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Where to start? The concept is swimming in my head, sorta like a single cell in a tide pool....hmm.....
I want to play spore.....
NO! Back to task! Important task! I must work!
There is scenery to be made!....
But how? With a desert surrounding, the nearest hobby store MIGHT be in Sharm al Sheik or Cairo....I'm sure there might be one in Tel Aviv....
Hrm. Don't think the boss will let me borrow one of the trucks for a day trip. Might as well see what I can do, between random parts from work, and the things I find lying around, as well as stuff from the Force Exchange...
Imperial Liquid Storage Tank
Scenery on an improvised...er, supply chain..
Well, here's what I've got to work with......
The key ingredients from the kitchen: Toothpicks, plastic silverware, paper towel roll, and, the most important part...the V8 bottle!
First step, however, is gonna be washing that nasty thing out right quick.....and then from there, we'll have to figure it out, now won't we.......
Oh, and as for the plan? We'll have to see if anything more coherent enters my head!
I'm really interested to see where this goes, you obviously have a lot of stuff out ready for it!
I'm rather interested too! I decided to be prepared in regards to materials, so I just hauled EVERYTHING out! And so far, its already surprised me. I'll have some actual progress posted in a few minutes.
Looks like you have a nice selection of bits there! Looking forward to seeing what you can make out of them!
Okay, so, I should have combined all this into the first post, but I just wanted to get things posted and then started because of my excitement!
First, I was in need of a base: Enter the Amazon box that delivered me Spore! I took out the backer and decided it was perfectly sized for the job, but was nowhere near thick enough...so I sliced off the flaps on the box, pulled out the trusty old elmer's glue, and sandwiched it all together!
Of course, now we need it to dry, so we need something heavy, useless, and something I won't mind being able to touch for a few hours to set on top of it to make the glue adhere better........and I have just the thing!
Next up is the 'tank.' I first tried to get all technical and measure it out, figure out the exact diameters, heights, and all of that so when I chopped out the middle portion, it would all match up so very nicely.
After ten minutes of annoyance, I said screwit and pulled out the dremel. 30 seconds later, and we had the bottle in a nice half.
I then moved up to the ribbing, measured out the diameters, noticed they were very close on, so I lopped off the excess again, to the ribbing on the top half, and the first rib on the bottom. They fit together perfectly, one sliding into the other, and only left a small gap! Perfect!
But...yet..its missing something..Its just so...concave on top. No, that won't do for a good tank, not at all!
Enter the water bottle sitting on my fridge!
Slice the bottom off of that, and presto!
Doesn't it look better already?
So far, I'm pretty accomplished, but..its still rather short. I want it to take a full movement to get to the walkways I'm thinking of, to make the position hard to assault! The whole thing is only about five and a half inches tall! I'm going to need to make it taller.......
Turns out, a standard paper towel tube is the perfect size to fit over the mouth of a bottle! I cut out a three-inch tall chunk of tube, and then I took my glue-gun and put all the pieces together!
Looks like a water tower, to me.....
*In Darth Shonuff voice*
Rome wasn't built in a day, Either should good scenery.
Well, Day 2 has begun, and I'm hard at work, despite last night's successful spore session. (My Parrot-people, the BRZZT, are like magpies on crack for shiny things...and parakeets crossed with ultra-capitalist types. Craaaazy. They ride around in 'Bling Raiders.')
First things first, I had to fill those ugly gaps a the top and the middle of the tower, so I mixed up a huge blob of Green Stuff and applied it quite liberally. Not pretty, but carvable to get that bit that I need when it dries.
Now, time for the walkway. I'm making this whole thing with several advantages and disadvantages in mind. The walkway in particular is crucial to this design. I have to ensure it is proportionate with the piece, while at the same time giving some leeway to game mechanics and simple base sizes.
- Commanding view of the battlefield
- Difficult to assault
- Room for lots of infantry
- Room for a heavy weapon/monstrous base on TOP of the tower
- Can provide some cover
- Easy to see troops on it
- Difficult to escape from
- No room on the walkway for large bases, such as monstrous creatures or IG heavy weapon bases
- Easy to hit with blasts.
I decided to go with a 1.5 inch walkway, which is just enough to squeeze in the medium bases, such as Ogryn or Tyranid Warriors. To make this, I took my trusty Amazon box, flipped it over, and measured a 4.25 inch diameter circle, which is roughly enough to fit well around the tower. I took the first flap, cut it's half out, and then cut the other one's out, and then we came to the hard part.
I had to come up with a way to consistently measure out 1.5" around the outer edge of the walkway. After a bit of math (I was more patient today), I determined the circumference (12.5"), and figured if I take each half and mark it around the first circle about 1 1/16" I could divide it into roughly six equal sections. Measure out my 1.5" from there, take a straight edge and connect the dots, cut, and we had it!
Flip it over, trace on the other piece...and tadaa!
This walkway is going to be needing some struts to help support each section, so I broke out the matches, and counted out twelve (one for each section.)
WHEN USING MATCHES, EXERCISE CAUTION. DO NOT DISCARD UNUSED MATCHES, FIRE, PROPERTY DAMAGE AND/OR INJURY COULD RESULT. ALWAYS STRIKE THE MATCHES, AND THEN EXTINGUISH THEM (WITH WATER AVAILABLE) BEFORE CUTTING AND THEN DISCARDING.
I measured out my 1.5" on the matches, after lighting all of them and extinguishing them, and then I cut the ends off.
I then placed them on each section as a cross beam, glued on with my faithful elmer's.
And there we have today thus far! Now while I allow this time to dry, I'm going to see what I can figure out to work on next....
So, here's some more!
Need some support struts for the walkway, so, I started off with a dremel and a couple plastic knives....after the third knife, I got sick of it, noticed it wasn't going to look good anyway, and set them off to the side. Out came the cardboard again, and I made some T-Beam struts.
And then glued 'em in and then glued the whole thing to the base.
Next, we needed a ladder to come down from the top, so, I put a small hole in the walkway, and then attached two of the knife-struts at 3" long. Made a cardboard cutout, stuck some diamond plate to it, and then put some toothpicks as ladder rungs, cut to 1". After that, took some thin plasticard and enclosed the sides of the ladder.
Then I took some more toothpicks, put some elmer's glue on 'em, and then lined them down the tube. Eventually that'll be closed with plasticard as well on the sides, once the glue dries.
Finally, the top walkway is going to be done up in diamond plate. I cut out some sections, but I see I've got my work cut out for me.....
Gonna hafta do some serious trimming and joining.
Hrm. I forgot to mention the water tube/pump on the side there, which you can see in the third pic, previous post.
But here's a better picture of it.
Also, did a bit more....
First that bottom ladder.
Also, on top, here we have the diamond plate cut to size...
And then capped!
Now, the difficult question is, should I put something over the courrigation of the cardboard, or should I leave it open? I'm getting pretty close to finished on this; I won't be doing a railing simply because of lack of materials in that aspect..but otherwise, what do you guys think?