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The Ordos Majoris - Hobby, Painting and Modelling => Painting and Modelling => Topic started by: precinctomega on August 16, 2009, 01:28:46 PM

Title: 54mm Terrain Project
Post by: precinctomega on August 16, 2009, 01:28:46 PM
The brief here is to build a load of brand new terrain for UK Games Day 2009, where the York Garrison will be running an INQ demo game.  After having a panic because my first idea went completely Pete Tong, my hand fell upon White Dwarf 261 (IIRC), which included a brilliant article on building terrain for INQ out of foam card.

I may be wrong, but I think that this is one of the best terrain-building articles that White Dwarf has ever published.

Anyway, one trip to eBay later, I had a crap-ton of foam card ready for my brand new studio.  I'm off on holiday tomorrow for a couple of weeks, but to tide you over, here's a preview of the first two buildings:

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v77/precinctomega/Inquisitor/090721-RoyalMarine007.jpg)

R.
Title: Re: 54mm Terrain Project
Post by: Van Helser on August 16, 2009, 01:44:34 PM
Yeah, those articles were the absolute bomb.  Made a buttload of buildings using them way back whenever the articles came out.  The buildings lasted too - they provided the terrain for the battle report in Dark Magenta Issue 3.

Keep us updated - with the new plastic 40k terrain I can only imagine that the potential for truly awesome buildings has increased exponentially!
Title: Re: 54mm Terrain Project
Post by: greenstuff_gav on August 16, 2009, 02:20:02 PM
be sure to keep us posted   :D

will we be riveting along the edges?
holiday? perfect time to build terrain!  ;D
Title: Re: 54mm Terrain Project
Post by: catferret on August 16, 2009, 02:27:29 PM
Was that the terrain article that also had the daemony obelisk wotsit chained up in the centre?  The buildings in that article did look quite cool and not stupidly complex to make. 

Enjoy your holiday and make sure to take lots of pics of inspiring real world buildings for ideas. ;)
Title: Re: 54mm Terrain Project
Post by: Colonel Marbi Chora on August 17, 2009, 12:15:50 AM
I've got a copy of that WD that I snagged off ebay myself :)

Buildings are looking cool so far! ow do you plan to do the doors, plasticard rectangles?
Title: Re: 54mm Terrain Project
Post by: precinctomega on August 17, 2009, 11:01:33 AM
I actually managed to take one more pic of progress before I left for hols but... didn't download it.  Sorry.  I'm having a new kitchen fitted along with new floors throughout the ground floor of my house, so I spent the last 24 hours moving everything downstairs, upstairs.

However, to whet your appetites, I have four buildings and two bridges.  The ones you see in the photo above have had parapets added, and there are also two larger buildings done, one of which has two storeys.  There are also ladders and suchlike to make sure the Games Day campaign is a truly three-dimensional affair.

R.
Title: Re: 54mm Terrain Project
Post by: precinctomega on September 07, 2009, 03:41:25 PM
A bit of a double update, here.

Here's the set as built, so far:

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v77/precinctomega/Inquisitor/090831-GamesDay2.jpg)

Now here's how I've painted it, so far:

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v77/precinctomega/Inquisitor/090907-GamesDay3.jpg)

I'm particularly pleased with the lighting effects.  When the buildings are on the nice, black board I've built for them, they should lend a pleasingly dark and moody feel to the whole place.

R.
Title: Re: 54mm Terrain Project
Post by: karandras_sh on September 07, 2009, 05:21:28 PM
Looks amazing PO I cannot wait to see it compleated. It looks like it will be a very interesting board.
Title: Re: 54mm Terrain Project
Post by: RobSkib on September 07, 2009, 09:10:10 PM
Looking good Robey, can't wait to play on it!
Title: Re: 54mm Terrain Project
Post by: psycho on September 07, 2009, 09:18:38 PM
Love it mate, youve lent me "inspiration"!

kerby
Title: Re: 54mm Terrain Project
Post by: Kallidor on September 07, 2009, 10:34:53 PM
Nicely done PO I like the dark and grimey look you've given them and the construction is very neat and clean.
Title: Re: 54mm Terrain Project
Post by: Colonel Marbi Chora on September 08, 2009, 05:39:39 AM
Looks awesome Precinct! Very dark, good for the mood!

Can I ask for a close-up of how an INQ scale model looks on that walkway?
Title: Re: 54mm Terrain Project
Post by: greenstuff_gav on September 08, 2009, 06:59:46 AM
looking good!
i still rekon rivets were needed on the edges  :-[

we going to add posters (http://www.starbase10.com/gilead/propaganda.htm) / graffiti?
Title: Re: 54mm Terrain Project
Post by: precinctomega on September 08, 2009, 02:23:02 PM
No posters.  These are intended to represent the interior of a space hulk, gantries and internal systems, not buildings.

There may be some bits that show more of the effects of age and corruption, though.

R.
Title: Re: 54mm Terrain Project
Post by: Kaled on September 08, 2009, 05:15:59 PM
These are intended to represent the interior of a space hulk, gantries and internal systems, not buildings.
In that case, you ought to see if you can find something like an old motor that you could use to make a generator and add more conduits and the like - at the minute they do look like buildings at night rather than the interior of a ship*.  Maybe find a old washing machine, fridge or TV, take that apart (observing the proper safety precautions of course!) and use it's guts to get parts for a few 'machines'.


* I know a hulk is big enough to have ssections that look like this, but if you want to make it more obvious what it is I'd say it needs more than just 'buildings' and gantries.
Title: Re: 54mm Terrain Project
Post by: Heroka Vendile on September 08, 2009, 05:27:44 PM
observing the proper safety precautions of course!

A big hammer and a pair of safety goggles?  :D

nice progress robey, simple and effective stuff.
Title: Re: 54mm Terrain Project
Post by: greenstuff_gav on September 08, 2009, 05:36:02 PM
the nice, black board

so if it's a ship / hulk, are we going to invest in sheets of aluminium Mesh (http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_storeId_10001_catalogId_10151_productId_189682_langId_-1_categoryId_165625#dtab) (althought i suspect a local car shop would be cheaper) for said board?  ;D

i think maybe more pipework / random tek is in order for a hulks interior, do look more like buildings at the mo...
Title: Re: 54mm Terrain Project
Post by: precinctomega on September 08, 2009, 06:48:45 PM
I already have a collection of mechanical bits and bobs to add that "big chunks of machinery" look to the board.  I'm leaving them until last, though.

R.
Title: Re: 54mm Terrain Project
Post by: Aidan on September 10, 2009, 11:07:42 PM
Looks great! I'm working on some 54mm scale terrain myself at the moment. How did you paint all that? Just a big brush hand a lot of black paint, or is there some way to get spraypaint not to eat foamboard?

How many of these do you plan to complete, eventually?

Title: Re: 54mm Terrain Project
Post by: precinctomega on September 11, 2009, 08:14:56 AM
I covered all exposed foam edges with masking tape.

Actually, I initially used way too much masking tape, as I was covering edges that would never be exposed!  But I've learnt from my error.

I then added a bit of polyfilla to the edges and bases to give them a grimy look, spray-painted them black and then drybrushed them with some grey emulsion paint I had hanging around.

R.
Title: Re: 54mm Terrain Project
Post by: precinctomega on September 11, 2009, 12:30:23 PM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v77/precinctomega/Inquisitor/090911-GamesDay6.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v77/precinctomega/Inquisitor/090911-GamesDay5.jpg)

Yep, it's powered:

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v77/precinctomega/Inquisitor/090911-GamesDay4.jpg)

R.
Title: Re: 54mm Terrain Project
Post by: Hadriel Caine on September 11, 2009, 12:51:20 PM
extra cool.
Title: Re: 54mm Terrain Project
Post by: kierkegaard on September 11, 2009, 07:00:46 PM
Extra cool indeed. Powered scenery FTW! (as young people would say...)

Title: Re: 54mm Terrain Project
Post by: Ynek on September 12, 2009, 10:01:29 AM
Ah, I wish I knew a little about electronics, because honestly, I'm clueless, and I have often thought that a piece of terrain or a particular model would benefit from some sort of 'leccy-powered coolness.

Anyway, they're all looking good, Robey. The techniques you're using are far faster and simpler than the ones that I've been using.

If I ever see another polystyrene foam block, it'll be all too soon. I still have the nightmares.
Title: Re: 54mm Terrain Project
Post by: precinctomega on September 12, 2009, 08:20:40 PM
I know sod all about electronics.  I ripped that set up wholesale out of a spider catcher*.

R.

PS. My Mum bought it for my arachnophobic wife, but she wouldn't use it ("it just gets the spiders closer to your fingers!), so I felt I could hank it to pieces.  Several other parts will have uses in the terrain.
Title: Re: 54mm Terrain Project
Post by: precinctomega on September 18, 2009, 08:22:20 AM
Terrain so far:

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v77/precinctomega/Inquisitor/090917-GamesDay7.jpg)

I've got another set of storage containers (cardboard tubes) to set up and perhaps two more buildings to construct.  Painting shouldn't take long.  Then I just have to pick out the miniatures for the day, make sure they're painted, write character sheets and design six scenarios to see us through the day.

Easy-peasy.

 ???

R.
Title: Re: 54mm Terrain Project
Post by: Hadriel Caine on September 18, 2009, 12:56:24 PM
If anyone can do it, its Robey!

Those pieces look great, they go together well but I can see lots of other ways of arranging them already.

keep it up.

Adam