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With my wife and I preparing to buy a house we've been clearing out a lot of our clutter to make packing and moving easier. We've also been working hard to bring in extra money too, and this project will hopefully do both.

 

Today my wife signed up for a craft fair to help sell the wreaths she's been making for the upcoming holidays. From what she's heard from friends and other crafters this particular craft fair is really eclectic and pulls in quite a diverse crowd. As she told me about it that's when the idea seemed to hit us both, why not try to clear out all that terrain junk I've been hoarding?

 

So instead of sitting down and painting or creating my latest joke piece I got started. First up was a couple of single tent encampments. I made one on a rounded base to better fit in a table of terrain and I made the second one squared to fit better on a grid system. 20190820_234355.thumb.jpg.6dc06dc854c538b4d09170138330b9dc.jpg

 

Both pieces have their good and bad points but like usual I learn by doing; no amount of research or prep work make up for actual experience. Which is the main reason I made these single tent camps. Hopefully I've learned enough to make any subsequent larger camps better.

 

Next up are a couple of joke pieces that were honestly going to get made anyway. That's right, they'll be 40k statues when I'm done with them, besides Buzz looks kinda like a space marine already. I had some glue left over so I also started making some sci-fi barrels and I know I'll be making a ton of those.

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The last piece of the night is going to be a simple 40k watchtower. At the moment it's really just in its infancy. The main features are finished barring creating a door and applying some details to the piece. 

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Now before anyone gets too excited, I'm not selling any of these pieces online or anything like that. These are literally pieces that are made to be sold for less than five bucks or so and are really only being made to clear out my hobby hoardings. 

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5 hours ago, lowlylowlycook said:

Nice! What are you using for the spigots on the barrels?

Those are made with a small piece of plastic made with a hole punch and topped with a tiny bead. Its basically the same "recipe" from Black Magic Craft (at least I'm pretty sure that's where I originally saw these).

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@lowlylowlycook, here is a better explanation of how its done. Take a thin plastic lid, like from a pretzel container or a baby formula canister, use a standard sized hole punch to create the small circle. Glue the circle to the barrel and then glue a tiny bead on top of that. 20190821_161217.thumb.jpg.a63b04f83a7c76d7fca5cbe541a7b8f5.jpg

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Made some progress building today and after tonight I definitely have to start painting things. First up was adding a door to the watchtower, which I completely forgot to photograph. I did however grab a quick pick of it primed alongside Woody and Buzz.20190821_174341.thumb.jpg.7bc1526d15bcee5c8caae0e3374703df.jpg

 

Next up was some more barrels. With these I have completely cleared out all the caps I had in this size. I even had to pause at one point during final assembly to punch out some more of the circles.

 

This is not a photo of what I made, this is what is left after I already went ahead and made some overflowing barrels.20190821_230124.thumb.jpg.d03e57daefa806dc18bd06f09a85b171.jpg

And the aforementioned overflowing barrels.20190821_230057.thumb.jpg.922a39bfbd724ca6d05ef218e5662c7b.jpg

 

Then I got back into the meat and potatoes of this project. Having seen a similar bunker at my local shop I finally made one of my own. Seriously I've wanted to make this for a really long time and I couldn't even tell you how long I've had the container for this piece.20190822_000736.thumb.jpg.40a56f20ee0abe9d2176ef66a04d4f6d.jpg20190822_000750.thumb.jpg.6fe8b84e190e5f1bc06389cb9d37acf8.jpg

Naturally I'll remove the rim from the lid I used as a base, but I figured I might as well use it during the assembly process. 

 

I also made my first bunker using the lid from a baby formula canister. I made the supports for the roof much too long, but you know me; I learn by doing. Plus considering I'll be making like ten more of these I'm not too worried that the first one didn't come out perfect. 20190822_000904.thumb.jpg.1021bd347831a71ba2d9e3529b5fdada.jpg20190822_000835.thumb.jpg.8b83f26850cd1193218b57caf0d04757.jpg

As with all good gaming bunkers I plan to keep the roofs removable so you can actually get figures inside.

 

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Only a small update tonight as I'm going to get a good night's sleep instead of working. I kinda wore myself out this evening building my wife's wreath display. Between redneck engineering and the plethora of online instructions I managed to cobble together a large screen for hanging/displaying her wreaths. Well, its only one panel, but now that I made one it'll be much easier to make the others.

 

While building that first screen however I did prime the starting two bunkers.

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Finally managed to start painting tonight, though all I really did was basecoat the ground. I know that isn't the usual order but for this project I really needed the ground to help me choose the colors on the actual pieces. Besides the plan is to leave them basecoated, paint the structures to completion, and then come back to finish the bases.

 

First up is the large bunker. The plan is to just paint a small path leading into the bunker, though seeing as it's more like a fancy gazebo perhaps that isn't necessary. 20190825_222517.thumb.jpg.b7e32cb8ef8ccdb2a37301eda40fb7f2.jpg

 

Up next is my "better" bunker and I think the path idea looks great. I also trimmed the edge of the lid base down making the piece look worlds better. For the two statues I decided to use the same dark color to indicate their presence on a path or perhaps in a town square. 

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The watchtower also recieved the path treatment. 

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 And finally the single tents recieved their starting brown color. Now these two could be painted to completion, but I decided to hold off and finish their bases alongside the others. 

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I wasn't actually looking but I managed to find some figures that were just begging to be used. They're just cheap pirate figures from a dollar store bag, you may have even seen them on Miniature Mashup, but at $.50 I couldn't pass them up. Seeing as I don't already have too many pieces to finish, I built two more pieces.

 

A Captain Morganesque statue...20190826_235959.thumb.jpg.d8f92a8577e7dab2dc076ff3f1ee3802.jpg

and a very odd fountain. 

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Everything else recieved a simple black wash, after I finally got the mixture correct; and boy did I make too much of that. 20190826_235743.thumb.jpg.28dd5436d50197751799f55264c86ce0.jpg20190826_235808.thumb.jpg.bd5980a134092d2438139d2cf0df0671.jpg20190826_235818.thumb.jpg.4b6c1d8c49cba2796513e829d3270867.jpg20190826_235923.thumb.jpg.572741cae5a30268c983784d6342b4d5.jpg20190826_235901.thumb.jpg.d3a79e8158421dd717e085ee6ad7a8f3.jpg

 

Now that I've got a better understanding of the pieces and just what my terrain paint can do I'll start into the detail work. I know it's not necessarily the proper order but this like all my terrain pieces has an ebb and flow.

 

Now that I can see the actual colors I can more easily work in the details that will make each piece unique. As I've said before, I learn by doing and each piece so far is simply a proof of concept.

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OUTSTANDING STUFF! The pieces just keep getting better...terrain making is highly addictive you know. 

I did some 40K scenery for friend, Justin's games a few years ago:

 

https://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/55998-dr-j-40k-project-split-from-last-hurrah/&

 

You might find an idea or two...pages 2 & 3 are more man made than natural.

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Thanks for the inspiration @malefactus. I'll definitely be taking some ideas if not outright ripping off your soda can holding tank. 

 

For this project the real limiting factor is that I'm trying to use only what I have on hand. With luck I'll be able to use everything up before we move. I'd hate to pack a box full of empty formula containers, lids, and random bric-a-brac.

 

Being in an apartment is just one of the reasons I never bought foam board, or really built big terrain pieces period. We simply don't have the room for large pieces that wouldn't see much use. When I finally get a chance to try out foam board though I'm definitely checking out your rock formations again.

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I am glad you found the photos of use. The tall top on the one tower . pg. #3, is made by Armor Cast.

You have will enough empty cans in no time once you are settled.

 

2 hours ago, Rat13 said:

For this project the real limiting factor is that I'm trying to use only what I have on hand. With luck I'll be able to use everything up before we move. I'd hate to pack a box full of empty formula containers, lids, and random bric-a-brac.

 

Being in an apartment is just one of the reasons I never bought foam board, or really built big terrain pieces period. We simply don't have the room for large pieces that wouldn't see much use. When I finally get a chance to try out foam board though I'm definitely checking out your rock formations again.

 

OUTSTANDING! I'm out of room for foam pieces myself, but I can give you some ideas once you get started.

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Well the first couple pieces are finished. Mostly it was just a little detail work, in most cases this was just adding decals, and finishing the bases. 

 

First up is the little bunker, which I'm seriously considering keeping.20190827_212229.thumb.jpg.fb7a2dd49148287c3b5392ab51fe678b.jpg20190827_212247.thumb.jpg.11730efdc54776c8ca4129c61da412d5.jpg

 

The second bunker which will be replicated at least a couple more times. I think if I can get the roof just a tad lower on the rest this "design" will look really good.

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I may not build another watchtower but it has given me some ideas for other pieces. If nothing else I think it'll be sufficiently big enough to attract at least some attention from passerbys. 20190827_212355.thumb.jpg.a06be835bdb43e17c4b9463441964c30.jpg20190827_212406.thumb.jpg.36855773cf53ad3397ea0720dbf5db29.jpg

 

The statues really only got a light drybrush of metallic silver to finish them. Again I'm conflicted because either I keep the Buzz statue or I buy another copy of the figure so I can make another one later. If we're being honest he does a great job as a standin for a Space Marine statue. 

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Last of the finished pieces are the single tents. Though I'm not exactly thrilled with how the campfires came out I think they are fine for a basic piece. It's something I'll need to work on when I paint the next set though because I am definitely making more of them.20190827_212425.thumb.jpg.0eb6655890e1528f09c6829ff7c28e73.jpg

 

As for the next pieces I based the new statues.20190827_214916.thumb.jpg.7a50665b62e113867484379465e442a4.jpg

 

Prepared the overflowing barrels for priming.20190827_214943.thumb.jpg.3148746dbac7fcca10cbfaf42002b85c.jpg

 

And just to round out the night I built another big piece.20190827_230000.thumb.jpg.95062b56c5463e9758ddb3c415a7fc28.jpg20190827_230016.thumb.jpg.0bd5a7ff2bb197fc8eee6d2a96c83548.jpg

 

Hopefully tomorrow I'll get a chance to prime everything and I can continue turning out terrain for the show. 

 

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41 minutes ago, lowlylowlycook said:

The transfers really sell those bunkers.  

 

I'm intrigued by your latest big piece.

My local shop sells transfer sheets at basically as many as you want for a buck, so I've been stocking up since I first started playing 40k this year. My hope was that the transfers would be enough to complete the pieces. Though I'm pleasantly surprised that just a couple transfers per piece was enough to really make them pop.

 

The next big piece will definitely live and die on the strength of the ooze/run off. The odd pieces on top and the red piece at the bottom were from some old Wendy's toy. The spout itself is actually half of the ring piece I saved when I created my Fabulous Squad's barricade. 

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The next set of pieces all got primed today, so to continue making progress I spent tonight building. It was a pretty good night output wise, I'm definitely getting quicker as a builder. I'm quite pleased with one piece in particular and I think it'll be obvious which one.

 

First up is a batch of pieces; with how ordinary they are I decided to photograph them together. The first is another Toy Story statue; I'm thinking of doing this one as a stone statue for a fantasy setting. I also made a small run of fencing using some premade fence from Pat Catan's (ours is closing and I have like fifty packs of this because they were going for $.18 apiece). Finally I went ahead and made my first pipe piece complete with an oozing rupture.20190828_213517.thumb.jpg.141525a6663b614a4d1e98c4698be2b3.jpg

 

Next up is a container that will become a refinery or furnace. I know for sure I'm going to try making cotton smoke coming out of the top but everything else is still up in the air. So the plan is to let it sit on my desk for a bit and see what I come up with.

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"Papers please..."20190828_213638.thumb.jpg.bfda314f5a7593d2c2fa521fbb82382c.jpg

 

The final piece of the night is a small checkpoint. With how few pieces this takes to make and how interesting it is even in it's current state I'll definitely be making more of these. 

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