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    Scratchbuilding terrain log

    Hey all,

    I've lately been on a terrainbuilding spree, trying to create some terrain for personal use and recreating some GW designs to see how easy or how hard they are to make myself. To that end I made a test piece to see if I could eventually build my own version of the skyshield landing pad. Everything is still very much a WIP (and lacking in paint) but it's coming along nicely.





    It's about 20cm high and the platform is about 16cm wide.
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    Re: Scratchbuilding terrain log

    So with that I thought I'd start building my skyshield landing pad.

    First, the basis for the platform (with vindicator for size)






    Some work on the support pillars as well. This took a lot of work to get right but the result is one that I'm really happy with.







    Until I had 4 of those.



    each of those has a ladder in the back as well:




    A quick mock up:


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    Re: Scratchbuilding terrain log

    And time to start work on the platform itself again.

    Adding the tearplate:



    Starting work on the details:





    At this point I'd made plenty of mistakes, cutting the wrong bits, recutting, cursing, almost admitting to despair before trying again until I settled on this.

    Some final details were still left to do (and weren't easy since my hotwire cutter even on it's lowest setting tended to burn or melt the detail rather than cutting it out. Still, the result was fairly satisfactory.

    The eagles:





    The eagles on the pillars...



    and on the platform:





    I did have to fortify the underside a lot since I'd sliced my initial pieces for the platform too thin. Now however it's quite strong and solid and once I start painting it, I'll basecoat with some pva mixed in there to strenghten it some more.



    More progress as it happens!
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    Re: Scratchbuilding terrain log

    Err no pics are showing up for me...

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    Re: Scratchbuilding terrain log

    Hi Dourin, I can't see any pictures either. Sounds like it will be good when you get those sorted though!
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    Re: Scratchbuilding terrain log

    Quote Originally Posted by Lost Egg View Post
    Err no pics are showing up for me...
    Hi Dourin, I can't see any pictures either. Sounds like it will be good when you get those sorted though!
    Really weird, they seem to show up for me (and I'm linking them directly from the warseergallery), even if I'm logged out.

    EDIT: Ok, issue resolved. Pictures should be visible now.
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    Re: Scratchbuilding terrain log

    Looks great! The support legs look really solid and industrial.
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    Re: Scratchbuilding terrain log

    Mate great use of foam and pins. Looking forward to seeing these painted.
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    Re: Scratchbuilding terrain log

    Whoa that looks solid

    Is it all one piece or do the legs pop off?

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    Re: Scratchbuilding terrain log

    Quote Originally Posted by DarthSte View Post
    Looks great! The support legs look really solid and industrial.
    Thanks, it's the look that I was going for. Whenever I imagine 40k buildings, I like to imagine a mix of neogothic and 19th century industrial styles.

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    Mate great use of foam and pins. Looking forward to seeing these painted.
    Thanks Colonel Jacka. Once I get round to it, I'll post them up here.

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    Whoa that looks solid

    Is it all one piece or do the legs pop off?
    The legs were separate but now they're glued and pinned to the landing pad. It's actually quite sturdy since I added the extra crossbar reinforcement and can now easily hold a baneblade's weight. I might even add in some PVA to the mix when I do my basecoat so at to further strengthen the piece and add an extra protective coat on top of the foam.

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    Re: Scratchbuilding terrain log

    WOW . Excelent work

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    Re: Scratchbuilding terrain log

    It's been a while but I've recently acquired an airbrush that has let me paint up my scenery a lot faster than regular brushes would have allowed me.

    I made some more pieces earlier as well that I've been painting up. First of, the other scenery:






















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    Re: Scratchbuilding terrain log


    An undercoat of black, followed by a basecoat of grey and a stippling layer/ drybrush phase of lighter grey. At this point I was amazed by cool it already looked (yes, I was amazed by my own mediocre skill ).






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    Re: Scratchbuilding terrain log

    This was followed by heavily watered down brown paint to add a dust layer to the bottom of the buildings and in between the tiles on the roof. I also added some black grime to the air exhaust vents, and gave the doors a rusted look. The gothic numerals and the glowing eyes on the Ad Mech symbols were inspired by the rulebook side art panels.

















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    Re: Scratchbuilding terrain log

    Finally, the two landing pads which are still WIP. The skyshield landing pad still needs a lot of detailing, and the other landing pad will need some more highlights, drybrushing and some more detail work as well, like some hazard stripes.








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    Re: Scratchbuilding terrain log

    I think that looks really good- your cuts and joins are very tight.*thumbs up*
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    Re: Scratchbuilding terrain log

    Very good mate now there painted. Excellent war gaming terrain.
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    Re: Scratchbuilding terrain log

    Thanks guys. I'm still working on some smaller buildings to use as scatter terrain. Afterwards, I'll focus on another type of building set for another table.

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    Re: Scratchbuilding terrain log

    Looking great all painted up, I like the less over the top and more blocky/realistic style.
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