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Title: Sky Martian enclave ** 95% complete, good pics on page two **
Post by: OSHIROmodels on February 17, 2013, 01:28:19 AM
To accompany our Martian figures it seemed about time to have a home for them  :)

There will be a proper write up on the Red Planet blog as to the whys and wherefores of Sky Martian dwellings but for now I'll post a couple of pictures of the cliff homes for them...

First off, a simple blue foam construction with carved styrations showing the different layers in the rock

(http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk138/jimbibbly/Martians/Martian%20terrain/87034354-AF3E-4F65-AA24-6007D5F4950F-7298-000007B9883767D2_zps39f09df9.jpg)

And then primed with some Martians for scale.

(http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk138/jimbibbly/Martians/Martian%20terrain/5eefbb2b01aa727560c5fd6fda66741b_zps7544eebf.jpg)
(http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk138/jimbibbly/Martians/Martian%20terrain/f6c358042348c9c973c09353e44b1324_zps8b75eca2.jpg)

The Martians use clefts in the rock face that lead further into the cliff but a dock of sorts is needed for the skiffs to offload, onload. A simple framework is built first.

(http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk138/jimbibbly/Martians/Martian%20terrain/204291e4d6151903de1b1629b33a02c1_zpsf98aa480.jpg)

And then planked using thin, randomly cut balsa.

(http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk138/jimbibbly/Martians/Martian%20terrain/f757eed174e22ccffbd7264b5941adf9_zps960ead7c.jpg)
(http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk138/jimbibbly/Martians/Martian%20terrain/2d643250c22e9018d8cc84401c5f1f0a_zps80ea6de0.jpg)

Supporting structure shown.

(http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk138/jimbibbly/Martians/Martian%20terrain/71fcc23e87c3f4cc2437b5eaf7d7739f_zps5e3db17d.jpg)
(http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk138/jimbibbly/Martians/Martian%20terrain/c1b0c0c02f0dd33aaad9fc8d5ea96856_zpsf3b3cd0d.jpg)

The rock and structure has yet to be painted. There will also be awnings over the two higher entrances to provide an elegant of shelter.

Quite a simple build and I might even get it finished tomorrow (today)  :)

cheers

James
Title: Re: Sky Martian enclave
Post by: Marine0846 on February 17, 2013, 04:18:08 AM
Can not wait to see it finished.
Looks huge.
Title: Re: Sky Martian enclave
Post by: Furt on February 17, 2013, 04:47:34 AM
Very cool.  8)

Will there be an elevator?
Title: Re: Sky Martian enclave
Post by: Andym on February 17, 2013, 08:59:13 AM
Great start James!! You might find some inspiration from the 2002 version of 'The Time Machine'. The Eloi village was built into the cliffs.....

(http://i681.photobucket.com/albums/vv179/andym2105/B4D3DB01-73A7-433D-9CED-FC9EF832C27E-1065-0000012E9C055DE3_zpsdb99428a.jpg)
Title: Re: Sky Martian enclave
Post by: Mason on February 17, 2013, 09:02:58 AM
 :o

Looking good so far, mate, but now I am absolutely convinced that you have been bumping your head recently.
That thing is bloody HUGE!

Where are you going to store it?

Title: Re: Sky Martian enclave
Post by: Blackwolf on February 17, 2013, 09:19:28 AM
Looks fantastic Jim! :-* :-* :-*
Title: Re: Sky Martian enclave
Post by: Svennn on February 17, 2013, 09:47:23 AM
Thats a bit grandiose :o  Looks awesome and very much in keeping
Title: Re: Sky Martian enclave
Post by: Sangennaru on February 17, 2013, 10:38:41 AM
Amazing! please add loooots of details! ;)
Title: Re: Sky Martian enclave
Post by: Malamute on February 17, 2013, 10:50:47 AM
Yep, that's about right. ;) :-*

Title: Re: Sky Martian enclave
Post by: OSHIROmodels on February 17, 2013, 11:46:12 AM
Thanks chaps  :)


Will there be an elevator?

'Fraid not  lol

Andy, where did you find that picture  ??? I searched for an age looking for one.

It lives in the attic and only just fits through the little hole in the ceiling  lol

Should get it done today...

cheers

James
Title: Re: Sky Martian enclave
Post by: The_Beast on February 17, 2013, 04:26:21 PM
You DO know that crack about 'lazy git' was all huff. You accomplish more in one post than I in... in... *small voice* ...ever.  :'(

As it's vertical and shallow, I assumed you'd just hang it on the wall.  ;)

Does the Time Machine image suggest overhang to you? Interesting in cliff dwellings.

Doug
Title: Re: Sky Martian enclave
Post by: Sinewgrab on February 17, 2013, 05:04:39 PM
Good gods, man - you were supposed to be taking it easy!

Besides, shouldn't you finish something before making another piece to sit beside the wizard's tower?

Like the walls of New Victoria?

Seriously, though, love what you are doing here.
Title: Re: Sky Martian enclave
Post by: Andym on February 17, 2013, 05:57:44 PM


Andy, where did you find that picture  ??? I searched for an age looking for one.


(Darth Vader voice on!)'The Google-foo is strong in this one' (Darth Vader voice off)

Only kidding. Type 'Time Machine Eloi' into google(other all-powerful search engines are available!) and its some of the first pics you get.


Finished yet? ;)
Title: Re: Sky Martian enclave
Post by: OSHIROmodels on February 17, 2013, 06:58:12 PM
Thanks chaps :)

I am lazy, most of the time. Just every now and then I get an attack of mojo.

I took it easy for three days last week and it was driving me crazy not doing anything  lol The eye is pretty much back to normal now so I can crack on.

The wizards tower is coming along nicely and when I've finished the stone work I'll dig up the thread and post  :D

The walls of New Victoria are coming along a pace and there's not that many more to do, just the viaduct  ::) lol

I really couldn't find any images of it when I last looked a couple of weeks ago  :?

Finished yet? ;)

95% there, see below  :D

First coats of paint went on this afternoon and I went for a similar colour scheme to the New Victoria stone work (as this is the rock that it's quarried from).

(http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk138/jimbibbly/Martians/Martian%20terrain/929f85cbc0c9f8c7b697668da38d5d59_zpsdfceb44e.jpg)
(http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk138/jimbibbly/Martians/Martian%20terrain/6eb2c6bf65918bfb7a28aa3fec771838_zps38d14d93.jpg)

The platforms were thin balsa strip unevenly cut and stuck on in a sort of haphazard way.

(http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk138/jimbibbly/Martians/Martian%20terrain/96cbe214cfb80ceb148a905cfdb6cfd7_zpsff657756.jpg)
(http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk138/jimbibbly/Martians/Martian%20terrain/1d6cea17a7f2cd29cea9d24ed5242e32_zps0d88c0ba.jpg)

Various inks and washes were added to the rock to give variations in tone, not that over the top but enough to break the colour up somewhat. The platform was painted pale brown and inked and drybrushed in the normal way but some of the planks were given two or three coats of ink to make them look less uniform.

(http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk138/jimbibbly/Martians/Martian%20terrain/817bd44b6abe613b3506ca9ab69436ba_zps86a7395f.jpg)
(http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk138/jimbibbly/Martians/Martian%20terrain/3868c86024c4e345f50493e20fc5d329_zps51af267e.jpg)

A few areas of sand were added to small recesses to simulate the wind. I didn't want to go too over the top with this as I wasn't really sure how it would turn out, seems OK though  :)
Some simple plants were added to break up the hard stone and dead looking grass was stuck on the base edges (no photos of this but similar to the station mesa in my other Mars thread).

(http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk138/jimbibbly/Martians/Martian%20terrain/ef88cf99032ca2865b38e4ca2d06cb24_zps01976cbd.jpg)
(http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk138/jimbibbly/Martians/Martian%20terrain/c8e3ec10e2d9c792be54d50551ad3963_zpsd61cc336.jpg)

And now a few shots of the whole thing almost complete. There's only the entrance covers to put on, a few pots or jars by the entrances and some small bits of thread to hang off various parts of the platform. No reason behind these apart from dressing and making it look a bit better.

(http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk138/jimbibbly/Martians/Martian%20terrain/4e7e63d4ebbf2ee56df9e9ecc2f52d66_zps986f7b14.jpg)
(http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk138/jimbibbly/Martians/Martian%20terrain/d2d4ffb6a861ac03f54a7c4ce80bd7ac_zps8b4497af.jpg)
(http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk138/jimbibbly/Martians/Martian%20terrain/53a4375015b56846b4f1d53039b4c2e9_zps13abd364.jpg)

Once again, my camera skills are somewhat to be desired but you get the idea  :)

I might take some this evening after dinner using my desk lamps.

cheers

James
Title: Re: Sky Martian enclave ** 95% complete, piccy heavy **
Post by: Bullshott on February 17, 2013, 08:23:02 PM
Looking good James. When will there be skiffs to dock with it?
Title: Re: Sky Martian enclave ** 95% complete, piccy heavy **
Post by: Dewbakuk on February 17, 2013, 08:51:51 PM
Looks rather nice, and unfortunately reminds me that I never finished the Parrotman Eyrie... Ah well, when my games building gets built and I have space....

Will this be on the Salute board?
Title: Re: Sky Martian enclave ** 95% complete, piccy heavy **
Post by: Malamute on February 17, 2013, 09:31:02 PM
That my friend is a triumph. :-*

I am so looking forward to Salute, it's going to be a great game. ;D
Title: Re: Sky Martian enclave ** 95% complete, piccy heavy **
Post by: Mason on February 17, 2013, 09:35:43 PM
It looks bloody brilliant, mate.
 :-*

With the added bonus that it is also bloody big enough to use as a chair if you get too tired at Salute!
 ;)

Title: Re: Sky Martian enclave ** 95% complete, piccy heavy **
Post by: OSHIROmodels on February 17, 2013, 10:06:47 PM
Thanks chaps  :)

I'm afraid this won't be a Salute as it doesn't fit with the theme of the game but it will make many outings in the future  :D

Took some pictures under my desk lamps and the colour shows through a bit better  :)

(http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk138/jimbibbly/Martians/Martian%20terrain/85f3a17c0f0015db199790963358485d_zps643e1539.jpg)
(http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk138/jimbibbly/Martians/Martian%20terrain/654c605785d5501af7164c3ce47e53b7_zpse26f5922.jpg)
(http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk138/jimbibbly/Martians/Martian%20terrain/d2cb5cd9ad2fa6216d0a0d2db369bc2f_zps975dbe1c.jpg)
(http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk138/jimbibbly/Martians/Martian%20terrain/eb5cef4fe4d15473753f933a60ba5691_zps1e2f7934.jpg)
(http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk138/jimbibbly/Martians/Martian%20terrain/8213534b5828459db020b71a10de8e16_zps32b27fcd.jpg)

cheers

James
Title: Re: Sky Martian enclave ** 95% complete, good pics on page two **
Post by: Red Orc on February 18, 2013, 12:55:52 AM
That really is awesome! Have a  :D and a  ;D and a  o_o as well!

I really like the platformyness of it all, though I'm guessing the 'rigging' makes placing minis a little difficult. The cliffs look superb!
Title: Re: Sky Martian enclave ** 95% complete, good pics on page two **
Post by: Bullshott on February 18, 2013, 09:15:07 AM
Amazing work James :)
Title: Re: Sky Martian enclave ** 95% complete, good pics on page two **
Post by: pocoloco on February 18, 2013, 09:20:58 AM
Lovely! The cliff colours are really good.
Title: Re: Sky Martian enclave ** 95% complete, good pics on page two **
Post by: d phipps on February 18, 2013, 09:30:16 AM
Absolutely beautiful work! Very inspiring!  :-* :-*
Title: Re: Sky Martian enclave ** 95% complete, piccy heavy **
Post by: Malamute on February 18, 2013, 09:54:02 AM
Looking good James. When will there be skiffs to dock with it?

 lol

He's such a tease.

It rocks! (see what I did there ???)  ;)
Title: Re: Sky Martian enclave ** 95% complete, good pics on page two **
Post by: Suber on February 18, 2013, 12:04:30 PM
Truly awesome! This is a really inspiring scenery.
Title: Re: Sky Martian enclave ** 95% complete, good pics on page two **
Post by: Hammers on February 18, 2013, 01:15:36 PM
It looks to me like those Martians should be an ezy target. A crack squad with combat scissors should be able to cut those ropes and send the whole settlement crashing down the hillside.
Title: Re: Sky Martian enclave ** 95% complete, good pics on page two **
Post by: Mason on February 18, 2013, 01:18:11 PM
It looks to me like those Martians should be an ezy target. A crack squad with combat scissors should be able to cut those ropes and send the whole settlement crashing down the hillside.

 lol lol lol

Combat scissors....
Love it!
 :-*

Title: Re: Sky Martian enclave ** 95% complete, good pics on page two **
Post by: The_Beast on February 18, 2013, 02:54:25 PM
It looks to me like those Martians should be an ezy target. A crack squad with combat scissors should be able to cut those ropes and send the whole settlement crashing down the hillside.

I was thinking my Prussian grapple harpoons to the supports, but those only appear to be docks, and, until he gets some of the aforementioned skiffs, not really important...  lol

Doug

PS Yes, yes. I know. 'He'll show you!'  ;)
Title: Re: Sky Martian enclave ** 95% complete, good pics on page two **
Post by: OSHIROmodels on February 18, 2013, 07:13:57 PM
Many thanks chaps  :)

Might get some details done this weekend but we'll see.

cheers

James
Title: Re: Sky Martian enclave ** 95% complete, good pics on page two **
Post by: einarolafson on February 20, 2013, 09:49:25 PM
Fantastic!! :-* :-*
Title: Re: Sky Martian enclave ** 95% complete, good pics on page two **
Post by: mattblackgod on February 20, 2013, 09:56:06 PM
Brilliant work. I love all the little caves and ledges.