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So, here we go. I have been working on a set of Mesas (or buttes) for my theme at home, and the thought struck me to build a fort out of the side of one. So thatís what Iím up to.
ďA modest, traditional style ork dwelling suitable for any nob on his up and up.Ē
First I glued up some blue foam, cut a nice shape out, then gouged the sides with a hot knife .I started laying ork lumber (craft sticks) across the lower level of the mesa and cut some cardboard for the lower level platform.
Then I started mashing together more cardboard to make the walls, cut holes in them ect.. ectÖ And I happened to have some wire screen around so I thought ďwhy notĒ and glued it in.
Iíll probably lay some more lumber out and try to make the screen look recessed. And add a ramp to the first floor, and a ladder to the second floor. I started to make a roof slice, but Iíll have to come back to that.
Its still rough at this point, but I think you can see where Iím going.
Wow, that cool. I have a base that I made but its not very good. Its made out of styrifoam and its not painted. But any ways, good job!
REF! REF! they are starting already!!!
A wire brush can be very good at shaping foam and giving it a rock look, or you could glue on some WOOD BARK.
Fort is looking good charger. I'm a little jealous that neither I nor anyone I regularly play with play orks, so I have no reason to do orky stuff. I just love the patchwork builds of the orks.
Ehrm... I mean... I love spikes!! And skulls!!! And chaos stars!!!! Arr matey!
Very nice start. Just be careful when you start to paint that you dont get the cardboard to wet or will warp. And thats never cool or fun >.<
Alright day twoÖ..
The first step I took was to water down some wood glue and painted over the blue foam, both to strengthen it and to protect it from spray paint. I also ran a bead of not watered down glue around the seams between the cardboard and the foam to help secure it in place.
I laid thin craft sticks around the screens to box them in. I also fitted small squares of screen into the windows. Then I smeared a special mix of mashed snottlings and drywall spackle (giant buckets run about 13 dollars, its amazing stuff) all over it.
I put some yellow paint into some of the spackle trying to give it an early basecoat, but the color was way off. No problems though, I was going to have to paint over it anyway.
While waiting for the spackle and glue to dry I started on ladder number one.
After a few bad tries I eventually figured something out. I started with two long pieces of coat hanger. I bent them at a right angle at the top, then took several smaller pieces and bend them into the latter rungs.
I took thinner craft sticks and sniped them down to roughly the same size, measured out the rungs and drilled holes in both the two long horizontal sticks and the smaller vertical sticks so the rungs would fit though both. Then after a quick fit test, glued the sucker in.
When you do something like that, remember that your spackle (or glue or paint or whatever) may not be completely dry yet. It can be very inconvenient.
Iíve sanded all the spackle down lightly with 120 grit sandpaper. I poked some holes in the screen windows, but I like the muddy look it gives so I am going to leave a lot of it. I also threw in the picture an ork objective marker Iím also working on.
After sanding I got out the ole airbrush and tried to mix up some color. That did not turn out, so this is not the final color. But it does help me see more texture. I want to tell you that I put the brown streaks in it so when I added the final colors they would have slight highlights in it. But thatís not why. I just happened to have some brown mixed up. (but hey, it still will)
I did not want any boyz falling off the edges so I started adding some of those wonderful orky spikes. To make everything fit, I measured out a small stick along each edge and cut it to size. Then I glued ďspikesĒ along each measured piece, leaving enough space on the bottom to form a lip, so it would sit on the edges. It worked out really well.
After lining the whole fort with spikes, I added small steps at the bottom. The ramp idea was not working out so well and I though that would match the upper ladder. Itís basically the same thing, wire clothes hangers bent to shape running though holes in shaped craft sticks.
And that leaves me here. I have some styrene sheets that Iím cutting up to look like metal panels to reinforce the structure. But Iíll get elaborate on that next time. This is where i stand.
I really like this and to be honest you actually inspired me today to get working on some of my own stuff!
good job man and you went over the top with the ladder its a great amount of detail but I would sand down a little of the spackle on the back still. Add some gun-mounts and a few other ork necessities and you are set
I took some thin polystyrene sheet and cut it up into chucks, cut some holes in them and scraped the sides to look cut and welded, and glued them into the spikes. Then added some battle damage to the walls. Iím almost ready to start painting.
I also crafted some doors, but havenít installed them. They are also made out of craft sticks, but I made them hinged. I cut strips of thin aluminum, and using some vice grip pliers I pulled them around a piece of a coat hanger, and then glued them to the sides of the doors.
So far itís looking good. (to me anyway) I hope the paint will really pull it together and show me what I need to adjust. Bug bait, your looking good too. Thatís the level I aspire to build at.
that looks great turning out really well. I used to love making terrain but now since only play at my gaming club i dont, might start again, along with all my other should starts.
"Should take you a while though because of your sloth like pace"
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