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I'm quite proud of this one because it looked like it was going to be crap right along until about halfway... just a few things before I start going into details:
1. Big thanks to Guant for his rock/boulder making guide which is somewhere in L.O. forums that I read, great help for this piece of scenery and probably some upcoming scenery as well!
2. This was my first time using foam, and I used blue insulating foam, I guess its alot like the pink stuff. I just grabbed it from work, they were throwing it in the garbage. Also, this was my first time using a "foam cutter" which my father lent me (model railroader) and let me say i definitely need to practice. Those things are hard to use! i dont know how people manage to make such detailed things with foam cutters! very difficult for me to cut simple straight lines and make even basic shapes. I had to sand the foam down after just to smooth out all the lines that appeared.
3. I'd just like to mention that the bunker idea came from browsing through the GW book 'how to make wargames terrain' i dont own it but i saw a picture of an imperial pillbox in there and tried to kind of copy it. so much for an original idea!
first picture: here you see the foam boulders, pillbox and first few bits. i used regular woodworking glue to get it on the doorskin there... from work. otherwise i use 'Loc-Tite' superglue (the vinyl version though not the regular art store version) it fething well holds better than any other glue ive tried. it can stand extreme amounts of pressure and its very liquidy. if you can find that stuff then get it, i just took it from work but im dying for more. i once tried taking a hammer to a sponson of a clamped down tank because i put the wrong one on the tank, but it broke off on an area near the glued area instead of the actual glued surfaces. the tanks still sitting there unpainted and cracked and basically indestructable. also, i tried using the glue on the foam but it melted the foam very quickly...
oh and the ladder is the entry point to the building or whatever if i want to consider it an intact structure.
next i added some trees i got from a model railroading shop, really adds a touch. it was tricky to glue it into the foam but after a while of fidgeting and stuff i got them to stay in place, then i glued the foam to the board. added some extra bits, took out the orange rock, you can see i converted the maccrage forcefield thing into a command vox antenna or whatever it needs to be for fluff. i think everyones figured out that the thing on top is a tank hatch. i also did some rough basecoating. this was all improvised as i went along.. no blueprints just rough ideas on what to do and lots of bits lying around. more fun that way!
it was still lacking something so i added pipes, made from drinking straws, and it was hard to glue it so i stuffed them with bits of crumpled up paper so that would help to act as a gluing surface. (and those black things are tank traps i work on every once in a while, made from the sprues that come in most blister packs, edges cleaned off and superglued to surfaces.. cut flat the glue surfaces for 100% satisfaction)*dont have enough yet to put in any scenery
And finally a few pictures of the finished product, after basing and final painting touches: (the black ..uh.. windows.. are fire points.)
top view for the scrutinous tactician (apologies for lack of picture cropping):
close up shot
aaand an action shot finally
so questions comments criticisms are all welcome! my next projects going to be much bigger, and it will take a lot of time and this time i planned most of it out. pics will go up soon
I love the ground around the bunker, how many colours did you use?
Only thing I would change is darken up the "windows" a bit.
Very cool, show us some more stuff please!!!
well i usually spray chaos black on the bases but since i was using foam i tried to just paint some on, didnt work out too well, so i used a lot of scorched brown, bleached bone, a mix of the two , charadon granite, and even (i think) flesh wash which i also used on the rocks a bit to darken up the crevices..
alot of it is just bleached bone and some washes over the regular color of the sand and some of the more brown areas are better covered in scorched brown. the black areas.. well you get the idea
nice, not being a moddeler/terrain dude, I am intreuged by your base sprue tank traps.....did that make sense????
I'm going to have to poke you and insist that you transfer your talents into me for my project. Now! >O
Looks good, but FWIW, I would have cut your baseboard much closer to the edge of the bunker and left the rest of the pieces as free standing pieces. That would give you a lot more flexibility in how you use the piece. As is, with such a big base, it's going to be a bit challenging to find a place to put it.
ah thanks for the advice! its basically just sitting out on my desk right now... then again i have bitz bloody everywhere too. originally i wanted it to be walled in to a larger rock face, but ended up with this.
@gauss_storm: thanks, ill try using my xacto knife next time around