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Old 01 Jun 2005, 04:06   #1 (permalink)
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I was thinking of objective markers and desired something more substantial than a ammo box or similar.

I let that sit and started to read up the Tau BFG rules and then it struck me. The Messenger boats, they scoot data-cores across the empire, uploading then downloading. So what about a recently claimed world? Or halfway system ? A lone sentry tower that passes on info to a routine messenger patrol ?

So I drew up several ideas and settled on this design;



Plumbing pipe fixings, Styrene rectangle tubes, green stuff, Caster wheel hubs and some caps for rod ends.

Stout little towers with a large relay aerial, I'll add a small ATM-like inteface for Shas'la. The idea is these are modular, easily setup to provide exellent communications until a planet side Shas'ar'Tol can be setup (HQ) with improved stations etc etc.

The MDF board base will be finished to match my Tau Shas'la, and the paint work will be classic Tau white with some grime for wear and tear appearance. More on that soon.

I will use them in missions such as; The Cadre is intercepting an attack on their communications array; Dropping into a system where the Relay has gone unexpectedly quiet; Setting up their Relay and being attacked; Even a 'Get the message out' scenario.

As I build more substantial buildings, these two will become part of larger facilities.
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Old 01 Jun 2005, 04:38   #2 (permalink)
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Oh I like I really do very cool and creative.

And the back ground is well thought out so really works for me.

Cool......

Now paint them! ;D

Oh and how they tie in with future buildings etc very cool.
Hey isn't there a size on markers?
I forget?
Or is that the size?

Dont ask me I dont play enough official games to know anything officially....

anyways really cool I do like them alot.
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Old 01 Jun 2005, 05:35   #3 (permalink)
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wow your the best keep making cool stuff ;D
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Old 01 Jun 2005, 06:19   #4 (permalink)
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oooooooooooooooohh!
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Old 01 Jun 2005, 06:29   #5 (permalink)
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Chuckle, thanks guys.

The objective base is about 60mm I recall, which is bigger than the Comm-tower diameter. So I fudged that some more so I can do some scenery about the base.

I'm working on a Power Plant, Sensor Dome and sketching up my first big building.
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Old 01 Jun 2005, 11:46   #6 (permalink)
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Looks cool, but some more details should lift the score quite a bit.

can't wait to see the other things!
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Old 02 Jun 2005, 01:35   #7 (permalink)
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can i just mention that there is no real restriction on building size, which the towers are. nothing to say you can't use a builsing as an objective is there?
great job, can't wait to see them painted
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Old 02 Jun 2005, 03:03   #8 (permalink)
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thanks guys, I am adding panels and 'Foundation Props' to the sides tonight. Also working on that Sensor Dome tonight too. Interested in drawings being posted ?

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Old 05 Jun 2005, 00:38   #9 (permalink)
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Quote:
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Interested in drawings being posted ?

Yes indeed.
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Old 06 Jun 2005, 03:01   #10 (permalink)
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Put all my concept buildings in one picture.

My thinking is this;

The Shas are not for ornamentation, just practical, durable and modular buildings. So the Fio would supply accordingly. This leads to common elements, lack of detail and heavy set design with armour and durable walls.



Also, I went the way of larger, hidden underground facilities. The drone hanger (big enough for suits too) with control deck, Storage domes and sensor dome (companion to Comm Array). Various facilities with the ability to 'Lock down the hatches' should the enemy come knocking.

I have an idea for a refueling stop, but will leave that as a surprise

These are design concepts and in no way represent fully the finished pieces. This more a rough guide as to the shapes and form I am after
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