Biggle Bear's battleworn buildings

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Since I invited the Yaktribe community to join in Germany for a tribemeet, I better make sure that there is at least one table of terrain available (and because I am fixated on crafting videos at the moment).

Planned projects
Cryo-storage
Forklifts
Trophies
Folding shipping containers

WIP
Random scatter
Polystyrene battle board

Completed Projects
none
 
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Sooo... I have me a pile of polystyrene to start off with. And I saw a video on YouTube on how to protect it.



I have 4 of the big square pieces that when put together will be the size of a 4' by 4' board. Since there are 2 of each I am thinking of turning one of each the opposite side up so that each is different.

 
The top left big polystyrene piece - I want to make it into a water turbine. I'm thinking that it was a large industrial machine but that now the people of Cyan Tide have attached small jury rigged motors to it.




Something like this. But with shanty structures over the top.

The flip piece has a large circular recess. I want to attempt to make a whirlpool in the recess being fed by a pipe / pipes. Not a clue how I will do that.

Top left - I want to keep it taller and put a crane of some sort on it, but keep it with lots of flat area for modular terrain to stand on.

I don't know about bottom right yet.

But I am thinking that in each I will put a platform in 1 corner so that they can be placed so that a shootout can take place. And it would be cool to make a modular highway to go over the top using my spare polystyrene, but again, I don't have a clear picture how.
 
Couldn’t you get a similar effect using sand mixed into the paint and pva mix?
You mean, instead of flour? I've used flour paper mache with just water and flour. It works well.

What I wonder though is if it can be textured with a ball of foil.
 
Like, when the paint mixture is still wet? Or pre-painting? There’s only one way to find out….

“To the station!”
“Music!”
Ace of Spades by Motörhead starts playing
 
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I had a large parcel recently and I have 2 boxes from it. If flattened they measure 4' by 4' and are double corrugated, each. Is it worth trying to turn them into gaming mats? Or will they just wrap like crazy as soon as I try to do anything with them?
 
It’s probably worth testing one at least, I would coat both sides with a really thin layer of PVA. (Tho I wouldn’t spend much on decorating them should they keep their form)

P.s. re:the big polystyrene squares.
Is it worth cutting two in half to give the table some slight modularity?
 
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The folds in the cartons will be weak points as it’s already been folded there. I have bases I made from cardboard about 20 years ago or so that have slightly warped over time, and I only painted one side. Usually if one side is painted (ie. made “wet”) the cardboard will warp on that side. I think the reason mine lasted so long and only slightly warped is something you might want to try: crossing the corrugation. Flatten the boxes, and cut the two joined sides so you have two flat sheets. Rotate one 90 degrees and glue them together. Fill the edges (if you want) with wood filler to make them look solid. Once it’s dry sand the filler smooth and it’s ready for paint. I used mine as a base for scenery pieces, so it was spray primed and painted with water-based house paint. Then sealed. So it was “wet” four times. Glue, primer, paint, sealer. It was never soaked, but “wet” stuff was still applied.

Edit: the ones I made were much smaller than 4x4 feet. Size may also be a factor.
 
It’s probably worth testing one at least, I would coat both sides with a really thin layer of PVA. (Tho I wouldn’t spend much on decorating them should they keep their form)

P.s. re:the big polystyrene squares.
Is it worth cutting two in half to give the table some slight modularity?
Good ideas with the polystyrene. Even if I can only manage to do one, it will give it a much better profile.
 
The folds in the cartons will be weak points as it’s already been folded there. I have bases I made from cardboard about 20 years ago or so that have slightly warped over time, and I only painted one side. Usually if one side is painted (ie. made “wet”) the cardboard will warp on that side. I think the reason mine lasted so long and only slightly warped is something you might want to try: crossing the corrugation. Flatten the boxes, and cut the two joined sides so you have two flat sheets. Rotate one 90 degrees and glue them together. Fill the edges (if you want) with wood filler to make them look solid. Once it’s dry sand the filler smooth and it’s ready for paint. I used mine as a base for scenery pieces, so it was spray primed and painted with water-based house paint. Then sealed. So it was “wet” four times. Glue, primer, paint, sealer. It was never soaked, but “wet” stuff was still applied.

Edit: the ones I made were much smaller than 4x4 feet. Size may also be a factor.
Thank you. That reassures me that it's possible at least.
 
So guys, I now have a dedicated hobby space! Not the best but it beats keeping things in boxes and taking 30 minutes just to get set up on the dining table.


Its inside a cupboard inside the utility room, which means that I will have to stand to work on stuff but I love it nonetheless.

And here is s photo of the scatter terrain WIP.

 




Sooo… I had the house to myself for the day, which gave me the opportunity to get these big purses out and cut them up.

I’ve decided that two will be a loading dock with either a crane or lift in the hole in the centre. I have cut the other two in half so that I can split them up into 4 industrial water turbines that lay off the board.

These are themed for my setting for the Tribemeet Germany event. An important part of the town of Cyan Tide, where the locals produce and export energy.

I have also started to cover the two biggest pieces in a paper mache goo (without the paper) as I can take up the living room table. The half pieces can fit in my cupboard as they dry so that can wait.
 
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Been working on my scatter terrain tonight.

This started off as gluing off cuts together to see what comes out. I imagine it was once an area for labourers to gather for breaks or transportation (the bus). I haven’t decided if I will make a data screen to display the bounties or maybe nail an iron sheet, or even planks. But I need to work on it to make it look rough and dirty, rather that an operational bus stop.
 
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I have one of these wooden things from a coil of arts and crafts rope. I will likely just do some drybrushing to highlight and … lowlight (?) areas even though wood isn’t the right aesthetic.

The other I was thinking is a vent for some unfathomable reason from ages past. Maybe I will build it up to be per of a water still bit I will give it some thought. It was also thrown together with off cuts and random bits.
 
This is my first time using this foam stuff. I wrote in the event thread that the townspeople also produces energy from heat absorbing coils. I imaging the one plastic egg half absorbs heat from the waste water under the floor and cycles water through the pipes to a turbine that produces electricity. I glued more and more stuff on until I stopped seeing an egg.
 
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These are posts that once had electricity cables joining them all together, back in ages past when the electricity was supplied through them. They are now a broken reminded on how the underhive used to be.
 
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Unfortunately the large loading dock pieces have warped under the moisture and weight of the paste. No pics yet. In hindsight there were a couple of things I could have done to avoid it but now I will just have to do what I can to recover them.