I have long pounded my head against a wall trying to figure out how to do a worthwhile trap counter. There are many good examples out there of spike and spear traps but they did not quite do it for me. Then two weeks ago I was in town with my daughter by a local cafe and we passed a piece of cake on a plate sat on a sign. We both looked at each other and said the same thing. Don't touch it it's a trap!! That got me thinking about what else I could use as a trap marker. This is what I came up with.
I cannot take credit for the design of this complex.We had a prolific model builder at my former
Local Game Store back home who had enough of this modular terrain to cover two
Ping-Pong tables.He built the whole
complex in anticipation for the release of Rogue Trader back in 1986.I only saw the terrain used once but it was
magnificent.Bruce, If you see this thank you for the design and thank you for encouraging me to build terrain way back then.
Since then I kept the
design in mind and waited until I had the time and materials to complete
it.Last month I had a bit of a
windfall.Our office uses 3mm thick foamex signs
and we ended up with a stack of them that were no longer usable as the graphics
were out of date.
The first thing that I did was work out the basic
design.To make it easy everything was
in increments of three and six inches.Rooms are 6x6 corridors are 3x6 corners and intersections are 3x3.All walls are two inches tall and glued
directly to the floor.
To speed up the process I made a simple jig out of foamex
that would allow me to cut two and three inch strips out of the sign stock.
All the details on the walls of the corridors were done with
resin bits from various manufactures and bits cast from my new Green Stuff
World monitors and vents molds.I kept
rooms basic since I have my sci-fy terrain drop ins.All base painting was done with
rattlecans.Primer grey floors,
Rustolium Limestone for the walls and all bits on the walls painted black.Everything was highlighted and washed with
inks.Quick, cheap and cheerfull.
After a week I now have enough to build a complex with four
rooms.I am planning on being able to
table a complex with at least nine rooms.
The next step with these is to use black guesso on the outside
and edges to cover the logos and unify the surfaces.At some point I will also have
to work out an exterior skin too but I can play a game of 7tv in there as it is.
Just a quick review.Green Stuff World has brought out three new mould for details and having
picked up two I figured I would share my experiences.
I purchased the control panels and the grids and fans.Initially I tried casting in both dental plaster.The plaster ran into the same
problem that it always does with thin parts in small moulds.The finished pieces are too thin and cannot
support themselves so they break easily.Secondly you usually have air bubbles form and it is much more noticeable
with theses moulds as they are particularly small detailed parts.
I then used Milliput and it worked a
treat.Easiest way to do it is to press
the Milliput into the details allowing it to lump over the top of the mould.Then scrape the top off with a
metal scraper then smooth the bottom out. I did not use green stuff as it is too elastic and cannot be scraped flat.
The parts are reasonably detailed when comparing the Green Stuff
cast monitors with Antocities Workshops resin monitors. They are smaller but overall they are a match.
Here are some shots on a finished piece.
All in all they are well worth the twelve and a half Euro
price tag as you can make as many parts as you need at any time, they come with
a keyboard and they are easy to work with.
Just some more bits and pieces finished for my museum terrain. Background display cases were made ages ago. First are the centre places. The blue whale and the killer whale are children's toys. The two sharks are from Reaper. All of them were based on Foamex.
Next is the Brontosaur or Aptosaur if you are being pedantic. The model was from a dig it out kit for kids from Tiger Direct.
The Egyptian wing. All of the models are soft toys from an Egyptian toy tube.
Next are some plastic beads from a Chinese shop last on the right is a small statue from a museum gift shop. Holes filled and mounted.