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Title: Scratchbuilt 18mm Scifi Desert Buildings
Post by: zrunelord on August 05, 2022, 04:59:57 PM
Hello again all,
Some years back, I was about to throw away a large piece of packaging EPS when I noticed that it had squarish holes which could be used to make something. I painted the inside of these holes with acrylic paint & sprayed expanding foam in them. The acrylic didn't serve as a release as intended & I had to break of the packaging but I was left with 5 squarish pieces of hard foam.

Last week I was looking at them , musing if I should throw them away ( too much stuff /ideas, too little time , as a usual)  & this idea came. Using packing carton shapes for fruit cut into roundish shapes & matchsticks I did this ( 4 to go ). Extras are 3d printed or card.

More pics at link.

https://castrarunis.blogspot.com/2022/08/scratchbuilt-18mm-scifi-desert-buildings.html (https://castrarunis.blogspot.com/2022/08/scratchbuilt-18mm-scifi-desert-buildings.html)

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Thank you for your comments
Z
Title: Re: Scratchbuilt 18mm Scifi Desert Buildings
Post by: Golgotha on August 05, 2022, 05:10:00 PM
That is cool I like the fact that it looks so different from the norm with more heatwaves heading the UK I need to attach some giant umbrella devices to my house  lol
Title: Re: Scratchbuilt 18mm Scifi Desert Buildings
Post by: War Monkey on August 05, 2022, 05:18:47 PM
That is a great build! Definitely different,

I don't know why we don't use a similar idea to protect homes and reflect sunlight in a similar way as snow does the added shade can help reduce air temperatures too.
Title: Re: Scratchbuilt 18mm Scifi Desert Buildings
Post by: CookAndrewB on August 05, 2022, 08:24:13 PM
Oh damn, those are slick!
Title: Re: Scratchbuilt 18mm Scifi Desert Buildings
Post by: zrunelord on August 06, 2022, 03:33:54 PM
Thank you all,
Golgotha, that might work , unless you have freak wind storms .... & off you'll go  :D .  I was actually thinking of  putting taut cables on the side to avoid just that but decide against it as they would be flimsy & prone to damage.

WM, indeed & reduce energy & water consumption.

I tried to use logic when I was building it. They are designed to be autonomous ( can be placed anywhere ) & off the grid. The roof is a solar energy collector. Plus underfloor electricity accumulators and also acts as a humidity collector for water reclamation by opening side nets ( will model these ). It can also have other floors underneath. So more gaming possibilities .

More will follow.
Z
Title: Re: Scratchbuilt 18mm Scifi Desert Buildings
Post by: zrunelord on August 13, 2022, 12:20:35 PM
And now they are 5. In the last pic I put one used for melons on top of the 3. Quick, differently nice & effective .
Though I should point out that the melon one is thinner & therefore weaker.... but it can be effectively strengthened with white glue &
tissue paper ( somewhat like papier mache' or kartapesta , as we call it).

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Now to decide on a suitable colour scheme.
Thanks
Z
Title: Re: Scratchbuilt 18mm Scifi Desert Buildings
Post by: manic _miner on August 13, 2022, 12:53:20 PM
 These are so cool.Great idea and very well executed.

 Cant wait to see them all painted up.
Title: Re: Scratchbuilt 18mm Scifi Desert Buildings
Post by: Seal on August 15, 2022, 05:03:33 AM
These do look super interesting. I, too, canít wait to see them painted.
Title: Re: Scratchbuilt 18mm Scifi Desert Buildings
Post by: Cacique Caribe on August 15, 2022, 05:25:33 AM
Z

I love it!  This really makes me think of a planet (or moon) that frequently crosses the path of pretty substantial meteor showers.  Like the battered planet in the film Enemy Mine.

Dan
Title: Re: Scratchbuilt 18mm Scifi Desert Buildings
Post by: zrunelord on September 03, 2022, 05:38:15 PM
Thank you all,
Dan , that is a good idea, I could make destroyed ones also, in the future.

Here they are all painted up.

I used a dark blue green wash first, then lots of dry brushing with a buff colour, then washes with different shades of browns & yellows.
I think they came out nice.
https://castrarunis.blogspot.com/2022/09/scratchbuilt-18mm-scifi-desert.html (https://castrarunis.blogspot.com/2022/09/scratchbuilt-18mm-scifi-desert.html)

More pics at link.

Thanks for your comments.
Z

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Title: Re: Scratchbuilt 18mm Scifi Desert Buildings
Post by: manic _miner on September 03, 2022, 09:08:47 PM
 These look really great painter up.Wonderful work on them.Just needs so miniatures to populate the Town now.
Title: Re: Scratchbuilt 18mm Scifi Desert Buildings
Post by: War Monkey on September 03, 2022, 09:42:11 PM
Wow! Those look great, the paint work is awesome!
Title: Re: Scratchbuilt 18mm Scifi Desert Buildings
Post by: zrunelord on September 05, 2022, 08:54:52 AM
Thank you.
Glad you like them.
One of the things I used is food colouring because it acts like poster colour or gouache , i.e. it dries but remains water soluble but is translucent.
Yellow colouring is one of the most versatile shades I found.

Food colouring can be added to other mediums, like white glue, matte medium, inks etc.
Experimentation does lead to cockups  ;) but it leads to good results also  :D :D :D

Now I'll just have to add accessories - wells, tractors, animals/fences , plants/pots etc..... people I have loads from GZG.

Z
Title: Re: Scratchbuilt 18mm Scifi Desert Buildings
Post by: has.been on September 05, 2022, 11:45:49 AM
Very Sci-Fi & also very different from the usual run.
Excellent work.
If you do make ruined versions may I suggest that a meteor
shower hit the 'screens' & went straight through to the
building below.
Title: Re: Scratchbuilt 18mm Scifi Desert Buildings
Post by: zrunelord on September 05, 2022, 12:05:06 PM
Thanks HB,
Now that is a very good idea  :D I like it.... ( off to get my soldering iron  :D )
The card is thin enough to be burnt through & leave nice scorch marks . Hmmmm new possibilities.

The exp foam though, is nigh but indestructible ( impervious to chemicals & heat .. it burns black & does not deform like exp poly ).

More to come...

Z

Ps. I forgot to add, since it is remains water soluble then you can mix in different shades of colours bit by bit. This cannot be done using other inks which are water proof when dry.
Title: Re: Scratchbuilt 18mm Scifi Desert Buildings
Post by: has.been on September 05, 2022, 12:33:24 PM
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The exp foam though, is nigh but indestructible ( impervious to chemicals & heat .. it burns black & does not deform like exp poly ).

I hack it roughly to shape, then pick bits out with my fingers.
The occasional hit with interesting  shaped items (e.g. Philips
screwdriver, the various parts of a pair of plyers or a set of keys)
also helps to randomize the destruction. You could also have
bits sticking out of the rubble, such as bits of sprue or a spare arm.
Title: Re: Scratchbuilt 18mm Scifi Desert Buildings
Post by: H.G. Walls on September 05, 2022, 07:23:36 PM
Very well done and quite creative too!!! I have to say that your models brought a smile to my face. Keep up the excellent work.
Title: Re: Scratchbuilt 18mm Scifi Desert Buildings
Post by: zrunelord on September 06, 2022, 06:32:18 AM
Why Thank you HGW,
I'm very glad to read it made you smile... I must be doing something good  :D :D :D

HB , oh yes I do similar things but the best tool I found is a steel wire brush ( the type they use to clean metal before welding & hurts like hell if you manage to hit your other hand with !!!)
you can also insert bits of chicken wire to simulate steel rebar.

OR

give it to him.....
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Just imagine the amount of realistic damage he can do to your terrain/models !!!

This is just a joke obviously & I couldn't not share but the look on that dog's face is priceless ( wicked some might say  ;) ).

And you will smile for sure.

Z
Title: Re: Scratchbuilt 18mm Scifi Desert Buildings
Post by: has.been on September 06, 2022, 08:26:42 AM
If you take a shufti at my thread
Quote
https://leadadventureforum.com/index.php?topic=119096.0
you'll find quite a few examples of that (dog chewed it) technique for my work. lol
Our dog adopts the 'I have upset you somehow, haven't I?' look.
Title: Re: Scratchbuilt 18mm Scifi Desert Buildings
Post by: zrunelord on September 06, 2022, 10:18:22 AM
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Our dog adopts the 'I have upset you somehow, haven't I?' look.

Indeed but the most I see is the " what's for dinner look " from my 2 fox terriers and the way their eyes
seem to follow you everywhere even if they " seem " to be asleep....  :D

93 pages of posts of tons of model mayhem, I will definitely go through them ....

Z
Title: Re: Scratchbuilt 18mm Scifi Desert Buildings
Post by: has.been on September 06, 2022, 11:45:50 AM
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93 pages of posts of tons of model mayhem, I will definitely go through them ....

Enjoy. I started the thread at my wife's suggestion, as before that a lot of my work
was sold off or swapped or given away, so apart from the occasional photo (somewhere)
there is no record of that period of creativity. :'(
Title: Re: Scratchbuilt 18mm Scifi Desert Buildings
Post by: Cacique Caribe on September 06, 2022, 08:30:36 PM
That smile is priceless!!!

Dan