Thursday, 15 March 2018

Welcome to Nunawading (Terrain)

The idea for this particular piece was to raise a large expanse above street level to break up the line of sight while adding some variation to the battleground.  It's not very complicated as it's more of a baseboard-style affair, intended to work with my other pieces.

The end result with a couple of Space Marines included for scale.
The marketplace floor was a large piece (almost A3) of acrylic on which I stuck what felt like a thousand squares of cardboard cut from a rice bubble packet.  I did a base coat of matt grey using a rattler, then roughly traced out the square's joints using straight black paint in my airbrush.  Finally, I mixed up a grey paint and blasted it in the centre of most of the squares.  I spilled some PVA and water mixture onto the piece whilst under construction, so rather than curse it, I added some more glue and dusted on acrylic shavings (of which there are plenty around my shed) - something tells me the future isn't going to be a pristine place... well at least not this future.  I'm intending to make a second one of these in due course and the only thing I may do differently is go a bit easier on the black paint and/or more generous with the grey.
The work in progress - I think the Rice Bubbles make for a
lovely mosaic 😏

Also, around Melbourne in recent years, there's been a proliferation of "Welcome to..." food truck vendor parks, where 4 or 5 food trucks meet and draw the crowds. With that in mind, I also quickly threw together three vendors ''pods", which sit quite nicely on the marketplace. 

Something of a scene using the finished (?) pods, prior to the
base plate being painted.

Each pod is a child safety device: electrical extension cord joints are meant to be placed in each pod and then snapped/locked shut.  The cube-shaped elements on the sides were from a broken Rubix Cube.  Those pitted balls at the front are from a (well my) kid's construction toy and the screens came from some plastic sold in our local supermarket as a (bloody thin) cutting board.  PS I'll do a write-up of those signs later.

A few work in progress shots.
The underside of the piece has a number of L-shaped 'locks' to help set and hold it onto six of my boxes.  Using the boxes means it can also be stacked and raised higher should the mood strike me.  Or even do something like this...
Raising the plate by two boxes lifts it to 90mm - more than enough space
to park the odd tank!
Interested in some more photos?  Check out this album.

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