium flesh

This was to add just a bit of colour difference for the floor marble

I was happy how these turned out for a very basic approach. Most of the brushes I used were largish ones I had ruined the bristles on or make up brushes. and stippling with the consistency on the brush as if dry brushing.

If i ever felt i went to heavy with one colour I would normally stipple white and then build the other colours over slightly again.

Once finished I used a gloss coat a few layers to give a marble shine.

————– The Walls————-

This is where my unpreparedness came in…

for the most part I went 1 of 3 ways:
1) for anything which was low down and had the architecture lines going across it, I would paint as marble.
For this I went with:
game – extra opaque heavy skin tone
nocturna medium flesh
and white.

For the lines I would paint over them in game – heavy skin tone and then paint with any bright bronze/copper eg: army painter – true copper. I then brushed over the top of this with citadel runelord brass which gave a very nice dulled shine of brass.

For my second type of wall I used game colour glacier blue and pretty much just slathered it on any of the brick work (using them as tiled walls) and some of the concrete flat walls.

blue 1blue 1
blue 2blue 2

The last again was just with a soviet red. a good ol’ soviet red. I went for a darker one – army warpainter chaotic red.

Ultimately I only did this in a few areas to give impact. halfway through the build I realised it made it hard to see weathering and graffiti so stopped with this method somewhat.

The below also shows my method of using dark iron colours like army warpainter rough iron and citadel runelord brass for pipes, doors and large Soviet frescos.

Also shown in the below picture is something i’ll show in another post but the idea of soviet statues!

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I stumble across Sovietness

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I am writing this in reverse, alot of the project I have done and now I am writing it up. Luckily I took alot of pictures.

During covid I read and completed the computer game for Metro 2033 and boy what a world it creates. I then spent many hours trying to find ‘subway systems’ to use as a board. Then something caught my eye as a good piece to initially start with:

Black Sight studio had an stl Soviet Bunker file by an independent creator on their site. I don’t own a 3d printer and was a bit worried as their wording sounded like you cannot get their stuff printed by 3rd party. After reaching out they amended their wording, it was to stop it being put on free websites, however it was ok for me to get it privately printed by a company.

In comes dungeon scenery 3d:

I was very impressed, it was quite a large order but the turn around time was very quick!

Printed File 1Printed File 1
Printed File 2Printed File 2

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