Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Box of Crates Hill for the Warehouse

I had decided to go with the first elevated terrain piece on the concept suggested online with crates.  Only the constructive imagination brought me to blocks of wood that I could purchase at the store.  So I got three packages of 1" block and glued them together.  Then used a piece of foam board on top of them to give a nice standing ground.  Then I attached small wooden pieces around the edges to give it more of a crate look and feel.

Then in order to cover the top and save myself some serious additional work, I figured that I would use a tarp over the wooden crates.  I had an old poncho that I had torn while fishing and thought it would give a good look and feel.  Then went out and bought some eyelits from the craft store for building clothing.  I put the eyelits inside the tarp and used a string to tighten the tarp around the boxes.  The only part left for me to do with what I want in this elevated terrain piece will probably be to stain the wooden crates under the tarp...and perhaps dirty them up a bit afterwards, even chip at them.  But as is it didn't come out quite bad.  I'll try another elevated terrain piece or two in the near future off of another suggestion that one of you made in the forums as well.  The current piece is shown below.


Monday, February 21, 2011

Quick Overview Shot, with Details to follow.

The following is an empty board with some terrain laid over it to get a quick glance at what the board may look like, but several other pieces of terrain were not even laid out over the table that I will talk about further down in the list later on.  It will also include quick details of what had been used.

Warhouse Blocking Terrain

Occassionally, inspiration doesn't really come until you walk down the isles of your local craft store, or Home Depot.  One section that caught my attention was the electronics isle.  There were dozens of different sized blue plastic shielding units for the home.  All of which to me seemed to have interesting designs for what I considered to be my future terrain.  Two of them have been painted and a few elements added to below in order to make them into a trash bin and shipping container with ease.  The best part is, that each piece was about 1-3 dollars apiece and required little to anything else than what I had left over around the house.

A couple purchased pieces

Of course creating some things by hand isn't as easy as just stumbling upon some cheap purchases every now and then you come across while searching for things online.  As is done with the two pieces displayed in this image.  Only a bit of crude painting needed and of course for the sewer pieces in the front, it was filled with water effects and blended with different colors of green simply by swirling a toothpick back and forth through the waters at different shades.  The streaming part from the mouth of the pipe at the top was the only custom portion and that was done with a glue gone on top of a couple layers of itself to give a small flow effect.  Not amazing but it all gets the job done and looks representable on the table.

Copper pipes

The copper pipes there were a bit more expensive than I thought they would be.  I guess the news was right about pricing going up.  But I did get a good amount of pipe for the money that I could play with in building some terrain...and nothing works better to represent pipe, than real pipe.

The pieces below were constructed out of the copper piping by cutting through them with a saws all.  Three segments were bound with wire to represent small pipe batches ready for transfer, while copper elbows were used with the copper pipes on them to represent barriers often up in warehouses to prevent things such as forklifts and other mechanicals from going beyond them without resistance.


The rubble terrain pictured here was a simple process, but it adds a bit of flavor.  In simplicity, it uses the cut out of a cereal box as the basing, with some dark sand.  Small rock croppings were added to the sand by spare pieces of plucked foam left over from other terrain that I'd owned.  In order to solidify the cardboard and keep the sand from shedding off, it was all sprayed with elmer's glue in a spray can.  The outcome is four pieces that resemble that of down below.  Typically I use this for difficult terrain and occassionally as light cover with a +2 bonus to defense.

Steam Vents

With the steam vents, I took some old screen in the attic and cut out pieces 5" x 5" in size to be attached to small wood segments that can be bought at a local craft store.  I drilled 6 holes in the wood and put some earth magnets inside the wood.  This allows for the steam vents to be removable when walking through them with your models.

The steam vents were there to produce a forest indoors since anything realistic for shrubbery in a warehouse was unlikely.  Due to lack of sight it is considered to slow down movement like a forest and provide concealment. 

The steam is merely four ends of cue tips cut to different lengths and glued together after careful pulling of the ends.  The bottom is small pieces of magnet that each one of us probably has somewhere on our fridge in some form of another that is easily cuttable.  It provides enough magnetic force to grab on the earth magnet without holding it too tightly.  It actually works quite nicely.

Exterior of the warhouse designed battlefront for the War Machine table.  The exerior walls are cut out of black posterboards.  Then they were attached with hot glue around the border just to give the effect of the interior of a warehouse building.  Detail could possibly be added in later, but since it is really just there to provide the semblance of the interior of a building I don't have the desire to do so at this stage.  The flooring is just crudely cut into at random intervals.  The random intervals prevent exact measurement guessing and it adds a nice random floor tiling to the floor of the building.