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Made in us
Mekboy Hammerin' Somethin'





USA

Welcome to the 25th installment of the League of Extraordinary Riveters Terrain Competition!

This competition is all about terrain building, which you can probably guess from the title.
The League's aim is to encourage our fellow gamers/model-makers to kick it up a notch while building terrain for their tabletop, be it for wargames, board games or dioramas. We encourage participants to use this thread to trade ideas, inspiration, encouragement and feedback. Everyone is a winner in a League competition. Because, in the end, your entry is also your prize. The first place winner, however, will win another great prize. They will be named a member of the League of Extraordinary Riveters, a group of dedicated artists and modelers who put great effort into having their work be extremely detailed (like being willing to glue on thousands of rivets). The first place winner will also pick the topic for the next round and be judge.
If you haven't taken part before, check out the rules and previous rounds. (linked below.)

Each round has a “theme” or other defining attribute(s) that must in some way be applied to the your terrain project, to compete with other modellers.

The competition is open to everyone registered on Dakka Dakka, all are welcome to enter regardless of skill, experience, ability, etc.
The winner of each round hosts the next round, and the cycle continues.
The theme, limitations, rules, judging and prizes are all the responsibility of the host, although he or she can get help from others for some of those things...

For those who are returning once again to compete a most sincere and heartfelt welcome back! And to anyone competing for the first time, awesome! And welcome!

If you haven't taken part before, check out the rules and previous rounds. (linked below.) Also, they are a plain enjoyable read so you may want to check them out just for that reason. (I've read comps 1-18 so far)
Past Competitions:
Contest #1 "Lids" (dsteingass)
Contest #2 "Cookie Package” (Viktor Von Doom)
Contest #3 "Fightin' Pit!" (MrMerlin)
Contest #4 "For the title of Master Shrubber" (Meade)
Contest #5 "Vehicles!" (Bruticus)
Contest #6 "We're Not Worthy!" (Meade)
Contest #7 "Fire at Will" (hk1x1)
Contest #8 "Accomidation" (Camkierhi)
Contest #9 “Elementary" (Littletower)
Contest #10 "The Throne" (Camkierhi)
Contest #11 "On The Road" (Red Harvest)
Contest #12 "Wall me up, fence me in" (MonkeyTroll)
Contest #13 "What Went Wrong!" (OneManNoodles)
Contest #14 "Making something extraordinary from the ordinary" (Dr H)
Contest #15 "The Trapdoor" (nmygravenimage)
Contest #16 "Got Wood?" (Viktor Von Doom)
Contest #17 "The (re)cycle of Life" (Guildenstern)
Contest #18 "The Portal" (inmygravenimage)
Contest #19 "Let it Flow!" (Camkierhi)
Contest #20 "Noise Polution" (Tek Thornison)
Contest # 21 "CARD-inal Sins" (Camkierhi)
Contest # 22 "A Series of Tubes" (Cleatus)
Contest # 23 "Child's Play" (Z-Ray)
Contest #24 "Pimpin' Aint Easy" (Fango)

Theme: For the War Effort
By this I mean, I would like all of you to make terrain that would somehow be used to strengthen, reinforce, or resupply a military force, and could therefore also be a target of the opposing force. This could be a a huge martian manufactory, or just a grot sitting on a pile o' gunz. A supply cache, fuel/ammo dump, or a fort. If Fango hadn't already submitted that sweet Tyranid spawning pool for Comp #23, that would work for this, since it's creating troops. A warjack being built/repaired in a building, would work. A super weapon being unearthed, would be great too. Use your imaginations and creativity, and impress us all.

I would like every participant to post their idea/ideas on this thread plus an explanation of why you think it fits the theme, for me to okay. (Honestly, I don't imagine not giving anyone the okay because I value creativity and looking at things in interesting ways a great deal).

Any scale and game system is welcome. The size of your piece doesn't matter and big vs small will be judged equally. The League wants you to push yourself to the next level in artistic ability and creativity, not size. Being that I don't know

One very important thing to do, is post lots of "work in progress" pictures on this thread. This will let everyone enjoy the process of what you are creating. The members of LoER, participants in these contests, and the Dakka community as a whole love to help each other and give advice. A huge part of these competitions are to help you improve as an artist. Let people enjoy your WIPs and give suggestions to make it even more amazing. Constant updates from all of us will also keep this contest easier to find, which will allow more people to come and enjoy everyone's work, and get more people excited about joining in. (If more people join, you'll be even more proud if you win against 20 competitors rather than 2).

Do not post your finished work on this thread They should be PMed to me for judging, but you can still feel free post your finished work on your own P&M blog if you have one (just not here).

Try to take good pictures, if no one can see how good your piece is, how will we know? After all the work you put into your piece, don't slack on the pictures.

Rules:

1. Talk about the competition. Make as many people know as you can. If you have a P&M blog, it's great to mention it there. I think it's a good idea to post you WIPs in your P&M blog as well as here, it gets your post count up faster, and will encourage the visitors of your blog to check out this competition. Just please make sure you mention regularly what this WIPs are for.
One of the best things you can do, is put the League terrain competition banner in your signature:
HTML code for the banner:
{url=https://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/0/751255.page#9843787]{img]http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2012/11/8/429237_md-.jpg{/img]{/url]
change all the "{" to "["
It should look and work like this one:


2. The deadline for this competition will be to have your stuff in by the end of May 21st. That's a little over 13 weeks. If enough of you need extensions, let me know and I'll probably extend it. I know real life happens sometimes, and it can happen hard.

3. Your piece should be scratch-built or heavily converted. It's fine to use parts from model kits, and no wants to sculpt 10 little cameras or similar do-dads on their piece. Just remember you're being judged on your creativity and artistic ability. I already know you can put model kits together, otherwise you wouldn't be a war gamer.

4. Your model should be a piece of terrain or a diorama that can be used for gaming purposes. It cannot be a playable model in itself (a crashed tank must stay crashed), but removable models (people) are fine.

5. As mentioned above: any scale, any setting, any game system or board game is welcome. Also any size for the actual piece you're making is great as long as you can photograph it clearly.

6. Final Entry: Six or more photos of your final entry, showing top, front, both sides, back and all the important parts - not to be posted in this thread. PM me with links to your galleries, albums, P&M blogs, or jsut the straight up pictures, etc. As said above, please take the time to take the best photos that you can. Ideally your PM will include Photos, a description of what materials went into your entry and any specific techniques used, feel free to include some fluff/background/context to help everyone fully grasp your piece. Though hopefully you've already shared all those things except the final photos on this thread already.

7. AMBITION: Push yourself. Try something new! Always wanted to use LEDs? Go for it! Fancied weathering powders? Here's your chance! I'll be looking at your galleries for previous work, entries etc. I want everyone to feel that their best has a fair shot at this. This is very important, Another words it might not be the BEST model that wins, but the one that has shown themselves to have pushed that envelope. In every LoER terrain comp I've been a part of, I tried something that I had never done before. You'll feel great and very proud of yourself for having done it.

8. Not so much a rule, but it wouldn't be the League of Extraordinary Riveters if there are no rivets. This also means similar small details are highly valued (rivets are the best example of this level of detailing).

9. Sprue. Find a use for the often discarded wonder material and you will impress everyone. Sprue has so many uses and we're usually buried under it, so we'd all appreciate more things we can do with it.

10. THE RULE OF COOL trumps all.

Overview I will be judging based mainly on creativity, artistic ability compared to your other works, following the theme, if your piece embodies the detail that the league is known for, and most of all if I think it's cool.

The Prize
Membership to the League of Extraordinary Riveters as top prize. You will be allowed to fly the League's banner and be recognized as a modeller devoted to impressive detail (or Rivets).
The Warm feelings inside and the bragging rights that your peers love and are impressed with your work. And as is league tradition, I will also mail you a small modelling/war game based prize as well, probably some stuff to add to your scratch building supplies or a small piece of terrain.

I think that's everything, but don't hesitate to ask for clarification, and remind em of things I forgot.

Participants:
Skalk Bloodaxe
Camkierhi
Fango
Z-Ray
M0rdain
Maniac_nmt
Viktor von Domm
Apollinaire
bobbuilder
Tek Thornison
Ruglud
Briancj
inmygravenimage
Dwro1234

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Subbed and signing up. I am not sure what I'm going to offer as an idea yet but I've a few I'm weighing right now. I will say this though- in this contest I'm going to go for 100% scratch built. I'm seriously intimidated by the idea but I'm going for it. I'm skilled at breaking and re-gluing other people's creations but I've never created a completely scratch built model.

Another thing I'm going to commit to- I will use my airbrush in this contest. I've owned it since 2012 and have never used it.

Regardless of how my model turns out, I'm embracing the spirit of the LoER to challenge myself and grow as a hobbyist.

*** time passes ***

Ok, here's what I have decided to submit for approval:

Spoiler:

The idea keeps morphing from a square to a circular base, still can't decide which, The model will be a scratch-built missile silo with a warhead ready to launch. I'll be flocking the base to match all my other 40K buildings. I want a staircase that will lead from the game table to the top of the launch platform. The platform will have strips to simulate support straps and be heavily riveted. The top platform will also be strapped and riveted to simulate plates, and depending on the doors I may build a bunker wall that will provide cover for infantry models. The silo doors will either be the "folding" doors that yawn open, or they may be the "slide open" kind that will be modeled inside the silo itself. The missile will be fairly large and I have no idea at all how I'm going to scratch build a smooth rounded warhead for it.

Just to note it right now, this is intended to be an IMPERIAL launch platform, not ORK, so clean delineation and sharp lines are a must.

****

Square base. 6" x 6". Two staircases (each on opposite side of the other). Open entry hatch into silo with ladder visible inside tunnel. No wall around launch platform, build railing instead.

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Gargantuan Great Squiggoth





Not where I should be

In.
Tank factory.
Bring it.




 
   
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Raging Rat Ogre





Left Coast

I’m in.

It will be Necromunda themed, as that’s what we’re currently playing...so something for the Gang War effort! Just not sure what it is yet...hoping something in the Gang War II book will inspire me.

@Syro_ - Way to get that contest post up in record time! Please do PM me to let me know what you are currently playing, and what faction/army you are using...I’d like to theme the scatter terrain piece I owe you based on your preferences.

   
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Screamin' Stormboy





New Zealand

Count me in too, not sure on what I'll be making...yet.

 
   
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Thunderhawk Pilot Dropping From Orbit





Worle, UK

How can I pass this up, coming back to the hobby. I'll have a think about what I'll do.

 
   
Made in us
Mekboy Hammerin' Somethin'





USA

It's great to see so many quick responses and interest in the comp. Even more, I'm enjoying seeing all the creative juices flowing.

@Skalk and Cam, both your ideas are approved, and I can't wait to see what you make, and how your ideas evolve. And Skalk, it sounds like you're really living up to the LoER ideals of pushing yourself to the next level with making this purely scratch built.

@Fango: I'm glad you're doing Necromunda, it's a good idea and helps other people see that it doesn't have to be for a true "army" per say. I forgot to mention in the original post and I might have to go back and add it, but Those cool post apocalyptic stores Clanmac has been making would work great for this kind of thing too, since they're selling weapons, armor, etc. Also thanks Fango, I'll be PMing you to discuss my prize. I haven't had time to think about it yet

@Z-Ray and M0rdain: It's great to have you aboard, I'm glad you'll both be participating. I'd add you both to the list of participants.

Also, on an important note I'd like to bring up the discussion on my idea for the additional prize. A member here on Dakka helpfully pointed out to me that being that these contests are on modelling terrain and encourage scratch building and converting, offering old school marines might not be the most logical or appealing prize. Especially considering I'm encouraging all game systems to enter, so why offer something only one group of players might like. I'd really like for all of us to have a discussion on this, or if you prefer PM me with your preferences? Other examples of possible prizes could be a goodie bag of bits and scratch building material, or me attempting to scratch build something for you. Thanks to the person who brought this up to me.

   
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Mastering Non-Metallic Metal







I'm going to try and be more involved this round (been quite absent the past couple); be that helpful advice to contestants, helping as a judge (been a while since I've really stared intently at other's models), or even taking part (depends on how current projects go).

Syro, as to your prize discussion. It's your contest, you can supply as much or as little of anything you want. These contests are more about the taking part than the finishing winning. The actual prize is secondary to the fun and learning.

However, you want thoughts, so I won't entirely sit on the fence.
Common prizes seem to be custom terrain builds or piles of bits.
Personally, I like to receive piles of bits and I would tend towards giving out custom builds. I don't feel like I have enough bits spare to make an adequate prize, and I like to build custom things.

Don't feel like you have to give out a "worthy" prize. Give what you can. The winner already has a nice prize in the shape of something they have just built, and membership to the League.


The army- ~2295 points (built).

* -=]_,=-eague Spruemeister General. * A (sprue) Hut tutorial *
Dsteingass - Dr. H..You are a role model for Internet Morality! // inmygravenimage - Dr H is a model to us all
Theophony - Sprue for the spruemeister, plastic for his plastic throne! // Shasolenzabi - Toilets, more complex than folks take time to think about!  
   
Made in us
Mekboy Hammerin' Somethin'





USA

Thanks for the advice Dr H, I know I don't need to give out a worthy prize or even any additional prize to the winner beyond what they already get just from winning, but after experiencing the amount of work people put into their contest pieces and seeing how generous people are in general here on dakka, I want to give a little something extra. I appreciate your opinion on appropriate prizes, as not many people have chimed in on that yet.

It would be great if you do have time to join in the competition, I enjoyed your work in the old competitions. And advice is always welcome.

   
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Humming Great Unclean One of Nurgle






Mostly, on my phone.

For what it's worth, I like a pile of stuff. It means the terrible hungry machine god gets fed, and out spews more terrain.

Theophony"... and there's strippers in terminator armor and lovecraftian shenanigans afoot."
Solar_Lion: "Man this sums up your blog nicely."

Anpu-adom: "being Geek is about Love. Some love broadly. Some love deeply. And then there are people like Graven.

 
   
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Raging Rat Ogre





Left Coast

I like a finished piece of terrain (to receive, or give), as I scratch build from card or sculpt most of my stuff...but if it doesn't at least go with the theme of the terrain the recipient uses, then it may not be that useful...hence, the reason I've asked for some input from Syro on the piece I make up for him.

   
Made in us
Mekboy Hammerin' Somethin'





USA

Thanks Graven, thanks Fango. Thanks for your input on the matter, I'm very glad I asked now.

   
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Longtime Dakkanaut






I worked on a "proof of concept" last night. I am happy with the results:










 
   
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Wing Commander





TCS Midway

Would you consider walls for a Roman Limes Tower acceptable?

On time, on target, or the next one's free

Gesta Normannorum - A historical minis blog
https://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/474587.page

 
   
Made in us
Mekboy Hammerin' Somethin'





USA

@Skalk, You're fast out of the gate, and the plans are looking good! You're making the league proud with all those planned out rivets

@Maniac_nmt: From a little bit of research, it looks like a Roman Limes Tower is mainly a defensive structure built to consolidate territory, is that correct? Would you explain how you feel it would fit into the theme of this contest? If your tower is also acting as an arsenal/weapons stockpile I could totally see it working with the theme.

   
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Wing Commander





TCS Midway

 Syro_ wrote:
@Skalk, You're fast out of the gate, and the plans are looking good! You're making the league proud with all those planned out rivets

@Maniac_nmt: From a little bit of research, it looks like a Roman Limes Tower is mainly a defensive structure built to consolidate territory, is that correct? Would you explain how you feel it would fit into the theme of this contest? If your tower is also acting as an arsenal/weapons stockpile I could totally see it working with the theme.


Limes Towers were forward stations/forts meant to observe the frontier and supply the army with information about incursion into Roman territory.

Roman doctrine was to learn where the enemy was coming through and fall back slowly stripping supplies from their foes as they went. Essentially starving their enemy to the point the Roman's could make them capitulate.

So a supplier of information and the first point to remove supplies from foes.

On time, on target, or the next one's free

Gesta Normannorum - A historical minis blog
https://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/474587.page

 
   
Made in us
Mekboy Hammerin' Somethin'





USA

Thanks for the information Maniac_nmt, so yeah I like the clever direction you're coming from for the theme. You are approved to make the Roman Limes tower for this contest. Best of luck, and I'll add you to the list of participants.

   
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Longtime Dakkanaut






This evening I started working in plastic.



WIP tip- scrape cut edges. I always run a steel ruler over the edges of cut plasticard to scrape away the plastic that raises up and away from the cut. Scraping smooths the plastic flat and makes connecting joints easier and more effective.



Basic shapes cut out and arranged:



Temporarily connected plates using painter's tape:



Mockup of building:












I'd like to offer an acknowledgement of past advice that I've used in this project. From dsteingass - change blades frequently on my hobby knife.




 
   
Made in gb
Humming Great Unclean One of Nurgle






Mostly, on my phone.

Saw this over in your plog but thought I'd comment here - excellent work, and excellent advice also. One of the best things about the LOER is the sharing of tips, particularly from old timers

Theophony"... and there's strippers in terminator armor and lovecraftian shenanigans afoot."
Solar_Lion: "Man this sums up your blog nicely."

Anpu-adom: "being Geek is about Love. Some love broadly. Some love deeply. And then there are people like Graven.

 
   
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Thunderhawk Pilot Dropping From Orbit





Worle, UK

So i have started on my high ground gun emplacement. Due to its high vantage point it gives a good line of site of the territory in front of it. Therefore essential to holding the teritory in that area.


 
   
Made in gb
Humming Great Unclean One of Nurgle






Mostly, on my phone.

Well. That's gloriously bonkers

Theophony"... and there's strippers in terminator armor and lovecraftian shenanigans afoot."
Solar_Lion: "Man this sums up your blog nicely."

Anpu-adom: "being Geek is about Love. Some love broadly. Some love deeply. And then there are people like Graven.

 
   
Made in us
Mekboy Hammerin' Somethin'





USA

@Skalk: Looking great so far! And an extra special thank you for sharing so much of the building process, and giving tips. Like Graven said, the sharing of information and giving advice to help everyone improve is such a big part of the LoER contests.

@M0rdain: That idea looks equal parts epic and crazy, I'm looking forward to where you go with this. Out of curiosity, where does that angel/cherub statue originate from?

   
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Wing Commander





TCS Midway

Started in on it today:





Framed up the gate, got the walls and gate up for the stables, and started on a wall.

On time, on target, or the next one's free

Gesta Normannorum - A historical minis blog
https://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/474587.page

 
   
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Gargantuan Great Squiggoth





Not where I should be

Outstanding start everyone, come on all you others, get it on, bring it on. Anniversary edition and all.

Me started....
One wall..foam core, PVA glue. Hoping that the hole is big enough for a landraider, measures 110mm H x 150mm W. Seriously thinking of working doors here.


I beams...Foam core, card stock, PVA glue. These are approx. 25mm H x 10mm W x 280mm L.


Looking forward to this....




 
   
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I conquered a nemesis this evening.

WIP tip- circle cutters are excellent at exactly that- cutting circles. Worth considering if your builds involve portals and covers.

Mine is a drywall circle cutter and I used it on a scrap piece of pine (in this case my entire bench is scrap pine). I've pressed the center pin through a hole in the plastic and into the wood. The hole was pre-drilled in the center of the circle.



It took approximately 10 minutes of pressing and turning the cutter. I did most of my cutting on one side, flipped the plastic, easily finished. As perfect a circle as I've ever made. I bought this circle cutter at a yard sale with this specific purpose in mind. I'm happy with the results.



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Mekboy Hammerin' Somethin'





USA

@Maniac: looking good! That's an impressive amount accomplished in one day. I really like how the stable looks. Keep up the good work. I wonder if Viktor_Von_Domm has visited this thread, he's done a lot of cool work in wood.

@Cam: I'm exciting to see how this progresses, because you never disappoint when you're building something. Thanks for telling us what materials you're using and what you're making with them. If a land raider fits inside that's a pretty big piece, but quiet small compared to what you're finishing up and about to start in your blogs

@Skalk: Congrtulations on that accomplishment, 10 miniutes twisting that thing sounds a bit tiring, but you can't argue with how clean and exact those results are! Thanks for sharing with us how to do it.

   
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Shroomin Brain Boy





Berlin Germany

Awwww... it seems my presence was called for....

I feel truly honoured, also I've been thinking for the last week already....'course I want to enter...but currently I have no idea...well...er...that is a lie....need to see if I can cobble something as a proof of thought together...my projects usually grow in proportions on the way...

So to put it in another way, I would love to enter...

Cheers, Vik

   
Made in ie
Sureshot Kroot Hunter





Ireland

I would love to enter but alas other real life interests are tearing me away from the modeling table as of late. I'll keep an eye on the progress, and who knows, maybe even jump in with a last minute wine fueled entry the day before

Already though people have made more progress than I did in the last competition over the 3 months!!! :O

Link to my haphazardly updated blog: Boundless's sub-par conversion projects


 
   
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Combat Jumping Ragik






Beyond the Beltway

Nobody is building a Bordello?

If it were not for poor taste, I would have no taste at all.

At some point I'll be caught up enough on everything I have to enter one of these again. Until then, Good Luck all.

   
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Shroomin Brain Boy





Berlin Germany

er....update from me...

so...i was thinking...war effort...well...probably something that would involve supplies...loot or something related to the both...

so i thought about boxes, canisters and suchlike...well i know how to do them with wood or PC or cardboard...that would be hardly a challenge...so what else could be in the spirit of challenges and scratchbuilding be?

well casting came to my mind...since i don´t have silicone...i used chocolate packaging material ... these lightweight plastic forms...golden or whatever ...filled them with plaster of paris...and currently while they have their flaws, the outcome has its merits...






i will hunt down more of these mold- like materials...and we´ll see where that leads to... if this works out, i make my own challenge that the main ingredient of my entry is casted plaster with the odd bit of detail added...

stay tuned...

   
 
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