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Well, I've dragged my heels a little withy this project so really need to get it off the ground. I've never really done any scenery before, certainly nothing on this scale (I did a few bits for warmaster a long time ago) so it was a little daunting having seen some of the previous entries. However, I do want some nice themed scenery to go with my new IG army, so I went for it.
Picture 1: The stuff.
Well, here's a picture of all the tools and bits and pieces I thought I was gonna use at the start of the project, or at least in the construction part, and as probably always happens I haven't used half of what's on here but I have used a whole load of other stuff!
So, stuff I have used is:
-The coke glass box. This is going to form the main part of the building, its about 6-8 inches long, 2-3 wide.
-Foamboard. For the base. Note to self: the foam does NOT like superglue.
-Plasticard. Because it wouldn't be a proper scratch build otherwise.
-Clippers. For clipping.
-Craft knife. For cutting various bits and pieces.
-Scissors. Also for cutting, but for different things.
-Parcel tape. For sticking and sealing.
-Loo roll. For papier machéing. I needed to do something to get the tubes!
-PVA glue. Also for papier machéing and other general sticking.
-Superglue. When PVA just won't do.
-Plastic glue. I probably won't need this, but it felt left out.
-Plastic tub. For my water/PVA mix.
-Stapler. I thought I'd use staples to create rungs. I didn't.
-Finally, some bits and pieces from old sprues. I don't do detail, so thank you GW.
Picture 2: The layout.
Here I've marked out pretty much what I want to achieve on the foamboard with a marker pen. Essentially there's the main body of the building made from the box and two "cooling towers" made from loo roll tubes. Dead easy. This template gives me a chance to work out a good footprint on the base so I can position models around it in game.
Picture 3+4: Sealing the box.
This is a picture of the box as I sealed it up. I stuck a piece of plasticard cut to size on the end of the box as it is least stable there.
Picture 5: Sticking stuff down.
Here we have everything stuck in place. I used parcel tape and pva for this, with the parcel tape providing a good sticking base while the PVA dries. With the loo roll tubes, I stuck them down with the tape then went round the bottom with PVA to get a "weld" join.
Picture 6+7: Papier mache stage I
Dead easy this bit. At this stage I realised that the loo roll I got was too thin, so I used kitchen roll instead for a lot of it. For the first layer I dipped the paper in a PVA/water 30/70 mix and smoothed it on with my fingers. I then realised that its actually quicker and easier to use a brush and apply the paste to the building, then stick the paper on, then brush it flat. Still, here are some WIPs from it.
Here I wanted to get a feel for the texture of the walls. I sprayed it lightly with chaos black to get a feel for the piece. Unfortunately the textured kitchen roll my housemate bought is showing through so I need to do a non.textured layer. Step forward newspaper.
Picture 10: Wow, that's a lot of new stuff!
So, lots has gone on here in the last 24h, I did a PVA/newspaper layer and wasn't really happy with it, but in hindsight could have solved my problems by using a single lerge sheet of newspaper on each of the side panels and the top instead of leaving it as many small pieces. But you live and learn so hopefully others won't make the same mistakes as I have done.
The base was then next up for some treatment. I got a bag of granite chips from my local railway hobbyshop, the rest of my PVA/water mix, combiuned the 2 and went nuts. I then used a layer of (cheap) superglue to seal. I know its a little unconventional but a pound shop near me sells about 15 tubes of the stuff in a packet so I can afford to be liberal with it. Oh, the fumes!
Finally I added the detail, which I'll explain in more detail later and then it was time for the painting!
I then sprayed with roughcoat, which was the first time I've used it. Its actually quite difficult to spray which surprised me. I wasn't too impressed with the texture, but at the same price as a regular primer, hey, why not.
First to get painted was the building. I used Dheneb stone with a heavily watered down Gryphonne Sepia wash then gave it a drybrush of Dheneb. The Gravel was given a wash of watered down Badab Black (a mistake as I have none left for the metal tomorrow!) before a drybrushing of ress/Codex Gray 50/50 then a final Fortress Gray drybrush to finish.
Pictures 11 and 12: The cheaty bits.
So I used a few GW bits on my piece. They are:
-The door. Taken from a Landraider inner door and the bottom part snipped off. The eagle over it is from the tank accessory sprue. I had to cut into the card to slot it in flush.
-The railings. Taken from the Chaos vehicle accessory sprue with the spiky bits shaved off then the whole thing inverted.
-The ladder. Cityfight ruins. Aain, I had to cut into the building a little to get it to stick in properly.
-The console next to the doore. This is the only bit that I did out of turn. I should have attached it before I gravelled the base. Live and learn. Taken from the new aegis defence line sprue.
-Security camera. Made from a Landraider sponsoon part and a smoke l;auncher with the cannisters cut off (for the mounting).
-Searchlight. Chaos Vehicle accessory sprue.
-Side antenna. IG tank accessory sprue.
Final pictures: the painty bits.
Last edited by ArtificiallyEnhanced; July 15th, 2009 at 12:32.
Good basic shape, but thats the easy part, you need to add all of the small bits that will make it cool.
Foamboard is good for basing rather than corrigated card, but MDF is even better!
4 days to go you can do it!
Yeah, its coming along OK. I've actually only got about 24h left to work onit as I am going away between tomorrow afternoon and Monday evening, so unless the rest of you are happy for me to post a late entry on the Tuesday then tomorrow it is! I will at the very least get as much as I can done by tomorrow.
As an update, I just sprayed it black and am still unhappy with the texture, I might have to go into GW later and get some roughcoat. I've also added some details, and it looks good.
Hmmm... the roughcoat didn't quite work as I hoped, never mind, I'll have to live with it like it is, I don't have the time to change it now. Painting soon.
cant wait to see the final project.
I am an Indestructible master of War.
looks great so far. i do like the shape.
keep going man!!!!
Rome wasn't built in a day, Either should good scenery.
*Bump* updated in main thread to keep tutorial together.
Finished now, should get pictures tomorrow (including hand painted aquila on the roof and some nifty floor markings).
Right, slight problem, I can't get to photobucket. I'll try again later, but I could have a rather frustrating problem.
Wondering why you covered it with news paper? thinking that if you ave not used plastic packing tape to hold the box together you could have just gone straigh to the painting stage.