View Full Version : Imperial Fortress, scenery 'n stuff!

28-04-2009, 11:06
Recently got a nice selection of hot foam tools from evilbay. Having wanted some decent scenery for a while I decided to cut my teeth and get some practice by making some! First off the blocks will be an imperial Fortress, if this goes well I may build a partial city to sit inside it's walls for some nice urban combat. I figured these easy geometric shapes would be a good warm-up for some of the bigger and bolder plans I have in the near future!

Anyhow, got to work Sunday evening and came up with the basic shape, based on the FW scenery I probably wont go OTT with the detail on this one, practically speaking I really don't have anywhere to store it so chances are it will be going on evilbay ASAP!

It stretches neatly accross a 4 foot table and stands 2 feet to the top of the spires, below is the basic shape, lots of shaping and a few arches here and there to add, will probably make up a few destroyed sections to replace in game to represent breaches

Will probably slap a little textured paint over then use the airbrush to add some depth. oh the thing breaks down into seprate wall and tower section and I have to add a gate of course!

The primary building blocks....

Towers on the up

Most of the ground work done now, note Odin's ex AA guns fit perfectly on the flak towers!

This shot shows a Baneblade and Reaver Titan for scale

28-04-2009, 11:07
The top of the towers lift off to allow access for troops

There is plenty of room on the walls for a defensive garrision also

Krieg Marshall
28-04-2009, 11:29
Pure madness, I love It.

28-04-2009, 11:39
I was like.... "Imperial Fortress, scenery 'n stuff!" ....meh..... but then I realized it was BulldogUK making it!! Awesome work so far. Looks like you've got the scale right and have a nice base already to build on.


Klaus, not Santa
28-04-2009, 11:40
Awesome, this is really looking great.
So what kind of glue did you use, and what are your plans for painting?
Looking forward to updates

28-04-2009, 11:42

My names Bulldog and I can make anything I want, in fact I am soooo good that I dreamt that I had made a true scale Imperator titan last night and when I woke up I had! And it didnt need any glue or pinning or anything, such is my genius, blah blah blah... blah!

Give it a rest dude- you are too good. I think that the thing that is really annoying is that we all sit here watching, but we could be making also! Why not get a lump of styrene and cut it into rough shapes that all of a sudden look like a fortress!?

Great work matey- keep it up!;-)


28-04-2009, 11:50
Yep looks like a great start. Looking forward to more progress.

28-04-2009, 12:37
very good job

28-04-2009, 16:26
Looking awesome mate. Lovin it.

29-04-2009, 07:54
Tools are pictured below, just ebay 'hot foam cutter' should bring a large selection up. This initial set cost about 50 quid, quite an expensive outlay however I new I was gonna be doing some major large scale projects so it was worth it for me, heck already saved about 500 on this Fortress ;D

Anyhow, tools from left to right, standard wire cutter, engraver (think this is gonna come into its own when doing the Bio-titan, etc and finally on the right the hot knife. Don't believe anybody when they say size doesn't matter, this thing is awesome, 4.5 inch blade allows you to drill/cut at any angle, a lot more versatile than the bog standard cutter. Also they are mains powered which means no expensive batteries and nice constant power supply

Btw, here the main materials used, poly insulation board, poly ceiling tiles and poly lining paper, about 15 worth in all and plenty left for other projects!

Anyhow, started adding a little detail, still wanting to maintain my cheap n cheerful approach I chanced upon the foam paper liner, about 4 quid for a roll as long as an MP's expense sheet (loooooooooong)
First I made card templates for the commonly used shapes

Transfer these patterns onto the foam and carefully cut out, cuts easy and is very relaxing!

29-04-2009, 07:55
Finally dab of glue on the reverse and lay them down over the structure, this is gonna be one of those lobotomy mind numbing processes which unfortunately there is no way around!

Oh, which brings me to the subject of the glue, I used evostick solvent free impact adhesive, pretty much like the rubber copydex glue but worked out cheaper by volume. Sticks this foam like the proverbial ***** to an army blanket, most DIY stores stock it

Oh, one more thing, I discovered that the whippy red ruler things GW includes with games would make great columns for the fortress, I only have two if you have any spare please give me a prod, I can paypal postage if your willing to part with them! Cheers

29-04-2009, 08:01
stunning. truly stunning!
i assume you still have to add imperial bits to the towers and such? afterall, what is an imperial outpost without too many non-essential purity seals/garish imperial eagles all over the place??

oh and i love the underhanging embelishments you added in the last pic.

29-04-2009, 08:09
Looks good, would be a shame to sell it once completed!

Bugbait out

29-04-2009, 09:03
I wish you'd stop making the rest of us look bad bulldog. Every time I look at one of your logs I want to go into a corner and cry.

Oh BTW, very nice fortress so far, can't wait to see it finished. :)

29-04-2009, 09:48
Just incredible. Like all of your stuff. Any chance of putting up some plans?

29-04-2009, 15:29
Very nice very nice.

Good attention to detail, the fake arches are a nice touch

30-04-2009, 07:56
This is going to be so ridiculously good. I probably say it every thread but Bulldog, thank you so much for your logs, what an inspiration. Amazing dedication, speed, happy to answer questions, takes loads of pics and of course, everything you make is utterly brilliant.

Can't wait.

06-05-2009, 11:42
Just here to inspire you to go on to greater things Aegius!

CamNZ, sorry no plans, I'm a 'build from the head' scratcher, drawing just slows me down, oh and I can't draw for toffee anyhow!

Anyhow, Did a little work on the details over the weekend, just a few more pillars to add here n there and then it's onto the painting!

The 'pillars' are made from the measuring 'whippy' sticks and old plastic sprues

I have created some buttress mounted defences from card and a few old weapons I found loitering in the bits box

The larger arches will hold a statue (details later)


06-05-2009, 11:43
The gate detail is done too, it's a simple slide in and out job via a slot at the top of the wall

First stage of painting will be to paint everything in two generous coats of blackboard paint, this will seal the foam and fill any minor gaps. I'm going to experiment with some textured spray from here-on. If my theory isnt correct this time next week I will either be presenting a pristine off-world Imperial Fortress or a pile of gloopy slag that looks like it has been nuked from orbit ::)

06-05-2009, 11:55
Impressive work with the promise of a potential melta barrage... what's not to love? :D

06-05-2009, 22:06
Gate looks fantastic!
A quick coat of plaster will disguise the polystyrene texture on the walls.

Bugbait out

06-05-2009, 22:44
Stunning work. Absolutley amazing.

07-05-2009, 00:27
Stunning work, Im very impressed with the look, for being basically all stirophone it looks damn impressive. Im sure much cheaper then the forge world equivilant.

07-05-2009, 03:44
Excuse me while I blatantly rip-off and mangle a classic line for this.


"My God, it's full of AWESOME!"

I can't wait to see how the textured paint comes out. I was trying something similar although on a much smaller scale a few years back and it just faded to the back of the queue because I was worried I'd get Melta-fodder.

07-05-2009, 12:49
I think that will come out great as long as you get the surface right. Thumbs crossed.

de Selby
07-05-2009, 19:44

Seriously looking forward to seeing that. Are you still after whippy sticks? Think I've got some somewhere.

07-05-2009, 21:11
Fingers crossed that the spray doesn't mangle the poly-foam. It's also a shame you didn't have the gate doors as two parts that slide sideways as you have put a lot of effort detailing the one you have made.

07-05-2009, 21:12
I love bulldogs logs.


only joking...
07-05-2009, 21:20
Wow this is gunna be great, nice work bulldog

13-05-2009, 07:11
Should have the Fortress finished and pics up by the end of the week, here's a little update to keep you going....

Textured spray was great stuff, solvent free too so if you need to spray directly onto poly there aint a problem, just dusted it over the fortress as I didnt want to obscure the details and I sort of liked the occasional roughness poking through as it gives the stonework a little age and character, the spray is tan btw, the fortress will be grey..

Nothing in the city sets was the right scale for the large statues in the arches so I had a little trawl on ebay and picked up this little fella, just the right size!

After taking a mold of him I cast 8 and got to work with a little milliput, kept things basic (had to, never sculpted before!) End result is something more in keeping with the 40k 'verse and along the same lines as the statues on the FW fortress


Sadly I had to carve his jolly little face out of the copies, it just wasnt creating the right atmosphere ;D

13-05-2009, 09:18
Cannot wait to see the progress on this. Looks amazing.

13-05-2009, 12:10
You've never sculpted before? WoW!

They make that texture spray in gray colors too, right? :)

Fantastic work! Amazing how much it looks like the "real thing"! And it's going to be a whole lot lighter!

13-05-2009, 14:16
They do the spray in the stone colour and a light grey I think, very easy to paint over though. I brushed on blackboard paint after I had applied the texture then airbrushed the greys from there-on. project all done btw! Pictures later tonight hopefully :)

13-05-2009, 16:00
Must be different colors across the pond! :)

Can't wait to see the pics! WoW!

13-05-2009, 19:25
Welcome to the golden spires and gates of Fortress Bulldog! Garrisoned by the Crimson Ultrawings and Titan Battelgroup Ragnarok the Fortress defends one of the most prolific of the Emperors Forges!


Total cost of materials around 30 quid...not bad!

Enemies eye view of the gatehouse

The Buttress mounted twin-linked lascannons

13-05-2009, 19:25
One of the flak towers sporting a quad long-barreled autocannon

Health and safety demands that there are safety barriers on the walkways, last thing you need while a 100 foot killing machine is bearing down on you is a claim from some clumsy marine who just tripped and took a tumble over the edge!

The inside of the Fortress (I will detail the inside of the gate later)

The Crimson Ultrawings push forward from the protective walls on their way to a night on the town, erm, I mean to fight the enemies of the Emperor..

only joking...
13-05-2009, 19:27
I want your babies... AMAZING!

13-05-2009, 19:34
Amazing stuff. Absolutely outtanding.

14-05-2009, 00:04
WoW! That's truly amazing!

Now... About the rest of the city it's protecting? ;)


14-05-2009, 02:57
Simply awesome.

14-05-2009, 06:01
I cant believe how quickly you completed this!!! it took me about a year to do my Fortress, You have inspired me to repaint!

Painting Question
Did you use an airbrush?
What paint did you use, GW paints?

Bugbait out

14-05-2009, 10:55
That is bloody marvellous, old boy!

14-05-2009, 11:08
Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!

14-05-2009, 13:20
Amazing work, well done! Do we get to borrow it?

I think you should test the integrity of the walls with said crossbow in the corner though...

de Selby
14-05-2009, 16:16
Just plain brilliant, and provides a fitting backdrop for all your other huge models.

The safety rail reminds be of teh Family Guy take on Death Star design.
"You'd think with all the money they spent on this thing they could afford a safety rail."
"I asked them about that, you know what they said? They were afraid we'd be leaning!

14-05-2009, 18:03
Amazing work, well done! Do we get to borrow it?

I think you should test the integrity of the walls with said crossbow in the corner though...


Wonderful Project though, looks very professional

14-05-2009, 18:28
AMAZING stuff, absolutely great.


srgt. gak
22-12-2009, 02:49
lol, the walls are protecting a freaking armory lol

22-12-2009, 04:36
Outstanding! Wow! Big! Muncho! Spamblobius! I don't have enough words at my disposal to express how impressed I am by this project.

As I started looking through this thread I thought, Oh no, that foam's not going to work out. And even after the textured spray, I was thinking, Nah, he's gone and ruined it.

But the final piece is truly fantastic. Can't wait to see what you come up with next.

23-12-2009, 12:56
Wow, that's really awesome, fantastic stuff.

30-12-2009, 04:06
Woah awesome fortress it's hard to believe it's all scratch built. :D

30-12-2009, 04:26
Wow, in forgewolds FACE! The gothic statues were a really nice touch.

30-12-2009, 17:12
nice to see other GW fans that seem to have developed an airsoft addiction. between the two I have no money... lol

stirling work sir.


15-01-2010, 07:07
Bagged a few 40k ruins and 3 boards on ebay just before Xmas. While the painting left a lot to be desired it was nothing an afternoon with the old airbrush couldnt sort out and the overall construction was pretty solid

Didnt want to waste much time on these, more for effect than anything else so I didnt bother stripping any paint away just added a bit of shading and highlighting as well as colouring the doors, etc. Will work over the boards and that road when I have a little more spare time.

Works out quite nicely actually, if I grab another insulation board and work it into the existing theme my fortress sits nicely on one end of the table with the ruins outside it's walls. Roll on 2010, now I finally have a an half decent table my year of gaming hopefully!!!

This is the condition they came in, looks like they were painted with a yard brush and concrete, ah well, at least saved me assembling and undercoating!


Quick going over the the airbrush and it's added a little more life to them


An overview of the city so far, everything is modular of course so there are endless combinations (got a bunch load of nice hills too)


15-01-2010, 13:11
What are the roads made from?

21-01-2010, 15:57
Wow, great stuff, i can't really say anything that hasn't been said but, this is amazing!

22-01-2010, 10:45
Great city-fight table! I really like the lay-out and the road sections. Keep up the good work.


07-07-2010, 21:19
Have to say that is some pretty amazing stuff you have done there, the whole thing looks awesome and pretty inspirational.

28-09-2011, 20:09
Figured would be good to tag this post on the end of this scenery thread, keep it all together ;)

Recently bought the Aegis defense line for the Autocannons to use on a Grey Knight DN, I absolutely hate wasting stuff so was at odds on what to use the remaining bases for, suddenly after seeing a toy 'Wall-E' in the local pound shop it struck me....classic Dawn of War objective markers! Have always liked the look of these things, the way those dishes stick out at random angles just looks funky

With the aid of said toy, a few spare flying bases and a couple of bits from the parts box I came up with these simple offerings, great thing is I took the time to make casts so I have a unlimited supply of listening post objectives now...yay!


Of course interaction is the key to a fun game in my eyes so I decided to magnetize the weapons so for instance a tech could hang around for a turn and upgrade the passive version to a fully automated defensive death dealing Imperial outpost!

Passive version ready for any spare weapons I have knocking around!

28-09-2011, 20:09
sorting out the loose ends and odds n sods lying about the lair so finally got round to knocking these things up, a little bit of battlefield bling!


29-09-2011, 09:54
Wow... there is some really nice stuff in this log. Your airbrushing in particular is very well done. Can I ask what airbrush you use?

02-10-2011, 21:37
I agree, the airbrushing on those pieces is fantastic. I'd love to play on a table with terrain like that.

03-10-2011, 15:19
Oh wow, it looks like a drawing! Very nice stuff man. Keep up.