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Title: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (6/28 28mm Ship 3: Ventauran Assault Craft)
Post by: eilif on August 30, 2014, 04:27:25 AM
Rather than continuing to make different topics, I'm turning this this into the one-stop display thread for the various sci-fi projects rolling off my workbench
There's quite a bit coming, stay tuned...

Finally getting around to painting up the in-progress buildings I showed a couple weeks ago. You can see my previous post with the in-progress pictures here:
http://chicagoskirmish.blogspot.com/2014/08/toy-bashing-urban-terrain.html

The first one done is the "Building Under Construction" which is based on a "Fast Lane" (Toys R Us store brand) Parking Garage that I found at a resale shop for $3!  Though I don't currently play Necromunda (have the figs though and hope to someday), this building has a very Necro look to me. As you can see, it's quite a sizable structure.
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2014/8/26/642242_md-Buildings%2C%20Necromunda%2C%20Post%20Apo%2C%20Terrain%2C%20Toybashing.JPG)

Side view
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2014/8/26/642245_md-Buildings%2C%20Necromunda%2C%20Post%20Apo%2C%20Terrain%2C%20Toybashing.JPG)

Close up of the ground floor HVAC/Elevator shaft unit.  The whole model is painted in a very fast method of prime, drybrush basecoat, 2 brown washes and drybrush tan, so it's slightly less impressive up close.
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2014/8/26/642247_md-Buildings%2C%20Necromunda%2C%20Post%20Apo%2C%20Terrain%2C%20Toybashing.JPG)

Though there's alot of open space, there's sitll alot of opportunities for cover, and I'm working on some construction and warehouse themed scatter terrain (coming later)
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2014/8/26/642243_md-Buildings%2C%20Necromunda%2C%20Post%20Apo%2C%20Terrain%2C%20Toybashing.JPG)

Lots more pics of the finished project and my ramblings here:
http://chicagoskirmish.blogspot.com/2014/08/terrain-triptych-part-1-building-under.html
Title: Re: 4 story "Building Under Construction". A bit Necromunda Inspired.
Post by: Sinewgrab on August 30, 2014, 05:20:38 AM
Beautiful!  Hmmmm, I remember when they actually had cool playsets...
Title: Re: 4 story "Building Under Construction". A bit Necromunda Inspired.
Post by: 3 fingers on August 30, 2014, 10:40:02 AM
Nice that  :-*
Title: Re: 4 story "Building Under Construction". A bit Necromunda Inspired.
Post by: WitchfinderGeneral on August 30, 2014, 06:13:55 PM
Very nice! I should look for my old matchbox parking deck in the attic!
Title: Re: 4 story "Building Under Construction". A bit Necromunda Inspired.
Post by: eilif on August 30, 2014, 09:21:31 PM
Thanks folks.
I also fondly remember the matchbox and hot wheels playsets of yesteryear. For lack of a better word, they seemed so much more "realistic" than so many of the playsets of today which seem to try and cram action features in every corner.

I've actually seen this playset in stores and it's so much more realistic than most of the stuff being put out by Matchbox and Hot Wheels.
Title: Re: 4 story "Building Under Construction". A bit Necromunda Inspired.
Post by: warburton on August 31, 2014, 11:31:00 PM
Very nice.
Title: Re: 4 story "Building Under Construction". A bit Necromunda Inspired.
Post by: eilif on September 01, 2014, 05:30:09 AM
Back with a smaller piece this time.   A power station built from a Hot Wheels car launcher. Very little conversion work required on this one.
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2014/8/26/642287_md-.JPG)
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2014/8/26/642298_md-.JPG)
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2014/8/26/642288_md-.JPG)

more pics and descriptions here:
http://chicagoskirmish.blogspot.com/2014/08/terrain-triptych-part-2-power-station.html

Also, at the link above a bit of a review of the Girder and Panel pieces currently being rebadged and sold in the "Power City" line of toys.

Coming later this week, something really impressive!
Title: Re: Urban Terrain Week. (Aug 31 update Power station from Hot Wheels Launcher)
Post by: warburton on September 01, 2014, 11:32:06 PM
Very effective.
Title: Re: Urban Terrain Week. (Aug 31 update Power station from Hot Wheels Launcher)
Post by: blackstone on September 02, 2014, 08:39:39 AM
Wow thats effective! I want one now :-)
Title: Re: Urban Terrain Week. (Aug 31 update Power station from Hot Wheels Launcher)
Post by: Red Orc on September 02, 2014, 08:42:41 AM
I've been waiting about 10 years for my kids to decide they don't want their one of these. Of course, eldest gave it to youngest and it looks I might have to wait a bit longer now.

It's a gorgeous piece - I'm very envious!
Title: Re: Urban Terrain Week. (Aug 31 update Power station from Hot Wheels Launcher)
Post by: eilif on September 02, 2014, 01:02:50 PM
Glad you folks liked it.
I'm in the exact opposite situation.  My 3 year old son sees glimpses of the stuff I use for terrain and the terrain I build and is always asking if he can play with them.  This is somewhat to my chagrin as he is definitely no lacking in toys since the resale shopping that nets me all my terrain stuff has brought him a Thomas collection that would be the envy of any child.

I just tell him "When you're older we'll build models together" or "one day all this will be yours" and that seems to satisify him.
Title: Re: Urban Terrain Week. (Aug 31 update Power station from Hot Wheels Launcher)
Post by: The_Beast on September 02, 2014, 01:31:00 PM
Sad thing, I've actually had a couple in the tub for terrain building at the shop, and, for the longest time, no one saw the unmined gold there in.  :'(

One lad finally took one, cut in half, and butted the free standing tower up against a building for 'attached utilities'. I'm not sure if the other piece got used yet. Take a bit of work, but will be a fine power shed, don't you think?

Doug
Title: Re: Urban Terrain Week. (Aug 31 update Power station from Hot Wheels Launcher)
Post by: eilif on September 02, 2014, 05:02:22 PM
Seems like a good use to me, it definitely looks the part.  Did it at least get a nice paintjob?
Title: Re: Urban Terrain Week. (Aug 31 update Power station from Hot Wheels Launcher)
Post by: eilif on September 03, 2014, 01:01:01 AM
Here's the next one, and it's a biggie.
An Elevated Train Station.  This one began it's life as a Fisher Price GEO Trax playset.  It's just the start of a Terrain Sub-set that I'm working on that will be an elevated train line. I've got all the necessary pieces, I've just got to get assembling and painting.  Stay Tuned for future posts.

As always pics from every angle (including the underside) and other details here:
http://chicagoskirmish.blogspot.com/2014/09/terrain-triptych-part-3-elevated-train.html

Anyway, here goes:
http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2014/8/26/642327_md-.JPG(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2014/8/26/642309_md-Conversion%2C%20Do-it-yourself%2C%20Necromunda%2C%20Terrain%2C%20Toybashing%2C%20Train.JPG)
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2014/8/26/642318_md-Conversion%2C%20Do-it-yourself%2C%20Necromunda%2C%20Terrain%2C%20Toybashing%2C%20Train.JPG)
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2014/8/26/642315_md-Conversion%2C%20Do-it-yourself%2C%20Necromunda%2C%20Terrain%2C%20Toybashing%2C%20Train.JPG)
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2014/8/26/642331_md-.JPG)
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2014/8/26/642327_md-.JPG)
Title: Re: Urban Terrain Week. (Sept 2. Elevated Train Station)
Post by: Forofo27 on September 03, 2014, 02:23:18 AM
Awesome job! :-*
Title: Re: Urban Terrain Week. (Sept 2. Elevated Train Station)
Post by: The_Beast on September 04, 2014, 12:54:25 AM
That's unpossible!

Shades of JimBibbly awesome, but almost ready made. Mind you, I'd never get the paint right, but that IS a find!

Doug
Title: Re: Urban Terrain Week. (Sept 2. Elevated Train Station)
Post by: eilif on September 04, 2014, 01:47:54 AM
I'm telling you Doug, the painting is actually REALLY simple. I have to paint fast-and-dirty or my ADD takes over and I loose interest. Hence it's just...

-Prime Black
-Drybrush on the main colors. It's ok if it's a bit messy.
-2 dark brown washes. Put them on heavy and let it sit for a few hours to pool and make rusty dirty patches.
-Drybrush the entire thing with tan to make it look dusty and smooth over any places that were too uneven.
-Sometimes I go back again and drybrush additional bits of orange and metalic on metal surfaces, but I don't think I did any of that for the train station.
-Varnish
-Done!
Title: Re: Urban Terrain Week. (Sept 2. Elevated Train Station)
Post by: supervike on September 04, 2014, 02:58:01 AM
Really fantastic stuff.  I love repurposed items like this!
Title: Re: Urban Terrain Week. (Sept 2. Elevated Train Station)
Post by: The_Beast on September 04, 2014, 01:27:08 PM
And I'm telling you...

I
Don't
Paint.  

I know; I should be drummed off LAF and TMP, and hung in effigy on the front pages...  :'(

Doug

Edit: By the way, I think I got the Hot Wheels build reversed in my comments; I'll try to get a piccie and straighten it out.
Title: Re: Urban Terrain Week. (Sept 2. Elevated Train Station)
Post by: eilif on September 04, 2014, 06:40:33 PM
And I'm telling you...

I
Don't
Paint.  

Sorry to hear that.    :'(
Title: Re: Urban Terrain Week. (Sept 2. Elevated Train Station)
Post by: The_Beast on September 04, 2014, 07:28:48 PM
Sorry to hear that.    :'(

 lol

Rather a nasty handicap, but, as I admitted freely, I've a few generous friends who find my delirious ramblings and thrift store finds worth pottering with if only for the amusement factor.

If you look at the Battletech Alpha Strike thread, you'll find one of those stalwart lads in Sean.

Doug
Title: Re: Urban Terrain Week. (Sept 2. Elevated Train Station)
Post by: Jan on September 06, 2014, 11:15:12 AM
Hi Eilif,

i like your stuff very much!  :)

And: I WANT THIS CAR LAUNCHER / BOOSTER THINGY !!! ;)
I can't find it with help of a well known search machine. Can you help me? Does anyone know the name of it exactly?

Greetings,
Jan
Title: Re: Urban Terrain Week. (Sept 2. Elevated Train Station)
Post by: eilif on September 06, 2014, 07:02:36 PM
Hi Eilif,

i like your stuff very much!  :)

And: I WANT THIS CAR LAUNCHER / BOOSTER THINGY !!! ;)
I can't find it with help of a well known search machine. Can you help me? Does anyone know the name of it exactly?

Greetings,
Jan

Thanks!

It appears to be out of production and I can't find pictures of it anywhere. If you want to search for it, I think the official name is "Hot Wheels booster" A few alternatives I've found:

Here's the current vesion, which isn't very expensive and definitely has some potential. Lots of good detail on it.
http://www.toysrus.com/buy/race-tracks-play-sets/hot-wheels-kidpicks-booster-p2840-3372590

There's also this 4-way version that could be cool. Very similar stye, but more walkways. I think it's still available some places.
http://www.toysrus.com/buy/race-tracks-play-sets/hot-wheels-kidpicks-booster-p2840-3372590

Lastly, There's an earlier version which is much the same shape and features, but with much less greebling.
http://img.auctiva.com/imgdata/1/2/0/7/2/2/8/webimg/700196424_tp.jpg
I recently picked up one of these in blue.  It is still appearing in some sets today.
http://www.toysrus.com/buy/race-tracks-play-sets/hot-wheels-kidpicks-super-6-in-1-track-set-p8428-3532866

For my sourcing of toys-for-terrain, it mostly comes down to regular visits to resasale shops and just using what I find there. I rarely buy this kind of stuff at stores or ebay, though there are exceptions such as the "Power City" construction sets I recently found.
http://chicagoskirmish.blogspot.com/2014/08/terrain-triptych-part-2-power-station.html
Title: Re: Urban Terrain Week. (Sept 2. Elevated Train Station)
Post by: Commander Vyper on September 06, 2014, 09:09:43 PM
Hi Eilif,

i like your stuff very much!  :)

And: I WANT THIS CAR LAUNCHER / BOOSTER THINGY !!! ;)
I can't find it with help of a well known search machine. Can you help me? Does anyone know the name of it exactly?

Greetings,
Jan

My son has the set!😃 I showed  him the pic. He said Dad u can't  have it. I'll  bide my time. Lol.
Title: Re: Urban Terrain Week. (Sept 2. Elevated Train Station)
Post by: The_Beast on September 07, 2014, 04:20:12 AM
Actually, there've been several found in different boxed sets, some similar, some nothing like.

I thought I put another one up, not the cut in half I mentioned.

(http://leadadventureforum.com/gallery/18/3088_05_09_14_6_56_05.jpg)

Doug

Title: Re: Urban Terrain Week. (Sept 2. Elevated Train Station)
Post by: eilif on September 07, 2014, 11:56:18 AM
Actually, there've been several found in different boxed sets, some similar, some nothing like.

I thought I put another one up, not the cut in half I mentioned.

(http://leadadventureforum.com/gallery/18/3088_05_09_14_6_56_05.jpg)

Doug

Cool!  I like the color scheme and the overhead walkway.  Looks like it's just begging to be part of a necromunda layout.
Title: Re: Urban Terrain Week. (Sept 2. Elevated Train Station)
Post by: 3 fingers on September 07, 2014, 09:33:27 PM
I've been keeping my eye out for a cheap multi level garage for necromunda terrain,my concern is the buildings match scale wise ,but the car ramps never do,as their for hot wheels sized cars,I suppose they would work as walkways though?
Title: Re: Urban Terrain Week. (Sept 2. Elevated Train Station)
Post by: eilif on September 07, 2014, 10:17:33 PM
I've been keeping my eye out for a cheap multi level garage for necromunda terrain,my concern is the buildings match scale wise ,but the car ramps never do,as their for hot wheels sized cars,I suppose they would work as walkways though?

If you want to use it for 28mm cars, then I recommend keeping your eyes out for the Disney "Cars" Parking garage. I think it's OOP now, but I see them from time to time at my local resale shops.  The distance between floors is pretty big (bigger than I like) but the ramps were made for cars that were roughly 1/48 scale.  Mine was just 2 bucks resale and didn't come with anything but the base garage piece, but that didn't matter since my whole goal was to disguise the "car park" origins of the piece.  I cut away all the tabs that ramps would fit too and even ground away the various guides edges that were meant to direct the cars.

Also, the classic Fisher price Little People Parking Garage (which went through many iterations from the 70's thorugh 90's) scales really well for 28mm cars and minis. I almost bought one the other day. (I should have bought it) but I just couldn't think of where I was going to put it. It's huge.
Title: Re: Urban Terrain Week. (Sept 2. Elevated Train Station)
Post by: 3 fingers on September 08, 2014, 09:30:39 AM
Thanks ,I did consider removing the ramps,I did buy a imaginext fire station for £3 at bootsale to use as a terrain piece once it's had a respray.
Title: Re: Urban Terrain Week. (Sept 2. Elevated Train Station)
Post by: Jan on September 08, 2014, 08:35:00 PM
Hello again,

thanks! I know there are some variants of the Hot Wheels Boosters, BUT ANYTHING looks as cool as the thing you got there. So my Mission on Sunday was to find the name of this thingy an find someone who sells it. I searched for hours in the internet second hand adverts and images but everytime i found some of the newer and older variants. Unbelievable!  >:(
Now i am half Hot Wheels expert.

But in the end i found what i searched for.  :D
Hot Wheels Power Charger from 1994

There was a Power Charger Pack (without tracks = perfect), a Starter Set and a Power Loop Set, both with tracks and one charger.

This thing seems to be an "US only toy", but it is just a guess. No one sells this thing here in germany. Bad news. But luckily TODAY this Set of 4 power charger packs sold on ebay. Boxed. Never used!  WTF?! :o
http://www.ebay.de/itm/291233433517?_trksid=p2060778.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT (http://www.ebay.de/itm/291233433517?_trksid=p2060778.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT)
Thank you, my Dice-God!  :-*
Got it for laughable 13 US $. Seems not to be a valuable thing for hot wheel fans?! Bad news are 35 US $ for shipping, but... ok.

I hope they now will find the way to me. Have to build up my generic scifi table like eilif, my idol.  ;)
Is it a sin to open and paint new chargers in   original packaging?

Oh my gosh, now i started a new project and i am buying tons of other Hot Wheels stuff. Second Hand is nice!

Greets,
Jan
Title: Re: Urban Terrain Week. (Sept 2. Elevated Train Station)
Post by: eilif on September 08, 2014, 11:05:53 PM
. So my Mission on Sunday was to find the name of this thingy an find someone who sells it. I searched for hours in the internet second hand adverts and images but everytime i found some of the newer and older variants. Unbelievable!  >:(
Now i am half Hot Wheels expert.

But in the end i found what i searched for.  :D ...

Have to build up my generic scifi table like eilif, my idol.  Wink
Is it a sin to open and paint new chargers in   original packaging?...

Excellent bit of research there, Jan!

It just dawned on me that '94 was 20 years ago. That just doesn't seem right.  However as your new idol, I hand down the spiritual pronouncement that it is not a sin to open the 20 year old packaging.  The only sin would be to leave them unenjoyed and unloved for another 20 years.

On the one hand I'm kind of appalled that you would have to spend almost $50 for them, but simultaniously proud to have been so inspiring.  

One really neat part is that when you open up the launchers themsleves. (you were going to open them up, right…), you're going to find 2 HUGE gears that make great terrain themselves.  Here's what I did with mine. It's the doublestack of two gears in the back row, second from the right.
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2014/9/2/644024_md-Pallets%2C%20Terrain.JPG)
Consider it a sneak peak of the massive cargo scatter terrain post that I haven't put on the blog yet.  

The two gears glued together top-to-top(with the man standing on them) into one huge assembly are the gears that came in this one.
(http://img.auctiva.com/imgdata/1/2/0/7/2/2/8/webimg/700196424_tp.jpg)
Though I did glue a toy tank wheel into the top-center to add a bit of detail.

When painting nylon gears be sure to  thoroughly wash them and then prime with a plastic specific spray paint.  I gave them the same overnight bath in "Purple Power" that I give to minis I strip, in order to get off the oil and lube that these gears tend to come lightly covered in.
Title: Re: Urban Terrain (Sept 10th. 38 pieces of cargo catter terrain)
Post by: eilif on September 10, 2014, 09:32:00 PM
Went a bit nuts building cargo scatter terrain a bit over a week ago, and here's the result:

(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2014/9/5/644874_md-.JPG)

Pictures of all of them with construction and sourcing information here:
http://chicagoskirmish.blogspot.com/2014/09/scatter-terrain-for-sci-fi-and-post.html

Here's some of the choice bits:
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2014/9/2/644028_md-Pallets%2C%20Terrain.JPG)

(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2014/9/2/644023_md-Pallets%2C%20Terrain.JPG)

(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2014/9/2/644024_md-Pallets%2C%20Terrain.JPG)

Also a couple of mini structures
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2014/9/2/644031_md-Pallets%2C%20Terrain.JPG)

And a truck
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2014/8/26/642285_md-.JPG)
Title: Re: Urban Terrain (Sept 10th. 38 pieces of cargo catter terrain)
Post by: warburton on September 10, 2014, 11:55:01 PM
Nice.  8)
Title: Re: Urban Terrain (Sept 10th. 38 pieces of cargo catter terrain)
Post by: Shuby on September 11, 2014, 06:43:52 AM
cool stuff!  ;D
Title: Re: Urban Terrain (Sept 10th. 38 pieces of cargo catter terrain)
Post by: Jan on September 12, 2014, 08:08:47 AM
Hello and yes, Master,

i will open one or two boxes by my own. ;)
You found good words.
The rest i will be selling to collectors or wargamers.

Furthermore you or the chaotic warp gods gave me an intuition:
I spent another 140 bucks to buy different second hand Hot Wheels stations and boxes from 8 different persons (via internet/postage). The costly point was the postage again in this quantity, but "What costs the world?" we say here in this kind of situations.
Oh gosh!, but hey, yesterday was my birthday [no solicitousness demanded] and my passion/fanatism[?] directed me this way in a weak moment [or hours]). My girlfriend is not amused, but let me do my "thing" (separate accounts).  ::)

I just want to check the conversion possibilities of the different sets, maybe not keeping them all. Some LEGO bits were included, too. Now i am waiting for deliverys.
The whole idea is just genius in my opinion. To buy things produced for the tableop market of this size would be so much more high in price and there are PLENTY offers from parents who sell the stuff their kids played with (2 times) and went to the next thing of interest (yes, thankful we all here were born in the few rich states on the world with our decadent luxury problems).


Eilif, your scatter terrain looks awesome!!!  :-*
Can't say it enough: You inspire me a lot!
Not only the impressive conversions, but also your rule suggestions. The systems inspired me to write me own ruleset (just to have the right thing to play on my table at home).
Be lucky to have a good gaming club with the same interests. I would join, if there wasn't this big gap between us.

BTW:
A realy good different ruleset is: EDEN by Taban miniatures. I know, you guys like the generic thing (me too), but if you search for a small game with realy clever mechanics: Try it!


Sorry for the blabber, guys. I practise english with that, but wait ... if no one corrects you ... ah, whatever.
Screams: "Yes mum, i will stop writing to strangers now!"

Cheers,
Jan

 
Title: Re: Urban Terrain (Sept 10th. 38 pieces of cargo catter terrain)
Post by: eilif on September 12, 2014, 01:29:51 PM
Thanks Jan,
      That's very encouraging to hear!  You're right that even at retail or with high shipping the cost of toys is usually much, much lower than equivalent products designed for wargaming.  I look forward to seeing what you come up with, and I'll try to look into eden at at some point.

One other suggestion, do you have a "craigslist" in Germany or other local in-person selling site.  If you don't have good resale shops around (where I get my best bargains) sites like Craigslist can often produce some amazing bargains, and since it's all local, you save on shipping costs.  I've only bought a few wargaming items on Craigslist, but I've purchased LOTS of stuff for my sons Thomas Trains, and usually at ridiculously cheap prices.

It must be said though that living in decadent USA and living in a major urban area exponentially multiplies the number of deals on Craigslist and the number of resale shops.
Title: Re: Urban Terrain (Sept 10th. 38 pieces of cargo catter terrain)
Post by: The_Beast on September 12, 2014, 09:37:06 PM
Right-o, got my couple-three pieces for under $5US, but the amount of time in kiddie section of thrift shops, charity shops, church bazaars, garage sales, boot sales (Brit terminology), etc, meant time spent far more valuable than money spent. Fortunately, we love the hunt, don't we?

Wish I'd known how much you'd spend on shippage, as I'd be willing to gut a beast to transship to you. Still, eilif's results definitely a silver lining. Like I'd come up with anything as useful.  ::)

"t must be said though that living in decadent USA and living in a major urban area exponentially multiplies the number of deals on Craigslist and the number of resale shops." AND financially 'okay' area.

Lincoln, Ne, is quite small, but the shops tend to do rather well.  ;)

No Ikea for me to look for bags, mind you.  lol

Doug
Title: Re: Urban Terrain (Sept 10th. 38 pieces of cargo catter terrain)
Post by: eilif on September 12, 2014, 10:50:06 PM
I definitely love the hunt.  You do have to enjoy resaling to make my method work.  I like resale shopping and it's where I buy most of my clothes anyway as it's the only way to afford the kind of clothes I want to wear. Thus I have lots of chances to pick up terrain-able toys.

I think you're right about the thrift store demographic.  They're all over, but there's do tend to be more of them in areas that aren't highly affluent.

Title: Re: Urban Terrain (Sept 10th. 38 pieces of cargo catter terrain)
Post by: The_Beast on September 14, 2014, 01:53:54 AM
... They're all over, but there's do tend to be more of them in areas that aren't highly affluent.


Sorry,  meant to suggest more picked clean, and lower quality input, in less affluent.  ;)

Douh
Title: Re: Urban Terrain (Sept 10th. 38 pieces of cargo catter terrain)
Post by: eilif on September 14, 2014, 02:16:30 AM
Sorry,  meant to suggest more picked clean, and lower quality input, in less affluent.  ;)

Douh
I see.  Here in the city we've got great resale shops in the less affluent areas. Stores that tend to be both plentiful in number and full of stuff.

Not to rub it in or anything.
 lol
Title: Re: Urban Terrain (Sept 10th. 38 pieces of cargo catter terrain)
Post by: eilif on September 15, 2014, 06:34:28 PM
The terrain insanity continues. Here's a bit that I made for my friend.  He had the lone three tanks on a desert gravel base, but wanted to spice it up a bit.  He agreed to paint up a Salvage Crew for me if I gave it "The Treatment". Some pipes to connect the tanks, a few i-beams and some paint and whole new piece is born!

Full Pics and Construction details here:
http://chicagoskirmish.blogspot.com/2014/09/more-terrain-small-chem-plant.html
I was sorry to let this one go, but I'm sure I'll be battling on it soon.  Looking forward to it!

(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2014/9/2/644052_md-Terrain.JPG)

(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2014/9/2/644053_md-Terrain.JPG)

(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2014/9/2/644045_md-Terrain.JPG)

Title: Re: Urban Terrain (Sept 15th. Chem Station Reborn!)
Post by: PatrickWR on September 16, 2014, 03:21:25 AM
Indeed, it's a great piece! It's already on my shelf, awaiting our next game!
Title: Re: Urban Terrain (Sept 15th. Chem Station Reborn!)
Post by: Jan on September 16, 2014, 09:36:00 AM
Hey,

and again a great piece of terrain.  :)
Well done! Good for playing.

Craigslist isn't popular here, but we have a local ebay thingy ("local advertisement" by ebay).
Yesterday i slaughtered the first HotWheels sets.  :P
Title: Re: Urban Terrain (Sept 15th. Chem Station Reborn!)
Post by: eilif on September 23, 2014, 03:47:02 AM
Time to add a bit of church to my dreary urban landscape. Finally sat down and hammered out a building from a pile of Pegasus Gothic Terrain parts that I've had sitting around my workspace for a while.  I wanted to go the extra mile for this one, so it has proper roofs (removable of course), parapet walls (lots of cutting…) and a mildly decorative floor.

And to really mix it up, it's not grey!!!

(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-FweIgHjLdJE/VBNZxjMa_eI/AAAAAAAAGBE/RJnIShY-m6w/w332-h590-no/20140911_205342.jpg)
(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-vmIw2oY8ZBU/VBNZwava9OI/AAAAAAAAGA8/0YQBxcPnrn0/w958-h539-no/20140911_205258.jpg)
(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ka4zXilHl7E/VBNaw6s8nwI/AAAAAAAAGDU/TSZ8016IS6Y/w958-h539-no/20140911_210104.jpg)

Really pleased with the Pegasus kits.  Alot of DIY to get the most out of them, but with the right tools, they're great to work with and build a really impressive and sturdy structure that sits well in a multitude of genres and eras.

As usual, more pics and an excruciatingly over-detailed description of the process is on the blog: http://chicagoskirmish.blogspot.com/2014/09/terrain-cathedral-de-la-pegasus.html
Title: Re: Urban Terrain (Sept 22, Pegasus Gothic done up right!)
Post by: cheetor on September 23, 2014, 02:21:46 PM

I have been following the development of these pieces on your blog.  You do some really great work with this stuff.

The Pegasus church is very nice too.  Unlike many wargame terrain pieces down my way it actually looks like a finished building.  It actually looks like a church :)

Title: Re: Urban Terrain (Sept 22, Pegasus Gothic done up right!)
Post by: sundayhero on September 23, 2014, 02:24:02 PM
Really good terrain for scifi, post apoc and near future ! Great !
Title: Re: Urban Terrain (Sept 22, Pegasus Gothic done up right!)
Post by: eilif on September 23, 2014, 02:42:42 PM
I have been following the development of these pieces on your blog.  You do some really great work with this stuff.

The Pegasus church is very nice too.  Unlike many wargame terrain pieces down my way it actually looks like a finished building.  It actually looks like a church :)

Thanks!
     The finished building thing is something I've been heading towards for a while now.  Most of my post apoc and sci-fi terrain is aimed at buildings that are complete and not bombed-out.  Even if they are not completed (like the building-under-construction posted earlier) or are heavily worn and abandoned, I still find intact structures to be more interesting than ruins.  Even post-apoc or dystopian futures can convincingly be built mostly-intact.

This Thursday I'm hosting a post apoc game (Nuclear Renaissance) that will feature almost all of my buildings on two battlefields. Pics for it will go up the following week. I think you'll like what comes of it….
Title: Re: Urban Terrain (Sept 22, Pegasus Gothic done up right!)
Post by: dwbullock on September 23, 2014, 03:53:39 PM
We have several Goodwill shops here in Louisville, KY, but strangely ... only one really seems to ever have any toys.  Stuffed animals, yes, but I have had no luck with the broken, busted toys that we all really crave  :D

The one I do frequent, is in a nicer part of town.  The toys simply go into a giant, GIANT blue bin.  You have to wade through all the good stuff on top to dig down to the bottom and get the good bits.  On the plus side, they usually cut you an even greater discount because, well, you're buying busted bits nobody else wants.  Might even be able to convince them it's all one toy, just in pieces.

Other than that, my pickings are slim.  Love the hunt as well, but yard sales around here usually don't net anything useful.  Imagine Chicago would have better Goodwill/thrift shops, but less yard sale finds.

I've also noticed my kids are now guarding their semi-broken toys a little more lately.  A 'are you really going to fix this, or just turn it into something else, Daddy?' look, so to speak.
Title: Re: Urban Terrain (Sept 22, Pegasus Gothic done up right!)
Post by: eilif on September 23, 2014, 04:20:48 PM
Gotta love the treasure hunt of digging though a giant bin!

As you say, Chicago does have lots of good thrift shops but fewer yard sales, though there are a fair number of those as well.  I used to go to yard sales alot, but I've kind of stopped now that I have kids(I'm an at-home dad).  Visiting my regular 3 resale shops once a week on grocery day has yielded great finds and almost everything in this thread, but yard-sale-ing just takes up alot of time for what is usually less results.
Title: Re: Urban Terrain (Sept 22, Pegasus Gothic done up right!)
Post by: Mason on September 23, 2014, 04:28:00 PM
Great stuff, sir.
That church really looks great.
 8) 8)

I went for a ruined approach with mine but it seems we used almost the same palette....:

http://leadadventureforum.com/index.php?topic=30667.0

 ;)

Title: Re: Urban Terrain (Sept 22, Pegasus Gothic done up right!)
Post by: Momotaro on September 24, 2014, 04:16:16 PM
Bloody nice job on the Pegasus gothic church!

The reddish colour would fit perfectly for the red-sandstone Scottish Border abbeys!
Title: Re: Urban Terrain (Sept 22, Pegasus Gothic done up right!)
Post by: eilif on September 24, 2014, 05:07:50 PM
Motomaro,
    Thanks! The redish tint is mostly due to the lighting, though there is a hint of orange in person.  However, if you used ruddy brown primer (another color available from krylon) instead of brown, it would probably give it a more reddish sandstone shade. I may have to try that on future buildings.

Mason,
    Wow, your ruins are quite amazing. Looks like I'll have to start digging through the earlier pages of your thread.
Title: Re: Urban Terrain (Sept 22, Pegasus Gothic done up right!)
Post by: dwbullock on September 24, 2014, 05:59:47 PM
You have created quite the run on busted Hot Wheels toys...

This one set me back a whopping $1.

(https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/h13wzFX4wQnnbVuH5EyYAZj7W6AwX9enLDF8tzKAk4w=w887-h665-no)

Just sayin'...

Dave
Title: Re: Urban Terrain (Sept 22, Pegasus Gothic done up right!)
Post by: eilif on September 24, 2014, 06:38:00 PM
I see alot of potential in that one. What are you intending for it?

In other news I picked the base from a "Bratz Party Playset" this weekend.
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41eNKbbO35L.jpg)
Unfortunately just the main base without the usefull girders and such, but it was only $3, still in the inner-packaging bag.  It's about 5" tall, and is going to be a landing pad. It's hard to tell in the picture, but it's got great diamondplate and rivet detail and nice rough brick texture all the way around.  Should paint up a treat.

It just so happens it's exactly the same height as a stairway from a skateboard playset that I picked up that has steps wide enough for 25m bases to stand on so there will be some easy access to the ground. Kind of like this one, but unfortunately the rails are much higher on mine.
(http://www.thetoyshop.com/medias/?context=bWFzdGVyfGltYWdlc3w4MDU0OHxpbWFnZS9qcGVnfGltYWdlcy84ODAyODEzNDQ0MTI2LmpwZ3wt)
I think it will be pretty awesome when I get all the parts together.
Title: Re: Urban Terrain (Sept 22, Pegasus Gothic done up right!)
Post by: dwbullock on September 24, 2014, 10:03:21 PM
Not sure what I am going to do with the Hot Wheels charger.... did take it apart, and came out with this:

(https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-BDGQ74tUrts/VCL3m0m_0QI/AAAAAAAAAS4/yGleULHAojg/w887-h665-no/20140923_203038.jpg)

Those two giant internal gears are pretty sweet.  Definitely going to find a use.  I'm stuck with how to deal with those blue 'ramp' portions.  Briefly considered cutting something like this:

(https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-19LCzhz0LGY/VCL_JnvpvNI/AAAAAAAAATM/fB2r5gOtasA/w888-h665-no/20140923_201129a.JPG)

.... and just realized, we've totally hijacked the thread.  Apologies.  Should slink back to my own thread and just post along :)

PS -- I have a seven year old daughter.  I don't care how useful anything 'Bratz' might be, I refuse to allow those things entry into my house.  Ever.  Period.  A plague upon Bratz.  But I'm sure it will paint up nice and be awesome :)
Title: Re: Urban Terrain (Sept 22, Pegasus Gothic done up right!)
Post by: eilif on September 25, 2014, 12:16:22 AM
No worries man, I'm happy to see any interesting toy junk on my thread!

I didn't see any big gears in your taken-apart picture.  Were there any in there? I consider huge gears to be one of the best things about toybashing car launchers.

I understand the no-bratz rule. I think if my daughter was old enough to know what it was I would have had to sneak it in.

Edit: Just re-read the post and saw the mention of the gears. Are they big nylon ones like the ones I used in my scatter terrain or have they been downsized?
Title: Re: Urban Terrain (Sept 22, Pegasus Gothic done up right!)
Post by: Big Martin Back on September 25, 2014, 11:53:57 AM
I think he means the big round fan-like bits moulden in the base. That chunk has big potential for all sorts on "industrial" bits. :)
Title: Re: Urban Terrain (Sept 22, Pegasus Gothic done up right!)
Post by: The_Beast on September 25, 2014, 08:18:36 PM
As a side note, we all know to keep an eye out for Mall Madness, right?

The blue/green/purple box gives you steps that work well enough, but you can always take the yellow box and make steps bigger with chopped Evergreen styrene strip 'blocks' of the right size.

I know the outer parts of the mall have been used for fortress-like structures, but using the whole thing for Dawn of the Dead is just too cool to ignore!

Doug
Title: Re: Urban Terrain (Sept 22, Pegasus Gothic done up right!)
Post by: eilif on September 25, 2014, 09:01:50 PM
I've got a copy, but it is pretty small for 28mm  I've seen some examples of 15mm games that look good with it.
Here's a guy that did it up as a 15mm space station.
http://theminiaturespage.com/boards/msg.mv?id=303907

I think mine will probably end up as a transit center for my 10mm sci-fi units.
Title: Re: Urban Terrain (Sept 22, Pegasus Gothic done up right!)
Post by: The_Beast on September 26, 2014, 04:05:36 PM
Right-o, the Hannah Montana version uses the center piece from the yellow box. You have to block the steps to make them big enough for 28mm. The other center piece can handle smaller 25mm-ish bases. No GW bases need apply.

I know it seems kind of short for the shops having folk, but that's just back drop. You're slicing and dicing in the courtyard and upper walkways.

As for going even smaller, when friend got excited about seeing the outer ring used for a Battletech 'fortress', he incorporated it into his 'arena.'

Doug
Title: Some Van Saar in progress...
Post by: eilif on October 04, 2014, 05:38:00 AM
A little break from terrain to work on some figs.
It's been a while since I painted up any post apoc'ish or sci-fi figs, but here's a batch of 18 Necromunda Van Saar (and a scummer) that are nearing completion! 10 of these guys are figs I bought back when Necromunda was the "new thing" and 8 of them were stripped of my very poor 90's paint jobs. 

These guys have been on the desk partially done for over a month, but as you have seen I've been working on various scenery projects. However, tonight and last night I got a few more colors re-done on these guys. I've just got a few colors left to go back and correct and then the bases and then dip!

(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2014/10/4/652110_md-.JPG)
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2014/10/4/652109_md-.JPG)
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2014/10/4/652111_md-.JPG)
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2014/10/4/652112_md-.JPG)
and the obligatory group shot…
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2014/10/4/652108_md-.JPG)

I love Necromunda figures and particularly the Van Saar models, but these guys are so packed with intimidating details that I just leave alot of it the base grey color rather than make the models too "busy".  Still, I feel like I'm painting a ton of detail.  After these guys, the ERM Slicks figs I'm using for my Delaque will be a breeze!  As well as Necromunda, these guys should be great as Vault dwellers, Fremen, ships crew, or most anytime you need kitted out fighters in skinsuits.
Title: Re: Urban Terrain (Oct 3. Quick break from terrain. Working on some Van Saar)
Post by: 3 fingers on October 04, 2014, 09:48:24 PM
My reasoning would be camouflaged equipment like webbing an pouches etc?
Title: Re: Urban Terrain (Oct 3. Quick break from terrain. Working on some Van Saar)
Post by: eilif on October 05, 2014, 04:04:13 AM
My reasoning would be camouflaged equipment like webbing an pouches etc?

Works for me!

Finished painting the figs and bases today. Tomorrow I'll brush dip them and then maybe some drybrush before the matte vernish.
Title: Re: Urban Terrain (Oct 3. Quick break from terrain. Working on some Van Saar)
Post by: warburton on October 05, 2014, 08:47:05 PM
Nice; they are great models. I use them as generic space mercenaries.
Title: Re: Urban Terrain (Oct 3. Quick break from terrain. Working on some Van Saar)
Post by: eilif on October 06, 2014, 01:38:49 AM
Finished up the bases and blacked the base edges.  Tomorrow the Dip!

In the meantime, here's a scale shot showing the Slicks with 3 figs. Also shows an example of a Van Saar just before dip

(http://images.dakkadakka.com/s/i/gallery/img/2014/10/5/652477_md.JPG)

The heights from Sole of shoe to eyeline are:
-The slicks vary a bit in height from 31 to 33 mm.
-The Van Saar is 26mm sole to eye and my tallest Van Saar 27mm.
-The Imperial Guard is exactly 28mm.
-The Urban War/Metropolis Gladiator is 29mm, some of his buddies are 30mm.

Note that the Slicks have pretty thick soles on their boots. You could probably shave 1 or 1.5mm off the height by filing those down.  This confirms that (for me at least) slicks aren't really suitable for mixing with Necromunda Delaques.  However, on their own, they'll make a fine gang.  I'm also going to chop the shins out of a few of them to make juves.  Also, the rest of the "Corporate" world figs by ERM are reportedly the same size, which means that these not-recent figs will scale up well against the current crop of 30mm+ figures that many companies are releasing, though they don't have anywhere near as much detail.

I actually had a gangs worth of GW Delaque figs, but I traded them to a buddy of mine who want's to try necromunda.  They were cool figures, but I've liked the look of the slicks for a while.  They're sort of like the bad guys from Dark City if seen through the eyes of Jean-Pierre Jeunet or Terry Gilliam.
Title: Re: Urban Terrain (Oct 3. Quick break from terrain. Working on some Van Saar)
Post by: eilif on October 09, 2014, 08:55:49 PM
The Van Saar are finished. I'll have a proper blog and lots of pics up in a few days, but in the meantime here's a teaser.  Not bad for a simple block paint job, some drybrush on the green and hair, and a dip!
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2014/10/9/653468_md-.JPG)

Also, the Tuk Tuk is done. It will also get a proper blog post, but here's a preview.
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2014/10/9/653489_sm-.JPG) (http://www.dakkadakka.com/gallery/653489-.html)
Title: Re: Urban Terrain (Oct 3. Quick break from terrain. Working on some Van Saar)
Post by: warburton on October 09, 2014, 11:08:34 PM
Nice :)
Title: Re: Urban Terrain (Oct 3. Quick break from terrain. Working on some Van Saar)
Post by: zizi666 on October 10, 2014, 09:19:22 AM
Also, the Tuk Tuk is done. It will also get a proper blog post, but here's a preview.
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2014/10/9/653489_sm-.JPG) (http://www.dakkadakka.com/gallery/653489-.html)

That Half-Tuk is ace !
Title: Re: Urban Terrain (Oct 3. Quick break from terrain. Working on some Van Saar)
Post by: eilif on October 10, 2014, 03:10:40 PM
Thanks folks!
      I'm definitely stealing the "Half Tuk" term. 

Ok Lupe, so that's 
One Tuk
One no Tuk
and one Half Tuk
Title: Re: Urban Terrain (Oct 3. Quick break from terrain. Working on some Van Saar)
Post by: eilif on October 13, 2014, 06:55:03 PM
Just finished off 18 Van Saar and one scum.  This was also my first completed project using Champ Industries bases and Winsor Newton Galeria Acrylic Matt Varnish.
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2014/10/9/653473_md-.JPG)

A few examples.
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2014/10/9/653470_md-.JPG)
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2014/10/9/653471_md-.JPG)

Pics of all the figs as well as the cigar box I converted for transport and my review of the bases and varnish here:
http://chicagoskirmish.blogspot.com/2014/10/new-paint-for-old-friends-necromunda.html
Title: Re: Urban Terrain (Oct 13. Van Saar are finished)
Post by: warburton on October 14, 2014, 06:01:44 AM
Great work!
Title: Re: Urban Terrain (Oct 13. Van Saar are finished)
Post by: von Lucky on October 14, 2014, 12:57:11 PM
Lovely stuff.
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More! (Oct 14. Tuk Tuk finished)
Post by: eilif on October 14, 2014, 06:34:18 PM
Finished up the Tuk Tuk.  This is technically post-apoc, but I'm making this my work log, so here it shall be.
This ended up being a larger vehicle than I first thought, but the results are pretty good.
Lots of pictures and words at the blog post here…
http://chicagoskirmish.blogspot.com/2014/10/post-apocalyptic-tuk-tuk-auto-rickshaw.html
… but in the meantime here's a taste.
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2014/10/9/653491_md-.JPG)
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2014/10/9/653485_md-.JPG)
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More! (Oct 14. Tuk Tuk finished)
Post by: 3 fingers on October 14, 2014, 07:43:02 PM
Sweet ride. :)
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More! (Oct 14. Tuk Tuk finished)
Post by: sundayhero on October 14, 2014, 10:53:55 PM
Very convincing fast painting on these gangers !
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More! Galactic Frontier and the Ventauran Empire
Post by: eilif on October 15, 2014, 10:51:26 PM
Thanks for the kind words folks.  Now for something completely different.  In the club we've been slowly building a sci-fi setting called the "Galactic Frontier". The object is to be able to include almost any sci-fi game, regardless of ruleset in one universe. This could include games such as Full Thrust,  Tomorrow's War, Mech Attack, Panzer 8, Warengine, etc, and even post apoc games like Nuclear Renaissance.  

Right now this setting is mostly an overview page briefly describing some of the factions and planets with links to related blog battle reports: http://chicagoskirmish.blogspot.com/p/galactic-frontier-homebrew-sci-fi.html

Recently, however, I started writing more in depth bits of fluff regarding important locations and historical events. The first of these more lengthly pieces is "A recent History of the Ventauran Empire".  It is an attempt to both provide the history to the Ventauran faction (my most commonly played sci-fi miniatures) and to ret-con into the Galactic Frontier the large 28mm "Mech Attack" convention games that I've run for the last two years at the local convention "Little Wars",  both of which included Ventauran units.

A Ventauran Coms trooper:
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2011/9/23/274221_sm-.JPG) (http://www.dakkadakka.com/gallery/274221-.html)

The "Recent History of the Ventauran Empire" is posted here: http://chicagoskirmish.blogspot.com/2014/03/galactic-frontier-recent-history-of.html

Right now it's just got some nice thematic inspirational art from the interwebs, but it will soon have some pictures of my Ventuaran and Khiff Platoons and links to these two battles...
http://chicagoskirmish.blogspot.com/2014/05/mech-attack-battle-report-from-little.html
http://chicagoskirmish.blogspot.com/2013/05/epic-photo-dump-from-little-wars-2013.html
Which are no longer just a pair of convention games, but rather an integral part of the formation of the Ventauran Empire!

Anywho, this particular article is pretty much fixed, but I'd really welcome any opinions about it and advice regarding further background articles for the Galactic Frontier.  

Stay Tuned as in the works I have another background piece on the history of Oxxidon Prime which provides a setting for our Post-Apoc games as well as as a small bit overview of a new faction, the Maersk-Tesla corporation.
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More! (Oct 15 Recent History of the Ventauran Empire)
Post by: eilif on October 23, 2014, 05:57:47 PM
Edited to correct first link.

Another background piece today.
This one is a quick overview the "Maersk-Tesla" corporation, their history, aims and forces.
http://chicagoskirmish.blogspot.com/2014/05/the-maersk-tesla-corporation.html
The Maersk-Tesla Corporation is a faction that serves a "Weyland-Yutani" type of role in our universe.  
It's a very useful sort of faction to have in the universe that can be either the good or bad guy in a given situation and can be part-of or just background-in many scenarios.  

I actually did a little bit of research (mostly wikipedia) on this one, both of Danish history and geography and some modern shipping firms.  The Galactic Frontier is young enough (current year 2455) that we can draw on modern history if it serves our needs.

For minis, I've not painted up with anything for their para-military "Asset Protection" units, but I have used Necromunda Van Saar as one of their Survey teams, in the ill-fated mission that was this game:
http://chicagoskirmish.blogspot.com/2014/10/bloodbath-in-nanotech-dustbowl.html
I've also been buying various suits-with-guns miniatures to represent their various operatives.

(http://www.jlopatin.com/pictures/2014/10-10-14game/photos/PA093718.jpg)
(http://www.jlopatin.com/pictures/2014/10-10-14game/photos/PA093715.jpg)
(http://www.jlopatin.com/pictures/2014/10-10-14game/photos/PA093720.jpg)
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More! (Oct 23. The Maersk-Tesla Corporation)
Post by: warburton on October 24, 2014, 06:38:57 PM
Cool stuff :)
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More! (Oct 23. The Maersk-Tesla Corporation)
Post by: eilif on October 26, 2014, 06:01:17 AM
Just wrote up another background article up for the Galactic Frontier.
http://chicagoskirmish.blogspot.com/2014/05/oxiddon-alpha-troubled-world-on.html

This one is a bit lengthy, but it's split up into sections.  It's the saga of planet of Oxxidon Prime, covering the...

-first mining operations and subsequent terraforming.
-Creation of the "Bridge" cities and the separate peace.
-The Bridger-Broadlander War
-The Remnant Broadlanders and their struggle to survive.
-The Uberbrucken Gates.

This article reveals one of Maersk Tesla's greatest debacles.  It also provides a location in which the club can have post-apocalypse gaming and still locate it in the Galactic Frontier if we wish. 

As before, the blog editor has scoured the web to put some amazing pieces of artwork into the article to flesh out the mood of the piece.
(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-_ESWr5JDw7o/T4S7EHyT5II/AAAAAAAAAb0/xUgbZQS1lUw/s1600/PP_PostAppocVillage.jpg)
(http://th08.deviantart.net/fs70/PRE/f/2013/232/b/3/hive_citz_by_drbrbr-d6iyqwy.jpg)
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More! (Jan 13, Warzone Tenement Buildings)
Post by: eilif on January 13, 2015, 05:10:43 PM
I recently finished building a whole batch of Dust Tactics "Warzone Tenement" buildings for my sci-fi city (though they're fairly genre-neutral).  I'm really pleased with the kits, though like the Pegasus Gothic kits, they require a bit of work to get the most from them.  Also, it turns out that self adhesive vinyl tiles and the Dust Tactics Quonset Huts make great roofs!
Lots of tips and pics here: http://chicagoskirmish.blogspot.com/2015/01/getting-most-from-dust-tactics-tenement.html

(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2015/1/2/674978.JPG)
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2015/1/2/674992.JPG)
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More! (Jan 13th, Warzone Tenements under construction)
Post by: Momotaro on January 13, 2015, 05:13:15 PM
Tenements are a brilliant idea - love the quonset hut roofs.

Those old Denizen minis look great, don't they?
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More! (Jan 13th, Warzone Tenements under construction)
Post by: warburton on January 13, 2015, 10:51:11 PM
Nice. :)
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More! (Jan 13th, Warzone Tenements under construction)
Post by: Hawkeye on January 13, 2015, 11:25:25 PM
Excellent! I have one of the tenement buildings (I should have got some more in the sale before Christmas, but didn't - still kicking myself). This is a great outline of the possibilities for the kit. I'll be using it when I put my own tenement together (along with the extra ones that I will inevitably buy). I love the look of the Quonset huts as a top floor/roof - it looks amazing! I think I'll be borrowing that particular idea. Painted bronze, with a nice patina, it will look great, I think.
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More! (Jan 13th, Warzone Tenements under construction)
Post by: zizi666 on January 14, 2015, 12:09:54 AM
Excellent !

Now you make me feel bad for not ordering some buildings and quonset huts during the Xmas sale. That was a nice deal, but P&P to EU made it less interesting  :'(
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More! (Jan 13th, Warzone Tenements under construction)
Post by: eilif on January 14, 2015, 02:09:40 AM
Thanks Folks,
I had a blast making these.

Momotaro,
I'm definitely a fan of the Denizen figs. I've got a platoon of Ventaurans and Khiff and they really are exceptional figs.  I haven't gotten any of the human factions because of the size, but it doesn't bother me in the least if the Aliens are a bit short compared to Terrans (25/26mm vs 28mm).

Hawkeye and zizi66,
      I bought mine (9 boxes worth) from the same sale, some Quonsets and some Dust vehicles and a few other thigns I'm still kicking myself for not buying a few other things.  Since FFG is losing the license to distribute I'm really hoping they have another blow-out sale.  I'd love to pick up some of those Russkie tanks.

If you all have any questions about construction not covered in the blog post, feel free to let me know.
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More! (Jan 13th, Warzone Tenements under construction)
Post by: sean_68333 on January 14, 2015, 05:34:59 PM
Great stuff.  I have one of those elevated train station toys.  Seeing what you did makes me want to break it out and lay paint to it.  I don't know if I will use it as a train station or modify it into something else.

Great stuff.  Thanks for sharing.

Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More! (Jan 13th, Warzone Tenements under construction)
Post by: eilif on January 20, 2015, 08:26:04 PM
Finished up the paint on the 7 buildings based on the Dust Tactics "Warzone Tenement" kits.   Lots of additional greebling on these but nothing too specific and the result is a set of buildings that could work in a variety of genres from the mid 20th century through the grim darkness of the far future.  Most have accessible interiors.
Pictures and descriptions of each building here:
http://chicagoskirmish.blogspot.com/2015/01/fully-painted-dust-tactics-warzone.html

(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2015/1/13/678335.JPG)
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (Jan 20th, Warzone Tenements, painting finished!)
Post by: Hawkeye on January 20, 2015, 11:33:10 PM
Superb. Absolutely superb. I loved the Quonset hut roofs even before they were painted, but now that they ARE painted, they're even better! Wonderful! I also love the one that puts one of the huts in the center of the roof (more or less), so that it looks like a maintenance level, or something, and gives roof access via the door in the side of the hut. Excellent. I also love how you've created different footprints for the buildings too, and different floor layouts - I'll be borrowing that idea, although I think I need to pick up a couple more sets so that I can make a few different buildings!

I think my favorite might be the Grand Hotel, with the (wonderfully weathered) addition from the Thomas the Train set. Genius. It's so good, in fact, that I'm already looking at picking up that Thomas the Train set to use for the same purpose - my son will get the structure itself, to add to his Thomas the Train stuff, but I'll "borrow" the roof (and make sure he doesn't even realize that there IS a roof). I think I'll combine it with the Quonset hut roof idea to make a real centerpiece building.

Thank you for allowing me to see just what can be done with these buildings - they're brilliant.
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (Jan 20th, Warzone Tenements, painting finished!)
Post by: sundayhero on January 20, 2015, 11:35:59 PM
Really nice, it could also be used for Shadowrun Berlin, for example. Great !
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (Jan 20th, Warzone Tenements, painting finished!)
Post by: eilif on January 21, 2015, 02:22:22 AM
Thanks for the kind words!

Sundayhero,
       I actually looked at pictures of cyberpunk buildings to get ideas for greebling.

Hawkeye,
       Glad to hear that I've inspired you to rob your children! You may be able to find a deal on a used one on Ebay.   A warning though, mine is an older version (take-n-play system) so it may be different, but by the time I took off the awning, it had ruined the electronics.  The weathering on the "glass" awning is really easy to replicate.  Just brush on a couple layers of matte varnish until it looks like frosted  glass and follow with a tan drybrush. over black with a light tan drybrush to finish it off.  I'm all about fast paint jobs.

For the building with the hut in the middle of the roof minis can be placed inside the hut by reaching through the garage door and through a hole in the floor.
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (Jan 20th, Warzone Tenements, painting finished!)
Post by: commissarmoody on January 21, 2015, 04:55:27 AM
Really nice, it could also be used for Shadowrun Berlin, for example. Great !

That's one sexy looking town. And I agree with what Sundayhero said. Cyberpunk dystopian urban decay.
   
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (Jan 20th, Warzone Tenements, painting finished!)
Post by: sundayhero on January 21, 2015, 02:56:42 PM
Just a few more neons and vents  ;)

It motivates me to start my own shadowrun project. I've got the minis, I've got the MDF for the scenery bases, and I need is some TIME  :D
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (Jan 20th, Warzone Tenements, painting finished!)
Post by: cheetor on January 21, 2015, 05:05:55 PM


Phenomenal, you are a dynamo.  A dynamo with a lot of storage space too it appears   ;)


Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More! (Jan 13th, Warzone Tenements under construction)
Post by: Mason on January 21, 2015, 05:12:08 PM
Stunning!
And, oh so useful.
 :-* 8) :-*


Now you make me feel bad for not ordering some buildings and quonset huts during the Xmas sale. That was a nice deal, but P&P to EU made it less interesting  :'(

Me too.
If I had seen these finished pictures first I think I would have just caved in and bought them....hey, ho... :'(

Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (Jan 20th, Warzone Tenements, painting finished!)
Post by: Valerik on January 21, 2015, 05:49:12 PM
Superb. Absolutely superb.
Thank you for allowing me to see just what can be done with these buildings - they're brilliant.

I'm with Hawkeye, great inspiration here.

I wasn't smart enough to buy three story buildings, but my stash of 2s oughta see me through.

I'll go against the flow here & say I'm not fond of the Quonset roofs.
I've lived & worked in enough of 'em to be unable to see 'em as anything else I guess.

That awning though is simply brilliant!!

Valerik

Lifelong Talent Despiser, having none of mine own
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (Jan 20th, Warzone Tenements, painting finished!)
Post by: eilif on January 21, 2015, 09:18:36 PM
Phenomenal, you are a dynamo.  A dynamo with a lot of storage space too it appears   ;)
I don't have a basement or a garage, but I've been putting alot of shelves in our 3 story, enclosed porch (a common Chicago building feature) which serves as our storage space. If you buy the right Sterilite strage tubs, you can fit 3 of these in each tub.

I'm with Hawkeye, great inspiration here.

I wasn't smart enough to buy three story buildings, but my stash of 2s oughta see me through.
Thanks!
I made the same mistake and bought the "warzone tenement" 2 story kits instead of the "Operation Cerberus" 3 story kits even though they were the same price during the sale. Kicking myself over that one.
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (Jan 20th, Warzone Tenements, painting finished!)
Post by: eilif on February 21, 2015, 08:02:46 PM
I just put up a review of the $6 Sci-Fi Tanks from Tehnolog, the company that brought you Robogear, Platformer and Hexagon.
http://chicagoskirmish.blogspot.com/2015/02/six-dollar-tanks-from-russia.html
I tried to be pretty thorough and included construction hints, resolving the kit's few shortcomings and comparison to a Leman Russ.
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2015/2/18/688032.JPG)
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2015/2/18/688014.JPG)
Very pleased with them. A friend and I split a box of 10 and I'm definitely looking forward to fielding a platoon of these.
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (March 21, Review of $6 Russian sci-fi Tank Kit)
Post by: Vermis on February 23, 2015, 04:20:06 AM
Nice review, Eilif. Ta! I've got a few Heresy troopers in the lead pile that might use some armoured backup like this. :) Pity there's no option for a single 'normal' gun barrel, but I've got a handful of styrene tubes lying around here, doing nothing.
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (March 21, Review of $6 Russian sci-fi Tank Kit)
Post by: eilif on February 23, 2015, 04:33:50 AM
Nice review, Eilif. Ta! I've got a few Heresy troopers in the lead pile that might use some armoured backup like this. :) Pity there's no option for a single 'normal' gun barrel, but I've got a handful of styrene tubes lying around here, doing nothing.

Thanks!
I was also a bit surprised that it didn't have a singe long-barrel option.  I suspect folks who buy it for 40k will have or trade for 40k guns, but that's not what I bought it for.  If you don't mind a stubby barrel it wouldn't be hard to graft one of the double barrels onto the base of the plasma cannon.  I've got the long barrels left over from my Destroid monster. Maybe I should mount those to this thing?
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (April 15. 6mm buildings)
Post by: eilif on April 15, 2015, 08:41:02 PM
Just finished up my first ever commissions for 6mm buildings .  I copied the style ruthlessly from ironhands.com, but I'm pretty pleased with the results.  I may even make some for myself sometime.
More pics of each building and such here:
http://chicagoskirmish.blogspot.com/2015/04/small-scale-building-commissions.html
The figs used for scale are 10mm mechwarrior units.
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2015/4/10/703813.JPG)
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2015/4/10/703805.JPG)
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (April 15 6mm buildings)
Post by: von Lucky on April 17, 2015, 08:54:13 AM
Lovely stuff.
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (April 15 6mm buildings)
Post by: Mason on April 17, 2015, 09:27:11 AM
Brilliant!
 :-*

Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (April 15 6mm buildings)
Post by: eilif on April 17, 2015, 01:34:40 PM
Thanks folks,
        I'd be curious to hear if folks would be interested or think others would be interested in these buildings if I were to make some more.  I'm kicking around the idea of doing a few batches on-spec for sale.  Prices would probably be 15 for the smallest up to 25 or so for the largest buildings
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (April 15 6mm buildings)
Post by: eilif on June 04, 2016, 09:46:12 PM
Finally back in the swing of things and making more terrain.  Not necessarily Futuristic this time, but it could be and since all my stuff is here anyway...

I'm finally working on the Fisher Price Parking Garage that I've had sitting around for ages.  This is for a buddy of mine who is painting up a 15 figure Necromunda gang for me.

Here's how it started.
(http://www.dakkadakka.com/s/i/at/2016/4/26/0374a36e8dfbaf7214a682d936b8c294_24779.jpg__thumb)

(http://www.dakkadakka.com/s/i/at/2016/4/26/baa5fab1dafc0878a9d6864da10f4069_24779.jpg__thumb)

I build most of my terrain with out a base and he was ok with that, so the base came off, it was dis-assembled and the various parts got soaked in purple power to get the stickers off.

Then I got to work.  Just yesterday I found a batch of plastic word cards, base 10 blocks and square tokens at the resale shop and I used some of all of them in this along with lots of other bits.  They all seem to be made of plastics that will adhere with MEK based plastic glue which makes assembly alot easier.  The actual garage levels aren't shown because asside from removing the red crank from the front I didnt change anything.  Virtually all my effort went into the elevator tower.

(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/6/4/804952_md-.JPG)
Base 10 bricks, tokens, other bits, etc...  Just alot of stuff glued on to make empty space more interesting

The middle of the side is a separate piece which will make it easy to spray it a contrasting color before assembly.  Love those word tiles for covering over the spaces formelry occupied by the elevator crank and bell.
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/6/4/804953_md-.JPG)

Here's what the 3 wall sections look like together.
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/6/4/804957_md-.JPG)

The elevator car and 3 removable "doors".  The car will be permanently parked on the second floor so I put some base 10 bricks around the roof to make it easy to put figs on the "third" floor.
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/6/4/804954_md-.JPG)

In most parking garages, the passengers ride in the elevator, so the passenger gondola was unecessary.  However the bottom section will make a good cover for an AC unit on the roof of the structure. I made the internal AC stuff out of  Knex, Mega and Base 10 blocks.  I was just throwing it together, but it does have rough representations of some of the major AC unit parts.
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/6/4/804956_md-.JPG)

Just got finished base coating everything. I should have pics of that up tomorrow.
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (6/4 Converted Parking Garage)
Post by: inkwell on June 04, 2016, 10:11:24 PM
Sweet! I love your toy builds brother. Those bricks are just right!
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (6/4 Converted Parking Garage)
Post by: eilif on June 05, 2016, 01:40:49 AM
Thanks Inkwell,
Gotta love it when all the stuff you need falls right in your lap!
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (6/4 Converted Parking Garage)
Post by: The_Beast on June 05, 2016, 04:40:09 AM
Love seeing Fisher Price swinging back on the gaming table; I remember seeing plenty of 40K battles over a converted airport terminal. Had a 'far out' 70's vibe at first, but some lads paint 'dirtied it up' proper, and was perfect.

Patiently waiting on YOUR paint results!

BTW, love the use of the Robotix piece. I've a fair amount of the smaller bits lying around, somewhere, and always wanted to see used for greebles on 28/32mm sci-fi walls.

Commisions, huh? Cogitating...  :D

Doug

Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (6/4 Converted Parking Garage)
Post by: eilif on June 05, 2016, 06:46:30 PM
Thanks Doug!
       Glad you liked them.  I've been wanting to find one of those FP Airport terminals for some time but haven't yet.  It'd be quite perfect for the kind of converting I do.  The prime/basecoat sprays are mostly done. I might be able to get to the brushwork this evening.

Robotix is great stuff. Sometimes it needs a bit of trimming or disguising, but I like it alot.

As for commissions, I'm always open to work.  I mostly do urban terrain, but I'm pretty flexible.  Let me know if you've got a project idea.
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (6/4 Converted Parking Garage)
Post by: stone-cold-lead on June 05, 2016, 06:51:15 PM
Some great looking stuff there. Maybe it's because it's too hot in the house and I'm drinking whiskey like I'm in a Sergio Leone film but the words 'brown' and 'myself' have had me laughing for far longer than they should have.  lol
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (6/4 Converted Parking Garage)
Post by: Hupp n at em on June 05, 2016, 07:06:40 PM
That elevator build looks awesome, can't wait to see it finished! :)
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (6/4 Converted Parking Garage)
Post by: FramFramson on June 05, 2016, 07:08:02 PM
Some great looking stuff there. Maybe it's because it's too hot in the house and I'm drinking whiskey like I'm in a Sergio Leone film but the words 'brown' and 'myself' have had me laughing for far longer than they should have.  lol
If it's any consolation, they had the same effect on me and I'm all too sober.  lol
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (6/4 Converted Parking Garage)
Post by: eilif on June 05, 2016, 07:10:14 PM
That elevator build looks awesome, can't wait to see it finished! :)

Thanks!

Some great looking stuff there. Maybe it's because it's too hot in the house and I'm drinking whiskey like I'm in a Sergio Leone film but the words 'brown' and 'myself' have had me laughing for far longer than they should have.  lol

I wasn't paying attention to which words I used, but when I saw the pics I started mixing them up in my head and there were a few combinations that gave me a bit of a chuckle.  Maybe my subconscious was busier than I thought...
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (6/4 Converted Parking Garage)
Post by: eilif on June 05, 2016, 07:12:03 PM
If it's any consolation, they had the same effect on me and I'm all too sober.  lol

I think from here on out I'll try and make "interesting" word combinations when I use those tiles.   Just to make my project logs a bit more engaging.
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (6/4 Converted Parking Garage)
Post by: eilif on June 06, 2016, 03:41:31 AM
No brushwork yet (had a family movie night instead), but here's the base-coated/colored sections.  The sections all work pretty well I think and I'm rather happy with the texture on the garage section which was made by flinging powdery cement mix at wet spray paint and then spraying a heavy layer of spray paint over that.
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/6/6/805297_md-.JPG)
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/6/6/805298_md-.JPG)
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/6/6/805300_md-.JPG)
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/6/6/805299_md-.JPG)
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/6/6/805301_md-.JPG)

The blue color was a Rustoleum "chalk" matte color spray it came out clumpy on some spaceships and I expected the same (rough texture is good for buildings) here, but on this it was super smooth. I may have to give that line some more attention and possibly use it on minis.  The light green on the elevator car is a satin color but it should flatten right out with some matte spray and/or drybrushing.

This week will see alot of wet and drybrushing and hopefully finish this up in the next couple days.
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (6/4 Parking Garage Base-Coated/Colored)
Post by: Hawkeye on June 06, 2016, 03:52:08 PM
That's looking great - I'm looking forward to seeing you work your magic on it! I've seen a couple of wonderful reinventions of that Fisher Price garage for miniature games, and if I ever found one at a reasonable price, I'd snap it up immediately!
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (6/4 Parking Garage Base-Coated/Colored)
Post by: von Lucky on June 06, 2016, 10:23:04 PM
Completely forgot I had this toy as a kid - what a weird toy when you think about it. Love where's it's headed though.
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (6/4 Parking Garage Base-Coated/Colored)
Post by: eilif on June 11, 2016, 03:09:02 PM
The Garage is Finished!
My buddy decided to keep the 3 sections (ramp, Tower, Parking Structure) separate. I trimmed the tabs a bit, but the parts still fit together snuggly.

First the tower.
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/6/11/806601_md-.JPG)
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/6/11/806600_md-.JPG)
With the doors in place.
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/6/11/806603_md-.JPG)
The Rooftop A/C unit
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/6/11/806602_md-.JPG)

The Ramp
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/6/11/806606_md-.JPG)

Parking Structure
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/6/11/806605_md-.JPG)
Love that filthy grime...
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/6/11/806604_md-.JPG)

Altogether now!
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/6/11/806607_md-.JPG)
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/6/11/806608_md-.JPG)

And now it's boxed up and will be off to my buddy on Thursday.  I'm super happy with it except for two minor things.  First, I had initially put some faded lines on the parking surface, but they were completely obscured by the heavy weathering job.  Next time I'll make the initial lines bolder.  Second, I somehow managed to leave a short area on the front of each level -where the passenger gondola docked in the original toy) open with no guardrail.  Luckily my next project is a batch of scatter terrain. While building them I'll also make two barriers to cover those spots.

These are both pretty modern and don't really affect it's functionality. I don't have any use for a parking garage in my terrain collection, but I liked this enough that if I find another I might buy it just for the tower section which is a very nice looking and compact urban structure.
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (6/11 Parking Garage Finished!)
Post by: Oldben1 on June 11, 2016, 04:08:19 PM
That's fantastic, my wife and I laughed having both played with a similar toy when we were kids.  Great job on the ramps.
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (6/11 Parking Garage Finished!)
Post by: von Lucky on June 11, 2016, 10:59:30 PM
It's come out a treat.
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (6/11 Parking Garage Finished!)
Post by: eilif on June 12, 2016, 05:55:53 AM
Thanks Folks!
I just hope he likes it as much as we do.
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (6/11 Parking Garage Finished!)
Post by: Jan on June 12, 2016, 01:40:57 PM
Oh yeah,

looks pretty cool! Big thing to paint.

Cool dusty MadMax Look with great new Options for playing on it.

Thanks for sharing.  :)


Greetings,
Jan
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (6/11 Parking Garage Finished!)
Post by: eilif on June 12, 2016, 03:50:59 PM
Oh yeah,

looks pretty cool! Big thing to paint.

Cool dusty MadMax Look with great new Options for playing on it.

Thanks for sharing.  :)


Greetings,
Jan

Thanks Jan. I'm definitely trying to keep his options open.  I could have post-apoc'ed it even more, but I wanted it to be just as useable as a worn-but-intact building in modern or zombie games as in a post apoc-setting.

It was a big chunk to paint, but I've gotten used to that now.  Lots of spray paints, wet-brushes, fast drybrushes and heavy washes and it's actually a pretty quick process.  Flinging cement mix at wet paint was a major time-saving discovery.
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (6/11 Parking Garage Finished!)
Post by: eilif on June 27, 2016, 10:48:34 PM
Here's a batch of scatter and small terrain I'm making for a buddy of mine. In exchange he will be painting up 6 or 7 necromunda characters.

All are based on more of the "Base 10" bricks that I also used on my parking garage  Once you gouge them up a bit they make great cement floors.

-The first batch is cargo.
Some bogey's from a toy tank and some random gears taken from the inside of various toys. I love these.
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/6/27/810038_md-.JPG)

Here's some baby food pouch caps, some electric motors (these are in everything!) and two stacks of I-Beams made from Power City (aka Girder and Panel) sets.
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/6/27/810039_md-.JPG)

-The second batch is general industrial stuff.
Three bits of machinery all made from leftover parts from the $10 Technolog tanks I built a while back.
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/6/27/810036_md-.JPG)

Here's a battery box from a flashlight with some tank wheel pieces. A section with a game piece, a farm oil tank, a contact case jar and a small bit of pipe from a toy. The green box was the back of some old army-men toy.
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/6/27/810037_md-.JPG)

Here's kind a neat twist. I made two additional walkway sections so that each batch of scatter terrain can be placed together into a larger terrain piece.
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/6/27/810040_md-.JPG)

Just primed these up I'll snap a pic this evening and maybe even start on painting.
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (6/27 Scatter Terrain before paint)
Post by: Hupp n at em on June 28, 2016, 02:45:26 PM
Is there anywhere in particular that you found to snap up these "Base 10" bricks in bulk?
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (6/27 Scatter Terrain before paint)
Post by: eilif on June 28, 2016, 05:45:09 PM
Is there anywhere in particular that you found to snap up these "Base 10" bricks in bulk?

I made a lucky find of the ETA brand blocks at Goodwill in 1, 10 and 100 sizes.  I also scored a bag of one inch plastic tiles and plastic word tiles, both of which were part of the Parking Garage build.  Must have been a preschool closure or somesuch.

I've got some big ideas for city block bases with these, but if anyone needs some base 10 blocks I'd be willing to sell some for half of whatever they're selling for new plus shipping.
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (6/27 Scatter Terrain before paint)
Post by: sean_68333 on June 30, 2016, 05:18:53 PM
Great idea for some scatter terrain or larger areas of industrial supplies.  I can't wait to see these painted.

Wonderful inspiration for my own table.

Thanks for sharing!
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (6/27 Scatter Terrain before paint)
Post by: eilif on July 26, 2016, 08:40:40 PM
Just finished up a couple of Necromunda style platforms based on platforms from the "Tony Hawk Circut Board" series of skatepart toys.

Construction process was as follows.
-Cut ends and center out of one and a side off the other.
-Add two supports to bottom of one (it was a bit tippy) and put a tab on top of each to suggest a hatch.
-Remove Roof and glue back on upside down to get the grid pattern.
-Snip off pegs that originally held roof in place to make a level surface.
-Spray prime black with $1 can of flat black from the hardware store.
-Lightly spray orange or blue from a distance to get mottled finish. I used Rustoleum Satin colored spray paint. Even though it's "satin" when applied from a distance in a light dusting, it dries fairly flat.  Also it's pretty cheap at around 4 bucks a can.
-Each side was turned face up, drenched in brown wash (Future Floor Finish and paint) then after it dried turn a new side up and repeat, etc..
-Matte Finish to cut the shine
-Drybrush light tan.

Here's the results:

(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/7/25/815822_sm-.JPG) (http://www.dakkadakka.com/gallery/815822-.html)
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/7/25/815824_sm-.JPG) (http://www.dakkadakka.com/gallery/815824-.html)
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/7/25/815826_sm-.JPG) (http://www.dakkadakka.com/gallery/815826-.html)
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/7/25/815820_sm-.JPG) (http://www.dakkadakka.com/gallery/815820-.html)
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/7/25/815821_sm-.JPG) (http://www.dakkadakka.com/gallery/815821-.html)
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/7/25/815825_sm-.JPG) (http://www.dakkadakka.com/gallery/815825-.html)

I was tempted to add more detailing on top, but as you can see in the last pic, not doing so makes for a nice wide space that you can stack other terrain on top of in true Necromunda fashion.

A couple other observations...

-I do wish is that I'd gone with either blue for both or orange for both so they'd look more unified when used together. 

-The orange one really looks like rusty metal. I'll probably replicate this in the future as a very fast way to make rusty metal.

-I'll definitely be using these satin colored sprays lightly dusted over black again. I avoided them for years because they are satin and not flat, but it turns out to be an extremely fast way to make worn-looking paint and there's a HUGE variety of colors available.
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (7/26 Necromumda style Platforms Finished!)
Post by: Elbows on July 26, 2016, 09:18:14 PM
Excellent result!
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (7/26 Necromumda style Platforms Finished!)
Post by: 3 fingers on July 26, 2016, 09:40:17 PM
Inspiring,I did  have some those baby food pouch tops  to use as air vents ,for my sci fi /necromunda setting.
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (7/26 Necromumda style Platforms Finished!)
Post by: eilif on July 27, 2016, 05:22:40 PM
Thanks Folks,
       I'm definitely going to be keeping an eye out for more of these.

The Baby food caps really are great. I've used them on alot of my buildings.  They come in two styles too.  The round ones are great for classic industrial look, but the 4-segmented kind like above are great for taking a wash and a drybrush just a bit better.   

I should have some completed pics of the scatter terrain next week.
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (7/26 Necromumda style Platforms Finished!)
Post by: eilif on August 02, 2016, 04:23:34 PM
Found this Indiana Jones "Jungle Cutter"  (missing a fair number of parts) at the resale shop.
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/7/31/817110_sm-Indiana%20Jones%2C%20Jungle%20Cutter%2C%20Terrain%2C%20Toybashing.JPG) (http://www.dakkadakka.com/gallery/817110-Indiana%20Jones%2C%20Jungle%20Cutter%2C%20Terrain%2C%20Toybashing.html)

Could be a cool crawler or Ork Tank or somesuch, but I'm going to convert it into an industrial processing/grinding center.  Like a couple of my recent projects I'm going to try and use almost nothing except for this model itself in the conversion.

The first step was to remove the treads and the bottom/underside piece.
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/7/31/817111_sm-Indiana%20Jones%2C%20Jungle%20Cutter%2C%20Terrain%2C%20Toybashing.JPG) (http://www.dakkadakka.com/gallery/817111-Indiana%20Jones%2C%20Jungle%20Cutter%2C%20Terrain%2C%20Toybashing.html)

Then I unscrewed and removed every detail piece that I could.
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/7/31/817112_sm-Indiana%20Jones%2C%20Jungle%20Cutter%2C%20Terrain%2C%20Toybashing.JPG) (http://www.dakkadakka.com/gallery/817112-Indiana%20Jones%2C%20Jungle%20Cutter%2C%20Terrain%2C%20Toybashing.html)

Then I got out my trusty Dremel 543 bit and cut away the lower section of the front so it would sit flat on the ground. I also cut away a few tabs from inside the cockpit area.
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/7/31/817113_sm-Indiana%20Jones%2C%20Jungle%20Cutter%2C%20Terrain%2C%20Toybashing.JPG) (http://www.dakkadakka.com/gallery/817113-Indiana%20Jones%2C%20Jungle%20Cutter%2C%20Terrain%2C%20Toybashing.html)
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/7/31/817115_sm-Indiana%20Jones%2C%20Jungle%20Cutter%2C%20Terrain%2C%20Toybashing.JPG) (http://www.dakkadakka.com/gallery/817115-Indiana%20Jones%2C%20Jungle%20Cutter%2C%20Terrain%2C%20Toybashing.html)(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/7/31/817114_sm-Indiana%20Jones%2C%20Jungle%20Cutter%2C%20Terrain%2C%20Toybashing.JPG) (http://www.dakkadakka.com/gallery/817114-Indiana%20Jones%2C%20Jungle%20Cutter%2C%20Terrain%2C%20Toybashing.html)

I also took the opportunity to start chopping up the track sections, making sure to preserve some long sections of tread for future use.  They're mostly one piece with tiny wheels on the bottom, but when cut apart carefully, there's all kinds of great detail you can save.
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/7/31/817116_sm-Indiana%20Jones%2C%20Jungle%20Cutter%2C%20Terrain%2C%20Toybashing.JPG) (http://www.dakkadakka.com/gallery/817116-Indiana%20Jones%2C%20Jungle%20Cutter%2C%20Terrain%2C%20Toybashing.html)
The piece on the far right is a section of the underside that I'll be using in the next step.
Lastly, I saved the shavings and chunks that were leftover.
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/7/31/817117_sm-Indiana%20Jones%2C%20Jungle%20Cutter%2C%20Terrain%2C%20Toybashing.JPG) (http://www.dakkadakka.com/gallery/817117-Indiana%20Jones%2C%20Jungle%20Cutter%2C%20Terrain%2C%20Toybashing.html)
I especially saved the tiny melted/grinded bits that the 543 bit leaves on the edges.  You'll find out why I saved these in the next installment...
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (8/2 Jungle Cutter becoming Industrial Scenery?)
Post by: Mason on August 02, 2016, 05:51:54 PM
I like where you are going with this, very innovative.
 8) 8)

Eagerly awaiting the next step.
 :D

Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (8/2 Jungle Cutter becoming Industrial Scenery?)
Post by: eilif on August 03, 2016, 08:39:20 PM
Thanks Mason, here you are...

and now for the next installment of the Jungle cutter becoming Industrial Scenry!

First off, here's two shots showing the input and output ends of the conveyor belt. It's just two pieces of tread, glued together and then held in places with pieces of plastic that I cut from the bottom of the tank hull.  Both ends extend just far enough into the structure to give the illusion of a full length conveyor belt and as you can see there's no need to be neat and tidy with the parts no one will see as long as it's nice and sturdy.
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/8/3/817931_sm-Industrial%2C%20Jungle%20Cutter%2C%20Terrain%2C%20Toybashing.JPG) (http://www.dakkadakka.com/gallery/817931-Industrial%2C%20Jungle%20Cutter%2C%20Terrain%2C%20Toybashing.html)
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/8/3/817932_sm-Industrial%2C%20Jungle%20Cutter%2C%20Terrain%2C%20Toybashing.JPG) (http://www.dakkadakka.com/gallery/817932-Industrial%2C%20Jungle%20Cutter%2C%20Terrain%2C%20Toybashing.html)

I wanted this shreder/gridner to be useful in both my urban industrial terrain and my dessert mining colony terrain.  To that end I created two different sets of scrap that can be placed on or next to the the machinery.  For the Industrial version, a pile of metal junk made mostly from offcuts from the tread sections and for the output a bunch of shredded "metal" bits made of those plastic shavings I mentioned saving earlier
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/8/2/817706_sm-Industrial%2C%20Jungle%20Cutter%2C%20Terrain%2C%20Toybashing.JPG) (http://www.dakkadakka.com/gallery/817706-Industrial%2C%20Jungle%20Cutter%2C%20Terrain%2C%20Toybashing.html)

and for the mining colony a small stack of concrete/mortar bits that have fallen off my house (It's 110 years old...) and some ground up rock made from gravel I sifted out of the concrete mix that I use for most ballast and soil.
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/8/2/817705_sm-Industrial%2C%20Jungle%20Cutter%2C%20Terrain%2C%20Toybashing.JPG) (http://www.dakkadakka.com/gallery/817705-Industrial%2C%20Jungle%20Cutter%2C%20Terrain%2C%20Toybashing.html)

The outputs are glued to pieces of Mc-donalds cup (a cheap source of flexible styrene sheet) and are stepped so they can lay in the end of the conveyor belt and appear to be spilling over.
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/8/2/817707_sm-Industrial%2C%20Jungle%20Cutter%2C%20Terrain%2C%20Toybashing.JPG) (http://www.dakkadakka.com/gallery/817707-Industrial%2C%20Jungle%20Cutter%2C%20Terrain%2C%20Toybashing.html)

This picture gives you some idea of how the stepeped outputs will look on the machinery. As seen in the picture, originally I tried to just glue them together (without the styrene cup base) on a piece of wax paper.  That didn't work very well and it used a ton of glue which probably injured my brain, but at least you see how the stepped effect works.
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/8/2/817704_sm-Industrial%2C%20Jungle%20Cutter%2C%20Terrain%2C%20Toybashing.JPG) (http://www.dakkadakka.com/gallery/817704-Industrial%2C%20Jungle%20Cutter%2C%20Terrain%2C%20Toybashing.html)

Then I primed everythign with black spray paint. a few of the bits were vinyl and have gotten just a bit sticky but that will be taken care of with time and additional layers of paint. The main structure and the big vents were then sprayed from about 2 feet away with quick bursts from a can of "Rustoleum 2x Cinnamon Satin Spray".  Spraying form a distance creates a nice mottled surface that is flatter than satin and looks nice and worn.
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/8/3/817930_sm-Industrial%2C%20Jungle%20Cutter%2C%20Terrain%2C%20Toybashing.JPG) (http://www.dakkadakka.com/gallery/817930-Industrial%2C%20Jungle%20Cutter%2C%20Terrain%2C%20Toybashing.html)

The input and output ends of the machinery which also give a bit better impression of the mottled paint effect.
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/8/3/817933_sm-Industrial%2C%20Jungle%20Cutter%2C%20Terrain%2C%20Toybashing.JPG) (http://www.dakkadakka.com/gallery/817933-Industrial%2C%20Jungle%20Cutter%2C%20Terrain%2C%20Toybashing.html)(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/8/3/817934_sm-Industrial%2C%20Jungle%20Cutter%2C%20Terrain%2C%20Toybashing.JPG) (http://www.dakkadakka.com/gallery/817934-Industrial%2C%20Jungle%20Cutter%2C%20Terrain%2C%20Toybashing.html)

So, this project is chugging right along. Last night I put all the paint on the rest of the parts and the various details and alot of flecks of metalic paint to suggest wear.    I'll try and get some pics of that tomorrow.   Tonight or tomorrow I should be able to apply the wash and then all that will be necessary is the tan drybrush.
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (8/2 Industrial Grinder: Scrap and Conveyor belt)
Post by: Mason on August 04, 2016, 08:48:01 AM
Superb!
 8) 8)

I appreciate the tip with the Mc'D's cups too.
Would never have thought of that myself.
 :D

Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (8/2 Industrial Grinder: Scrap and Conveyor belt)
Post by: Malebolgia on August 04, 2016, 08:51:37 AM
Woah, excellent! Love it when people see a model, an idea pops in their head and they then transform it into something totally unlike the original and it looks awesome. Modelling at its best!
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (8/2 Industrial Grinder: Scrap and Conveyor belt)
Post by: eilif on August 04, 2016, 04:16:34 PM
Thanks for the kind words folks.  Glad you're enjoying this and finding it useful. On with the painting!

All assembled and with colors brushed on where necessary and two quick and heavy washes.  The wash mix is roughly half and half water and Pledge Future Floor Finish with brown paint added to taste.

The difference isn't as dramatic as it would be over brighter colors, but it definitely ups the level of grime and really makes the panels and recesses "pop".

(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/8/4/818095_sm-Industrial%2C%20Jungle%20Cutter.JPG) (http://www.dakkadakka.com/gallery/818095-Industrial%2C%20Jungle%20Cutter.html)

(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/8/4/818096_sm-Industrial%2C%20Jungle%20Cutter.JPG) (http://www.dakkadakka.com/gallery/818096-Industrial%2C%20Jungle%20Cutter.html)

(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/8/4/818097_sm-Industrial%2C%20Jungle%20Cutter.JPG) (http://www.dakkadakka.com/gallery/818097-Industrial%2C%20Jungle%20Cutter.html)

(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/8/4/818098_sm-Industrial%2C%20Jungle%20Cutter.JPG) (http://www.dakkadakka.com/gallery/818098-Industrial%2C%20Jungle%20Cutter.html)

(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/8/4/818099_sm-Industrial%2C%20Jungle%20Cutter.JPG) (http://www.dakkadakka.com/gallery/818099-Industrial%2C%20Jungle%20Cutter.html)

(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/8/4/818101_sm-Industrial%2C%20Jungle%20Cutter.JPG) (http://www.dakkadakka.com/gallery/818101-Industrial%2C%20Jungle%20Cutter.html)

The mounds of before and after junk got the same 2-wash treatment.
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/8/4/818100_sm-Industrial%2C%20Jungle%20Cutter.JPG) (http://www.dakkadakka.com/gallery/818100-Industrial%2C%20Jungle%20Cutter.html)

I'll try and apply the varnish and drybrush soon and should have the whole thing done and posted by this weekend.


A few notes on process and avoiding a common problem:
Future is cheap and dries very fast, which really speeds up the process of applying washes. I was able to do two heavy washes in one evening. Unfortunately it also dries with a slight sheen.  A final coat of Matte varnish at the end of the project makes this go away, but unfortunately a light drybrush ( I usually finish with a light tan drybrush) applied over a hard finish like Future (which is basically liquid Polyurethane I think)  sometimes disolves away a bit when you apply the brush-on matte varnish.

The solution therefore is to put on the matte varnish after the future finish (I'll do that next) and then put the drybrush on top of that.  The drybrush will adhere well to the matte surface and I probably won't bother applying any sealer/varnish on top of the drybrush.
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (8/4 Industrial Grinder: Assembled and Washed.)
Post by: FramFramson on August 04, 2016, 04:21:49 PM
Brilliant! What an idea!
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (8/4 Industrial Grinder: Assembled and Washed.)
Post by: eilif on August 05, 2016, 07:18:46 PM
And the Industrial Grinder is finished!
2 quick layers of Varnish last night, followed by a tan drybrush this morning and here's what we've got:

(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/8/5/818430_sm-Industrial%2C%20Jungle%20Cutter%2C%20Terrain%2C%20Toybashing.JPG) (http://www.dakkadakka.com/gallery/818430-Industrial%2C%20Jungle%20Cutter%2C%20Terrain%2C%20Toybashing.html)

(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/8/5/818429_sm-Industrial%2C%20Jungle%20Cutter%2C%20Terrain%2C%20Toybashing.JPG) (http://www.dakkadakka.com/gallery/818429-Industrial%2C%20Jungle%20Cutter%2C%20Terrain%2C%20Toybashing.html)

(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/8/5/818431_sm-Industrial%2C%20Jungle%20Cutter%2C%20Terrain%2C%20Toybashing.JPG) (http://www.dakkadakka.com/gallery/818431-Industrial%2C%20Jungle%20Cutter%2C%20Terrain%2C%20Toybashing.html)

Here's the two different sets of input and output. Scrap metal Becomes Metal Shavings and Rock becomes gravel.
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/8/5/818432_sm-Industrial%2C%20Jungle%20Cutter%2C%20Terrain%2C%20Toybashing.JPG) (http://www.dakkadakka.com/gallery/818432-Industrial%2C%20Jungle%20Cutter%2C%20Terrain%2C%20Toybashing.html)
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/8/5/818435_sm-Industrial%2C%20Jungle%20Cutter%2C%20Terrain%2C%20Toybashing.JPG) (http://www.dakkadakka.com/gallery/818435-Industrial%2C%20Jungle%20Cutter%2C%20Terrain%2C%20Toybashing.html)
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/8/5/818436_sm-Industrial%2C%20Jungle%20Cutter%2C%20Terrain%2C%20Toybashing.JPG) (http://www.dakkadakka.com/gallery/818436-Industrial%2C%20Jungle%20Cutter%2C%20Terrain%2C%20Toybashing.html)
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/8/5/818438_sm-Industrial%2C%20Jungle%20Cutter%2C%20Terrain%2C%20Toybashing.JPG) (http://www.dakkadakka.com/gallery/818438-Industrial%2C%20Jungle%20Cutter%2C%20Terrain%2C%20Toybashing.html)

(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/8/5/818433_sm-Industrial%2C%20Jungle%20Cutter%2C%20Terrain%2C%20Toybashing.JPG) (http://www.dakkadakka.com/gallery/818433-Industrial%2C%20Jungle%20Cutter%2C%20Terrain%2C%20Toybashing.html)
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/8/5/818434_sm-Industrial%2C%20Jungle%20Cutter%2C%20Terrain%2C%20Toybashing.JPG) (http://www.dakkadakka.com/gallery/818434-Industrial%2C%20Jungle%20Cutter%2C%20Terrain%2C%20Toybashing.html)

(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/8/5/818439_sm-Industrial%2C%20Jungle%20Cutter%2C%20Terrain%2C%20Toybashing.JPG) (http://www.dakkadakka.com/gallery/818439-Industrial%2C%20Jungle%20Cutter%2C%20Terrain%2C%20Toybashing.html)

It's great to find a toy as nice as this one where even the grating inside the exhausts is included!
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/8/5/818440_sm-Industrial%2C%20Jungle%20Cutter%2C%20Terrain%2C%20Toybashing.JPG) (http://www.dakkadakka.com/gallery/818440-Industrial%2C%20Jungle%20Cutter%2C%20Terrain%2C%20Toybashing.html)

(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/8/5/818441_sm-Industrial%2C%20Jungle%20Cutter%2C%20Terrain%2C%20Toybashing.JPG) (http://www.dakkadakka.com/gallery/818441-Industrial%2C%20Jungle%20Cutter%2C%20Terrain%2C%20Toybashing.html)

So that's it for now. One neat thing about this model is that -except for the gravel, rocks and soda cup plastic- every bit of this model came from the original toy.  As much as I love having a huge bits and scraps collection, a model like this is proof that as long as you have the tools for hacking something apart (again I recommend the Dremel 543 cutting/shaping wheel) and a bit of ingenuity, you can make great toybashed terrain without any bits box at all.

I probably won't have any terrain to show for a bit. I've got to assemble some marines for a buddy of mine and then I'll be off on vacation, but rest assured there are great things on the horizon for the month of August.  It looks like I might finally be able to set aside the time to build my Sci-Fi Train!
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (8/5 Industrial Grinder: Completed!)
Post by: eilif on August 22, 2016, 06:31:08 PM
Last week I was in Portland visiting some friends.  One of the guys I spent some time with was Lead Adventure member PatrickWR who had been one of the founding members of my local club Chicago Skirmish Wargames.  We had a bit of a throwback game, playing "WarEngine" (one of the club's early favorites) on a variety of his urban terrain, much of which I had had built for him years ago.  I'm going to take 2 posts to show some of my work from a few years back, most of which never got properly documented.  Many of these are pieces that he started and didn't like which were then give to me for a complete transformation.

First off, here's a real wargaming classic, a piece of paper/card packaging transformed into a bunker.  When I received it, there were a couple of bits glued to it and a doorway, but I added the rest and painted it.  Not going to win any awards, but it's a nice old-school piece.
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/8/22/822168_md-Kitbashing%2C%20Terrain%2C%20Toybashing%2C%20Toys.JPG)
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/8/22/822164_md-Kitbashing%2C%20Terrain%2C%20Toybashing%2C%20Toys.JPG)
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/8/22/822163_md-Kitbashing%2C%20Terrain%2C%20Toybashing%2C%20Toys.JPG)
Though I've mostly moved away from making terrain from cardboard and foam packaging, it's still a great method for quickly making really affordable terrain.

Secondly, here's a whole batch of classic wargaming terrain tropes on one base.  A piece of PVC pipe, some bottle caps, a piece of cardboard tube and a small plastic jar.  
It's like a 1990's Terragenesis special!
Seriously though, PVC pipe -and some of the other elements shown here- can be a bit of a trap.   They are cheap and easy, but really have to be greebled properly in order to keep them from looking like what they originally were.  I think I added just enough detail work to achieved that with this piece.   A sort of vent/outflow/access-point for an underground installation.
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/8/22/822162_md-Kitbashing%2C%20Terrain%2C%20Toybashing%2C%20Toys.JPG)
Unfortunately The pics don't do justice to the damp, rusty slime in the bottom of the pipe.
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/8/22/822171_md-Kitbashing%2C%20Terrain%2C%20Toybashing%2C%20Toys.JPG)

Lastly, here's a couple of additional pics of a piece that I have shown before.  This started out as a couple of Halogen bulbs and the tall tank stuck on a desert base. I rebased it, added pipes, platoforms and the I-beam superstructure.   This is one of my favorite pieces and one that I often consider building a version of for myself.
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/8/22/822161_md-Kitbashing%2C%20Terrain%2C%20Toybashing%2C%20Toys.JPG)
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/8/22/822172_md-Kitbashing%2C%20Terrain%2C%20Toybashing%2C%20Toys.JPG)
It was great to see this and the other pieces getting some use on the gaming table.

Coming next time, a really impressive piece using the now-rare Pegasus Hobbies "Power Plant" set and alot of other bits.
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (8/22 Old School Terrain )
Post by: The_Beast on August 23, 2016, 02:14:56 PM
Have you tried scoring panel lines into the pipe?

I've not worked with PVC, though I picked up some fittings when I noticed some on sale for better than 80% off. Not that I've messed with them yet, but they have interesting shapes.

Doug
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (8/22 Old School Terrain )
Post by: eilif on August 23, 2016, 05:29:21 PM
Have you tried scoring panel lines into the pipe?

I've not worked with PVC, though I picked up some fittings when I noticed some on sale for better than 80% off. Not that I've messed with them yet, but they have interesting shapes.

Doug
Scoring is a good idea.
However, If I work with PVC again, I'm more likely to glue panels of thin card to it.  Another good method is to wrap the pipe at intervals with strips of very thin plascard (plastic fast food cups are a good cheap source) with rivets embossed on it (I use a tiny paper punch that I've rounded off a bit). Breaks up the length a bit and adds some visual interest.
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (8/22 Old School Terrain )
Post by: Mason on August 23, 2016, 05:32:11 PM
Wrapping masking tape around it would also be a quick and easy fix.
Just make sure the overlap/join is underneath where it cant be seen.
 ;)

Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (8/22 Old School Terrain )
Post by: PatrickWR on August 24, 2016, 04:24:45 AM
Tremendous stuff. Glad we were able to get those terrain items out of storage for a game when you were in town!
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (8/22 Old School Terrain )
Post by: eilif on August 24, 2016, 08:23:51 PM
Here's the other piece that I built a few years ago for PatrickWR that I got to play with on vacation.   It's mostly made of the Tehnolog/Pegasus "Power Plant" kit.

When I got it , it was unpainted and mostly unglued, though most of the elements (tanks, LEGO pieces for pipes, structure etc) were there.  I largely rebuilt/rearranged the structure and added a power block to the middle of the structure made from a McD's Transformers toy of some sort and alot of other bits.  Also arranged a few sets of pipes on the ground to provide more cover, but it was a pretty easy build.  The only design goals were to look cool and be able to accommodate squads (not just individual minis) of figures.
Here's the Power Block that ended up inside the structure.
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/8/24/822641_md-.JPG)
The Transformers logo is still peeking out a bit...

Here's a pic of the structure assembled and painted, but nothing else has been added or painted.
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/8/24/822643_md-.JPG)

Here's the final result.  My only wish now is that I'd either glued down squares of card or drawn on lines to make the appearance of concrete segments on the ground.  A small quibble though on what has turned out to be a very useful piece of terrain. 
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/8/22/822169_md-Kitbashing%2C%20Terrain%2C%20Toybashing%2C%20Toys.JPG)
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/8/22/822178_md-Kitbashing%2C%20Terrain%2C%20Toybashing%2C%20Toys.JPG)
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/8/22/822176_md-Kitbashing%2C%20Terrain%2C%20Toybashing%2C%20Toys.JPG)

The top and bottom levels provide good cover and both are big enough to fit a whole 10-man squad and there's enough cover and space for a smaller squad on the side between the tanks and the structure and a few other areas of cover as well.
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/8/22/822173_md-Kitbashing%2C%20Terrain%2C%20Toybashing%2C%20Toys.JPG)
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/8/22/822170_md-Kitbashing%2C%20Terrain%2C%20Toybashing%2C%20Toys.JPG)
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/8/22/822167_md-Kitbashing%2C%20Terrain%2C%20Toybashing%2C%20Toys.JPG)
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (8/24 Rebuilt Power Station)
Post by: aliensurfer on August 24, 2016, 10:42:52 PM
Top drawer, once again  :-*
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (8/24 Rebuilt Power Station)
Post by: Malebolgia on August 25, 2016, 07:17:19 AM
Wowie! Your table will be so cool. It indeed has that nostalgic Terragenesis feel, but then at the next level (so not that cardbord & styrofoam look). Excellent 8)
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (8/24 Rebuilt Power Station)
Post by: eilif on August 25, 2016, 02:35:49 PM
Thanks Aliensurfer,
Glad to see I'm keeping my standards up!

Malegola,
  Thanks! There is something fun and nostalgic about the old RT/Terragenesis methods.  I still get a warm fuzzy feeling when I crack open the RT rulebook and see the picture of the city made from butter tubs and cardboard.  Unfortunately it will be a while until I'm back in Portland to play on these again, but I'm pretty sure it will happen.
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (8/24 Rebuilt Power Station)
Post by: eilif on August 27, 2016, 01:51:18 AM
Haven't put up anything on the minis front in a while and I forgot to post these when I got them back from my buddy a few weeks ago. 

(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/7/25/815841_md-Cawdor%2C%20Necromunda.JPG)

My buddy painted these up for me in exchange for me painting up a box full of Dungeon decor.  This is the latest installment in my necromunda project where each of my gaming buddies paints a gang for me and I make some scenery for them. He has a style that uses alot of bright colors and he definitely brought that to these guys.  Metallic yellows and blues abound and it's a really fun look.   Let's take a closer look...
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/7/25/815842_md-Cawdor%2C%20Necromunda.JPG)
Leader (has bolter on back), shotgunners and a close combat ganger.  Close combat gangers are hard to find in this range, so the figure on the right is a conversion.

(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/7/25/815844_md-Cawdor%2C%20Necromunda.JPG)
Flamer (converted from autogun) and Sniper/Hunting rifle (converted from lasrifle)

(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/7/25/815843_md-Cawdor%2C%20Necromunda.JPG)
3 Heavies. Stock except a new barrel on the middle figure. Allows it to be differentiated and used as an autoslugger.  I might use the guy on the right as a leader.

(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/7/25/815836_md-Cawdor%2C%20Necromunda.JPG)
Juves.  Guy on right is converted with sword and a RT Ork bolter clip added to his pistol.  Given the dearth of CC guys, he may serve as a ganger also.

(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/7/25/815837_md-Cawdor%2C%20Necromunda.JPG)
Autogunners.  All stock.

(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/7/25/815838_md-Cawdor%2C%20Necromunda.JPG)
Lasgunners. Also stock.

How about a group shot?
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/7/25/815839_md-Cawdor%2C%20Necromunda.JPG)
And there you have it, one more gang for the collection!  I like the look of these guys and once again the Champ Industries plastic bases prove their worth and value.  I think these guys may also have use as cultists in games of "In The Emperor's Name".

As it happens my other buddy just gave me the Slick Delaque that he painted for me so I'll photograph them and have another gang to share shortly.
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (8/26 Cawdor gang)
Post by: The_Beast on August 27, 2016, 02:50:02 AM
You know, lad, my last comment looked like I'd been following all along and was being very casual.

Can be just the tone you're left with when gobsmacked. And you

JUST :o
DON'T :o
QUIT. :o

 :D

Doug
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (8/26 Cawdor gang)
Post by: eilif on August 27, 2016, 05:13:47 PM
You know, lad, my last comment looked like I'd been following all along and was being very casual.

Can be just the tone you're left with when gobsmacked. And you

JUST :o
DON'T :o
QUIT. :o

 :D

Doug

Thank you sir. 
I appreciate the encouragement and I shall endeavor to continue not quitting!
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (11/22 Sci-Fi Train complete!)
Post by: eilif on August 27, 2016, 06:53:08 PM
And the Train rolls on with another Necromunda gang.

As before these are my figs that I converted/rebased/etc and had painted by a buddy of mine in exchange for buildng some terrain, in this case the Fisher Price Parking Garage I showed a while back. The only request I made was for the dark red trenchcoats.  It's hard to see, but he even put gloss varnish on the eyeglasses and painted tiny liver spots on some of their little bald heads!

This Delaque Gang is made from East Riding Minaitures "Slicks" line.  
http://shop.eastridingminiatures.co.uk/corporate-wars-55-c.asp
These figs are pretty simply sculpted, but have a nice unified look and are REALLY cheap, coming in at less than $2 each!  I bought two of the gang sets and one additional figure from their "Enforcers" line.  I removed the very thick integral bases and in the process lost quite a few feet/legs which I replaced with parts of Heroclix figures.  Almost all of these guys got new weapons and they were mounted on Plastic bases from the Sedition Wars boxed set.  Over all, I was going for a bit of a cyberpunk vibe and I think it worked out quite well.

Here's the leaders. I'm really happy with the old metal Warzone Chainsword.  It's nicely undersized compared to 40k versions.  The old Ork Bolt pistol on the left is also a nice in-between size that could work for a bolter or bolt pistol. The guy in the middle with the shotgun is the "Enforcer", the only non-Slick figure,
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/8/27/823241_md-.JPG)

The Heavies/specials.  The Flamer and tanks is one piece and comes from a Reaper weapons sprue.  The Grendade launcher (IG bit) and Heavy Bolter (Leftover from a Van Saar heavy Conversion) conversions were actually quite easy since I just bent the arms downward/outwoard pose so I wouldn't have to do any green-stuffing, though one or two hands snapped off in the process and I did use some superglue for gap-filling.
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/8/27/823242_md-.JPG)
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/8/27/823243_md-.JPG)

Lasguns and Autoguns. I acquired a few necromunda weapons sprues in a bag of random bits and I've put them to good use in this gang.
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/8/27/823244_md-.JPG)

Stub gun and Autopistols. The gun on the right is stock and the left just got a new muzzle on his gun.
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/8/27/823245_md-.JPG)
Two of the 7 poses are notably shorter than the rest, which makes me wonder if maybe the sculptor had Necromunda a bit in mind.  Not so short that they would have to be juves, but it certainly makes the set an even more attractive option for the budget necromunda player.  Of course, alternately you could also just chop the shins out of any of these trench-coated figures to make the more like Juve-size.

The rest.
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/8/27/823246_md-.JPG)
Never ran a ganger with a hand flamer before.

One thing that I realize now is that I have a dearth of melee weapons on these figs.  Though all gangers are considered to have a knife on them, I may at some point go back and add a few CC weapons.  Perhaps a maul or a Scabbard or somesuch.  That's probably a ways off though and for now I'm super pleased with the way these have come out.
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (8/27 Slick Delaque gang)
Post by: Mason on August 27, 2016, 07:43:28 PM
Very nice!
 :-* :-*

I like them a lot as it always good to see alternative figures to the official ones.
Not every gang would look identical, regardless of House.
 8)

I am pretty sure that I saw your conversion work on these on Yak....is that right or was it someone else?
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (8/27 Slick Delaque gang)
Post by: eilif on August 27, 2016, 11:12:40 PM
I like them a lot as it always good to see alternative figures to the official ones.
Not every gang would look identical, regardless of House.
 8)

I am pretty sure that I saw your conversion work on these on Yak....is that right or was it someone else?

Thanks!
I have alot of affection and nostalgia (can you have nostalgia in your 30's?) for the original Necromunda figs, but I also greatly enjoy the uniqueness brought to a game by well-done alternatives.   Sometimes they blend in pretty well.   For Example, I think the figure on the left (converted Demonblade Dominatrix) fits in pretty well with the rest of the girls.
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2015/8/30/740178.JPG)

If you like alternative figs, I think you'll like the Orlock gang that I have currently out for painting with another friend.  It's a mix of official Orlocks, alternatives and a Rogue Trader warrior with various conversions and such.  A real hodgepodge that I think will still look pretty unified when finished.  Hopefully they'll be done in a few weeks or so.

You did indeed see the Orlocks (and my other figs and terrain) at Yak.  Great bunch of hardcore Necromunda Fanatics over there.
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (8/27 Slick Delaque gang)
Post by: eilif on August 31, 2016, 03:20:50 PM
I was holding off posting the finished products of my modular scatter terrain project because I ended up entering them in a competition at a different forum.  The competition is now over (don't know if I won anything yet...) so I feel I can share them more generally.  I'll do three posts. Cargo Terrain, Industrial Terrain and then some cool combainations.

First the Cargo Terrain:
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/7/24/815620_sm-.JPG) (http://www.dakkadakka.com/gallery/815620-.html)

(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/7/24/815622_sm-.JPG) (http://www.dakkadakka.com/gallery/815622-.html)

(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/7/24/815616_sm-.JPG) (http://www.dakkadakka.com/gallery/815616-.html)
I do wish I'd used a brighter color like blue or orange to distinguish the blocks that are under the gears from the base/flooring.
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/7/24/815617_sm-.JPG) (http://www.dakkadakka.com/gallery/815617-.html)

(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/7/24/815618_sm-.JPG) (http://www.dakkadakka.com/gallery/815618-.html)
One think I didn't mention earlier is the neat detail (often with raised printing) that small electric motors usually have on the backside.
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/7/24/815619_sm-.JPG) (http://www.dakkadakka.com/gallery/815619-.html)
The individual blocks have a side with a round indention. That, along with using a different color paint lets you differentiate them enough to use the base 10 blocks for supports and chocks as well as the bases.
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/7/24/815615_sm-.JPG) (http://www.dakkadakka.com/gallery/815615-.html)

And here's the stacks of "Girder and Panel" I-beams that aren't technically part of the project, but are super useful as scatter terrain.
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/7/24/815621_sm-.JPG) (http://www.dakkadakka.com/gallery/815621-.html)
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (8/31 Modular Cargo Scatter Terrain Finished)
Post by: OSHIROmodels on August 31, 2016, 05:04:49 PM
I've been meaning to post on this thread for a while now but never got round to it  ::)

Cracking stuff all round  8) 8) 8)

cheers

James
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (9/1 Modular Industrial Terrain Finished)
Post by: eilif on September 01, 2016, 06:40:06 PM
Here's the second half of the finished scatter terrain.

(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/7/24/815630_sm-.JPG)
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/7/24/815631_sm-.JPG)
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/7/24/815633_sm-.JPG)
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/7/24/815632_sm-.JPG)
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/7/24/815629_sm-.JPG)
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/7/24/815625_sm-.JPG)
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/7/24/815625_sm-.JPG)
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/7/24/815626_sm-.JPG)
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/7/24/815627_sm-.JPG)

Tomorrow we wrap it all up with some sweet combos!
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (9/1 Modular Industrial Terrain Finished)
Post by: eilif on September 02, 2016, 02:24:25 PM
And, now we arrive at the end of my Modular Scatter Terrain Odyssey .
The individual pieces are nice on their own, but I deliberately designed the layout to be combinable into larger segments. To this end I also made up a couple of flooring sections with nothing on top.

The pieces can be combined thematically to make an industrial mechanical piece and a Cargo piece.  The stack of crates on the left can be used to take the place of the piece of flooring where the the ferocious Necromunda anti-hero Mad Donna is standing.
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/7/24/815636_sm-.JPG)

A bit of Industry
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/7/24/815634_sm-.JPG)

Some Cargo awaiting transport.  Looks like it's been waiting a long time.
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/7/24/815613_sm-.JPG)

But of course you can also combine them to make an even larger section of terrain. 
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/7/24/815638_sm-.JPG)
This kind of thing is especially good for Necromunda where a good game requires lots of terrain and sometimes you have open areas between larger terrain pieces that you want to fill.
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/7/24/815639_sm-.JPG)
This combined piece is 20x30cm (about 8x12 inches)

Hope you enjoyed this project. I won't post it here, but if you want to see a step-by-step tutorial for the entire process from assembly through painting, you can see my comp thread here:
http://www.beastsofwar.com/groups/painting/forum/topic/hobby-challenge-modular-urban-terrain-a-how-to-log/#post-166613
Like most of my stuff, it's actually a very fast-and-simple process that anyone can replicate easily.

Lastly, if this kind of terrain is your thing, I can't recommend highly enough that you check out one of the original master's of the genre, Sean Patten and his website www.ironhands.com .  The whole site is amazing, but check out the Necromundicon, Votoms and Galactic Heroes sections first.  He's been at it since the 90's and most everything I do has some connection to that site.
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (9/2 Modular Scatter Terrain Combines!)
Post by: Mason on September 02, 2016, 05:53:18 PM
Wonderful scatter scenery, utilising all manner of bizarre objects.
 :-*

Of course, the best thing about scatter terrain is that it really brings a table to life.
 8)

 
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (9/2 Modular Scatter Terrain Combines!)
Post by: eilif on September 02, 2016, 11:36:38 PM
Wonderful scatter scenery...
...Of course, the best thing about scatter terrain is that it really brings a table to life.

Thanks!
I definitely agree.  This terrain is already off with my buddy, but I think my own personal collection might suffice for now...  ;)
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2014/9/5/644874_md-.JPG)
http://chicagoskirmish.blogspot.com/2014/09/scatter-terrain-for-sci-fi-and-post.html
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (9/2 Modular Scatter Terrain Combines!)
Post by: galatea77 on September 03, 2016, 12:44:37 PM
This terrain is epic work, I love the modular idea !
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (9/2 Modular Scatter Terrain Combines!)
Post by: eilif on September 03, 2016, 12:48:46 PM
This terrain is epic work, I love the modular idea !
Thanks!  I've got some other projects to do first, but I'm thinking I may come back to this modular design for a chemical plant of some sorts. A bunch of chemical processing units of different types that can be combined in different ways and all based on the same base-10 blocks could look pretty impressive.
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (9/2 Modular Scatter Terrain Combines!)
Post by: eilif on September 17, 2016, 03:14:47 PM
I've got a new Orlock Gang.
Some of these guys are conversions and a few are non-GW figs.

A couple of years ago my buddy painted these 5 Orlock up for random post-apoc gaming.  Some neat conversions in there.
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/9/17/827585_md-Alpha%20Forge%2C%20Conversion%2C%20Dip%2C%20Necromunda%2C%20Orlock.JPG)
About 2 years ago he sold them to me.

Before he moved away we worked out an exchange whereby he'd paint the rest of a gang in exchange for me making him some terrain.  Last week they arrived!
Here's some pics of the whole gang. You can tell the new from old by the basing scheme.  I'll be repainting the tan bases to match the others soon.  He pulled some colors from the original batch (red, green and blue especially) to bring to the new figs.

(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/9/17/827588_md-Alpha%20Forge%2C%20Conversion%2C%20Dip%2C%20Necromunda%2C%20Orlock.JPG)
The two on the left are the same base fig.  The gas mask is from Victoria miniatures. Easy to use and awesome for quickly making two identical figs look different.
The guy on the right is from AlphaForge/Megaminis and is stock except for two new weapons. He'll probably be my leader.

(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/9/17/827587_md-Alpha%20Forge%2C%20Conversion%2C%20Dip%2C%20Necromunda%2C%20Orlock.JPG)
All Stock GW stuff except for the helmet/head swap.

(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/9/17/827590_md-Alpha%20Forge%2C%20Conversion%2C%20Dip%2C%20Necromunda%2C%20Orlock.JPG)
More of the same.

(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/9/17/827586_md-Alpha%20Forge%2C%20Conversion%2C%20Dip%2C%20Necromunda%2C%20Orlock.JPG)
Two juves and the ganger on the left is another Alpha/Mega fig with an added sword.

(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/9/17/827589_md-Alpha%20Forge%2C%20Conversion%2C%20Dip%2C%20Necromunda%2C%20Orlock.JPG)
Another pair of identical figs made different with a Victoria gas mask and sword swap.  The guy on the left might also be used as a starter leader.

(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/9/17/827591_md-Alpha%20Forge%2C%20Conversion%2C%20Dip%2C%20Necromunda%2C%20Orlock.JPG)
Another Alpha Forge fig with a head from a Warzone mini, a Vintage Rogue Trader era "trooper" (one of my favorite figs in the gang) and a stock Orlock.

Another thing I like about these guys is some of the gear and packs they have.
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/9/17/827592_md-Alpha%20Forge%2C%20Conversion%2C%20Dip%2C%20Necromunda%2C%20Orlock.JPG)
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/9/17/827593_md-Alpha%20Forge%2C%20Conversion%2C%20Dip%2C%20Necromunda%2C%20Orlock.JPG)

The whole gang.
(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2016/9/17/827594_md-Alpha%20Forge%2C%20Conversion%2C%20Dip%2C%20Necromunda%2C%20Orlock.JPG)

Very happy with this group. Once I match the bases of the older figs, they'll be very well unified.  I'm also very glad that there are just enough alternate figs and minor conversions to give it some unique character.  This batch of figs was acquired on a very small budget as I traded or bought for whatever I could find cheap and then supplemented with non-necro figs.

The fellow who painted them also posted them on his blog. If you'd like to read his thoughts on the process and see some very classic-necromunda-looking action pics, I highly recommend a visit.
https://comradewargames.wordpress.com/2016/09/15/fully-painted-necromunda-gang/
Just a teaser...
(https://comradewargames.files.wordpress.com/2016/09/img_20160908_205404.jpg?w=627)
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (Shock Force)
Post by: eilif on September 25, 2016, 02:07:33 PM
After playing it in Oregon a month ago, I gave Shock force/Warengine another run through last week with my local club Chicago Skirmish Wargames.  
(http://i1.wp.com/chicagoskirmishwargames.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/DSCN1663.jpg?resize=570%2C428)

Definitely a good experience and it was great to play on my buddies Winter terrain board and to have a chance to put my small batch of Squat's on the table.
(http://i1.wp.com/chicagoskirmishwargames.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/DSCN1665.jpg?resize=570%2C428)

We didn't use all the rules and somehow managed to skip the fact that you can move, shoot and then finish your move.  That would have made it a much more tactical game. Looking forward to playing again.

(http://i0.wp.com/chicagoskirmishwargames.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/DSCN1659.jpg?resize=570%2C428)

AAR, more pics and additional observations about the rules here:
http://chicagoskirmishwargames.com/blog/2016/09/24/shockforce-is-back-battle-in-the-frozen-city/
Writeup about the earlier game here:
https://comradewargames.wordpress.com/2016/08/19/warengine-assault-on-sarkir-chem-station/
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (9/25 3-way game of Shock Force/Warengine!)
Post by: eilif on October 04, 2016, 02:37:17 AM
I finally finished off my Maersk Tesla Corporate Marines Platoon project.  It's made of nearly all the "Vangaurd" units from 3 game boxes of "Sedition Wars Battle for Alabaster". 55 figs and 3 drones in all!
(http://chicagoskirmishwargames.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/DSCN1701-570x428.jpg)
The figs are all cast in restic and there were assembly issues for some, but considering the ridiculously low price of the game and the good quality of the sculpts, I'm more than willing to put in the additional prep-time that restic requires.The basic troopers had been done for some time and even saw action in our 28mm games of Mech Attack, but I recently finished a set of 4 personalities and 3 gun drones.
(http://chicagoskirmishwargames.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/DSCN1684-570x321.jpg)

Lots more pics, process, etc here: http://chicagoskirmishwargames.com/blog/2016/10/03/maersk-tesla-corporate-platoon-complete/

For those interested, my work last year on the first set of basic troopers and my review of the figs can be seen here:
http://chicagoskirmishwargames.com/blog/2015/01/08/sedition-wars-good-deal-for-patien/
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (11/22 Sci-Fi Train complete!)
Post by: eilif on November 22, 2016, 04:11:57 PM
The Sci-Fi Train is done!
(http://chicagoskirmishwargames.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/DSCN1746-570x321.jpg)
I'm pretty stoked at how it turned out even though there were some significant examples of Murphy's Law along the way.
(http://chicagoskirmishwargames.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/DSCN1748-570x428.jpg)
(http://chicagoskirmishwargames.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/DSCN1751-570x428.jpg)
Lots more pics of every car and processes described here:
http://chicagoskirmishwargames.com/blog/2016/11/21/sci-fi-train-finished/
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (11/22 Sci-Fi Train complete!)
Post by: OSHIROmodels on November 22, 2016, 04:33:58 PM
That's turned out well  8)

cheers

James
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (11/22 Sci-Fi Train complete!)
Post by: Mason on November 22, 2016, 04:39:19 PM
I like that!
 8) 8)

Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (11/22 Sci-Fi Train complete!)
Post by: axiom on November 22, 2016, 05:10:39 PM
The train is rather special! I think the accidental cracking and weathering worked out a treat too!
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (11/22 Sci-Fi Train complete!)
Post by: eilif on November 22, 2016, 09:23:24 PM
Thanks for the kind words folks!

Axiom,
     Yeah, I'm actually kind of happy with the way the accidents worked out.  Now I almost wish the orange coat had gone bad also!
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (11/22 Sci-Fi Train complete!)
Post by: Suber on November 22, 2016, 09:35:54 PM
Wow, that train is certainly a thing :o
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (11/22 Sci-Fi Train complete!)
Post by: Malebolgia on November 23, 2016, 08:14:36 AM
Wow, perfect train. Fits very well with the rest of your scenery!
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (11/22 Sci-Fi Train complete!)
Post by: Michi on November 23, 2016, 11:31:28 AM
The train is in no way looking like a toy anymore - and that´s good! Very well done!
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (11/22 Sci-Fi Train complete!)
Post by: eilif on November 23, 2016, 08:57:15 PM
Thanks again all!
The train is in no way looking like a toy anymore - and that´s good! Very well done!
Yaay, Mission accomplished.  Virtually all my terrain is based on resale-shop toy finds so anytime the end result can fool the eye that makes me very happy.
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (11/22 Sci-Fi Train complete!)
Post by: Dr Mathias on January 11, 2017, 11:33:40 PM
Very cool thread, lots of great ideas.
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (11/22 Sci-Fi Train complete!)
Post by: syrinx0 on January 12, 2017, 02:44:12 AM
Your table at adepticon looked great last year.  This train will be a cool addition.
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (11/22 Sci-Fi Train complete!)
Post by: eilif on January 12, 2017, 02:51:58 AM
Your table at adepticon looked great last year.  This train will be a cool addition.

Thanks!  I've got some more track and I'm hoping to have a second train station by then, but I'm not sure I'll have enough time.  This train will definitely be there though.
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (11/22 Sci-Fi Train complete!)
Post by: War In 15MM on January 12, 2017, 03:05:49 AM
Love the repurposed toys... really love that stuff!  The East Riding Corporate Wars figures are great too.  Richard
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (11/22 Sci-Fi Train complete!)
Post by: eilif on March 04, 2017, 03:52:44 AM
Been away a bit, but I'm back with a vengance and prepping for Adepticon. I'm going to be out of state for the 2 weeks prior to Adepticon so I've got just over a week to finish all my preparations.

The To-Do List:
1) Finalize the scenario details
2) Paint up 4 helicopters (2 infantry transport, 2 mech Transport)
3) Build and Paint 8-10 trestle's for the elevated Sci-Fi Train
4) Build and Paint another elevated Train Station.

I've made some progress on all of those and will be posting about it in the next few days.  I'm hoping to get most of it knocked out this weekend.

Tackling the first item on the list, I got together with my buddy yesterday and playtested the "Mech Attack" scenario that we'll be running at Adepticon.

link (https://www.chicagoskirmishwargames.com/blog/2017/03/03/adepticon-prep-part-1-mech-attack-scenario-playtest/)

The convention game will of course be in glorious 28mm, but our playtest was on the dinning table with our more manageable 10mm sci-fi forces.  This year's game is a step up from last year and includes aerial transport units for both infantry and mecha.

(https://www.chicagoskirmishwargames.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/DSCN2097-570x428.jpg)

(https://www.chicagoskirmishwargames.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/DSCN2091-428x570.jpg)
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (3/3 Playtest for Adepticon Mech Attack game)
Post by: eilif on March 09, 2017, 03:00:05 AM
As the second part of my Adepticon prep, I painted up this very compact church...
(https://www.chicagoskirmishwargames.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/DSCN2112-428x570.jpg)
...that I had converted from this musical clock decoration.
(https://www.chicagoskirmishwargames.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/DSCN2007-428x570.jpg)

Despite ripping out the light and sound elements and the power supply I was still able to make the clock work!

(https://www.chicagoskirmishwargames.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/DSCN2121-428x570.jpg)

Should add a nice little bit of flavor to my city without taking up much space. Lots more pre-and-post paint pics and construction notes here:
https://www.chicagoskirmishwargames.com/blog/2017/03/08/adepticon-prep-part-2-a-compact-church/

Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (3/8 A Very Compact Church!)
Post by: von Lucky on March 09, 2017, 08:42:58 AM
Nice transformation. If the angel hadn't been stolen you could also get out a statue from the original too.
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (3/8 A Very Compact Church!)
Post by: eilif on March 11, 2017, 12:48:34 AM
Nice transformation. If the angel hadn't been stolen you could also get out a statue from the original too.
Thanks!
Not a bad idea, but she scaled up so well with my daughter's Frozen figures that I had to give it to her. Luckily I've got a pile of statues from the Harry Potter Wizard's Chess set.  Assuming I ever get around to painting them...

Looking back, I realize that if I was willing to limit the building to one genre I could have put a miniature on the peg the Angel was attached to and it would have popped out of the chapel on the hour!

No regrets though, I like that it's as useable in fantasy as modern, post apoc or sci-fi.
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (3/8 A Very Compact Church!)
Post by: eilif on March 13, 2017, 03:26:57 AM
An very practical update this time.
As followers of this thread will know, in the past I've built a train...
https://www.chicagoskirmishwargames.com/blog/2016/11/21/sci-fi-train-finished/

(https://www.chicagoskirmishwargames.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/DSCN1748-570x428.jpg)

...and an elevated station.
https://www.chicagoskirmishwargames.com/blog/2014/09/02/terrain-triptych-part-3-elevated-train/

(http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2014/8/26/642309_md-Conversion%2C%20Do-it-yourself%2C%20Necromunda%2C%20Terrain%2C%20Toybashing%2C%20Train.JPG)

Today I give you the the trestles. Made 8 of these
(https://www.chicagoskirmishwargames.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/DSCN2158-570x428.jpg)
One of these
(https://www.chicagoskirmishwargames.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/DSCN2166-570x428.jpg)
..and one that is also a sci-fi power station converted from an emergency dispatcher toy, but you'll have to visit the blog post to see it!
https://www.chicagoskirmishwargames.com/blog/2017/03/10/adepticon-prep-part-3-ten-train-trestles/

The 4th prep post will be coming this week and is a grander and somewhat more industrial/freight themed version of the first train station.

Enjoy!
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (3/12 Ten Elevated Train Trestles)
Post by: eilif on March 15, 2017, 03:44:45 AM
And here's the big one!

(https://www.chicagoskirmishwargames.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/DSCN2133-570x428.jpg)

This one is far more complete that the previous one, having the arched upper frame, Freight conveyer, lower decks and other parts that give it a much more substantial look.

Went a bit sci-fi/cyberpunk on this one also by adding some Mantic Battlezone panels.
(https://www.chicagoskirmishwargames.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/DSCN2145-570x428.jpg)

(https://www.chicagoskirmishwargames.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/DSCN2147-570x428.jpg)

 Lots more pictures (pre and post paint) and construction notes here:
https://www.chicagoskirmishwargames.com/blog/2017/03/14/adepticon-prep-part-4-train-station/#comments
With a Train, two stations and 10 trestles, I've got a complete train line that will stretch across an 8 foot table, but you'll have to wait for my adepticon game coverage to see it in action.

Coming later this week is the 5th and last Adepticon Prep post.  4 Helicopters, two of which are a tribute to a local helicopter company.
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (3/14 BIG train station)
Post by: PatrickWR on March 15, 2017, 04:41:30 AM
Holy cow! Great work Karl. This has been a years-long labor of love for you. I hope to see this setup in person one day.
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (3/14 BIG train station)
Post by: Jan on March 15, 2017, 12:10:13 PM
So, so awesome!  :o
And HUGE!

What a lot of work to paint such huge things. It looks VERY good.

Your ideas and skill to find good parts and toys are great. You inspired me and gave me good hints. After using the power chargers i just bought a jungle cutter from UK. I already have so much stuff to work with, but this thing is (nearly out of the box) just a "strike". :)
Thanks a lot for the idea!

After one year of a model making break (to much PC gaming and unsuccessfully writing a rulebook from time to time) i want to start again on modelling/painting stuff for my table and game soon. I am missing the Hobby realy bad!

Please keep on.

Greetings from Germany,
Jan

Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (3/14 BIG train station)
Post by: Malebolgia on March 15, 2017, 01:28:11 PM
...wow...awesome train station. I want that one for my Cyberpunk table 8)
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (3/14 BIG train station)
Post by: Deano on March 15, 2017, 02:09:24 PM
That's fantastic, well done.
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (3/14 BIG train station)
Post by: Suber on March 16, 2017, 12:55:26 AM
It's all so great. Wonderful work here!!
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (3/14 BIG train station)
Post by: eilif on March 16, 2017, 05:31:50 AM
Thanks Suber and Deano!
Glad you guys liked it.

Pat,
    It has been a long time.  You were there at the beginning, but hopefully you'll be able to see the end result someday.

Jan,
     Great to hear from you again.  I recall thinking a couple months ago that I hadn't seen much from you and I'm glad you're getting back on the horse.  From what I've seen of your work so far, you've got alot to offer so keep it up.

Malebolgia,
      Glad to see the cyberpunk thing is coming through a bit in this piece.  I don't play anything specifically cyberpunk at this time, but I really like the cyberpunk trope of mixing old masonry structures with more sci-fi'ish features.   I've been thinking recently about whether I might have just enough dust tactics and mantic deadzone bits to cobble together one more cyberpunk type building.
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (3/17 Four Helicopters)
Post by: eilif on March 17, 2017, 11:11:16 PM
And here we arrive at the last phase of my preparations for my 28mm Mech Attack game at Adepticon.  

As I've mentioned before, this year's addition to the game is flying units.  The Melk Defense Comand (Grey Team) will have access to a pair of troop transport helicopters and the Unified Colonies (Green Team) will be able to comandeer a pair of civilian heavy lifting helicopters.

(https://www.chicagoskirmishwargames.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/DSCN2194-570x428.jpg)

(https://www.chicagoskirmishwargames.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/DSCN2200-570x428.jpg)

I took the civie paint scheme from a local helicopter company, but to find out which one and see pics of the inspriation you'll have to visit the blog...
https://www.chicagoskirmishwargames.com/blog/2017/03/15/adepticon-prep-part-5-quadruple-copters/
... where you'll also find construction notes, in progress pictures, lots more finished pics, etc.
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (3/17 Four Helicopters)
Post by: YPU on March 18, 2017, 11:37:30 AM
Oh man you always go all in on these things don't you! They look great and I can't wait for the next set of pictures from your game, they get better each year.
So did mech attack finally get air support rules or did you homebrew them?
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (3/17 Four Helicopters)
Post by: eilif on March 19, 2017, 01:43:17 AM
Oh man you always go all in on these things don't you! They look great and I can't wait for the next set of pictures from your game, they get better each year.
So did mech attack finally get air support rules or did you homebrew them?

I do like to go big!
I'll try and take plenty of pictures. 

As for the rules, they are beta versions from the author with some tweaks by us.  I'm not sure, but I think they may be available on armorgrid games forum "The Grid".  Supposedly they will be included when Mech Attack 2 is released, but it's been in the works for a long time.
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (3/17 Four Helicopters)
Post by: eilif on March 30, 2017, 06:53:44 PM
After all the prep, this year's 28mm Mech Attack battle finally happened last weekend at Adepticon.  At the risk of defaulting to a much-overused term, it was Epic.
(https://www.chicagoskirmishwargames.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/DSCN2361-570x428.jpg)
The addition of Flying units and the new elevated Train terrain elements were very well recieved and really added to the drama of the game.
(https://www.chicagoskirmishwargames.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/DSCN2398-570x428.jpg)
All 6 player spots were filled and everyone had a great time.
(https://www.chicagoskirmishwargames.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/DSCN2365-570x428.jpg)

Full AAR, and tons of pics at the blog:
https://www.chicagoskirmishwargames.com/blog/2017/03/30/aar-mech-attack-at-adepticon-2017/
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (3/30 Mech Attack Adepticon AAR)
Post by: Michka on March 31, 2017, 03:05:52 AM
This looks amazing. Wish I'd gotten over to see it while you were playing.
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (3/30 Mech Attack Adepticon AAR)
Post by: eilif on March 31, 2017, 04:13:03 AM
This looks amazing. Wish I'd gotten over to see it while you were playing.

Thanks!
Hopefully we'll meet next year (or sooner if you happen to be near Chicago on a Thursday evening).  Unless something interferes I'll be running the game at Adepticon's Saturday morning as I have the last 3 years.   Also, my plan next year is to add a tarmac and some large spaceships!
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (3/17 Four Helicopters)
Post by: Suber on March 31, 2017, 09:09:21 AM
...At the risk of defaulting to a much-overused term, it was Epic.

That word doesn't even begin to cover what I can see there :o :o :o :-* :-* :-*
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (3/30 Mech Attack Adepticon AAR)
Post by: Inso on March 31, 2017, 10:03:43 AM
There is something primal about a board covered with great terrain and giant mechs :)

So much goodness there... Monster... Gartan... Defender... just wow, man... WOW :)
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (3/30 Mech Attack Adepticon AAR)
Post by: eilif on March 31, 2017, 01:30:07 PM
That word doesn't even begin to cover what I can see there :o :o :o :-* :-* :-*
Thanks!   We aim to impress....
There is something primal about a board covered with great terrain and giant mechs :)

So much goodness there... Monster... Gartan... Defender... just wow, man... WOW :)
Glad you like it!
"Primal"
I like that.  I might steal it for future discriptions.
I wonder who can name the most units (or origins of the models) from the table?  We've proably got almost a dozen different sources.
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (3/30 Mech Attack Adepticon AAR)
Post by: Inso on March 31, 2017, 01:36:36 PM
There's also a Tomahawk, Phalanx, Valkyrie... a Nexus walker from Kryomek... at least one walker from Airfix/Technolog (robogear), some Dust fliers/tanks/walkers... a proper broad mix :)
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (3/30 Mech Attack Adepticon AAR)
Post by: eilif on April 01, 2017, 05:00:42 AM
There's also a Tomahawk, Phalanx, Valkyrie... a Nexus walker from Kryomek... at least one walker from Airfix/Technolog (robogear), some Dust fliers/tanks/walkers... a proper broad mix :)

Nicely done, you're about 3/4 there!
 ;)

When folks ask I tell them that we bought whatever mecha models, toys and miniatures had a vaugely Battletech'ish aethetic, looked like they could be suitably 25/28mm and were also cheap.  What I don't always tell them is that we probably built our 28mm collection for the same price (possibly less) than it would have cost to buy the battletech minis in 6mm.

They are alot harder to transport though...
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (3/30 Mech Attack Adepticon AAR)
Post by: eilif on April 02, 2017, 11:37:51 PM
Imperial Knights invade Mech Attack City!
I just put up a gallery of a masive 40k Knight battle that "Wardens of The Maelstrom" played at Adepticon using my Mech Attack City layout.
(https://www.chicagoskirmishwargames.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/DSCN2531-570x428.jpg)
I've got my issues with GW, but you can't begrudge them the impressiveness of these models, especially when they are as well-painted as the Wardens have done.
(https://www.chicagoskirmishwargames.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/DSCN2517-570x428.jpg)
(https://www.chicagoskirmishwargames.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/DSCN2536-570x428.jpg)
Lots more pics here...
https://www.chicagoskirmishwargames.com/blog/2017/04/02/40k-knights-in-mech-attack-city/
....as well as shots of some 40k games that were played on the same terrain.
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (4/2 Imperial Knights invade Mech Attack city)
Post by: von Lucky on April 07, 2017, 09:05:51 AM
Epic.
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (4/2 Imperial Knights invade Mech Attack city)
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on April 07, 2017, 10:20:39 AM
Neat.
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (4/2 Imperial Knights invade Mech Attack city)
Post by: eilif on April 07, 2017, 12:46:43 PM
Thanks folks.  I'm not really  40k guy anymore.  But seeing this game did make me think for just a minute that "maybe what you're missing in your life is a big freaking 40k walker..."
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (4/2 Imperial Knights invade Mech Attack city)
Post by: YPU on April 07, 2017, 04:15:20 PM
Thanks folks.  I'm not really  40k guy anymore.  But seeing this game did make me think for just a minute that "maybe what you' missing in your life is a big freaking 40k walker..."

Oh yeah, same here.
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (4/2 Imperial Knights invade Mech Attack city)
Post by: Pijlie on April 08, 2017, 08:53:53 PM
Whew! That looks great!
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (4/2 Imperial Knights invade Mech Attack city)
Post by: eilif on November 03, 2017, 03:43:03 PM
Been a while since I did much with sci-fi gaming, but here goes.

Recently picked up this bucket of toy soldiers.
(https://www.chicagoskirmishwargames.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/161591.jpg)

The figs, which are actually quite good sci-fi or near-future soldiers, are about 40mm sole to eyeline but my main interest is in the accessories which have alot of usefullness for 28mm wargaming.

(https://www.chicagoskirmishwargames.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/20171017_112645-570x321.jpg)

Lots more pics and full review of the whole set here:
https://www.chicagoskirmishwargames.com/blog/2017/11/01/cheap-28mm-suitable-terrain-from-the-corps-elite/

More sci-fi gaming stuff coming soon as I attempt to clear the decks of a variety of accumulated in-process projects.
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (11/18 Ruined Mech Markers/Terrain)
Post by: eilif on November 18, 2017, 08:50:44 PM
I made 8 destroyed mech markers recently.
Having Wrecked mech markers/parts is something my friend and I have been talking about doing ever since we started running 28mm "Mech Attack" conevention games 6 or so years ago.

We used a basic foil and sand mold method to cast parts of our mechs in plaster and I spent some extra time carving them to more recognizeable shapes and adding a bit of detail that the simple foil molds couldn't capture.  A few gears and plastic bits to suggest where limbs were broken off and a quick paintjob and they were ready for the table.

Full write-up and lots of pics here:
https://www.chicagoskirmishwargames.com/blog/2017/11/16/more-destroyed-mecha/

A few examples that Battletech and Macross/Robotech fans might recognize.
(https://www.chicagoskirmishwargames.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/20171107_095715-570x321.jpg)

(https://www.chicagoskirmishwargames.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/20171107_095249-570x321.jpg)

(https://www.chicagoskirmishwargames.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/20171107_095548-e1510110657447-321x570.jpg)
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (11/18 Ruined Mech Markers/Terrain)
Post by: eilif on November 29, 2017, 01:54:41 AM
Cleared the desk/deck of a variety of little projects that have been half finished for far too long. A Camper, Rhinomen, 2 CAV's, 10mm and 28mm Cargo Pods and a WreckAge Biker.

Full post here:
https://www.chicagoskirmishwargames.com/blog/2017/11/27/rhinomen-an-f-150-and-other-assorted-projects/

A few teasers

(https://www.chicagoskirmishwargames.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/20171107_113516-570x321.jpg)

(https://www.chicagoskirmishwargames.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/20171107_100022-570x321.jpg)

(https://www.chicagoskirmishwargames.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/20171109_171218-1-570x321.jpg)
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (11/28 Various mini-projects finished)
Post by: von Lucky on November 29, 2017, 07:04:16 AM
Nice one!
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (11/28 Various mini-projects finished)
Post by: eilif on April 25, 2018, 01:18:27 AM
Finally got the battle report up for our Adepticon Mech Attack game. 
https://www.chicagoskirmishwargames.com/blog/2018/04/24/adepticon-2018-showdown-at-valstetech-airfield/

It ended up being a very good game with a result that was in contention right up until the very last turn.
(https://www.chicagoskirmishwargames.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/DSCN3457-570x428.jpg)

Of course it was also my yearly chance to put together a massive 8x8 layout with my whole sci-fi city.  I've phased out the last of my contemporary 1-story warehouses and now almost everything is 2 stories or taller.
(https://www.chicagoskirmishwargames.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/DSCN3418-570x428.jpg)

No surprise that the 3 objective spacecraft were the stars of the show.
(https://www.chicagoskirmishwargames.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/DSCN3463-570x428.jpg)
I'll have a separate post for each spaceship in the next few weeks with lots of detail shots.
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (6/5 SW style 28mm Lander)
Post by: eilif on June 05, 2018, 03:35:11 PM
Big one for you today.
A cargo lifter based on a SW "Republic Attack Shuttle".
(https://www.chicagoskirmishwargames.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/20180521_152648-570x321.jpg)
The toy itself is OOP and ridiculously expensive now but I found a used example for much less. 
It's actually well scaled for 28/30mm once you fix the cockpit area.
(https://www.chicagoskirmishwargames.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/20180521_152739-e1526943088771-321x570.jpg)
I managed to retain the opening to so the cargo area is accessbile and I cut away the intervening walls so the cargo ramp leads from the front of the ship all the way into the cargo area.
(https://www.chicagoskirmishwargames.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/20180521_152916-570x321.jpg)
I think it'd be perfect for Legion, but it was great as an objective at the Mech Attack game  I ran at Adepticon.
https://www.chicagoskirmishwargames.com/blog/2018/04/24/adepticon-2018-showdown-at-valstetech-airfield/

Lots more pictures and details here.
https://www.chicagoskirmishwargames.com/blog/2018/05/31/tutorial-spaceship-1-smugglers-cargo-lifter/

If anyone's interested, this will probaby be up for sale soon. I'm in a bit of a downsizing mood right now.
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (6/5 SW style 28mm Lander)
Post by: Dr Mathias on June 08, 2018, 04:12:15 PM
That is a good looking generic vehicle, not obviously 'Star Wars', at least to my eyes.
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (6/5 SW style 28mm Lander)
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on June 08, 2018, 10:20:14 PM
Nice vehicle.
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (6/5 SW style 28mm Lander)
Post by: eilif on June 10, 2018, 06:24:56 PM
Thanks Guys,
I hoped it wouldn't be too-SW to pass in other settings so I'm glad to hear that.
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (6/11 28mm Ship 2: Med Cargo Lighter)
Post by: eilif on June 11, 2018, 12:57:51 PM
Here's the second if of my Trio of 28mm Space Ships.

Probably my favorite of the batch, this hard working "Cargo Lighter" invovled the most toybashing of the three.
(https://www.chicagoskirmishwargames.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/20180521_154237-570x321.jpg)

The roof is largely cobbled together from sections of X-wing and Millenium falcon toys, but I think it works well.
(https://www.chicagoskirmishwargames.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/20180521_154325-570x321.jpg)

Also has a nice number of places where miniatures can stand around the midsection.
(https://www.chicagoskirmishwargames.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/20180521_154404-570x321.jpg)

And of course there's an accessible interior.
(https://www.chicagoskirmishwargames.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/20180521_154450-570x321.jpg)

Lots more pics and such here:
https://www.chicagoskirmishwargames.com/blog/2018/06/04/tutorial-spacecraft-2-medium-cargo-lighter/
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (6/11 28mm Ship 2: Med Cargo Lighter)
Post by: hubbabubba on June 11, 2018, 01:09:13 PM
Really like these, well done.
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (6/11 28mm Ship 2: Med Cargo Lighter)
Post by: eilif on June 14, 2018, 11:04:58 PM
Thanks for the kind words. Much appreciated.
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (6/11 28mm Ship 2: Med Cargo Lighter)
Post by: Suber on June 14, 2018, 11:20:22 PM
I'm so in love with this thread! :-*
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (6/11 28mm Ship 2: Med Cargo Lighter)
Post by: syrinx0 on June 15, 2018, 02:27:20 AM
Great work on those ships!
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (6/11 28mm Ship 2: Med Cargo Lighter)
Post by: eilif on June 18, 2018, 01:50:32 AM
Great work on those ships!
Thanks!

I'm so in love with this thread! :-*
Glad to hear it!
Our club webguy has alot of real-life on his plate and hasn't put up the third ship yet However, if you want more like this, check out the older stuff on our club's blog. Lots of posts in the same vein going back the better part of a decade.

Link is in my sig, Enjoy!
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (6/11 28mm Ship 2: Med Cargo Lighter)
Post by: Jan on June 20, 2018, 04:07:35 PM
Realy cool looking, BIG ships. Great use of toys again!  :-*

I got a Hunter Terminator Toy Ship, too. It is waiting for paint.
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (6/11 28mm Ship 2: Med Cargo Lighter)
Post by: eilif on June 21, 2018, 09:53:27 PM
Realy cool looking, BIG ships. Great use of toys again!  :-*

I got a Hunter Terminator Toy Ship, too. It is waiting for paint.
Thanks Jan,
Great to hear from you.  I have a couple of those Terminator ships somewhere. I had intended to paint them up recently but then I couldn't find them!

Looking forward to seeing what you do with yours.
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (6/28 28mm Ship 3: Ventauran Assault Craft)
Post by: eilif on June 24, 2018, 10:32:59 PM
This is the big one folks!
My Ventauran Assault Craft.  Made primarily from parts of a very large Power Rangers "Pyramidas".
For some reason the pictures didn't turn out quite as good, but they get the point across.
(https://www.chicagoskirmishwargames.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/20180521_153131-570x321.jpg)

The engines were a particular challenge, but lots of X-wing parts cut appart and reassembled, filled the spaces nicely.
(https://www.chicagoskirmishwargames.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/20180521_153159-570x321.jpg)

Bridge.  There are a few nooks like this and the flat top mean that there's lots of space to place miniatures if this is used as a static piece of terrain.
(https://www.chicagoskirmishwargames.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/20180521_153216-570x321.jpg)

And like the others, this has a nice large cargo bay. 
This one, however opens completely in the front and is big enough to drive vehicles inside!
(https://www.chicagoskirmishwargames.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/20180521_153305-e1526944952381-321x570.jpg)

Lots more pics and my ramblings here:
https://www.chicagoskirmishwargames.com/blog/2018/06/22/tutorial-spacecraft-3-ventauran-assault-craft/
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (6/28 28mm Ship 3: Ventauran Assault Craft)
Post by: commissarmoody on July 23, 2018, 03:05:40 AM
Damn, you don't do things by half. That is a huge ship.
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (6/28 28mm Ship 3: Ventauran Assault Craft)
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on July 23, 2018, 09:48:43 AM
Nice.
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (6/28 28mm Ship 3: Ventauran Assault Craft)
Post by: tomrommel1 on July 23, 2018, 02:47:23 PM
like it a lot
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (6/28 28mm Ship 3: Ventauran Assault Craft)
Post by: Giger on July 24, 2018, 11:40:42 AM
That ship has Dune written all over it!  Great work
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (6/28 28mm Ship 3: Ventauran Assault Craft)
Post by: eilif on August 12, 2018, 10:13:08 PM
Thanks Guys,
 I definitely get carried away sometimes with these projects and I'm glad you all like the results.  Sadly, (though happily for my electric bass fund) all three of these have been sold!

Sorry about the delay in replying, I've been taking a little break from gaming.

Not sure what will be coming next, but I did just pick up a small used Atlas O-scale switcher.  I'm Thinking about selling off the sci-fi train and building one that might not be as big and impressive, but would operate....
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (6/28 28mm Ship 3: Ventauran Assault Craft)
Post by: War Monkey on August 13, 2018, 03:10:48 AM
Some really great builds you have going on here, I really hope you have more coming!
Title: Re: Eilif's Urban Terrain and More (6/28 28mm Ship 3: Ventauran Assault Craft)
Post by: eilif on August 14, 2018, 04:43:57 AM
Some really great builds you have going on here, I really hope you have more coming!

Thanks!
I'm taking a bit of a break from wargaming to work on model trains but no doubt I'll be back at it in the fall or winter at the latest.  As well as other projects I have the pathological need to do something notable for our club's annual convention game of 28mm Mech Attack at Adepticon.