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My Iron Chef V entry is going to be an Imperial Ammo Box behind a rocky crag. This piece can be used as an objective or just as a firing base. It's roughly 9.5" X 6" and made entirely out of wood and glue!
These ordinary looking pieces of bark chip will become rocky craigs.
These 1/4" wide craft sticks will be used to make the Ammo Box.
Well, maybe it's not technicaly Wood (with a capitol W) but it is a wood product. This masonite (press board, whatever you want to call it) will be the base of the piece and part of the rock formation.
The first step was to tear out a base from the masonite. By tearing (snapping into pieces really) the masonite the base gets a nice jagged edge. I also tore up lots of smaller pieces to build up the rock formation.
I started gluing down the smaller chunks onto the base.
I kept gluing more pieces of masonite on top of the others to get some height and make it look like big pieces of shale on top of each other.
Next I used hot glue to pile the bark chips onto the built up masonite. I baked the bark first to kill all the buggies. I would reccomend a temperature lower than I set my oven so you don't burn the bark like I did. 200 degrees for 15 minutes should be good.
Technicaly with true Line of Sight you could probably see part of the models through the bark chip wall. In a friendly game you might get away with just calling it a LoS blocker. But I may end up filling the holes with something later on just to be true to the rules and block LoS.
The Ammo Box
To make the walls of the box you need 6 long pieces for the front and back, 6 shorter pieces for the sides, and 8 pieces as tall as 3 boards for the corners.
I used my dremel tool to saw these pieces and then sanded them with some fairly coarse sand paper. A jewlers saw and a miter box would probably be better. But, I wasn't about to shell out $20 when I didn't need to.
I used lots of PVA on the corners and gave them time to dry. I didn't want to have these pieces coming appart when I was trying to glue the rest of the box together.
I didn't want to see the seams of the corner pieces from the front of the box. This pic illustrates how I glued the corners and the boards to it.
Here are the walls of the box all glued together.
Lay as many sticks length wise across the top of the box to see how many pieces you need for the lid.
Measure two cross boards the height of the lid ...
... and two cross boards the width of the inside of the box.
Once all your pieces are cut, glue the two top cross boards down to the edges.
Turn the lid over and place the walls of the box on top of it. Line up the bottom cross boards at the inside edges of the walls so they will hold the lid securely in place.
It's a Box!
Putting the pieces together
More to come...
Now I need to get the Imperial Eagle all over the box and find a way to make it look well used (maybe an ink wash and some scarring). I'll also be painting the rock base in the next couple of days.
So Stay Tuned!
I'm loving this- it looks fantastic so far!
Keep up the good work
I gota try some bark, looks good.
Good work mate, very impressed with the way you've stayed true to the theme of the contest to the bitter end
As for making that crate look used. It should be very simple really; a sharp scalple and about five minutes should do the trick. If you're careless you may even get some realistic blood effect
Looking forward to seeing it finished.
oh, i forgot to ask- are you planning on having the box closed permanently?
I think having the lid partially pulled aside with some weapons poking out would look great.
You'd probably thought of it, but i thought i'd say just in case
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@bugbait - I must admit I got the idea for the bark chips and masonite from here: Mechwarrior Table
@jaegar - not sure if I'll have time (or bitz) to put weapons in the box before the competition deadline. But I love the idea! I'll probably just leave the lid loose so I can add that in the future.
@Rich - I've been working on aging the box. No blood yet...
More pictures soon!
I washed the box with Citadel Devlan Mud and then went to work on it with my hobby knife. I added another wash leaving some pools to get more variation in the wood tone.
Transfers were the next step. Once I got them onto the box (an imperial pain in the ass) I started scratching off parts of the decal. Since the transfers were way to shiney I put a thick wash over the top of them to dull them way down.
Here are the results:
That box looks really good now mate - good work. And Kudos for the intact fingers
If you did want some weaponry for the crate and live in the UK I'll send you some boltguns if you want.
really love how the ammo box came out the painting is wicked. I need an idea for my stuff too so thanks