Good evening Warhammer friends!
Welcome to Part 3 of Making Scenery With Character. In this issue we will dive into the accessories and add ons of the structure and how to bring some of the life over from your reference material. If you have not already done so, please check out our previous issue..Making Scenery With Character: Part 2 and get yourself up to speed! Lets continue, shall we?
Accessories and Add Ons: The things that make it POP!
The following photos will be from different stages in the overall build and are not in chronological order.
The first task at hand was to create a turret. It needed to somewhat resemble turrets of old but still have a 40K feel to it. You have a lot of options here. You could kitbash from other GW kits, you could kitbash from other scale models or you could build from scratch. I am on a budget so the last options was selected. I happened to have some foam core lying around as well as wooden dowels. That should do it!
I happened to have some old 8mm Mauser bullets that I wanted to use as artillery shells. I used the diameter of them as a guide to how much I wanted to bore out the dowels for the turret barrels. A pilot hole may help in keeping your bore straight as well as going slow and being patient. Be careful not to leave the walls too thin as they may crack. You do not need to go very deep, just enough to where when painted it will create enough of a shadow to appear hollow.
With the bore drilled out you can now work on the positioning. For a more dramtic-in the moment-type look, rather than fixing the barrels as if they were firing a full broadside, I decided to set them up in various stages. You have one loaded and ready to fire, one recoiling after expelling its cargo, and another being returned to loading position. This creates more activity in the scenery then fixing them all on the same plane. This was achieved by taking a rectangular piece of balsa wood and using a rotary tool sanding drum to create a recess for the barrels to rest. Once you are happy with the position, get out your wood glue and lock it up.
Next Step is to create the armoured gun house that covers the guns. This can be done with as little steps or as many steps as you would like. It all depends on your patience lever and if you have ever done paper craft before! I opted for a very basic structure as I planed to add details to it to make it a bit more excite. This part I do not have any photos but it is pretty straight forward-use your hobby knife and cut pieces to build your turret. I used left over foam core-this is easy to cut and light, but beware it does absorb liquids. Be careful with your glue. Alternatively, plasticard would be a more solid choice. But use what you have access to! Dont stop! Keep moving forward! You will eventually end up with something like this…
To make it appear a bit more realistic I found some thing black plastic to use as protective covering for where the barrels meet the gun house (originally used to keep the elements and salt water out) and now we have this…
Test fit everything first before gluing, obviously. Now that the main structure was together we just needed to add a few add-ons. I used flamethrower fuel tanks from a Land Raider kit on the sides as “hydraulic” tanks and used Tamiya WW2 Petrol Drums as the breeches on the rear. Lastly the surface was covered with a sand texture paint to make it mimic a ferrocrete like surface. This is what we’ve ended up with. The add-ons really give a sense of life to the turret.
Next we have the electronic cabling girders that you often see on old bunkers. This too was pretty simple. All you need is more balsa wood and wire. The radio comms antenna is a from a Land Raider, Tamiya WW2 canteens, and old hard drive jumpers.Throw in a Marine who would normally be looking out of a tank, along with the wheel off of a Tamiya PAK Anti Tank gun as a ventilation fan!
On the opposite side, some more access point as well as an eventual Hunter Killer missile emplacement.
Some flood lights near the entrance and a bit of twisted rebar…
It’s really started to come together now…I decieded I wanted to make a crane of sort to appear to be moving shells, much like were used on the big railroad guns…Balsa wood to the rescue!
The main anti-tank gun was just a Tamiya PAK kit, with a modified base…
I then in reference to one of the reference photos, wanted to create some inner working on the rear of the model. So I decided to create a chained fence-ammo storage type area as well as an ammunition transport vehicle. For the gate I used plasticard and bits, the trolley is 8mm Mauser stripper clips, balsa wood and unused pieces of the Tamiya PAK kit…
As you can see we are starting to get somewhere. If you have some Imperial iconography you can splash that around here and there. Most of our customer work has now been done.In our final segment we will have a fully painted model that completely accomplishes all we have been working for as well as make an effective piece of scenery!
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