Thursday, March 31, 2011

Easy Metal Floor Grating

I've seen a lot of people create cool looking floors with a material that is sometimes referred to as "Granny Grating." I've never used it because a long while back I found another material that came to me out of necessity (you know, the mother of all things). I was in the process of putting together my first Chimera (at left) for my Inquisitor and wanted a really detailed interior. Not wanting to buy anything else, I used bits that I already had at home. We were in the process of doing some home remodeling and remembered the sticky mesh tape that I used when working on the walls.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Foamcore: The Emperor's Building Material

Maybe it's not in the fluff or part of a Dan Abnett pre-Heresy novel, but in my world of 40K, the Emperor has established foamcore as the de facto building material. Here's a few reasons why I use it so often...

1. It provides strength without weight. The stuff is super light-weight, but sturdy enough to support the weight of models and of the building structure.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Medicae Outpost Part III

The Door:
For mine, I cut out a frame in foamcore. This was glued centered on the side flush with the bottom. Before I glued it down, I used the inside cut (the archway) as the shape for the door. The door was cut out of the same cardboard as the side panels. The hinges and door handle are pieces cut from a sprue frame.
Another good idea for a door would be a  hatch from a tank. In the second picture below, I've used a pvc plumbing part.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Medicae Outpost Part II

Now that the glue has dried on the first side section, carefully remove the tape. Glue the second strip to the top and secure it with tape like you did the first section. Don't worry if you end up with small gaps (such as where the side strips meet). We'll look at cleaning up things like that when we finish.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Medicae Outpost Part I

As promised, I will spend the next few posts on the Medicae Outpost I built a while back. At the time, I kind of built it on the fly. So, I'm building another, this time with the goal of finishing with a reproducible process and template. As you read through this post, you can click on most the images to view a larger version. We'll start with the supplies. The list is:

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Hello World.

Greetings everyone! I have finally decided to take the plunge and start my own blog.

For months I've lurked around several 40K related blogs. One of my favorite being FTW. I enjoyed the great articles and the great blogrolls. I would take breaks during work and check the site at least 3-4 times a day. When the author decided to cut back on his online activities, one of his projects that "got the ax" was the blog. I've found other blogs that are interesting, but just didn't have the breadth of FTW.