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27-01-2009, 12:12
So I have been thinking quite a lot about what the plan will be for the rest of the table and I've landed on.

Gold Toof Gulch was once a human-built town that was attacked and taken over by Orkz, first to simply conquer more oomies, then the Orkz noticed what the oomies were doing out in the middle of nowhere in the first place...


Work began to extract the gold, strapping saws to the front of Kans, strong enough to pierce the hard underground, and work continued until a fatal collapse caused by a rogue Kan shut the mine down forever.

Some of the old structures lie in place after the Orks left, rusted Kanz and equipment scattered around the mine entrance left standing still in their last place, and will stay there forever.

These days the old Gulch doesn't see much action but occasionally humans and Orkz alike will migrate here in small groups to try and revive the mine, but are quickly culled by other forces, for the quick slaughter, or to try and find their own wealth in the tunnels below Gold Toof.

So that is the background for the table I've thought up, and now I'm going to go through some of the ideas I will be putting on the table.

- The buildings will maintain an almost classic-western style with a few 40k twists, like weapon mounts for defense and random Ork "repairs".

- A population sign and big sign for the town name, as well as warnings lying around near the mines.

- Pick axes and as much old and rusted mining equipment that I can think of, including Kanz with drills and saws specially made to mine.

- The mine will light up, minimally, with a string of lights across the roof and support struts up until the collapsed section.

- Rails and mining carrages leaving the mines scattered around to demonstrate the state of panic the miners left the mines.

- A 2nd and possibly 3rd shaft to the mines below with a verticle construction instead.

27-01-2009, 21:46
The current issue of white dwarf has a bunch of Ork terrain ideas in it.
Other than that, think of the Burning man festivals they have in the Nevada deserts and any Willy Coyote cartoons you have ever seen.

27-01-2009, 22:56
Scarpia's Scenery Page is an excelent page for Orky insperation... :skull:


27-01-2009, 23:34
Scarpia's Scenery Page is an excelent page for Orky insperation... :skull:


WOW that is some great stuff, I'm still going through it... I think I may have a mining shaft in one of the hills because it would be a great detail and allow me to use some wires to light it up :)

01-02-2009, 08:41
Changed original post to match the new table idea

So now that you guys have a story (open to suggestions for changes, by the way) I can show you what I have done so far, not that there is a lot.

This is just a small random hill for the sidelines, might build up a small defense on top for a cover save and even ladders for most of the hills for ease of movement.

And the start of the mine shaft itself, it is so far roughly 1-1/2 times the size of a terminator high which I think shouldn't need much more height to seem legit as the Kanz with the saws would probably not have a wide range of movement to save them damage. (and collapses)

What does everyone think so far?

I will, for the record, be NOT be attaching the 2x4 sheets of foam to the MDF board, so it can be transported a little easier, and most of the stuff in the original sketch will not be attached so it can always be moved about to create new scenarios.

01-02-2009, 13:43
Yea it looks like you are off to a good start. :D

The mine shaft is a great idea. :)
I think HO size train tracks should be in scale...

01-02-2009, 14:05
Very nice can't wait to see more.

03-02-2009, 02:36
I am going to make the tracks out of plasticard, like most other details because I will be busting them up quite a bit with marks from the Kanz walking over it and general war damage.

Today I got a little soldering and cutting done, I will be adding more to the inside of the mine so don't put too much thought into how it looks so far, as there is about a billion things to come!

Here is how the whole mine/cliff looks at the moment.
I made it a little taller as I felt its width and its height should be roughly the same, it just weirded me out the way it was.

Inside the mine, the single light was soldered together into the circuit but came undone just as I set it all back down in place so its now glowing.

I will be making pick axes and all that out of plasticard as I can make them a lot more "personalised" and "orky" with that fantastic stuff.

04-02-2009, 00:14
I got around to fixing the light before I left but it isn't light as much as I thought so I may have to set up another one.


The set-up is pretty simple, just a small groove cut in the foam to fit the wires which leads to a chunk of the hill missing with the battery and switch in it.

I may place a rock over the actual pull part of the switch and disguise it the best I can or just pop a skull on it, there is a few options and its just early days.

The rock pillar is either 4 or 5 layers high so its roughly 125 CM from my notes on the foam I bought, but there will be much bigger ones to come.

Any ideas or comments welcome as always guys!

04-02-2009, 00:49
You could always make it so the battery is reached from the side of the board and if you want you could cut 1/8 inch mdf to add a protection to the side walls of your table and put a little door in that and have the swich on the out side, I don't know I am just throwing around ideas.

05-02-2009, 01:24
I might do that towards the end at some point but for now I'm just trying to get the majority of the table done then worry about the final presentation. Thanks though for watching :)

I cut down the walls to a length that I feel is much better, I will however have the sides covered in boulders so it gives it depth without actually being stronger.

Inside the mine I've just placed down some quickly made rocks to show the collapse better, the train tracks took me quite some time but they are perfectly aligned so when I make a cart it will actually be able to wheel down it.

The vertical mine shaft has begun, it took me forever to dig that hole out and then clean it up enough that I could slide the tray (http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y75/teh_used/Nerdhammer/Orks/Goldtoof/goldtoof006.jpg) in.

The vertical mine shaft I may have two ideas about how the carts will get from the top of the shaft to the ground level again. One being a ramp and the other is a crane that will haul the carts from the top to the bottom with minimal fuss.

The ramp would be more complex to make and I just love cranes when it comes to Ork facilities so I'm leaning toward the crane.

So this is all the work I'll be doing today, unless I get inspired.

Wolf Scout Ewan
05-02-2009, 13:59
Great stuff m8!! I've wanted to see you do this board for a while and I had hoped you would go ahead with the Ork City.

I do have one comment and its not a criticism. The mine entrance with the rails might have been better if it had been open at the back. That way you can put figs and stuff inside more easily.

Oh... good on ya for putting some LED's in, I havnt plucked up the courage to do that yet.

06-02-2009, 05:06
It might not be open but the roof will come off it so that if the wires become frayed or something else goes wrong inside, I can always take it off. So don't you worry, it's taken care of ;)

As for using LED's, give it a shot! It's really been a great experience for me and can add so much to a model with a little time and a few dollars of components.

06-02-2009, 08:11
All I can say is, pure ownage!! From your sketch it looks like a really fun project to do and finish!

Good luck.

09-02-2009, 01:38
I am hopefully going to be putting a LOT more work in this within the coming days and really pump out a ton of pieces for it.

Today I got around to making a shack for the vertical mine shaft to house its elevator-type-thing, and also carved out some of the edges to make it look more rocky before I begin planning out the rest of this piece.


A lot of time goes into making things out of paddle pop sticks, I forgot just how much I hate using the stuff but I can't use simple plasticard for a job like this as I want everything to look like its been made from wood, much easier if you actually use wood to construct it :)

Up on that hill will be a crane, to grab onto the carts as they leave the mine and drop them down on the tracks, there will also be a short length of track extending over the cliff so there is room for the crane to safely remove it.

A little "control" panel for the crane and I will have to make some sort of generator to work the mine shafts elevator.

09-02-2009, 06:49
Great idea for a board, has lots of potential. Will it have Cacti? I think it needs them!
Looking forward to seeing the settlement too, you definitely need an old time saloon.

09-02-2009, 08:29
It will have a saloon, there is no way around it.
I think catci is a great idea, I don't know why I didn't think of that from the start.
I will probably begin on making the "settlement" soon as well so keep an eager eye out.

As you can see I got around to making most of the crane, it needs to be weighed down at the back or I might just make a tougher pivot point for it.

The pulley system for the elevator looks real bad but I think its almost too late now, and besides, the orks might have made it that way... ;)

So next few things are to make a working mine cart (already made the base, it fits perfectly onto the tracks), rig up chains for the crane and a hook system so they can latch onto carts, and then the final touches like motors and maybe a light down in the mine.

Wolf Scout Ewan
09-02-2009, 15:12
Oh cool! Thats really cool!

Am really gonna enjoy this blog!

09-02-2009, 15:29
I just had this vision of an army of Orks armed with six shooters and shotguns, and outfitted with cowboy hats, vests, long coats and cowboy boots.

09-02-2009, 17:31
Starting to look very interesting!
Im wondering how you plan to do the rock texture over the foam?

Bugbait out

10-02-2009, 03:14
Starting to look very interesting!
Im wondering how you plan to do the rock texture over the foam?

No idea. Any suggestions?

I just had this vision of an army of Orks armed with six shooters and shotguns, and outfitted with cowboy hats, vests, long coats and cowboy boots.
You know I was just going to make this table, but I don't think it would be fair to do it without at least a squad of orks all geared out like cowboys to hang around the town, even if just for show.

Damn you cod!

It's good for me to see it all working out as well, the only thing I wish that I had done different is make more room for this mine shaft piece as I'm running out of cool things to do because of it.

I may make another section and just glue it onto the side, totally legit.

I reinforced the pulley system and also added a wheel to the front that will be part of the whole mechanism to turn it. I have no idea how I'm going to make the generator that turns it all but we will see in good time.

It fits 4 orks at the current time, I've also been spending a considerable amount of time turning all my short chain lengths into one big chain and also trying to make the lift always sit flush with the tracks each and every time it comes up.

As I mentioned I may just have to extend the entire platform and at this current time I don't think fitting any wires and electronics in it will be achievable... but I'll have a good think about it before I dash everyones hopes :)

10-02-2009, 03:22
I have been keen to try and make rocks using plaster over foam, skrunching up tinfoil and pressing that into the wet plaster to give it a random look, I think the model railway guys do something like that.

And the orks will need red bandanas!

Bugbait out

10-02-2009, 12:59
do the plaster over foam thingy that bugbait described, but use tree bark to make the rocky texture.

11-02-2009, 21:03
the easiest way to make a rocky texture is to buy the winsor & newton galeria Large grain gel (you get that from a well supplied art store, basically pva glue with grains in it. looks great when drybrushed )

07-03-2009, 12:27
I have been keen to try and make rocks using plaster over foam, skrunching up tinfoil and pressing that into the wet plaster to give it a random look, I think the model railway guys do something like that.

do the plaster over foam thingy that bugbait described, but use tree bark to make the rocky texture.

the easiest way to make a rocky texture is to buy the winsor & newton galeria Large grain gel (you get that from a well supplied art store, basically pva glue with grains in it. looks great when drybrushed )

All sound like great ideas guys! I'll have to let you all know what I'm doing before I actually start painting, just to make sure I get it right ;)

I have been very slack, I won't go into why but I'm ready to start putting work back into this bad boy!

I got around to making a brand new hill that is a size I'm happy with this time around, with that being said, here is the old mine shaft.
I didn't want to use it anymore as it was infinitely too small for the vision I had and the work that had to be carried out on the site so I turned it into a simple reminder of why kans need to be kept a close eye on when they are down in the mines.

The new hill is fairly simple, it will be a corner piece to balance out the large heights on either side and will be the centre of the main mining effort, there needs to be kan equipment and repair stations as well as the managers office and a few other nice gubbins and bitz up there to keep things running smooth.

I still need to make a crane and a few other bits and pieces but I'm low on paddle pop sticks and money so that may have to wait, but I will make anything I can in the mean time with whatever I can muster.

13-03-2009, 13:57
For a rock texture over foam:-


1. Mix up lightweight polyfilla with plenty of sand and some dark grey paint (Paynes Grey is ideal). The paint at this stage is not your final colour, but if you chip some off while playing, at least the stone underneath won't be bright white. If you are going for sandstone, use a dark ochre colour instead of dark grey.
2. Wet the foam and slather on the polyfilla mixture.
3. Get your chosen "rock texture" and apply it as a stamp, making sure to overlap and to rotate the "rock texture". For a rock texture you could use any of the things people have mentioned, but the best one would be a rock!
4. Use a large (2") dry paintbrush to blend the polyfilla in with the base of your table. Short, stabby motions in the polyfilla mix make a very convincing mud/ stone appearance.
5. Paint when dry.


1. Sand your foam so that the joins are hidden as much as possible.
2. Get a variety of rocks and press them into the foam as hard as you can. The intents they leave are permanent and look perfect. Make sure to use different stones and to rotate them as you go, overlapping your impressions.
3. Paint.

(I should have mentioned the third option, which is simply to carve your foam so it looks like rock, but I'm guessing you thought of that one already. Hirst Arts webpage has a good guide on how to do this)


(* I lied when I said it was cheerful. Pressing stones into foam is hard and boring, and can be sore on your fingers. It is cheap, though)

13-03-2009, 14:06
I use "Rock Hard" putty, basicly it's powered plaster,
just mix with water and pour over foam.
when it's 1/2 dry dump a bunch of sand on it.
You might want some newspaper of something under it
to save a lot of mess and sand.
when it's dry (a few hours later) dump off the extra sand,
and you have a fairly industructable bit of terrain,
also you can add color to the putty when mixing.

If you want some rocks pour some putty in to some
wrinckled foil or and old plastic grocery bag, these
cast make for convincing stones, place them on your
foam before you pour on your main texture and pour around them.

13-03-2009, 15:16
This stuff is looking sweet; I especially love the old mine shaft

13-03-2009, 19:08
looks good
what colour are you giving the board?
snad, mud, ashes.

15-03-2009, 09:56
Are ya going to paint it in desert-style ? Would been nice with a gold mine there :]]

And i love that mine idea :]] !! Keep it up !

14-04-2009, 08:52
Thanks for all the interest guys! Sorry I've been really lame with the updates but things have been hectic in my real life and I just haven't found the time but I do have a small update in a sense that I'm asking for all your help with something that has been bugging me!

EDIT: P.S. Hell yeah I'm painting it like a desert! I'm hoping to get much more work done if people agree I can do without the buildings, as that's the only part that's holding me back... I feel overwhelmed by the idea and its zapped me of life.


This is the table as a whole but I have a lingering question about the set up of the table as a single piece...

I was originally planning to fill the center with some cool buildings, but to put the level of detail I want with the ability to not totally ruin LOS and still maintain a nice detail with all the buildings, I would need a bigger table I think and I don't have that power in me I'm afraid.

So I was wondering if anyone would hold it against me to totally remove the saloon/bar/building idea from the table?

Of course I would replace it will small LOS blockers such as towers of random stone, boulders, and wreckage to still give it a maneuverability but without the big cumbersome pieces in the middle ruining clear shots from one side to the other and so on and so forth.

I also spent what is very near the end of my financial tether today on 3 tanks that I want to ork-up in order for them to be used as mining vehicles and was wondering if anyone had the inspiration to come up for some ideas of what I should do with them?


15-04-2009, 01:25
This one is a fair size bigger than the vickers (the vickers being only a few inches long) and smaller than the half-track and due to its big blocky size I think I could actually fit the batteries and a motor in there so the drill bit I attach to the front will actually work. I have a few ideas bouncing around like perhaps a jackhammer idea too, it is a little harder to get to work effectively but I reckon effort put in will pay off when it starts ramming vehicles on the sidelines.

The vickers will be nice because of the size for a small lighting vehicle, so I think I can fit an LED in a lamp section built on to the front and a machine gun hooked up to the new canopy for when I want to use it as a buggy in games.

19-05-2009, 02:54
I figured a vent shaft would be a good idea for underneath the mines as I've done a fair bit of research and even hired a book on gold mining to get as many ideas together in one place as I can.

The layout of the table is this.
I think for the moment it looks fairly balanced but I will be making a fair amount of smaller, cover-sized pieces for advancing troops to cower behind, or charge out from. Depending if you iz weedy or not.

And just another shot to show a different side is all.

NOTE: the big blue piece under the right side is what the rest of the table will have eventually, I just need to get the money together to buy the foam and then I can start gluing all this stuff down :)

19-05-2009, 03:11
looking good so far. another trick that is very simple for painting rocks is 5 parts water to 1 part pva glue brushed on in 3 layers letting each dry before the next then light sand it and prime and then drybrush this will give you a "crackling" affect to the rocks making it look like they were blasted (ala mine blasting)

19-06-2009, 06:12
There is actually some spray paint that my old work sold that dries as cracks so if I have a nice open stretch of land thats rocky I could use that and would save me lots of effort.
I am planning to spackle or filla, what ever one is the right term over the whole board once I get everything where I want it. I will be trying to get the foam boards to finally finish the base of it next week if I don't get too distracted doing other things.


19-06-2009, 06:33
Reminds me of team fortress 2...

The cart has almost reached the final terminus!

19-06-2009, 20:44
Yay mines! I love western themes, especially mines, and Orks seems a good justification for them in 40K :)

For yer rocks, may I suggest:

[]Pine Bark (glue down with concrete patch)- quickly adds detail
[]Concrete patch as a surfacer- it's way stronger than plaster or textured paint
[]Sponge painting is a great way to add faux texture btw

I made some modular mine tunnels for indoors gaming- not sure if they help at all, but I want to show 'em off anyways:


The rocks here are either:

Mattress foam (ripped by hand and spraypainted)


Sound dampening board, ripped by hand and coated in PVA (white) glue. Sound Dampening board is kinda like acoustic ceiling tile, but less crumbly. It's sold in 4x8 sheets in some DIY / Hardware shops, kinda hard to find but a joy to work with (and you can spraypaint it without it dissolving).

Anyways, can't wait to see more of yer board!


20-06-2009, 03:48
Reminds me of team fortress 2...

The cart has almost reached the final terminus!

YES!!! Now i have to make a tf2 board...

21-06-2009, 01:47

That is so damn cool! I wish I would of made one that cool now lol! And it's actually made me want to smooth over the top mine and make it flat like the other one for pure rule of cool and to simplify things!

Hmmm ideas!

21-06-2009, 08:54

Screamy Cities of Death

23-06-2009, 15:57

This is what I came up with to fix my little problem, thanks to you guys :)

24-06-2009, 06:39
I've done a little cutting on the foam and in my thumb today and this is where I ended up...

After some mediocre thought processing, I decided that I will make a very small few buildings... if I can keep momentum going and they will be near the greeting corner of the table away from the production side of things.

I still want to make a much bigger and taller water tank, maybe a rhino chassis that I have lying around?

I ain't had the time to figure out how the fan will work, I may even take out that whole section up the top and work from there.

25-06-2009, 09:10
I spent a good hour or so carving this out using the handle of my knife to gouge it out over and over to make a nice clean path, I wanted it deep so it looks like the tunnel doesn't simply end this time, it only turns around a corner so you cant see it.
I will be putting up support beams and little details but only later on after I put spackle all over the walls to seal it in, it would be a waste to do the finer details right now.

The people at the foam company told me they cant cut my foam in half and on top of that it wasn't a full 8 foot like it was last time, so I lucked out and am now left with foam that wont cover my MDF board so I'm going to have to find somewhere else or go back another time and get someone that can actually help me and find a solution for me instead of saying "no we cant do that"

25-06-2009, 09:36
Just thinking what would be cool in that tunnel is if you drilled a small hole at the back of the tunnel and inserted a small pen torch or a keyring torch to give a light at the end of the tunnel. Would look smart when it's all painted to have signs of life in there. Anyway, good work!

25-06-2009, 09:41
Actually yes I love that, I should actually go through my thread and write down all the good ideas and see what I can make work and what I cant, cos I love that!

27-06-2009, 03:21
Glory to the gods! this is what the table is looking like at the moment, excuse the big blank space, all my little spare pieces are pushed into the corner for the photo and I was too lazy to move it.

The big piece in the far corner I built a fan and LED for the back of the tunnel just as someone suggested and although it doesn't work well in the bright light, I can imagine it would look fairly creepy when all painted up.

You can see a glimmer of the light in this photo below:
But as I said before, I think when its all stuck down and the board isn't reflecting light in there to brighten it up so much it could look very cool.

29-06-2009, 00:07
I got up to a bit today organising the layout a little bit better and making a crater for the burst water pipe and a fairly big ditch for troops to gain some cover from as they cross the forbidden lands!
I will be planning to put in a sort of security check-point gate at the front with a boom-gate for the sake of it.

Any ideas or comments on how its going? I'd love to hear it all, even something crazy you want to see I'll consider it.

29-06-2009, 00:13
Looking very cool. I like the light by the way.

30-06-2009, 23:31
That is a brilliant idea for the light in the mine shaft. I cannot wait to see it with the paint. The light shimmering at the end of that tunnel should look just perfect.

Wolf Scout Ewan
02-07-2009, 00:28
Is that a switch for the circuit or a variable resistor? Hopefuly one day I shal do a lit board with LED's.

Cant wait to see how this develops!

02-07-2009, 07:28
Hey wow! Love the website, Ironhands, I've been a big fan of it for ages. Lots of inspiration.

As for omgitsduane, this looks like it should turn our very cool. I'm looking forward to seeing it done. I was going to do an orky city table for the club's upcoming tourney, but ork mines look too hard to resist!

02-07-2009, 09:36
Thanks guys! I have to wait to see how much cash I got left after I get paid tomorrow to see if I can maybe start puttying up the whole table and what not.

The switch is just for the circuit by the way, I've heard of variable resistors but I'm not particularly fussed at the moment as long as it starts up I'm happy.

22-07-2009, 15:26
Excellent. Subscribed.

My only concern with themed tables is, that they cannot be played forever - all the hassle to create unique mountains etc reduces the overall tactical value of those terrain elements I am afraid.

24-07-2009, 11:03
I agree with Bora, but they look sooooooooo good :P, you could always keep your buildings modular so you could move them around creating a different 'city' each time.

24-07-2009, 12:36
It will be modular to a degree, the hills will be set in stone but I'm going to have lots of extra piece to squeeze on when things get dull, its the main hills that will be secured is all.

Sorry no real updates, I'm working slowly but I've just gotten sick and the smell of glue these days is too much to bear after about 2 seconds so its been difficult.

04-08-2009, 05:56
I know some of you are eagerly awaiting more, and others don't really care but I do have a little bit of work I have been slow in taking photos of as my camera has died and I found some old batteries that I thought were dead and...
SO here is the first piece, its a water tower that I made from a coke bottle,filler, sticks and some plasticard with GW pieces.


I was originally planning to make it look entirely out of wood but then I quickly realised that is insane and will take me forever with my limited patience for intricate work.
I cant give you an exact size of it, as I forgot to take some scale photos with barry but its maybe about the height of a full 2 litre coke bottle.

next is a little barricade I've been working on the idea of as I think the orks would set up some ramshackle defenses for their town.
I want to beef it up a little but it will have to wait til I can be bothered to sand down and smooth out that path.

I want to add teef and metal plates to the front of the concrete barriers as well as some mounted shootas too but I don't have the models yet is all.

That's all I got to show you guys for now, sorry I'm taking so long!

06-08-2009, 03:06
I like how you did the road and the corner came out great.

18-08-2009, 16:48
Thanks tommy, coming from you that is insane because you are a master of the plasticard, ******** awesome collection you have.

I modified the corner piece so that it feels more even to me, I wasn't a big fan and slowly it was draining on me that I'd never be fully happy with a piece so big and so long on a table that is mainly supposed to be flat so this is what happened.

I thought of the idea of an ork "mount rushmore" type visage carved into a wall and this was the starting point for tonight's victory.

I also have a more updated picture of the water tower which is almost done besides a ton of rivets, teef all over it and maybe a plasticard ork skull on the back.

Enjoy :) I know I am.

19-08-2009, 06:14
So this will be the final draft for the water tower... I added some teef and took the awful wooden planks off as I felt they ruined the orky illusion in a way. and of course rivets galore!

19-08-2009, 11:58
You can realy feel the orkiness in the water tower :D

20-08-2009, 14:56
Really cool terrain, omgitsduane. I think those stapled laddersteps looks really cool and as N810 said, you can really feel the orky stuff in that thing :)

22-08-2009, 12:18
Thanks guys. If there is one thing I know how to do, it's doing things rough.

Pherom Sichar
22-08-2009, 17:43
I have a feeling that's not water - I'd wager it's filled with da boss's best fungus beer!

Keep up the good work, this will be incredible when it's finished!

27-08-2009, 04:26
I was considering actually filling the bottle with some water or something just because I can but it would be a pain in the butt if I sold this table and had to ship a container with actual water inside it...

I went down to the art shop today and got myself a bunch of foam core to use to make some ork drop pods, mostly because I think there is nothing as scary as a machine built to throw handfuls of orks at someone and it is something I've never seen done and it's always been that one bugging thing to do...

While down there I found this boy
He is a Stegasaurus I believe and these are a cheap 10$ model kit that doesn't seem to fit together all that well but will work perfect as either stuck into the side of a hill or used as a fairly large piece of cover (when it's all sorted out).

I also bought a litre (LOL) of PVA and begun going over some of the terrain features to see how they seal together, I'll be sure to let you guys know how it goes.

Oh and I also wired up the tunnel and sorted out how I wanted it to look. Good news to any electronic-fans out there, I found a flashing LED and it was only a fraction more than the regular ones I buy so I might be using more of these in the future.

I hope to have pics of how the table is drying out tomorrow for you guys!

Sorry I don't have more pics.

27-08-2009, 21:45

11-09-2009, 16:02
I've been quite busy again over the last few weeks trying to get little bits and pieces done here and there but mainly working on my chaos army as the biggest distraction.

I do have however, some shots of what I have been up to and what the table looks like at the moment.
The whole table in one nice big shot.

Scattered bones around the table, still have work to do to set them all in place nicely but it is coming along well.

And the light in the smaller collapsed tunnel working fine. I will be adding heaps more rocks to it to cover up the back wall so it looks legit.

So that is it for now! I'll keep you all posted!

11-09-2009, 20:28
Love the idea of dino bones in the rock layers. :D

16-09-2009, 06:42
Orky Paelentologists?

16-09-2009, 09:15
I just think it looks cool, there is no way orks could be interested in bones of some weedy gitosaurus.

I guess I owe it to everyone a simple explanation why it has taken so long for another progress update... well those interested at least, right?

The entire house is being refurbished and there is literally no room to do anything, all the stuff pushed out into the shed gives me no room to actually do anything... and even if it did I'd be out in the freezing cold all day which doesn't sit well with my warm blood.

What has been holding me up is me worrying about the long tunnel being unpaintable and/or unmodelable once I glue it down to the table but I feel this could be a nice solution...

I will be making a sort of "blockade" on the long tunnel to fill in the huge space that I'm concerned I wont be able to paint or model to a degree I'll be happy with once it is all set in place so with a shorter mine to work with I'll have much better work to do. I am going to chuck a flashing LED behind the wooden blockade and have it come through tiny gaps as I imagine maybe ork machines left on inside or some warning signal that caused the mines closure anyway.

I also need to start getting to work on making handtools, miners hats, a facecutter Kan instead of a tank, as I can't really afford a whole new tank for this project but I have plenty of Kanz lying around.

22-10-2009, 08:41
Ok so I'm sort of on the way to getting things done a few cuts later and here we are...

The front will have an equipment board, I guess like a sort of locker with the face cutter-kan and some excess timber.

A close up of the kan and its little whirry bits.

I rumbled up the tunnel and removed the LED as it was way too... weak.

Someone made a mistake and trapped something inside...


28-10-2009, 06:23
The other day I made a trip to my local gigantic hardware store and got this...
A 500053294502935 Litre Tub of filla/spackle/whathaveyou for my table and this is what I accomplished.

As you can surely see it doesn't all match up quite yet but that is mainly because there is a large amount of glue and other bits stuck to the MDF board that I'll flip over when I will finally glue it to the blue foam.

I also need a few other touches and want to have some bushes and other small details and cover impliments too but all in good time...

How's it look guys? and girls?

28-10-2009, 10:35
goods !
maybe you could add a litlle more snow on the entrance of your last photo

28-10-2009, 12:08
SNOW? its a desert lol. The filler dries white... there wont be any snow in my red desert.

30-10-2009, 05:19
OK I got a fair bit of work today, even if it doesn't look quite like it!

The table as a whole is finally coming together. And as a side note : everything you see here is actually fixed to the table and wont be moving any further.

Greetinz gitz and gafferers! (http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y75/teh_used/Nerdhammer/Orks/Goldtoof/Picture022-2.jpg)
The town greeting sign took quite some work to erect.

A random section for tank traps/light cover. Barbed wire made out of copper wire from a generator and a motor to twist it faster than I can be bothered.

"the pitt" on my table has an old pre-heresy rhino stuck in it and more traps and fences I guess for a moderately workable term on safety.

The tunnel is looking better already after adding 2 grades of sand/rock to it and a few pieces of "H" beam to give the image of an actual collapse. Is it working?

An assortment of more barbed wire and tank traps I will be using for mobile terrain so it doesn't get so stale. Tank traps will be sanded down to smoother edges then card/guns/wire/spikes added later on.

I will be hopefully working on the other kan tonight. I've lost my clippers and slicing off this pewter layer by layer gets old fast... I need plastic models :(

P.S. it told me I have posted 7 images in this particular post... I don't see 7 I see 6... so I had to change one to a link... anyone else have this issue?

30-10-2009, 12:45
do yourself a favor and by a dremel and a grinder bit; your pewter converting will be so much more fun (and fast).

This table is so much fun!! I love the lamp in the collapsed tunnel. Keep it coming!!

30-10-2009, 21:47
Wow nice job so far, can't wait to see how it ends up.

01-11-2009, 09:41
HAHA thanks guys. How much is a dremel worth in $AUD roughly? It sounds like a good investment but I don't know how often I'd actually use it as the kans are the only metal model I have ever bought cos there is no plastic ways to get around it...

I got around to a little more detailing today and this is what it looks like.
I've added a few more tank trap areas and also made some more barbed wire and bolstered the rhino by throwing some ork bits and pieces in there for gear. I've been thinking of cutting a marine or two in half right down the middle and covering him in sand to see if I can get a cool effect.

The rhino.
One of the tank trap sections.

Tomorrow and the next few days I think I'll just be making fine details like more sand in corners I think it might gather, dead marines and maybe even orks lying around and then I gotta convert up the other kans. I have one that is going to have a klaw and a shovel and another with a drill in place of each arm. Hopefully it looks good. Wish me luck guys!

02-11-2009, 06:39
I added lots more flock to the corners and also built a make-shift road down the sides using plaster and running a tyre through it at random intervals and then adding more flock.

The big blue piece obviously needs more putty to cover it but it wont be fixed in place.

The water tower makes an appearance! I need to make a sturdier platform for it as it falls over fairly quickly and its frail.

What is left :

I need to make the other killa kans up still, maybe make some more barricades and also super-flock the edges of all the hills then I think I can begin painting right?

03-11-2009, 12:52
Not sure of the cost in AUD, but there are many many uses for a dremel, so if you will love it. I love the ipod and speakers; what are the orks listening to?

03-11-2009, 13:03
They are listening to a ridiculous bunch of stuff...


That's a list ;)

04-11-2009, 01:54
Looking excellent, will be a fun table to game on for sure!

04-11-2009, 14:47
Something you might consider. "Waste Disposal". Perhaps cut out a small ravine off the edge of the board, and fill it with greenish fluid. Make some tubing running from the tiny ravine to the out house.

14-11-2009, 02:56
If I wasn't so far down the line of the end of this thing I would add more to it... but I don't have the time or money to be adding anything at this late stage sorry mate! but you definitely made me want to give it a shot.


The killa kans I think are finished... any questions?

Safe guarding the mine entrance... but not by choice.

I just today got around to spraying the watering tower and I need to wait til payday (another week) to get hold of some cans to do the table itself but I'm hoping everyone's liking the look of the welcome sign.

14-11-2009, 20:00
That sign is hilarious!

15-11-2009, 04:34
I agree, the sign is a great touch.

27-11-2009, 00:48
I will probably paint the killa kans a little bit more as I do feel they are a bit lacking still maybe some worn out colors of what they used to be and some more metal pieces left still and then some darker shades of rust and lastly a wash of black to seal in the flavor.

Here is what I've been up to:

I sprayed the whole table with some stuff from the local bunnings store... it took me ******** $60+ of spray cans to find one I actually liked the color of... :(

Slowly been painting up the small details on the table and putting a super fine black wash over it to give it some more depth.

No where near finished but this will be the space marines "last stand" in a way.

28-11-2009, 01:27
Starting to look very Australian!
Need a few roo skeletons!

Bugbait out

29-11-2009, 01:40
Will you be high lighting the red soil with orange colors or just keep it red?

29-11-2009, 12:25
Highlighting has already began... just a huge process of suck

04-12-2009, 02:54
For some reason photobucket and imageshack ain't working. probably just my comp but anyway I spent hours highlighting the rocks and debris today not that you'd see it :(

I also cleaned up the rhino area and will be doing slightly more and more til I'm happy with it but anyways.. pics below!

04-12-2009, 13:14
Nice contrast with the red rock and the blue wreckage. :D

08-12-2009, 05:40
I'm in a bit of a pickle guys! I need to make some LOS blockers for the table and a little stuck for ideas... At the moment I'm making a 6inch long "shield" of random plasticard chunks to try and block some LOS but what constitutes a LOS blocker? Something a vehicle can fit behind easily or just for mainly troops to hide behind til an assault or clearing is made?

If anyone has any good ideas or just something that will get some laughs I'd love to hear it!

08-12-2009, 10:10
Why not base up some of the rocky spires like the ones you have stuck down in the middle.

Or a big orky scrap pile of jumbled metal.

Or a pile of rocks like the ones you made for the collapsed tunnel.

Or a solid ork building (yup i know oxymoron solid & ork together!) shack like with glyfs (spelt wrong!) all over it.

Or (mostly for entertainment) a big bonfire with a huge plume of smoke (It only has to stop people seeing:D)

LOS block should be something big enough to hide most of a large vehicle (Battlewagon, Landraider, etc) or a whole squad behind (Normal squad of 10 as opposed to an Ork mob of 10 million boyz;))

Hope this helps

09-12-2009, 04:04
Why not base up some of the rocky spires like the ones you have stuck down in the middle.

Or a big orky scrap pile of jumbled metal.

Or a pile of rocks like the ones you made for the collapsed tunnel.

Or a solid ork building (yup i know oxymoron solid & ork together!) shack like with glyfs (spelt wrong!) all over it.

Or (mostly for entertainment) a big bonfire with a huge plume of smoke (It only has to stop people seeing:D)

LOS block should be something big enough to hide most of a large vehicle (Battlewagon, Landraider, etc) or a whole squad behind (Normal squad of 10 as opposed to an Ork mob of 10 million boyz;))

Hope this helps

Thanks. I hope I made enough to give some vehicles cover. Should work plenty good the rocky spires is another idea but to get them wide enough to make them tall enough to block a tank means they wont fit flush on the table all that well which is sad for me.

But thanks for the ideas! If I get around to any more today I'll be sure to try and fit some of these in.

Anyway I did get up to a bit today I made a Silo-type structure broken and fallen to create some much needed LOS blocking. I also have a pic of the small fence I made the other day and some other pieces some of you may recognise.

With the orky fence piece I may make smaller-based pieces that are taller so it can be set up in a bunch of different ways to get the most out of it depending on what the two sides want to get.

16-01-2010, 01:06
There is one thing that has been bugging me each time I head out to the shed to look at the table and after seeing the white dwarf in which the newest orks codex was released and the cool little table they have going on there I was thinking of maybe removing the 2 hilled sections?

I know it seems drastic but I'm curious as to what others thing. I could fill in the space with some area terrain or an orky building or whatnots?


I've created a small channel between the board it self and the foam section that I want to smooth off on a nice straight 90degree angle... what is the best way to do it without expensive tools? I do have a flat scraper thing used for cement (the name escapes me) and some wood but that would be too hard to use right... I could do it rough and smooth it out but that would take way too long and not be as flat as I want it to look. After all I do wanna sell it when I'm done.

Any ideas how to get a nice 90 degree angle please let me know!

16-01-2010, 05:37
I do like the idea on a flat table, and then addding moveable hills later.

Thats an easy one, cut too much foam away, sit the whole table on a flat surface, make your wooded corners, glue them on to the ends with no more nails, check with a square to the flat surface, fill the gap between the wood and foam with plaster.

Bugbait out

16-01-2010, 05:56
Im not good at handy man stuff. So cutting and making wooden pieces is way too expensive and unstable for what I can do... I was terrible at woodwork in school and I still cant cut a straight line in anything wooden lol. Any other ideas? I was thinkng of using the scraper and cutting a 90 degree groove in it that sits square with the table and doing that...

16-01-2010, 06:51
I've done a little plastering... I can tell its going to be a big journey to get it looking reasonable :(


I really do like the look of it though. Getting those hills off was fairly hard but I got heaps of useful broken plaster to use for rubble.

17-01-2010, 05:08
Here is where I ended up today... I've been thinking heavily about what to do with the spare space and where the tracks head... Maybe some sort of refueling station or something?


I'm slowly getting around squaring up the edges but one thing I do need is any cool little ideas for area terrain? I was thinking some sort of refinery type thing made out of a pringles container or two and other than that I got no idea.

I went through the whole thread again though and seeing where it all began and the empty space where the hills used to be that I spent so much time on makes me a little nostalgic lol.

17-01-2010, 13:42
Just base them and u can put them back on the table, but anywhere u want!

17-01-2010, 15:09
I think taking the hills off was a good, idea, as it makes the table easier to store. However, you shoudl just base them up and have them as modular sectinos to fill in the gaps.

I'm very impressed with this thus far. Subscribed!

22-01-2010, 01:02
I was looking at this the other night , and as i was fooling around on ebay i cam across something Very intersting.....

http://i.ebayimg.com/18/!Bj)ckMg!Wk~$(KGrHqYOKiIEsnd2uY5CBLU2iHv!iw~~_12.J PG

I found it on ebay, i remeberd How you said you wanted to put some orks up just for looks and i though you have to have this guy in there some were or it would be a sin agianst Mork and Gork....

24-01-2010, 04:08
That is so awesome... Wish I could just sculpt my own for that personal flavour though :(

25-01-2010, 06:12
I put some plasticard "bases" on one of my favourite pieces I made for this table and also made up another small one. And by small I mean you could fit 15+ boyz in there.
I still have a few rivets and things to add and I was thinking of maybe making them multi-level pieces with some help from foam boards and of course lots of flock and rubble and maybe some gubbins if I can be bothered.

I also found this that I made quite a long time ago and was thinking of cutting the edges down more jagged and using it as a LOS blocker as its big enough to fit a rhino behind with ease.

25-01-2010, 10:54
I like the lift shaft a great deal. Its awesome!

25-01-2010, 13:31
I need to get more sheets of thicker card to use as bases so I can make more area terrain and some more bits and pieces but I got busy again tonight!



Sorry if they are a little blurry. I used some foam board I got lying around and bits and pieces of random stray plasticard to make it a little more interesting. I used a mix of GW sand and my own plaster chunks and grains I've got from the table to use as a base and it came out great!

27-01-2010, 16:34
I was looking at this the other night , and as i was fooling around on ebay i cam across something Very intersting.....

http://i.ebayimg.com/18/!Bj)ckMg!Wk~$(KGrHqYOKiIEsnd2uY5CBLU2iHv!iw~~_12.J PG

I found it on ebay, i remeberd How you said you wanted to put some orks up just for looks and i though you have to have this guy in there some were or it would be a sin agianst Mork and Gork....

haha i have that model. I love him soo much.

27-01-2010, 16:39
The bones in the terrain are a great idea :)

28-01-2010, 08:45

I'm bringing back the mineshaft as I did work hard on it and its a fairly big chunk of orkdom.

I just got busy and "carved" some hills out of what was left of the foam and make hills that will fill in the gaps a little bit better.

What I do plan on doing is actually putting some minor make-shift defenses up on the hills for a small cover save for those far-reaching units.
I do have some of that dinosaurs bones left too which I may throw into the odd hill for the hell of it!


And the tellyporta! I built this ages ago and I've never used it but I think I may make bigger bases for each of the pieces to give them each a generator or some guns or... anything orky.

I hope to get the plaster done on the new hills and continue flushing the sides of the table.

31-01-2010, 00:35
YAY!!! I liked the mine alot! Glad to see it back.

31-01-2010, 11:39
I LOVE how the Pringles silo looks. Your Tellyporta is awesome as well. Really nice. Now get painting.

31-01-2010, 21:48
Have saved pics of the teleporta for a later project!

Bugbat out

01-02-2010, 15:44
I do like the hills too, after looking back at it before I had any plaster on it looked rather nice with just hills. But orks like cover saves so yeah...

As for painting... Not for a while mate! I got a lot of details to add I wanna make it maximum ork!

Steal my plans? Great honor coming from you. You are a wizard with that foamboard.

Ok so I've been trying to make some interesting area terrain that sort of fits into the theme of the table. I have made three small pieces so far, none of which are overly detailed as I've been busy with other things.

This is the first piece, will be slightly more defended than the other 3 of the set I'm currently working on.
The machine gun could of used more dakka but its too late now as I don't wanna snap it off its delicate structure. It swivels up and down and around the curved pole to face the enemy.
The middle piece was going to be a small mek shop that would be where the kans would be retrofitted with their different gear but I am a little undecided about this. Maybe a temporary HQ or armory?

The last piece is sort of a tribute to the downed kan during the last time the beakies arrived. I have another beakie and plan to convert quite a few headless/disembowed orks for the table as well as beakies to show give it a bit of depth I guess.

And they fit together like so:

I also had a toy AK from a long time ago that I broke the barrel off, figured it was perfect for this so I turned it into a kill kannon battery. I have no idea how I'm going to model this exactly or what its going to sit on... Maybe I'll make a small "fort".

Anyway that's it for now! My tub of plaster has run out and I need to go down and fetch another to fix up all the edges and add more layers to some of the hills.

I was wondering today weather some craters might be in order? Just smallish ones but craters none the less?

03-02-2010, 23:11
I smashed a hammer I made at fabrication school into the table and carved out some thin craters. I would of gone deeper but I don't wanna limit the traffic too much around the table as it gets to be a huge pain eventually when you can only go so many ways. I also took off the fences as I found them to get in the way during games, perhaps I might just glue them to some of the tank trap areas.

ALSO! I put some holes in the pillars as a sort of collateral damage look.

7 pictures apparently? It always does this (http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y75/teh_used/Nerdhammer/Orks/Goldtoof/tabledevelop.jpg)

These all need some bulking up and I'm not sure how as I'm sort of getting sick of the ramshackle plasticard look :( I want something with a little more substance maybe?

I also put some rocks for the base one these two, perhaps the first one has a bit too much, I may cover it up with more sand I think.

I was thinking of putting some little defenses up on the hill sections or is the pay off of having the high ground the ability to be shot down just as easy?

I was thinking of making a few pillars similar to size as the ones in the middle that can be places around however and I need to find a use for the last of the spiece of panzee dungon that I have lying around.

03-02-2010, 23:23
lol Well thats one way to make craters :D

I really like the way you have your new terrain bases fitting together without being square. ;)

03-02-2010, 23:30
I've never liked the idea of square bases... nothing in life fits together that well :P

20-02-2010, 04:56
I've been a little busy in my personal life drawing up storms as much as I possibly can and trying my hand at sculpting (no pics til I'm content with it) and I thought with my free time today I would use it to paint the couple of objectives and some terrain pieces just roughly to give it a bit more life.


The triple piece scenery that fits together, I'm unsure what to write on the signs, I was thinking something standard and orky like "dakkadakkaboyz" like a gang tag and the other one some anti-beakie slogan "go away blueboyz!" or something? As the ultramarines are features on the terrain as being the losers.


I have another objective outside but it is pretty much only mildly detailed so I didn't bother to bring it in to paint just yet. the deff copta crash I think is fun and when I build up the scene should be pretty interesting. I also wanted to have one that was a King Arthur-inspired "golden klaw" stuck in a rock.


I used magnets on this to stick the top of the piece to the support beams and although it wasn't a totally smooth operation it worked none-the-less.

The water tower I am very happy with as am I with the refinery section but the top of the water tower seems to drag the whole piece down a little. I contemplated today maybe cutting the "top" off and having it jagged like the orks wrecked it or god-knows.


Any comments I'd love to hear!

19-05-2010, 09:09
I am currently on the verge of a trip to another state and would like to:
1) free up space in the shed
2) have some extra money for the trip
3) pass this project on so i can start the next one

NOW! this being said means I want to sell the table. It's cost me roughly $400 AUD to put together but I've been thinking about maybe making it $150 at the most to recuperate some of the cost associated with its creation.

I'm also going to try and organise a saw to cut it into 4x2 feet sections for easier transport, or if you want it and can cut it up accurately, you're welcome to.

Would there be anyone interested? I live in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne, Australia so PM me if you'd be keen for it!