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From the Comm Guild blog: http://www.thecommguild.com/roller/thecommguild/entry/terrain-spotlight-plant-pot-bunker

- by Iain Wilson

One of the things that I enjoy most about this hobby is finding random things that can be turned into new terrain. This week's article is one of just those awesome little finds - a bunker made from a grocery-store plant pot!

The base for this build was one of a set of three plastic plant pots, found at my local supermarket.

As the plastic these are made of is really hard and shiny, I started out by lightly sanding the outside. This breaks up the shiny surface, and allows glue and paint to adhere better.

I decided to avoid cutting into the pot, as I expected the plastic to be quite brittle - brittle plastic breaks easily if you're not careful when cutting it, and it was easier to just not bother. As such, I took a door from the Maelstrom's Edge terrain sprue and built a small boxwork for it using foamed PVC. I used the side of the bunker as a tracing guide to get the correct angle on the back of the box, so that it would sit nice and flush.

The door was then glued in place using an 'all plastics' superglue (a two-part glue that has a tube of superglue and a 'primer' pen that makes it stick better to plastics that don't do so well with superglue alone), along with a square of foamed PVC cut to fit neatly around the bottom of the bunker.

I used reinforcing struts from the terrain sprue for the bunker's vision slits, shortened up by cutting the last section off each end.

To get the slits positioned right on each side, I marked out the correct horizontal position on a cork sanding block, and used that pushed up against the wall as a height guide.

To cover over the holes in the base of the pot, I cut a square of 1mm plasticard and glued it into the recess.

To finish up, I glued the bunker to a roughly-shaped piece of masonite, and trimmed up the base square of PVC to make it a less regular shape, adding some protrusions with cast-offs of PVC to break it up even further. I also added some buttresses on the three non-door sides of the bunker, to break up line of sight around the perimeter.

I painted over the PVC on the base with some Vallejo Heavy Brown before gluing some gravel mix down over the top with PVA glue - the paint layer helps to stop stray bits of white showing through once the base is painted.

The finished bunker, ready for paint:

And with some paint on:

Build your own bunker by picking up the Maelstrom's Edge terrain sprue, along with the rest of the Maelstrom's Edge model range from the webstore here.

As always, feel free to pop along and share your work, or ask any Maelstrom's Edge- or hobby-related questions on the Comm Guild Facebook page!

For other Maelstrom's Edge modeling articles, including tutorials and walkthroughs of a wide range of different building and miniature projects, check out the article roundup here.

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Dakka Veteran

Columbus, OH

Very cool. I'm looking to make some terrain in the future and your guides have been nice!

How flexible is that foamed pvc? I was thinking of ordering some, but I'm not sure what thickness to get. (Other than all of them, of course!)


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Nice job!

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Newcastle, OZ

 MegaDave wrote:
Very cool. I'm looking to make some terrain in the future and your guides have been nice!

How flexible is that foamed pvc? I was thinking of ordering some, but I'm not sure what thickness to get. (Other than all of them, of course!)

Depends a lot on the thickness.
Plastcraft games use 2mm for most of their buildings, for example, and it can make curves with a 2" radius. You can get it in 1-30mm thicknesses where I am.

It does need to be warm to flex without snapping, though. Gently warm with a hairdryer from 12-18" away (fan the blower over it, don't focus the heat on one area. You DO NOT WANT TO BURN IT - because you WILL liberate chlorine compounds all of which are bad - if you are in one of the "OMFG it's so cold the polar bears are warming up in our freezer" areas ). Here in Oz, we just leave it out in the sun for half an hour or so.
And GO SLOW with the flexing.

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I like it! Not much more to say.
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Awesome as usual with you.

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Nice! Always a pleasure to see well made DIY scratches, especially well painted ones.

This design looks easy to reproduce, which is also a bonus, if one wishes to create a defence line or an outpost type of setup as the battlefield.

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Very excellent sir. Keep up the good work and more pictures when you do!

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Great idea, looks better than i thought it would!

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Brilliant idea.

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Another terrific conversion.

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