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Here are the first stages of my Imperial Guard themed scenery bits. The bunker is the Infantry command building out of DoW. I really loved the style of it in the game, and it works well as a scenery piece too. If I ever get really ambitious, I might try a command center. I was hoping to post a how to on it, but during the building of it there was a lot of trial and error. So my careful templates had to be scrapped and I winged most of it. It's made out of foamcore, a little plasticard, and sprayed with Krylon 'Make it Stone', then drybrushed. Everything here still needs a lot of work, I just wanted to start a progress kind of thread before I got too far along.
Those fuzzy things in the backround are the beginnings of Terragenesis Pipecleaner Trees.
The sandbags are made of super sculpy and are "braced" with basswood planks.
A barbed wire section with the start of my sandbag wall.
Hope you like it, I've gotten a lot of the knowhow and inspiration from these forums.
i am digging those sandbags alot, how did you make them?
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Thanks Toast. I made them out of Super Sculpey <Link. I used the cadian heavy weapon sandbags as a size and style reference, an old xacto blade to make the seams and folds, and a mechanical pencil point to make the bullet holes.
Sculpey is a fantastic clay to work with, but it needs to be baked so it's uses for this hobby are kinda limited.
Hey, Great job on teh sandbags, and the bunker looks great.:yes:
Looks great, those sandbags are looking really good.
About the "trees" where those pipe cleaners or something?
I'm guessing they are great for making tree shapes, but how are they for further sculpting?
I mean applying plaster or similar products.
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Hey I like it!
That bunker is real nice, I like the battle damage. Little advice, I would make the coils of the barbed wire closer together. Make it dense and thick.
Yeah, So where can i aquire some "Super Sculpey" ? Can i get it in Canada?
Great stuff mate! Keep it up!
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Super Sculpey is fantastic stuff, the same as professional model makers use (think maquettes for Lord of the Rings etc). You bake it in an oven at 130 C for about 15 to 20 mins depending on thickness.
Its real advantage is that it doesn't air harden like clay, green stuff etc.
Another similar product is Fimo. Available in a wide range of colours (Sculpey is only pink) it is worked and baked in much the same way. You could then just dry brush the sandbags etc rather than undercoating, base coating and then dry brushing as you would do with Sculpey.
You can use twisted wire to make trees (plenty of advice on the net) and when combined with plaster, scatter material, grasses and herbs (yes herbs, dill, oregano etc) make excellent and very realistic trees. You can also break open herbal tea bags and use the leaves for scatter material / foliage, and what's more you model smells great It's amazing what you can pick up from those DVD extras.
Here's a link to the trees. He just primes and drybrushes the fuzzy stuff, I'll let you know how it turns out when I get some done.
Super Sculpey should be in any art supply store or general hobby store. It's usually about 7-9 dollars per pound, but I'm not sure how available it is in canada. Here's a link to a US based store that sells it pretty cheap.
Purifico - I agree that the thicker the better for barbed wire. I wasn't expecting such long pieces of wire to make so little. I'll try adding more strands into it to make it more dense and nasty looking.
I'll post more updates as I work on things. I'm painting the sandbags now, but I have a Kasrkin squad and some heavy weapons teams that I should finish first, so it might be a while.