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Bahir
13-02-2008, 03:25
I really like making Terrain. I mean I really like making terrain. After a long day nothing gets my mind of the troubles of the day like taking junk and making something with it. And so I just thought I'd share some of my stuff that I'm making. Enjoy, and please feel free to comment. I'm always willing to learn from others.

I got this first idea from Yogurt. My wife bought this huge case of the stuff and the containers were just begging to be made into something. So I present:

Vaporator Towers - Towers that suck moisture out of the air and stores it in tanks Usually used for water collecting but could be used for anything in the atmosphere that can be collected and condensed.

Parts List (so far):
Yogurt container
3 plastic lids (gator aid, milk and water)
plastic straws
paper card
3mm dolls eyes (for rivets)
Foam Core
"Granny Grating"

This shows the initial stage of adding the vaporator unit and the storage tank.
http://lh3.google.com/Gryskiewicz/R7JsNYqnnnI/AAAAAAAAAWI/i0FG7Fy9gak/s400/Towers%20WIP%201.jpg

I'm also constructing a raised walkway so the technicians can service the vaporator units. I cut the foam core 2" wide and glued 1/4" strips of card to the edges to make a raised edge. Then I cut the granny grating to fit. When placed on the platform the grating is flush with the card strips.
http://lh6.google.com/Gryskiewicz/R7JsUIqnnpI/AAAAAAAAAWY/NWY03JNKmHg/s400/Towers%20WIP%202.JPG

In this larger shot, if you look closely, you can see the strips of card added to the side of the "tanks" along with the doll eyes "rivets". This is a rough mock up of what it may look like when I'm done (I tend to change things as I go...) To the left of the cutting mat you can see another project I'm working on. My first attempt at sprue rubble. But more on that later.
http://lh4.google.com/Gryskiewicz/R7JsjoqnnwI/AAAAAAAAAXQ/_RJSHZKIqxE/s800/Towers%20WIP%207.JPG

N810
13-02-2008, 03:28
Looks like you are havin fun makin stuff :)

Nice lizie by the way. :D

Desert thunder
13-02-2008, 07:12
good but it seems a little plain it needs something sticking out of the side.

Steam_Giant
13-02-2008, 09:39
Hi Bahir, Nice build !

I always have problems getting paint on plastic like yogurt pots, sometimes putting on three or four base coats !!

Got any tips ?

Emperors Teeth
13-02-2008, 10:05
Hi Bahir, Nice build !

I always have problems getting paint on plastic like yogurt pots, sometimes putting on three or four base coats !!

Got any tips ?

I got one... I've found a quick spray of the old matt varnish worked wonders for a subsequent coat of black or white spray paint.

Grumbeard Starbreaker
13-02-2008, 17:27
Emperors teeth never thougt about that I will try it out.

I think you will have the most trouble with the straws, they are a real female dog to paint. The paint realy dous not stick to it! So I am afraid I will have to advice the more expensive plasticard.

Overall it looks realy good. Make sure you make a lot and I mean A LOT of tubing, it will realy look swell.

Keep up the good work.

Bahir
13-02-2008, 22:22
Thanks for all the great comments.

@N810: Thanks, thats Bubba. I keep him handy to help with scale :)

@ Desert Thunder: I agree. I've got a few things in mind. The first idea may be hitting the log soon.

@ Steam Giant: In the past I've used cheap Wal-Mart Craft paint and Krylon spray primer. For this project I plan on using the spray primer (gray will be the primary colors.

Bahir
14-02-2008, 05:17
I'm going to try and make this a bit modular so to that end I don't want to attach the pieces to a base or the walk way to the legs, in case I want to add a longer or shorter walk way. So I added some magnets to help hold the walkway to its bases.

This shot shows the magnets on the tower.
http://lh6.google.com/Gryskiewicz/R7PaH4qnnxI/AAAAAAAAAYI/CzHRBZVc8wg/s400/Towers%20WIP%209.JPG

This shows the magnets under the walkway.
http://lh4.google.com/Gryskiewicz/R7PaKYqnnyI/AAAAAAAAAYQ/kfd8OPvLJZk/s400/Towers%20WIP%2010.JPG

Finally, I'm putting together a pipe end cap thingy (like that technical term?). There is a plate bolted over the end of the pipe that is being held on by 4 bolts. If you look closely you can make out the 4 grey "bolts" attached to one of the blue disks.

Also shown are the tools I use to make rivets, plates, disks, etc. The one with the black tips is a leather working tool and the other is a small punch bought at a local craft store. The blue plastic is an old floppy disk.
http://lh6.google.com/Gryskiewicz/R7PaN4qnnzI/AAAAAAAAAYY/L21oEIwXBUI/s400/Rivets%204.JPG

Grumbeard Starbreaker
14-02-2008, 19:43
Simple, cheap and plenty, a stroke of brilliance.

If you need to see some more pipe examples just look at Das Boot.

N810
14-02-2008, 19:48
Ahhh it's going to be Modular...

BRILLIANT :D

Bahir
15-02-2008, 00:30
Small update:

I'm adding some bits of plastic and card to the vaporators to give them a bit more character. On one side will be an access hatch that can be opened to allow service/cleaning to the interior of the vaporator and on the other side is a short pipe that can be opened to access the collected fluid.

Here are the card (110 lb) pieces cut out and ready to be assembled. Some of the pieces were from the water tank that Easy E created and posted in his Paper Tank Log (http://warseer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=14215). The second and third picture show Bubba standing by the access hatch and the release valve. Since taking the picture I've added four more rivets to the the "corners" of the circle. I think it looks a lot better that way. But over all I'm not real satisfied with the way the release valve looks, but I think it will look better once it's painted.
http://lh4.google.com/Gryskiewicz/R7TpWIqnn0I/AAAAAAAAAZU/mWfGxzYiWnY/s400/Towers%20WIP%2012.JPG http://lh5.google.com/Gryskiewicz/R7TpcYqnn2I/AAAAAAAAAZk/y3tiO8-pjS0/s400/Towers%20WIP%2014.JPG http://lh5.google.com/Gryskiewicz/R7TpZYqnn1I/AAAAAAAAAZc/fSz0oDCnn4Y/s400/Towers%20WIP%2013.JPG

imperial_scholar
15-02-2008, 15:34
Yea the valve doesn't look right. I'd be great to see these painted.

Bahir
20-02-2008, 02:58
||| We Interrupt Your Irregularly Scheduled Terraforming Projects to Bring You this Not So Important Mini-Project Up Date |||

I've been traveling like crazy with my job and I've got this cold/flu thing going on so I haven't felt like doing much of anything. But there is something rather simple that I've done with Sprues. AH Sprues! You can do 1001 things with them! For example I bring you (drum roll) Sprue Walls!

Step 1: Mark sprue at equal lengths. A cutting mat helps tremendously with this.
Step 2: Cut the Sprues with some type of cutters.
Step 3: Use a sharp hobby knife to tidy up any strange bits. Save any odd bits for other projects. Never throw anything way! Well, unless your wife makes you... (Warning: Cut way from fingers, use a sharp knife, don't pick your nose with it, yadda, yadda, yadda.)
http://lh4.google.com/Gryskiewicz/R7ujwYqnn6I/AAAAAAAAAbA/8Z6oxvnC77U/s800/Sprue%20Wall%201.JPG


Step 4: Line up your little bricks (again a cutting mat can help with this) and glue them together using liquid cement for models (Warning: if you have a lot of bricks your sticking together I highly recommend you do it in a well ventilated area.)
http://lh5.google.com/Gryskiewicz/R7ujyoqnn7I/AAAAAAAAAbI/IxbqlZ6UuiM/s800/Sprue%20Wall%202.JPG

Step 5:After the glue is dry paint the color of your choice. Red, brown, what ever. I painted mine gray because I didn't have any red paint on hand. It could probably stand a good wash to bring out some depth.
Step 6: Have Bubba the Lizard Guy run out and bash the Firedragon Exarch on the noggin with his trusty war club.
http://lh5.google.com/Gryskiewicz/R7uj1oqnn8I/AAAAAAAAAbQ/AagSX1ytvHM/s800/Sprue%20Wall%203.JPG

I don't plan on basing these particular walls so I can have the freedom to set them up anyway I want.

||| We Now Return You to Your Irregularly Scheduled Terraforming Projects |||

N810
20-02-2008, 03:57
Well thats one use for a lot of sprue :D

Jhagadurn
20-02-2008, 13:54
I do indeed like the sprue idea. Myself, I took a bunch of ceramic clay, and made molds, then forced the clay down into the molds, and let it dry, then fired it. I guess I did technically make bricks, just really small ones. But this way is definitely easier.

wallas
21-02-2008, 19:38
good job its original;)

Bahir
22-02-2008, 20:51
I've applied the first base coat to a few of the towers and to the first walkway. The cool (or uncool) thing about priming is I can see where I went a little too nuts with the glue. Over all I'm ok with the way the vaporator towers are looking, but they definitely need something sticking out of the side. I'm at a bit of a loss as to what to stick out the side, so any suggestions would be welcome.

As for the paint scheme I'm thinking about gray for the towers with maybe some metal & rust dry brushing. The bands with the big rivets black with heavy dry brushing of metal and some rust. The top parts are still being worked out.

Here is a shot of the three I've primed and a close up.
http://lh4.google.com/Gryskiewicz/R79BmYqnn-I/AAAAAAAAAcQ/bK359VBsXLs/s800/Towers%20WIP%2016.JPG http://lh3.google.com/Gryskiewicz/R79BkIqnn9I/AAAAAAAAAcI/MLnz1KqaTJo/s800/Towers%20WIP%2017.JPG

Finally a shot of the walkway parts primed.
http://lh5.google.com/Gryskiewicz/R79Booqnn_I/AAAAAAAAAcY/d6OUntKsXBA/s800/Towers%20WIP%2018.JPG

N810
22-02-2008, 21:19
after you dry brush you might want to do a wash of some rusty/greasy color for aging

Bahir
05-03-2008, 19:31
My son (9 years old) and I spent some time in the garage slapping some paint on the towers.

Everything was spray painted with Krylon gray primer, then the towers were highlighted with a lighter gray. Black was added to the appropriate places and some dry brushing in Boltgun was begun. We got some black paint in places it shouldn't have gone, but we'll toss that up to "weathering effects".

On to the pictures:
Here is a general WIP shot to sort of give you the scope of the project.
http://lh3.google.com/Gryskiewicz/R88CBQTaF7I/AAAAAAAAAeA/OBixTAA8MdM/s800/Towers%20WIP%2019.JPG

Here is a close up of the catwalk and of one of the vaporators. The globs of glue are actually rust and weather effects... yeah, thats it, they were intentional.
http://lh4.google.com/Gryskiewicz/R88CKgTaF-I/AAAAAAAAAeY/FhqvnvLYcKM/s800/Towers%20WIP%2020.JPG

Another close up of the catwalk (lizard walk?): If you look closely you can make out the danger lines underneath the grating.
http://lh4.google.com/Gryskiewicz/R88CEgTaF8I/AAAAAAAAAeI/HAy53xmFXV8/s800/Towers%20WIP%2021.JPG

Steam_Giant
06-03-2008, 11:15
Its starting to shape up nicely, Great job Bahir ! Looks like its almost ready for a bloody skirmish. Im definatley inspired to improve on my cardboard Necromunda terrain. :chrome:

Bahir
06-03-2008, 14:02
And a close up of the bottom of the vaporator towers. Still WIP

http://lh6.google.com/Gryskiewicz/R88CIATaF9I/AAAAAAAAAfQ/DJCb0j7OsNE/s800/Towers%20WIP%2022.JPG

Bahir
07-03-2008, 00:05
||| We Interrupt Your Irregularly Scheduled Terraforming Projects to Bring You this Not So Important Mini-Project Up Date |||

As you may have guessed I like modular stuff. I find it gives me more flexibility for setting up terrain for games and it's easier for me to store. Having said that I present...

More Fun With Sprues!
Modular Rubble

Parts list:

Bits of Sprue
Odd sorts of bits and pieces (such as staples, bits of wire and drinking straws, etc.)
Wall Filler
PVA Glue
Plastic Gift Card
Sand
Water


http://lh3.google.com/Gryskiewicz/R9CTPATaGFI/AAAAAAAAAg0/x8urXYKrdIs/s400/Rubble%20WIP%200.JPG

Mix some filler, water and some glue together. Once mixed add in your mixture of sprue and stuff. Once throughly mixed, pile some of the mixture on you gift card (I used a Wal-Mart one... go wally world!). Then add some more PVA glue to help it set and stick. Finally, sprinkle on some sand, and walk away. Seriously. Go take a walk. Not only is it good for you, you'll feel better and live longer to wargame more! Besides, it will take the mixture a while to dry (I let mine go over night).

When it's dry it will look something like the picture below.

http://lh3.google.com/Gryskiewicz/R9CSOATaF_I/AAAAAAAAAfs/aNbI-jT1Q9s/s800/Rubble%20WIP%202a.jpg


Once it's dry, paint it up, and add any details you want and you are done! I wanted my rubble to look like it has been there for a long time and grass and weeds have grown up around it.

If you look close you can spot the metal piece from an old floppy disk. Painted up it looks like a pretty good ruined door with a window broken out of it.

http://lh3.google.com/Gryskiewicz/R9CS0ATaGEI/AAAAAAAAAgs/kw7JpnASZGQ/s800/Rubble%20WIP%206.JPG


||| We Now Return You to Your Irregularly Scheduled Terraforming Projects |||

swagger
08-03-2008, 10:07
Some awesome terrain and very economical ideas! (perfect for the cash-strapped me...) That sprue idea saved me from purchasing a box set of model bricks!!

*Sigh* why does everyone else innovate except for me? Ah well, Ill content myself with ideological hijiacking :)

Bahir
08-03-2008, 15:26
Some awesome terrain and very economical ideas! (perfect for the cash-strapped me...) That sprue idea saved me from purchasing a box set of model bricks!!

*Sigh* why does everyone else innovate except for me? Ah well, Ill content myself with ideological hijiacking :)

Next time your in your local DIY shop just wander around with this thought in your head... "What can a make with this..." I'm positive you'll come up with some creative ideas! Many of the techniques that I use are not original with me, but many times you can combine several techniques in a way that have not been done before. This board as well as TerraGenesis (http://www.terragenesis.co.uk/) are great sites for ideas.

Bahir
15-03-2008, 19:56
I've been working on a base for the project. Not to permanently base the project on, but to have a solid surface to set it up in what ever configuration I want.

Parts List:

Card Board
Masking Tape
Thick Card
Glue


I cut the cardboard out from a new box I had lying around. When I went to tape up the sides, I discovered my son (9) had used the last of the masking tape in one of his projects. So I used what was on hand. Duct tape. I've had some problems with it not sticking to the cardboard, so I would recommends against using it. It hurts me to say that being a red neck and all. After God, and Grits, Duct Tape runs a close second to NASCAR.

I then cut out 2" squares to tile the base with. Use a sharp knife, and be aware tht it will dull rather quickly.
http://lh4.google.com/Gryskiewicz/R9wop-tILNI/AAAAAAAAAhs/P8pMOQ_sbzs/s400/Towers%20WIP%2023.JPG

Here are a few shots with the project on the unfinished base.
http://lh5.google.com/Gryskiewicz/R9wotOtILOI/AAAAAAAAAh0/cb6VpIvO0no/s800/Towers%20WIP%2024.JPG http://lh3.google.com/Gryskiewicz/R9wovutILPI/AAAAAAAAAh8/AlK7jUL2zLo/s800/Towers%20WIP%2025.JPG

N810
16-03-2008, 13:17
yea thats more like it, the towers are looking much better. :D

Bahir
16-03-2008, 21:27
Thanks N810!

I've done some dry brushing on the towers as well as tying my hand at some rust areas. I've never really thought about it before. But what color is rust? Well, it's sort of rust colored I suppose. I've tried using some browns with mine and it seems to be ok.

Fallan
16-03-2008, 22:01
Nice work.. :)
I've done som photoshopjobs on cars where some of them were made rusty..
To get nice rust, you should paint it brown at first. (Rather dark..)
Then paint orange around the brown areas.. You can also tint some orange into the brown areas to get it a little more realistic. :)

(This is if you want destinct rust-areas. Otherwise, I suggest you drybrush it whit a mixture of orange, brown and red.)

That's my tip.
Keep up!

Bahir
17-03-2008, 03:06
Nice work.. :)
I've done som photoshopjobs on cars where some of them were made rusty..
To get nice rust, you should paint it brown at first. (Rather dark..)
Then paint orange around the brown areas.. You can also tint some orange into the brown areas to get it a little more realistic. :)

(This is if you want destinct rust-areas. Otherwise, I suggest you drybrush it whit a mixture of orange, brown and red.)

That's my tip.
Keep up!

Great tip! Thanks Fallan!

Steam_Giant
17-03-2008, 20:04
Those are Quality Bahir !! How are you gonna base it ?

"I see this being the greatest terraforming project ever !!" More updates Now ! hahaha :chrome:

Fallan
17-03-2008, 20:27
Great tip! Thanks Fallan!

No probs. :)

Bahir
18-03-2008, 19:56
Those are Quality Bahir !! How are you gonna base it ?

"I see this being the greatest terraforming project ever !!" More updates Now ! hahaha :chrome:

I'm in the process of making the base now. But I don't think I'm going to attach the towers and such to the base. I like the idea of being able to place the items on the base how ever. I feel it give more variety that way.

Yayale
18-03-2008, 20:24
for rust I usually mix some vrown with a bit of orange and stipple it on then stipple orange in the midle and wash with brown don't be to neat also streking the brown wash down looks effective :D
Ony fault I can find is how do u get on the walkway? maybe needs a ladder or ramp :D

Bahir
19-03-2008, 00:09
I've painted up the base. I tried to be carefully and use just a little paint and water, but the base warped anyway. So I flipped it over and layered on a thick coat of black paint and it warped back.

Here are some shots of the (for now) finished project. There are a few little details (as Yayale mentioned) I need to work on.

http://lh6.google.com/Gryskiewicz/R-BaaetILQI/AAAAAAAAAi4/ubzLO0HHoLo/s800/Towers%20WIP%2026.JPG

http://lh5.google.com/Gryskiewicz/R-BadOtILRI/AAAAAAAAAjA/vDhz1FM7GVE/s800/Towers%20WIP%2027.JPG




for rust I usually mix some vrown with a bit of orange and stipple it on then stipple orange in the midle and wash with brown don't be to neat also streking the brown wash down looks effective :D
Ony fault I can find is how do u get on the walkway? maybe needs a ladder or ramp :D

Great rust tip Yayale!

As for how to get on t the walk way... umm... I'm working on that. I'm thinking of building a ladder or some type of lift. I have an idea in mind for an open lift, but I've gotta work out the details.

Steam_Giant
19-03-2008, 13:39
I've painted up the base. I tried to be carefully and use just a little paint and water, but the base warped anyway. So I flipped it over and layered on a thick coat of black paint and it warped back.

Here are some shots of the (for now) finished project. There are a few little details (as Yayale mentioned)

Ah yes the "Perils of the Warp(age)" !! I think you have struck a valiant blow against warpage and from what i can see from your pictures a skilled one.

Im sorry Bahir but i refuse to let you finish this project as the base is still far too boring !!

I made a list of things id like to see added to it :

# Blood
# Foot prints
# Water, or other terraforming related liquid ?
# graphiti
# signs of combat (bullet holes or laser burns)
# vermin
# tools
# old broken bits of stuff / wires
# a hermit
# a map
# warning signs
# lead piping
# a rubbish bin
# rubbish
# a childrens tricycle

AND...

# Goal posts for the terraforming workers impromptu game of football

C'mon you can do it ! :D

Bahir
19-03-2008, 22:48
Yeah, it does look a little too clean doesn't it?

Reading your list encouraged me and started the wheels turning! I'll see if I can work something up by this weekend :)

Bahir
21-03-2008, 22:08
The wheels in my mind have been turning and I have some ideas of what I'm going to do to add to the project and to fix that pesky problem of how to get on the gantry.

BUT due to the holiday weekend and a squad of my converted skinks that have been sitting on my desk way too long unpainted, I think I'm going to paint them up first and let the terrain project "cook in my mind" while I finish up this squad.

BUT not to leave you in limbo here's a shot showing a rough idea of what I have in mind.

http://lh5.google.com/Gryskiewicz/R-QyuMWkNhI/AAAAAAAAAj4/Si6luaO4JmA/s400/Towers%20WIP%2028.JPG.jpg

Bahir
25-03-2008, 20:29
It was a beautiful day in Sunny Florida today. I went out and mowed the lawn and as I was passing my workbench in the garage this terrain project looked at me with big sad anime eyes that said, "Work on me..." So I did.

Parts List:

Foam Core
A Rock
Staples
PVC Elbows x2
Pringles Can
Card
Dolls Eyes


I cut a base out of foam core for the building cut out holes for the PC elbows. The holes were a bit big so I cut out some card circles to size the holes a bit better. Slapped on some dolls eyes for rivets.

To get them UP on the building (and then the walkways) on once side I used staples to create a ladder (super glued on the inside of the pringels can). On the other side I want to put some type of lift. To hold the platform that will be above the black like I cut out some pieces of foam core to help hold up the platform.

Here are some shots.

http://lh3.google.com/Gryskiewicz/R-lf9cWkNjI/AAAAAAAAAkg/gH1IHlpUvdU/s400/Towers%20WIP%2029.JPG.jpg http://lh5.google.com/Gryskiewicz/R-lf68WkNiI/AAAAAAAAAkY/mY0NpdO52r8/s400/Towers%20WIP%2030.JPG.jpg

N810
28-03-2008, 16:44
for some reason I feel that the rivets are staring at me :eek:

good idea tho.
mmmm looks like it needs more smaller pipes,
maybe an asortment of bendy straws and coffie stirers
would do the trick. ;)

Ps.
whats the rock for?

Heru Talon
29-03-2008, 03:05
A scaly tourist seeing the wonders of the future age I see.

Bahir
11-04-2008, 17:42
Yes, I'm still alive! Due to work I've been gone quite a bit and unable to do a whole lot. But I did manage to do a bit on the platform for the control tower.

I cut out a template using card then I traced the pattern on to the foam core. I did the same for the "granny Grating".

http://lh5.ggpht.com/Gryskiewicz/R_-itJGdf1I/AAAAAAAAAlo/YGAyH3AWZKA/s800/Towers%20WIP%2031.JPG

I've added an edge of card that (hopefully) meet flush with the "granny grating" like I did with the walkways. The black strip will serve as the means by which the lift will go up and down. I'm toying with an idea of adding a upper deck on top. (thats where Steam Giant's hermit can live ;) )

Here is the WIP with the grating placed on top.

http://lh3.ggpht.com/Gryskiewicz/R_-iwpGdf2I/AAAAAAAAAlw/ve27rWxu-mM/s800/Towers%20WIP%2032.JPG

LOTRCROWN
13-04-2008, 11:43
interesting buildings . . . i like the ideas :)

wheredid you get the "granny grating" from ?

Bahir
13-04-2008, 20:31
interesting buildings . . . i like the ideas :)

wheredid you get the "granny grating" from ?

Wal-Mart in the craft section. Its the plastic stuff Old Lady's use for needlework of some kind.

drew25a
21-04-2008, 06:57
interesting buildings . . . i like the ideas :)

wheredid you get the "granny grating" from ?

in the uk i got mine from 'Boyes' its used for cross stitch, so any craft shop should have it.

edit here is there website
http://www.boyes.co.uk/

Steam_Giant
21-04-2008, 11:42
I've added an edge of card that (hopefully) meet flush with the "granny grating" like I did with the walkways. The black strip will serve as the means by which the lift will go up and down. I'm toying with an idea of adding a upper deck on top. (thats where Steam Giant's hermit can live ;) )


I imagined a below deck, mini shanty town ? But i think your idea will be very interesting visually. Have you thought of a name for him, also will he be a religeous hermit ??

I demand an update ! :):chrome::)

Damage,Inc.
22-04-2008, 06:12
Small update:

I'm adding some bits of plastic and card to the vaporators to give them a bit more character. On one side will be an access hatch that can be opened to allow service/cleaning to the interior of the vaporator and on the other side is a short pipe that can be opened to access the collected fluid.

Here are the card (110 lb) pieces cut out and ready to be assembled. Some of the pieces were from the water tank that Easy E created and posted in his Paper Tank Log (http://warseer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=14215). The second and third picture show Bubba standing by the access hatch and the release valve. Since taking the picture I've added four more rivets to the the "corners" of the circle. I think it looks a lot better that way. But over all I'm not real satisfied with the way the release valve looks, but I think it will look better once it's painted.
http://lh4.google.com/Gryskiewicz/R7TpWIqnn0I/AAAAAAAAAZU/mWfGxzYiWnY/s400/Towers%20WIP%2012.JPG http://lh5.google.com/Gryskiewicz/R7TpcYqnn2I/AAAAAAAAAZk/y3tiO8-pjS0/s400/Towers%20WIP%2014.JPG http://lh5.google.com/Gryskiewicz/R7TpZYqnn1I/AAAAAAAAAZc/fSz0oDCnn4Y/s400/Towers%20WIP%2013.JPG


Lizardmen? Terraforming equipment? It's ture! The Old Ones have returned! All hail the Slann!

Bahir
25-04-2008, 01:20
-=Update=-

I've started constrution of the upper deck (where the hermit will live). There will be a small building housing the controls for the plant where the original crew of the station lived while on duty. I've also added a landing pad where the service shuttle would land to bring supplies and new crew members, etc. I know it looks a bit spindly now but I'll add a support beam to shore it up.

http://lh4.ggpht.com/Gryskiewicz/SBEttywXDyI/AAAAAAAAAmQ/8o63IQVyX40/s400/Towers%20WIP%2033.JPG

This is just a shot of me cutting out the card strips that will edge the platform. These are a bit taller than the others in the station. It wouldn't do for a crewman to fall off and break his neck since the relief crew only comes every six months. The card comes from the same card that I cut out the templates for the platform. I try and recycle as much as I can :)

http://lh3.ggpht.com/Gryskiewicz/SBEtwiwXDzI/AAAAAAAAAmY/_pN9oBDZJSg/s400/Towers%20WIP%2034.JPG

Now for the hermit. I'm thinking either a cantankerous old prospector who as taken over the plant as his base of operations, the government lets him as long as he keeps it running. Or the same old prospector that's taken over an abandoned plant.

An alternate hermit would be some bureaucrat who was romancing the planetary governors daughter. The Governor gave him a choice This remote forgotten post or joining the Imperial Guard forces in a nearby system that were fighting the Tyranids.

Anyone have any suggestions for mini's for either?

Heru Talon
25-04-2008, 03:03
Now for the hermit. I'm thinking either a cantankerous old prospector who as taken over the plant as his base of operations, the government lets him as long as he keeps it running. Or the same old prospector that's taken over an abandoned plant.

Anyone have any suggestions for mini's for either?
http://uk.games-workshop.com/storefront/store.uk?do=Individual&code=99060108021&orignav=10

Steam_Giant
25-04-2008, 14:35
Hmmm...

GW only ? Malakev (http://uk.games-workshop.com/storefront/store.uk?do=Individual&code=99060599135&orignav=300808) or Enginseer (http://uk.games-workshop.com/storefront/store.uk?do=Individual&code=99060105222&orignav=10)

I really like the height on that tower, I also like the idea of crew falling to their death. Hehe.. Perhaps you could add some amusing graphiti along the lines of : "Going Down ?" Or "Watch that last step !"

Shonuff
25-04-2008, 17:42
Very nice work Bahir. I love th use of normal household items.

THe pringles can is genius because I'm sitting near 4 can myself that I saves knowing they could be used somehow to do something. thanks for the "juice boost"

Keep this up. i am suscribed.

Bahir
25-04-2008, 19:57
@ Steam Giant: No, not unnecessarily GW minis. Pretty much anything that fits the part. I'm not opposed to chopping up a mini and doing some conversion work on it. Didn't one of the Necromundia Gangers come with a Shotgun and what looked like a mining pick?

I might come up with some special rules for our hermit. Like if there is a battle raging he takes shoots at any mini that gets too close to "his" property. Nothing too deadly, but something to make it fun.

I was thinking maybe some signs like are found in the game Portal. If I can find the "falling" warning sign that would rock.

Here is one that I found online:
http://image.hazardstrip.com/ico/sprays/portal_turret_copy.jpg

@Shonuff: Thanks for the kind words. I starting gluing on some of the card edging but the Florida humidity is taking it forever to dry. I was hoping to add some more WIP shots tonight, but we'll see how it goes.

N810
25-04-2008, 21:40
Nope that a pic of team fortress .... I was just playing a few minutes ago:D

Shonuff
25-04-2008, 23:43
Ask and ye shall recieve...

http://i123.photobucket.com/albums/o302/shonuffstudios/40k/boxhead.jpg


I also have a wallpaper up on my photobucket site that has them all on it.

http://i123.photobucket.com/albums/o302/shonuffstudios/40k/portalwcyp2.jpg


feel free...

Bahir
25-04-2008, 23:56
Ask and ye shall recieve...

http://i123.photobucket.com/albums/o302/shonuffstudios/40k/boxhead.jpg


I also have a wallpaper up on my photobucket site that has them all on it.

http://i123.photobucket.com/albums/o302/shonuffstudios/40k/portalwcyp2.jpg


feel free...

YOU are the MAN!

Shonuff
26-04-2008, 01:32
YOU are the MAN!

*Brushes off lapels*
Yes....
Yes I am.:cool:

BTW I am doing a terrain piece for another website that will remain nameless. It has some portal refrences on it
(the apeture labratories symbol and on the one wall scrawled is " the cake is a lie")

i'll show ya links in a bit..

Bahir
02-05-2008, 00:51
Whew, just got back into town and after a nap on the couch and playing with my kids I started in on the control room on the top of the tower. This is the place our hermit has "requestioned" for his personal use.

Parts List

Foam Board
Granny Grating
Thick Card
Thin Card (110 Lb.)
The metal part of a floppy disk


The first step was to try and make it look "industrial" then to come back later and make it look "homey". There are access panels, a large control panel and a large view screen that our hermit uses to catch the latest pod racing, football games, and snipe hunting competitions from Belchemloud IV.

From the exterior of the building there will be roof access that our hermit has also converted into a living area. Anyway on with the pictures.

http://lh4.ggpht.com/Gryskiewicz/SBpkxiwXD0I/AAAAAAAAAnQ/iQzo8huGqqE/s400/Towers%20WIP%2035.JPGhttp://lh6.ggpht.com/Gryskiewicz/SBpk2CwXD2I/AAAAAAAAAng/8wSkCq5gi5g/s400/Towers%20WIP%2037.JPGhttp://lh5.ggpht.com/Gryskiewicz/SBpkzywXD1I/AAAAAAAAAnY/HwKDziIwZRM/s400/Towers%20WIP%2036.JPG

Zayfod
02-05-2008, 03:19
Hi Bahir,
Your moisture farm is looking good, its got some nice hight to it, and the collectors have a pleasing tapered shape to them. If your going to go for the busted up look, prehaps you could have a pool of scummy water leaking out from under one.

I've a suggestion for your hermit figure, EM4's Gentleman Scavenger (http://www.em4miniatures.com/acatalog/SCAVENGERS.html) would make a great disgraced nobel. I've taken a couple of photos of mine as the tiny, tiny image on their site really dosn't do it justice.
Gentleman Scavenger Front (http://www.deathangel.co.uk/pics/Warhammer/Gentleman_Scavenger_Front.jpg)
Gentleman Scavenger Back (http://www.deathangel.co.uk/pics/Warhammer/Gentleman_Scavenger_Back.jpg)

Zayfod

Steam_Giant
03-05-2008, 10:46
Awsome living area Bahir, I really like the way you have designed it. I think it will look great once painted in the "lived in" look.

Zayfod I think your right on the money !!

Bahir
12-05-2008, 21:30
I did a little work on the control room. I added some card detail and rivets as well as cut out the decking for the upper deck.

http://lh6.ggpht.com/Gryskiewicz/SCi3Kt7XjuI/AAAAAAAAAoA/Va8PDAAU2DU/s800/Tower%20WIP%2038.JPG

Now what do you think? Should I added the decking to the interior of the control room or not? Here's a shot with it and with out it.

http://lh5.ggpht.com/Gryskiewicz/SCi3Nd7XjvI/AAAAAAAAAoI/AXa30fI-TU0/s400/Tower%20WIP%2039.JPGhttp://lh6.ggpht.com/Gryskiewicz/SCi3Qt7XjwI/AAAAAAAAAoQ/Kzowb8JvhkM/s400/Tower%20WIP%2040.JPG

Steam_Giant
14-05-2008, 21:53
I guess it depends on what else you were gonna lay down ?

Perhaps some decking and some metal plates ? 40/60

Or perhaps something over the top of it like a rug ? Do you have rugs across the pond ? Sounds too northern to be an americanism, Or am i being an idiot. Like a carpet that you can move about. Hmmm.. :eyebrows:

Check out this guys (http://www.art.eonworks.com/gallery/texture/texture_gallery_1.html) Sci-fi texture gallery for ideas on the metal plating i suggested.

N810
15-05-2008, 00:08
lol
yes we have rugs.


how about some floor tiles.
or steel decking.

also I think your hermit needs a bed.
or at least some blankets or newspapers in the corner.

Bahir
15-05-2008, 03:30
@ Steam_Giant: LOL Yes we have rugs, carpets, hard wood floors, etc. Nice link for the floor tile textures. An easy way to go might be to print those out on to some paper/thin card and stick it on the bottom.

@N810: Aye, I've been thinking about a bed of some sort. I'm working on the roof of the building which our hermit has converted to his use. He's added a roof (I'm thinking some of the wavy cardboard to make a simple metal roof) and I'm thinking his kitchen and bed will be up there. I've been trying to figure out how to make a hammock.

Bahir
26-05-2008, 13:53
Well its a holiday weekend here in the US so... the painting has begun. Every time I look at the project I want to add more and more detail and at this rate I'll never get done before our big move across the pond. SO I'm forcing myself to stop the detail (for now)and slap on some paint.

The first thing I painted was the "granny grating" flooring. This is after the first coat has dried and I've placed it on the platform to see what it looks like. I've since added 2 more coats of paint.

http://lh3.ggpht.com/Gryskiewicz/SDq-sHeM41I/AAAAAAAAAow/QGnHx3h6tWA/s400/Tower%20WIP%2041.JPG

And a close up:

http://lh5.ggpht.com/Gryskiewicz/SDq-uneM42I/AAAAAAAAAo4/hr3dRVY-IaU/s400/Tower%20WIP%2042.JPG

And finally a mock up of the tin roof that our hermit has added. He also added some armor plates around the perimeter of the roof top. Just in case a rival squatter tries to force him off his turf he can defend his "homestead" from relative safety.

During the constrution of the roof my cutting wasn't as straight as it could have been apparently. This left some small gaps where the roof meets the top of the wall. I'm at a bit of a loss on how to fill it and still keep the roof removable.

http://lh6.ggpht.com/Gryskiewicz/SDq-w3eM43I/AAAAAAAAApA/vQ87-4B2PS0/s400/Tower%20WIP%2043.JPG

N810
26-05-2008, 15:23
Looking good Bahir, you are realy making some progress. :)
as for making a hammock, look around your grocery store
there are probaly a few products that use mesh bags,
Onions, garlic, sometimes potato bags... ;)

Steam_Giant
26-05-2008, 20:20
Nice work Bahir, holiday well spent. Any decision on the scavanger model yet ?

Bahir
28-05-2008, 15:18
I added the base coat to the control tower, I still have to paint some of the gray areas black, such as the metal plates around the top of the tower as well the pipes that are holding up the tin roof.

Long shot of the control tower, I accidentally cut the top out of the shot.
http://lh5.ggpht.com/Gryskiewicz/SD12i3eM44I/AAAAAAAAAp4/3CWwITrTOkk/s400/Towers%20WIP%2044.JPG

Close in on the control room. I still have a lot of painting and some detail to do.
http://lh5.ggpht.com/Gryskiewicz/SD12k3eM45I/AAAAAAAAAqA/pij_kS7E5yI/s400/Towers%20WIP%2045.JPG

A somewhat blurry shot of the base.
http://lh5.ggpht.com/Gryskiewicz/SD12m3eM46I/AAAAAAAAAqM/WFwSUijCbog/s400/Towers%20WIP%2046.JPG

@ Steam_Giant: No, I haven't settled on a mini for the hermit yet, although I probably should before my big move to Europe. It would probably be less expensive dollar wise. I have been thinking of one of the Necromundia Orlock minis. I have one of the Old Catalogs so I don't even know if they make these minis any more. The ones I have been considering are the Ganger with the double barrel shotgun or the one with the pistol and pick like weapon. I'd remove the head and replace it with one of WHF human heads. Something bearded. Come to think of it, I could probably convert the Orlock Leader with the bolt gun and Axe if the others aren't available.

Then there is the Van Saar ganger with the over-under shotgun. Do a WFB head and he could look more like a high tech squatter (I'd do some GS on him too)

bugbait_nz
28-05-2008, 20:06
Looking good, like the 'granny grating' idea, wasnt to sure about it to start with but it came out better with paint. How stable is this going to be? is it safe to have that extended platform full of metal terminators?

Bugbait out.

Bahir
29-05-2008, 02:52
Looking good, like the 'granny grating' idea, wasnt to sure about it to start with but it came out better with paint. How stable is this going to be? is it safe to have that extended platform full of metal terminators?

Thanks for the kind words Bugbait. I've seen some of the stuff you've done and I really like it.

It should be pretty stable. Underneath the Chips (Crisps for those in the UK) Can is a rather large rock that I glued to the foam core base. In addition, I will probably glue the entire control tower to the Base for the entire project.

As for the extended platform I cut it out of one piece of foam core. The granny grating once glued on should add a bit of strength and the large piece of foam core "girder" will add extra strength. Hopefully it would hold the termies.

bugbait_nz
29-05-2008, 03:53
Im wondering how good the paint will stick to the granny grating or will it rub off, might have a look for some for my fortress walkway floors and give it a test.

Bugbait out.

Bahir
29-05-2008, 17:51
It does rub off rather easy. Once I get it all painted I'm going to have to spray a sealant on it.

N810
29-05-2008, 18:38
If you lightly scrub it with some fine sandpaper before you paint it, the paint will probaly stick better. :D
(try it on a scrap piece first)

Bahir
11-06-2008, 15:23
It looks like we will be moving to Europe a bit sooner than we anticipated. That's why there hasn't been much progress reported lately... so much to pack, sell, rent, give away, etc. Plus I have my lizards I want to finish up... Oi. I'm afraid I'm going to have to rush this and leave out a lot of detail just to get it in some type of finished state.

SevenSins
28-06-2008, 12:10
way to recycle!
good stuff, very inspirational, any completed pieces you'd like to show off?

Bahir
06-07-2008, 22:58
Hi all,

Our big move is just a few weeks away. I've finished my skink conversion (for now) and have done just about all I can do before the move on my project. There is still a lot of detailing I wish I could have done but I simply still don't have the time and I don't thing the project would survive an international move.

So for now my projects for now will be a bit less ambitious (and smaller) for portability sake. Any way here are some shots of the finished item.

http://lh5.ggpht.com/Gryskiewicz/SHFPdS0W7BI/AAAAAAAAArE/aUvPg_1eVwo/s400/Towers%201.JPG http://lh3.ggpht.com/Gryskiewicz/SHFPjWLYqHI/AAAAAAAAArU/pr87WjYhUNg/s400/Towers%203.JPG http://lh4.ggpht.com/Gryskiewicz/SHFPmZjxbpI/AAAAAAAAArc/NMxFhRmZGJk/s400/Towers%204.JPG

N810
06-07-2008, 23:50
Very kool man it looks great all put together :D

Bahir
22-02-2009, 20:40
So I've been working hard with my son tying to get a lot of our mini's painted when my daughter tells me 10:00 Friday night, "Dad, I need a volcano for Science class Monday." Not only does she need a volcano but it has to meet certain specifications. It has to be a minimum of 6" high, have a 1" hole in the top, mounted on a base, etc, etc.

I think to my self, no problem. I've got a bunch of 2" foam that I used as packing for our move to Spain, I'll use that.

I get up Saturday morning, take my son to his Football Sala game and after the game I get to work. I glue three sections of 2" foam together and start cutting out a volcano. But alas and woe, my Battery Powered foam cutter (runs on 2 D batteries) wasn't up to the job and I had no clue where to by an electric one here in Spain.

I took a trip to two local DIY stores (Leroy Merlin and Brico Depot) to see if they might have them. but of course they didn't. So I bought a Soldering Iron and a 6" thin screw type thing hoping to make a hot knife. It didn't work. The Iron didn't get hot enough or the bar didn't conduct the heat well enough or both. SO I did some research on the net and found this - Instructions to construct a hot-wire polystyrene foam cutter (http://club.cycom.co.uk/hotwire/Hot_wire_cutter_for_polystyrene_foam.html)

The finished project would look something like this:

http://club.cycom.co.uk/hotwire/smallloopandgun640.jpg

I was excited because I had seen Soldering Guns like that at one of the stores! So back I go to the store grab the gun and look for the wire. Being an absolute electronics ***** I wanted to get the exact type of wire as to not kill my self, burn down the house or create a wormhole (actually a wormhole would be cool, but I digress). As you can guess, I couldn't find any wire remotely similar. Time was getting short and I worked with what I had. A hacksaw blade. I wasn't able to get the control I would have liked but it sort of got the job done.

Some might ask, "Bahir, why post about this?" Because you know this thing will wind up as gaming terrain. Not as a volcano, but with a bit more work it will be a nice LOS blocker or perhaps I'll stick a watch post on top. Hopefully buy then I'll have my foam cutter issue solved.

Here are some shots of the WIP "Volcano".

bugbait_nz
22-02-2009, 22:09
For the heating element you could sacrifice an old bread toaster but I use stainless steel wire 20 thou of an inch, called lockwire in the aviation industry, might be able to get it from picture framers or fishing shops, it does expand when heated so you need to keep it under tension. The idea is to make the wire hot but not RED HOT!

Your red supporting wires could be replaced with anything that conducts well and holds it shape, number 8 fenching wire or even old bike spokes would work.

Then use a Terminal block connector (http://www.kpsec.freeuk.com/components/connect.htm)that has the plastic striped off to hold the element to the supports.

Easy!

Bahir
25-02-2009, 11:59
I think so I don't die a horrible death by electrocution I may just save up my pennies and buy this hot knife (http://www.hotwirefoamfactory.com/product.php?productid=16216).

On a sad note, the teacher didn't use the standard "vinegar and Baking Soda" method of making the volcano erupt. He used some chemicals that he then ignited... Foam + Furiously burning chemicals = not good. One kid's volcano was completely melted. I'll post some pictures of what's left of our volcano later.

N810
25-02-2009, 12:31
yea... in that case just cut the hole with an old kitchen knife,
and you might want to consider covering the whole thing with spackeling or plaster.
(so it doesn't melt or catch fire) :eek:

Dalanshin
25-02-2009, 14:30
This is great, and it just screams "Necromunda!!"

I love it!

Bahir
02-03-2009, 12:22
Here's what the poor volcano looks like after my daughters mad scientist science teacher made the volcano "erupt"... in reality it had a China Syndrome melt down.

http://lh6.ggpht.com/_5TA3Qunuwso/SaveWQUlpmI/AAAAAAAABe0/HzKb2wIOQGY/s400/Volcano%20Hole%20%282%29.JPG http://lh4.ggpht.com/_5TA3Qunuwso/SaveXm56oZI/AAAAAAAABe8/Q8cYYUJlLKI/s400/Volcano%20Hole%20%283%29.JPG http://lh3.ggpht.com/_5TA3Qunuwso/SaveYjydudI/AAAAAAAABfE/k5LuEEos_as/s400/Volcano%20Hole.JPG

The hole is about 4" across and 5" deep and spreads out like a cone inside the volcano. I'm going to have to revise my plans for it I think. Maybe cut it in half for some type of industrial strip mining or something.

Codsticker
02-03-2009, 15:05
Now it looks like a behive with a luminescent interior. :D

Bahir
02-03-2009, 18:22
Now it looks like a behive with a luminescent interior. :D

LOL aye, it does.

Serg. Lynchbox
02-03-2009, 23:27
It looks like some baby Carnifex has hatched and is looking for some carnage!!

Wolf Scout Ewan
02-03-2009, 23:39
You havnt got baby aliens running about now cos thats suspiciously like one?!

Bahir
08-08-2009, 15:39
Well, it has been a while since I've posted anything. Moving internationally (twice) and full time University classes have been keeping us pretty busy. Once we settled I've been trying to finish painting my tau, then help my son with his marines and work on my nids.

But I did have enough time to throw this together. I wanted something I could put on two edges of the board (hence the square-ish shape) and I thought I'd give trees a try.

Parts list: Blue foam, gravel, and sand for the most part.

The work: Simply glued the foam together and cut the foam with my battery powered hot wire cutter. I'm down to my last wire and it's in pretty bad shape. One of these days I'm going to buy one of these Hot Knifes (<table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/_dJ0S0q4bTXQf2PMJO-bpA?authkey=Gv1sRgCO2HhtX1ltq1Ow&feat=embedwebsite"><img src="http://lh5.ggpht.com/_5TA3Qunuwso/Sn2Vwh8Z5bI/AAAAAAAABvs/0JYhfBy6H1c/s400/STA73607.JPG" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/Gryskiewicz/Terrain02?authkey=Gv1sRgCO2HhtX1ltq1Ow&feat=embedwebsite">Terrain</a></td></tr></table>)

I made the trees using N810's method (http://www.warseer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=77887) of wire covered with hot glue. The lone tree with the Grymn (http://www.hasslefreeminiatures.co.uk/)hiding behind the rock and the nid stalking her was the first one I made. I ran out of the dried moss that I used on the first tree (brought it from the states) and the moss that I found here for foliage was kinda... limp. I had a dickens of a time trying to get the new stuff to sick to the "branches". I used super glue, super glue gel, finally while glue straight from the bottle. After it set, I took a watered down mixture and sorta sprinkled it on the tops to try to get them to stick more together.

What have ya'll used to try and make foliage? And how did you get it to stick to the branches?

N810
08-08-2009, 18:06
Good job on the trees Bahir. :D
(glad I could be of some help)

Codsticker
09-08-2009, 15:01
Yeah, the trees look great. I love the trunks.