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BulldogUK

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Imperial Fortress n stuff
« on: April 29, 2009, 03:15:48 AM »

Recently got a nice selection of hot foam tools from evilbay. Having wanted some decent scenery for a while I decided to cut my teeth and get some practice by making some! First off the blocks will be an imperial Fortress, if this goes well I may build a partial city to sit inside it's walls for some nice urban combat. I figured these easy geometric shapes would be a good warm-up for some of the bigger and bolder plans I have in the near future!

Anyhow, got to work Sunday evening and came up with the basic shape, based on the FW scenery I probably wont go OTT with the detail on this one, practically speaking I really don't have anywhere to store it so chances are it will be going on evilbay ASAP!

It stretches neatly accross a 4 foot table and stands 2 feet to the top of the spires, below is the basic shape, lots of shaping and a few arches here and there to add, will probably make up a few destroyed sections to replace in game to represent breaches

Will probably slap a little textured paint over then use the airbrush to add some depth. oh the thing breaks down into seprate wall and tower section and I have to add a gate of course!

The primary building blocks....


Towers on the up


Most of the ground work done now, note Odin's ex AA guns fit perfectly on the flak towers!


This shot shows a Baneblade and Reaver Titan for scale


The top of the towers lift off to allow access for troops


There is plenty of room on the walls for a defensive garrision  also
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Re: Imperial Fortress n stuff
« Reply #1 on: April 29, 2009, 03:16:26 AM »

Tools are pictured below, just ebay 'hot foam cutter' should bring a large selection up. This initial set cost about 50 quid, quite an expensive outlay however I new I was gonna be doing some major large scale projects so it was worth it for me, heck  already saved about £500 on this Fortress  ;D

Anyhow, tools from left to right, standard wire cutter, engraver (think this is gonna come into its own when doing the Bio-titan, etc and finally on the right the hot knife. Don't believe anybody when they say size doesn't matter, this thing is awesome, 4.5 inch blade allows you to drill/cut at any angle, a lot more versatile than the bog standard cutter. Also they are mains powered which means no expensive batteries and nice constant power supply


Btw, here the main materials used, poly insulation board, poly ceiling tiles and poly lining paper, about £15 worth in all and plenty left for other projects!


Anyhow, started adding a little detail, still wanting to maintain my cheap n cheerful approach I chanced upon the foam paper liner, about 4 quid for a roll as long as an MP's expense sheet (loooooooooong)
First I made card templates for the commonly used shapes


Transfer these patterns onto the foam and carefully cut out, cuts easy and is very relaxing!


Finally dab of glue on the reverse and lay them down over the structure, this is gonna be one of those lobotomy mind numbing processes which unfortunately there is no way around!


Oh, which brings me to the subject of the glue, I used evostick solvent free impact adhesive, pretty much like the rubber copydex glue but worked out cheaper by volume. Sticks this foam like the proverbial sh*t to an army blanket, most DIY stores stock it

Oh, one more thing, I discovered that the whippy red ruler things GW includes with games would make great columns for the fortress, I only have two if you have any spare please give me a prod, I can paypal postage if your willing to part with them! Cheers
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Re: Imperial Fortress n stuff
« Reply #2 on: April 29, 2009, 08:07:39 AM »

Looks like a pretty sweet fortress already, Bulldog :D  I've got a bench-based hot wire foam cutter and I love it!
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Re: Imperial Fortress n stuff
« Reply #3 on: May 04, 2009, 04:07:58 AM »

marvelously mad stuff, looking like the start of something epic :)
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Re: Imperial Fortress n stuff
« Reply #4 on: May 13, 2009, 02:32:28 AM »

Did a little work on the details over the weekend, just a few more pillars to add here n there and then it's onto the painting!

The 'pillars' are made from the measuring 'whippy' sticks and old plastic sprues


I have created some buttress mounted defences from card and a few old weapons I found loitering in the bits box


The larger arches will hold a statue (details later)




The gate detail is done too, it's a simple slide in and out job via a slot at the top of the wall


First stage of painting will be to paint everything in two generous coats of blackboard paint, this will seal the foam and fill any minor gaps. I'm going to experiment with some textured spray from here-on. If my theory isnt correct this time next week I will either be presenting a pristine off-world Imperial Fortress or a pile of gloopy slag that looks like it has been nuked from orbit  ::)
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Re: Imperial Fortress n stuff
« Reply #5 on: May 13, 2009, 02:33:17 AM »

Should have the Fortress finished and pics up by the end of the week, here's a little update to keep you going....

Textured spray was great stuff, solvent free too so if you need to spray directly onto poly there aint a problem, just dusted it over the fortress as I didnt want to obscure the details and I sort of liked the occasional roughness poking through as it gives the stonework a little age and character, the spray is tan btw, the fortress will be grey..


Nothing in the city sets was the right scale for the large statues in the arches so I had a little trawl on ebay and picked up this little fella, just the right size!


After taking a mold of him I cast 8 and got to work with a little milliput, kept things basic (had to, never sculpted before!) End result is something more in keeping with the 40k 'verse and along the same lines as the statues on the FW fortress



Sadly I had to carve his jolly little face out of the copies, it just wasnt creating the right atmosphere  ;D
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Re: Imperial Fortress n stuff
« Reply #6 on: May 13, 2009, 04:39:14 AM »

Just awesome, bulldog :)  I love what you've done with the statues, though! :D
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Re: Imperial Fortress n stuff
« Reply #7 on: May 13, 2009, 02:40:50 PM »

Welcome to the golden spires and gates of Fortress Bulldog! Garrisoned by the Crimson Ultrawings and Titan Battelgroup Ragnarok the Fortress defends one of the most prolific of the Emperors Forges!



Total cost of materials around 30 quid...not bad!


Enemies eye view of the gatehouse


The Buttress mounted twin-linked lascannons


One of the flak towers sporting a quad long-barreled autocannon


Health and safety demands that there are safety barriers on the walkways, last thing you need while a 100 foot killing machine is bearing down on you is a claim from some clumsy marine who just tripped and took a tumble over the edge!


The inside of the Fortress (I will detail the inside of the gate later)


The Crimson Ultrawings push forward from the protective walls on their way to a night on the town, erm, I mean to fight the enemies of the Emperor..
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Re: Imperial Fortress n stuff
« Reply #8 on: May 13, 2009, 04:54:31 PM »

Stunning work and great pictures :occasion14: :clap2:
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Re: Imperial Fortress n stuff
« Reply #9 on: May 13, 2009, 05:00:19 PM »

Nice stuff.  :drevil:
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Re: Imperial Fortress n stuff
« Reply #10 on: May 14, 2009, 03:55:27 AM »

Really effective now it is painted, Bulldog :D  Great work, as always!
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Re: Imperial Fortress n stuff
« Reply #11 on: May 17, 2009, 03:54:03 PM »

Seriously good work bulldog! Big project made to look easy.

Just one tiny flaw though, what if the attacking force has a hot wire cutter?

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Re: Imperial Fortress n stuff
« Reply #12 on: May 17, 2009, 07:23:54 PM »

Thats what the predators are for :bludrgn2:
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Re: Imperial Fortress n stuff
« Reply #13 on: May 18, 2009, 07:16:55 AM »

How do you use a predator to defend against a hot wire cutter?

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Re: Imperial Fortress n stuff
« Reply #14 on: May 18, 2009, 08:15:37 AM »

I was talking about the cool alien hunters in the back of the picture.
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