Thursday, 28 April 2011

Completed 'Kindle' Sci- fi Bunker

In my last blog entry I mused on the possibility of converting the cardboard liner from the box of my Amazon Kindle into a Sci Fi Bunker... Here it is... The model was painted using a mix of Vallejo, Citadel and B&Q paints; it was 'dirtied' and 'worn' using citadel washes.

The Helghast logo was copied and printed off the net and glued in place, the lettering was hand painted from a Helghan Alphabet (also found on the net).

The steel pipes are made from large bore drinking straws.

The ladders were made from 'granny grid'. The pipe leading into the bunker was made from the flexible part of the drinking straw. The slogan reads 'Victory or death' in Helghan.

To give access to miniatures (Pig Iron Kolony Militia - see earlier posts) I cut the card structure at the base so that the whole top half lifts off. The boxes and cases are from Fenris Games.

I felt that the bunker stood a little too high. I couldn't make it lower, so decided to justify the height by cutting into the roof and forming a rooftop observation post. Here an Helghan Officer consults with an Technical NCO.
A birds eye view shows off the whole model nicely.

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Another scratch built Sci-Fi Bunker

The first thing that struck me when I unpackaged my new Amazon Kindle was, 'oooh... gadget!'

The second thing that struck me was, 'hey that packaging would make a superb bunker!'

Take a look... if you can't see the potential in the picture above, you shouldn't be in the hobby!

Sci-Fi Bunker/ Observation Tower (Part 4: Interior)

This final set of images shows the completed model and the interior detail. I built a fire step around the the entire edge using foam core. I then covered the step with pva glue and fine sand. I cut a square entrance hatch out of plasticard. To finish it off I added scaled down Helghast propoganda posters that I copied off the internet.A Helghan officer confers with a technical NCO whilst two troopers watch on. The figures are Pig Iron Kolony Militia, the crates are from Fenris Games.

Sci-Fi Bunker/ Observation Tower (Part 3: base)

The images below show the detail of the base prior to painting. The steps are made of foam core, I made small hummocks out of poly filler; this was then covered in a mix of sharp sand, gravel and small stones. To add a little more detail I have included a discarded coil of barbed wire (I don't recall the manufacturer) and a couple of girders cut from lengths of plastic girder from a model railway store.
The following pictures show the final painted base. The whole thing was base coated in Burnt chocolate Weatherex masonary paint. This was then dry brushed with Citadel Graveyard Earth and Bleached Bone.

The figures shown are Pig Iron Kolong militia.