Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Desert Outpost (part 2) - 15mm SciFi WIP

Work continues on my scifi buildings.  Construction is complete and painting has begun.  The bits from Ground Zero Games have helped to really make these buildings look complete.
Communications Center.
Warehouse or Barracks.
The ring on top is from a coffee filter for our Keurig machine.
Power Station or Refinery.
I'm not happy with how the putty around the doors turned out.  I was hoping to get a smooth, seamless finish.  Obviously I did not achieve that. Despite working with a Dremel tool, I could not get close enough to smooth things off without chipping the putty.  I could have redone it, but in the end I decided to simply move on.  Learning to live with imperfection is good for the soul. : )
Ready to be primed.
Primed.
Another view.
In the end, I decided to prime with gray, obviously.  The plan is to paint them with a base coat of mostly gray with a bit of the "Desert Yellow" I used for my other terrain pieces.  Then I will build progressive highlights by adding more Desert Yellow and/or Ivory.  We will see if that gives me the look I'm going for - a sense of concrete made from local materials.  The doors and other details will be various "military colors" - gray, khaki, army green - or I may use some metallics.  I will also add some bits of brighter colors to make things pop.  Some decals of various military signs, numbers, or posters will finish them off.  Of course, I've not yet located those decals, so I will be doing a bit of googling!

That's it for today.  Until next time, carry on!

18 comments:

  1. These do look good, a good bit of productive recycling.

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    1. Thank you. They are looking even better with paint...

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  2. I'm really enjoying following this project and I think you've done a first class job on your conversions. Even in their primed state they look good. I look forward to seeing them finished when I'm sure they'll look superb.

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    1. Thank you again! I'm glad you are enjoying my posts. I'm still having fun with this project and getting closer everyday to actually being able to play a game.

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  3. These do look really good, even in just their primed state.
    I'm always interested to see how other folk convert their junk/rubbish into a thing of beauty.

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    1. Thank you! I've got a couple of other buildings I'm beginning to develop also. It's taking me back to the old days of wargaming in the 80's when all we had were the bits we could cobble together from the trash. : )

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  4. Even though only undercoated you can see how good they look like seamless builds. I need to get a crack on with mine.

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    1. Thank you! I appreciate the feedback. Keeps me motivated knowing people are looking forward to what I'm posting.

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  5. Great work! I like how similar they all look, as if prefabricated.
    Perhaps you'd want to paint them in off white or some other light colour and then weather them with sandy to get some contrast?

    As for the putty, get a really fine sanding paper and try to sand it off if it bothers you that much.

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    1. Thanks for the suggestions, Mathyoo. I did try some sandpaper but I wasn't able to get it into the seam well enough. I can live with it as it is.

      As to the prefab quality to these, that's what I was going for. I want them to convey the idea of some sort of basic building that has modules that are added in construction to provide for various needs on a military base.

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    1. Thanks. Yeah, they do have a Tatooine sort of feel.

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  7. Nice buildings dude. Very nice addition to the desert board. Keep on rolling, this is a cool project.

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    1. Thank you! It's been a good project and is rolling along nicely.

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  8. So far, your scifi structures are the "cat's meow," IMHO. Great modeling sir. And the little bits added to the exterior make the work a sweet piece of eye candy.

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    1. Thank you! The bits from GZG are what make the models. I had planned to scratch build everything, but then realized that for a few dollars I could get great parts without the hassle. It is amazing what can be done with some junk and the right bits.

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