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Hi Yaks,

I am closing in on the unveiling of...

The biggest model underhive city in the whole Spire!


I have been hard at work the last three years scratch building terrain to a painstaking level of care. In addition, I have three decades worth of largely scratch built terrain.

It's so morbidly filthy and decayed I get despondent just looking at it. Have I done my job too well?

I call this style. Hyperdetail Grimedark (TM)

It's lived in, gross, massive, and almost ready to go.

I have held back all possible pictures for years now so I can court YakTribe with one impressively overdone grand gesture.

I still have tubs of older projects to include in the final shot.

Almost everything is primed or painted. I am working on the finishing touches now instead of starting new pieces.

It's gonna be worth the wait! Get hype!

I will unveil this as a smokin' crackalackin' video.

Then, like the Gracie family invading dojos, I will taunt and challenge infamous terrain builders to feats of strength and artistry.

What's the point of all this, you might ask? Why has this man spent decades and thousands, gluing together trash cack and painting it to look even trashier? Why has an obsessive hobby project turned absolutely ridiculous, to the point of the largest Necromunda set of all time?

I will tell you why, friendo. To make Eric('s Hobby Workshop) review episodes of Chad, Teletubbies, and Barney & Friends.

Surely that goal can't be nuttier than gluing down dozens of miniature beer bottles for toys to fight over.
 
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Thank you, that support means more than you know.

It will be worth every cut, giant mess, dollar and hot glue burn if even just one Yak completely freaks out over what I have made. I thought it would be cool if it came out of left field all at once, instead of the usual buildup drip.

I will try to get this ready as soon as reasonable, without needing to finish every piece.
 
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I am working every day on the project. I have about 8 or 10 big pieces of tge new batch 90% painted. I did all the rust and peeling paint, now it's time to do highlights and fine details. The less finished new pieces and any old stuff that doesn't hold up can go in the background or wall areas. Extra light rigging, and adding critters may have to wait.

For the backdrop I can get painter's tarps or just black tablecloths. I thought of buying or making a textured roller for hive walls, with the usual pipes for a 3D look.

I plan to make the main video be a fly through in a light aircraft or spacecraft. I can put a canopy thing over the camera or learn video effects. I even want to include live action and voice over. This will take more time.

GW has turned full fucktard banning fan videos. So Habzone Quandry cannot officially be in Hive Primus on film, or mention any trademarks. Sigh.

Anyways I will try and have at least photos within a month.
 

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Sigh... I really hope they come up with something less screwy because this is making things annoying. But I am excited to see your terrain!
 
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Sneak peeks below. I fixed the spelling to Habzone Quandary and will use that tag from now on.

It's called that because the guilders & nobles collecting 'tithes' couldn't decide if it was a chem refinery or a habitat area. Or, if they should just destroy it all to get rid of the sizeable mutant, genestealer, outlaw, chaos cult, and plague zombie populations. Ultimately, since most of the pipes and vital equipment still functioned, it was determined too costly to exterminate populations with poison gas or just collapse the dome. The collapse could cause a hive quake, and the gas might not work on the already toxified, mutated, or xenos lifeforms.

Through a legal loophole, they declared it both a refinery area and a Habitat Zone, getting two streams of revenue from the upper hive level.

The PDF troops were sent in to clear out the undesirables. They turned traitor, worshiping Khorne and other gods. They took over an exterior gate and stole dozens of Imperial tanks.

There is an Adeptus Arbites affiliated Enforcer presence, but they are HEAVILY outnumbered and rarely leave their precinct area. They will pay on bounties immediately, to the last credit, and as such have forged an uneasy peace with the House Gangs and normal Hivers. They are absolutely obedient to Guilder leaders. If called to a scene they will order everyone down over loudspeakers on servitors, vehicles, or servo skulls, then generally start shooting anyone still standing up. The commander prefers knockouts with a power maul set on low, but since jail facilities are limited prisoners are normally executed anyways after interrogation. Loud, deafening machinery has lead to several unfortunate massacres.

One thing they do have is a massive surveillance network second only to the Delaques. They do close business trading information. From a room next to their casino, approximately half of the cameras and listening devices are hacked. Delaques act as assassins for the Enforcers quite frequently and are rewarded with brand new weapons.

The informal hub of Habzone Quandary is the Scrounge Lounge and Hostile Hostel, operated by disgraced guilders and former nobles. They are in contact with a Bratt gang hungry for drugs, tech, and unfortunate prisoners. This is how they maintain low, low prices.

There is a secret direct elevator to the upper hive levels with insane levels of security, used by Spyrers, Bratts, and the Guilders.

Cawdor are run by the Redemptionists, but are not as destructive and bloodthirsty as usual unless a shrine or Aquila is being defiled or looted. Then they have no mercy and go into a killing frenzy. Otherwise it is not their policy to shoot first.

Goliaths are somewhat uncommon but still run the forges and some of the chemical plants.

Van Saar are killed on sight, even by common Hive Scum, to steal their high tech. It's usually ruined in the process. Van Saar has mostly relocated by now.

The scavvies are organized, and assembled into a massive horde, their chant is "MEAT!" Generally it is the only word they can speak, if any. For every mutant shot, eaten by predators, or tossed into the pot, they will try to recruit two more. This is not difficult as their food wagons can be smelled from a distance. Numerically this is the largest faction besides Hiver civilians.

Ratskins here are small. They are hunted and almost never assemble in large groups. Their small stature and knowledge means they can disappear into pipes, crevices, and hatches. They have caused rumors of ghosts, partly because they trade psychoactive Spook from a source only they know. They use a handful of trusted Hivers to handle the transactions.House Eschers and Delaque are desperate to find the Spook harvesting area. Addict Ratskin shamans down here are not to be trifled with. Bounty hunters are mind controlled to turn back, forget memories, or even jump into the deadly sump waters.

The Orlocks are the most common House gang in this section of the Underhive and mine quartz, iron, and many other materials. They actively press gang slaves, but are not particularly cruel to their unwilling work force.

Habzone Quandary is in Hive Primus, not far from Sumptown. Unless I shoot a video, then it takes place in the not trademarked Sci-fi Town on Planet Space.

Thanks in advance for the comments and interest. This is literally the largest underhive project in the world. These previews are just a small taste of the dozens of large pieces you will see soon. The Scrounge Lounge alone is about 24x24 inches (60cm) and 32 inches in height.

Please consider everything Painting In Progress (PIP) and many pieces will get more platforms near the ladders or more connections. Higher quality photos too, I got better results with natural sunlight today. The whole shebang will be in a garage setup though, but I have extra lights as well as a few pieces with integrated lights. This will be my 'decades in the making' love letter to Yaks and Necromunda.




 
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The fungus swamp and dirt water looks delicious!

“Meat!”
 
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A 10 credit bounty on mutant heads!
Too good to be true?





There's always a bigger mutant.


 
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I will have to check again. The shallower gunk like on tentacles seems to be okay. I can test the clear glue again tonight. I ran out of the polyurethane gloss sealer. By the time I get more for a top coat the glue will be more dry. The poly in two thick coats worked really well finishing the GAC medium slime pool (with technobridge and 2 Delaque).

Thank you for your interest and nice comment. More to come.
 
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Random musings about logistics, motivations, purpose:

What's in my living room right now is, without exaggeration, enough terrain for a Tribemeet. I would estimate there is an equal amount of material in the garage and the tubs, although much of it is jungle, medeival, or ork stucco. It doesn't have the height of my new work but could cover a large surface area.

At this point the single car garage might be too small a space to shoot in, but I can make it work. It has a great floor for it. My girlfriend is returning tomorrow and does not want to live in the Undercity for some reason.

Rather than fine detailing my priority needa to be making sure everything is at least painted. I will have to forgo a lot of highlighting and fine details for now. Fortunately my rust, chipped paint, grime and slime techniques are relatively fast and do the bulk of the work.

I'm looking back at all the hours spent gluing thousands of bits of trash together, all the physical wounds and aches, all the money spent on supplies and detail parts. Why did I do it? Why did I carry it this far to this scale?

I do enjoy crafting for its own sake. But it's more than just a past-time at tgis point. I will save my artist's statement stuff for another time. This project has taken on a life of its own at this point and moved beyond just an activity.

There's an element of ego to it. Part of me wants to make something that's the best in the world, or at least the biggest, even if it's a niche or obscure hobby. Another pary is generosity, as a reward to those who kept Necromunda and the creative spirit alive.

The photos are coming. The video is coming. I can't say if I can ever build the camp of my dreams, but finishing this project is a a step towards that.

I made this set to be played with. Conquered, claimed, adored. As claustrophobic and cramped as most of it is, it's playable. Ready for the table.

So it's a little bittersweet not to have any games run on this turf. But I hold out hope that someday dice will be rolled.
 
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Let's see, I have over a dozen pieces to move today, between about 1' x 2' (feet) and 2'x 2'. Most are between 1' and 2' height. I will keep the small stuff inside for now.

My garage storage is about a half block away, not attached.

Everything is table-ready, but a lot of work needs to be done on each piece for me to consider it 'done.' In most cases it's just more painting, but there are also things like unconnected pipes. A few places need more connecting platforms and ladders.

I'm going to content myself with a rough 90% done standard for the first set of large photos.
 
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Ok most of it is moved. Still gotta clean and organize the supplies. I kept the Scrounge Lounge centerpiece, the fungus farm, Quality Zone Burgers and a few small pieces to finish up and put fine touches on. Maybe I should just photograph each piece one at a time as it is closer to 100% done before the big reveal.

Despite the physical effort, and some breakage, it was worth bringing in almost everything to the house. A lot of work got done quickly. I got a better sense of what needs to be done to finish and how to unify tbe whole project visually. It made me care about the pieces individually to handle them and move stuff around.
 
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