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Old 28 Jun 2007, 01:31   #1 (permalink)
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Default First Piece of terrain

My gaming buds and I have been using random obects as cover up until now, but my friend decided to make some terrain so i wanted to try my hand at it. I made a fortification-kind-of-thing with a tower behind it.


tower


pic with models for scale


now i just need to base and paint.
So what do you think and how can i improve it.

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Old 28 Jun 2007, 05:18   #2 (permalink)
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I'd first like to know if this is tau specific terrain (i'm guessing it is, looking at the minis on the terrain)

Asside from that, I think the tower is a bit uneven, and there are too many gaps. When you go to prime it, it won't really look like a building. If i may suggest, try using a tupperwear bowl, so it's more even and it still looks Tau-ish. My personal favorite is a tupperwear cylindrical shaped bowl from wanton soup at the chinese food place by me :P
It looks like a raised landing pad, and can be made to look like any tau building by adding tau accessories, such as gun drone bodies and etc. Also, if you carved those styrofoam pieces to fit onto the round surface, they'd make good end pieces for the doors to go on. Just cut out a piece of cardboard for a sliding tau door, shaped like an oblong semi oval... Another household item that's good for tau terrain is a case that holds big packs of blank CD's, it has an awesome shape. Heck, even an old used up can of spray primer would make as a good controll tower.

For the wall, i recommend using polystyrene, it's cleaner and sturdier. Then try to carve designes into it with a pencil and a ruler, then ink wash the indents when you're ready to paint. (Design ideas : If you want it to be a techno-wall, make circutry, boxes with buttons, etc; if you want a brick wall, draw in the brick patterns in certain areas, but don't over-do it; if you want a stone wall, make some cracks in it, it could be thousands of years old and long since been subject to elemental torment.)
For more terrain ideas go to the GW site in the tau section, or just browse this sight, there are many good ideas that people have already touched upon that you may want to use.

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Old 28 Jun 2007, 15:04   #3 (permalink)
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Put some holes into the styrofoam wall so that it looks like it's taken a few shots.

I think a bunker in the back would be a good idea too... maybe a command HQ type of place.

Also, you might want to base the terrain seperately, so that they can be moved into different positions for different games.
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Old 28 Jun 2007, 15:22   #4 (permalink)
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I was gonna make a bunker but we are doing some remodeling in our house and im waiting for all those cardboard boxes and styrofoam thats gonna be left over.

What should I base them with? I think some cardboard would work fine but im not sure.
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Old 28 Jun 2007, 17:49   #5 (permalink)
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+++I think that`s pretty good for a first attenpt.+++
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Old 29 Jun 2007, 01:47   #6 (permalink)
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thats some good stuff happening for a first attempt.
i might just copy it into my "buildings" fold
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Old 29 Jun 2007, 03:24   #7 (permalink)
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Hey all, I had not glued any of it yet and since i got some more styrofoam and little pieces of wood i decided to take it apart and start over. I put the glue to work and this is what I got.


building


landing pad and wooden plank attaching it to building


bunker


enchrentment (theres 2 of them)


another veiw of all terrain
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They see him rolling,
They hating,
Patroling and trying to fix him with a dark lance,
Trying to fix him with with a dark lance
Trying to fix him with with a dark lance
Fix him with a dark lance,
Try to fix him with a dark lance.

(rap)
Rolling up 'cos I'm a Space Marine,
Heavy armour so it ain't hard to be seen, I ride, ride and they see me lean, Soritas and a TV screen, Yeah the Canoness, she likes cola, Mixed in a stolen drone controller, But then I just try to hold her, One smack and great, I'm in a coma
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Old 29 Jun 2007, 07:13   #8 (permalink)
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i'd say use the styrofoam in your "building" picture to better use ...

Landing pand can just be a watchout tower if you do take my advice.

make the bunker a bit clear (windows)... use a knife .. do it slow so it isnt too messy.

entrenchment looks good .. whats better? Make it kinda "all around" so you can place it anywhere on the map and it will look natural.

Besides basing which you probably havent got through .. i would get a styrofoam cutter if you havent already. GW 30$ ... Michaels Arts and Craft, 15$ ... get your own batteries. Oh and PVA/Sand wash makes things look better.

just my 2 cents ...
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Old 30 Jun 2007, 03:48   #9 (permalink)
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I based my building and cut in another floor. Im not sure if i can cut out the ground floor because it is made from 4 smaller pieces instead of 1 big one so it will fall apart.






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Fix him with a dark lance,
Try to fix him with a dark lance.

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Heavy armour so it ain't hard to be seen, I ride, ride and they see me lean, Soritas and a TV screen, Yeah the Canoness, she likes cola, Mixed in a stolen drone controller, But then I just try to hold her, One smack and great, I'm in a coma
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Old 31 Jul 2007, 22:21   #10 (permalink)
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Firstly, looking at your post's, it looks like you have made progress right from the start so I say good on you.

Secondly, I like the building and I think you should not cut out the ground floor and risk ruin. The only bad thing I can see really is that you could try to smooth out the edges of the styrofoam. Thats all I have to say good luck with your project.



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