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Old 04 Apr 2006, 14:50   #1 (permalink)
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I had a couple of friends over to my place for a terrain building day. Two of us discussed what we wanted to try and we both decided on an elevated highway spanning the board. Here's the WIP pics of our first piece (more to come):






We used cardboard, styrofoam tiles, wiring and some spackling paste. Next step is to base it for stability (you can see our test-base in some of the pictures...we're going to use MDF or Hardboard for the actual base). I'll post more pics as we progress. The eventual plan is to get the highway to span 4' so that it can function as an "urban river." We also plan to make smaller total rubble pieces with just the support beams...this would allow vehicles to pass through(like a modern ford!). Right now the height is just barely enough space to get my devilfish underneath...it scrapes the paint though. ;D

Details to be added include some broken down cars, signage and maybe a burnt out rhino on the lower level...we're also thinking about maybe bulking out the support beams. We'll see after we get the base done.

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Old 04 Apr 2006, 23:53   #2 (permalink)
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I want to see it when the board's done! I always wanted to do something like this.
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Old 05 Apr 2006, 00:42   #3 (permalink)
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Cool! Cant wait to see the finished picture! ;D
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I was thinking of building an elevated airstrip, I'm interested to see how this comes out.
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Old 05 Apr 2006, 09:33   #5 (permalink)
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Good idea, I think it will look very nice when done. How long will the highway be?
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Old 05 Apr 2006, 10:06   #6 (permalink)
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It looks promising but like you write I think you will have to work on the stability. As it is now it looks very frail.
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Old 05 Apr 2006, 14:29   #7 (permalink)
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Thanks for the great responses!

We plan to have it span the 4' part of my game table…problem is that most likely we'll need to make a few extra pieces as not every highway runs straight (plus we'd like some flexibility!).

So right now the plan is 3 or 4 pieces similar to the one you see (they're approximately 8-9" I don't have the measurements with me at work), 2 larger pieces that will hopefully contain an onramp (so non-jump troops and tanks can get up there) and 5 or so rubble pieces.

One detail that will be added to the next one is either stairs or a ladder up. Right now, we've noticed there is no way for normal infantry to get up top! Unless they are Jet Pack/Jump Packs equipped or set up there (then there is no way to get down) a whole lot of armies are going to not be on the upper level. You'll note I play a Tau army…Mecha Tau. My friends are calling me out on home-turf advantage for the highways…so I'll need to add those stairs/ramps for their footsloggers…plus a way for landraiders/predators to navigate the wreckage on the ground level (so broken highways).
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The first shot isn't very flattering but the others are nice. Yeah, with some stability that'll be very hoss. Keep at it, I'm sure we'd all love to see the result.
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Old 05 Apr 2006, 16:57   #9 (permalink)
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It will be interesting to see the end results. Why not add some lights along the highway as well. Another thing, an elevator might be easier to make than a ladder. On the other hand it might not be the look you are looking for.
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Nice terrain piece! I really like it!
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