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11-09-2007, 20:29
Ive just started a new project, the largest one to date. It will have almost 20 structures. I figured to help keep myself motivated I will track my progress on here. Im not planning on a step by step tutorial as Ive done for some other sites, but I do plan on showing steps on how most things will be made.

First off, I generally like to have some sketches so I know what im planning. Just a rough idea to help me keep track of what needs to be done. So heres whats planned:

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e346/MrJoose/th_MilitarySetSketch.jpg (http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e346/MrJoose/MilitarySetSketch.jpg)

The first thing started was the firebase. Since its so large and the number of sandbags I have to make is enormous ( I prefer a more realistic smaller sandbag than the massive ones Ive seen around) I want to get this part over with as soon as possible. Im using super sculpey for all the sandbags. To help me I mapped out the outlines of what will be planned to the actual size.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e346/MrJoose/th_firebaseSketch.jpg (http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e346/MrJoose/firebaseSketch.jpg)

Now its a matter of using the drawing as a guide to lay down the sandbags.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e346/MrJoose/th_sandbags1.jpg (http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e346/MrJoose/sandbags1.jpg)

and then building them up

*had more pics but 4 pic limit*

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e346/MrJoose/th_sandbags6.jpg (http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e346/MrJoose/sandbags6.jpg)

When this is finished it will be one large corner sandbag structure, I did them in segments so that the sandbag walls can be modular as well for a variety of combinations. I still have a few more to go. Hopefully another update soon.

11-09-2007, 23:32
Looks like a kool plan,
I can't wait to see how this develops.

12-09-2007, 13:44
Nice man. I reckon you should do a few sandbags that have been shot and spilled their contents onto the ground. Dunno how I'd model that though...

How long does it take to make each sandbag?

12-09-2007, 15:38
Yeah, battle damage would look good. This is a comissioned set and the person didnt specify any damage to the sandbags so im not gonna make any more work for myself than I already have.

Dont know exactly how long it takes to make one, but I would guestimate about 3.5 hrs to make the corner piece and 4 straight sections. Still have more to go that im not really looking forward to.

15-09-2007, 00:51
Not a huge update, but it took long enough. This is what you can make after youve stuck together 1000-1100 sandbags. Some still have to be baked.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e346/MrJoose/th_sandbag7.jpg (http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e346/MrJoose/sandbag7.jpg)

Hopefully the rest of this piece will go a little quicker.

16-09-2007, 07:12
Looking great, I will keep an eye on this. Are you going to make some plaster recasts of these sandbag walls? It would save you a lot of time.

17-09-2007, 03:43
I finished this last night and before i knew it it was way too late and had to get to bed. A little bit of progress, but now its coming together and you can have a better idea of what the finished product is turning out to be. The goal was to make it modular so sections could be used as stand alone pieces or together in a variety of ways. Starting to look a little more like my sketch....

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e346/MrJoose/th_firebase4.jpg (http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e346/MrJoose/firebase4.jpg)
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e346/MrJoose/th_firebase3.jpg (http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e346/MrJoose/firebase3.jpg)
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e346/MrJoose/th_firebase2.jpg (http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e346/MrJoose/firebase2.jpg)
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e346/MrJoose/th_firebase1.jpg (http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e346/MrJoose/firebase1.jpg)

Lyquis: I want to make molds, but ive used up all my RTV silicone, the financial situation doesnt allow me to do that right now. Some time in the future I will, along with all the other things I have planned, but I cant right now. The only thing worse than making the sandbags is the tons of hours I would have to spend prepping them to make the molds, one day....

17-10-2007, 13:41
The firebase is looking really impressive, you must be a whole lot more patient then me to make all those sand bags. Reminds of all those Vietnam war docos i see with random firebases in them which is a good thing.

18-10-2007, 07:06
Its not so bad making all those sandbags when you're doing it watching movies. You just have to make sure its a movie you've seen before, otherwise youll get nothing done, I learned that one the hard way.

Progress has stalled slightly since I happened to start on a couple other buildings, but hopefully I will resume shortly.

18-10-2007, 14:15
Coming along nicely.

Agree on the film comment, too many times I've been caught while trying to get things done!

Even films you've seen can be dangerous.

27-10-2007, 04:57
Looks great Mr Juice, can't wait to see more. The sandbags are great (all the ones I do look horrible).

I might steal the idea, keep it up.

01-11-2007, 00:42
Well well well, this person just backed out of this comission project. So that means my freedom has just blown wide open. I dont need to follow anything from the first pic, asside from what I have done already. Im open to any suggestions anyone might have out there, any thoughts.....

07-11-2007, 15:09
A common suggestion Ive gotten in the past was to have battle damage on the sandbag structures. I figured it would be too hard to model damage on cured sculpey so I went and made a few more.

I attempted to make the damage look like as if the incoming fire had torn through the sandbags. The next step is to apply very fine sand and have the conents spilling out of the larger holes. This is what I came up with.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e346/MrJoose/th_sandbagdamage4.jpg (http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e346/MrJoose/sandbagdamage4.jpg)
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e346/MrJoose/th_sandbagdamage3.jpg (http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e346/MrJoose/sandbagdamage3.jpg)
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e346/MrJoose/th_sandbagdamage2.jpg (http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e346/MrJoose/sandbagdamage2.jpg)
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e346/MrJoose/th_sandbagdamage1.jpg (http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e346/MrJoose/sandbagdamage1.jpg)

Some tool marks are evident on the inside of the larger holes and should be hidden when sand is applied. Comments and criticisms welcome.

general trooper
13-11-2007, 17:30
Very cool!:cool:

21-11-2007, 00:17
Very very nice. I love those sandbags and they will look even better once you've got that fine sand in there too.

26-11-2007, 02:54
sandbags are looking good

26-11-2007, 03:26
Ah nice. If you've got any spare models lying around maybe a couple who're slowly dying from gutshot behind the bags. If you really want to go wild, a trail of blood from the front of the sandbags to the back from a wounded guardsman trying to crawl out of the line of fire.

26-11-2007, 20:27
This is looking pretty sweet. Consider me subscribed.

26-11-2007, 20:38
*subscribes and shamelessly pillages pics and ideas* ;)

Great work there, looking forward to seeing it progress. :)

Tommy Schofield
22-03-2009, 06:51
that is awesome

22-03-2009, 15:01
OMG... So many sandbags.... :eek: