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Made in ca
Been Around the Block





in the computer?

Hello, and welcome to the 31st installment of the League of Extraordinary Riveters Terrain Competition!

This is a terrain competition, hopefully that’s self-evident from the title.

The League’s aim is to encourage fellow gamers, hobbyists and model-makers to up their game through building terrain for their tabletop, be it for wargames, board games, dioramas, whatever! Everyone participating is encouraged to use this thread to trade ideas, inspire eachother, and give feedback and encouragement.
Everyone is a winner in a League competition, because in the end, you have a brand-spankin’-new piece of terrain!

However, the first place winner wins another prize: They will be named a member of the League of Extraordinary Riveters, a group of dedicated artists and modellers who put a great amount of effort in having their work be extremely detailed (like, for example, causing a self-inflicted mental breakdown by gluing on thousands of rivets). Additionally, a small prize of terrain building supplies is up for grabs should the winner request it.
The first place winner will also pick the theme for the next round and become judge for that round. The winner of each round hosts the next round, and the cycle continues.
Each round has a “theme”, specific or vague, that must be applied in some way to your terrain project.
The competition is open to everyone registered on Dakka Dakka, and all are welcome regardless of skill, experience, ability, age, or any other attribute that may be used to divide hobbyists into clades.
The theme, limitations, rules, judging and prizes are the responsibility of the host, although he/she may get help from others if required.
For those returning to the competition, welcome back! For those competing for the first time, welcome!

If you haven’t taken part before, take a gander at the previous rounds below. There are a lot of very interesting projects contained in those threads, and are a wellspring of inspiration regardless of whether you’re competing or just checking out the thread. As noted above, the judge of each round was the winner of the previous with the exception of the first, set by one of the League’s founders dsteinglass.


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 "Accomodation" (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" (inmygravenimage)
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)
Contest # 25 "For the war effort" (Syro)
Contest # 26 "Hold the Line!" (Camkierhi)
Contest # 27 "Sweet like chocolate" (monkeytroll)
Contest # 28 "Name of the game" (Maniac_nmt)
Contest # 29 "Food for Thought !" (Camkierhi)
Contest # 30 “Double Entendre” (Thumpingbear)

So with that out of the way, on to this rounds theme!

Contest # 31: “A Drink to the New Decade”

To mark our new beginnings in a new decade and to keep in line with the common celebration of getting wasted on New Years, the theme of Round 31 is to make a terrain piece using any container that once held a beverage. The theme, setting, size, etc. of the piece are all up to the builder’s discretion, as long as a beverage container is a major part of the construction. This includes using the container as a base to build things onto, cutting up a container to use its constituent parts, really anything as long as you use a beverage container somehow.
If you’d like clarification on the theme, please don’t hesitate to ask!

Please post your key starting material and Work-In-Progress (WIP) pictures in this thread. This is a community contest, so share your creativity with the community! Your work can help inspire others, start discussions, or teach new techniques. Plus, I think we all enjoy watching the creative journey that we undertake as modellers!

All scales and all game systems are welcome. The size of your piece doesn’t matter, all will be judged equally. The League’s aim is for you to push yourself artistically and creatively.

As stated previously, WIP pictures are important, so post lots in this thread. This lets everyone view and enjoy the process of your creation. Members of the LoER, contest participants, and the Dakka community as a whole love to help each other and give advice. A huge part of these competitions is to improve as a modeller and artist. Let people enjoy your WIPs and give suggestions to help you make your piece even more amazing. Constant updates from all of us will also keep this contest easier to find in the forums, which will allow more people to come and enjoy everyones work, and get more people excited about joining in. Plus, if more people join, you’ll be even more proud if you win against 20 competitors rather than 2!

When your piece is finished, please DO NOT post your final pictures in this thread. Please PM your final pictures to me for judging (the easiest way is simply a link to your gallery with the images in it). Feel free to post your final pictures in your own P&M blog if you have one though. Additionally, you can send a brief description of your piece if desired.

Try to take good pictures, because if no one can see how good your piece is, how will we know? Don’t do yourself a disservice by putting lots of effort into your terrain and having subpar pictures that don’t translate your effort. Use this as a good excuse to improve your picture taking – my photos for the last round were the first I’ve ever taken of miniature photography, it was a bit of a nightmare but I learned a lot from it.
If in doubt, ask for help! There are guides and articles here on Dakka, the wider wargaming community, and people here are generally willing to give advice – if we help others take better pictures, we can better see what they’re producing! Lighting, focus, and cropping are the 3 major things to think on.

Guidelines:
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. The more the merrier, and the flow of ideas, critiques and general banter increases exponentially as the number of entrants increases.

One of the best things you can do, is put the League terrain competition banner in your signature:
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change all the "{" to "["
It should look and work like this one:

2. Deadline for the contest will be March 31st 2020 at 23:59pm GMT. If more time is needed (within reason), please ask for an extension.

3. Scratch-builds, heavy conversions and their like are the order of the day

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

5. Any scale, any setting, any game system or board game is welcome. Likewise, it could be for a non-existent game, just so long as rule 4 is accounted for. 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 just the straight up pictures, etc. As said above, please take the time to take the best photos that you can.

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. The spirit of these competitions has always been about learning, expanding, discovering.

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. THE RULE OF COOL trumps all.

Judgement Criteria: No specific criteria – as long as a beverage container is used creatively.


The Prize:
Membership to the League of Extraordinary Riveters is the top prize. You’ll be allowed to fly the League’s banner and be recognized as a modeller devoted to impressive detail!
You’ll get those sweet, sweet bragging rights and that warm fuzzy feeling that your peers love and are impressed with your work.
Also, as per League tradition, I can mail you a small modelling/war game based prize as well if desired, which will consist of various things that you’ll hopefully find use for in your modelling future.

Additionally, the winner of the popular vote if different from the winner I select can receive a similar prize if desired.

Now, onwards people! Let’s make some terrain!

This message was edited 1 time. Last update was at 2020/02/22 08:22:07


 
   
Made in us
Preacher of the Emperor





Denver, CO, USA

Excellent... I've been awaiting this post. I'm in again, maybe with some beverage bottle lids I've been hoarding...

   
Made in us
Battle Tested Karist Trooper





Central Coast, California

I'm in!

   
Made in jp
Incorporating Wet-Blending





Japan

I'm in as well. I even have an idea of what I want to build!

Now showing a Saint and a Sinner, and also some Ghost Archipelgo Tribal warriors!


Painting Total as of 11/26/2020: 175 plus two mechs and the Throne of Bone

Painting total as of 12/24/2019: 138 plus a wooden bridge and gnoll encampment and 36 pieces of Mantic scatter terrain and three fly holes and three farm buildings and a fire pit and two hills.


 
   
Made in gb
Humming Great Unclean One of Nurgle






Mostly, on my phone.

Been a while, but I'm in, I think. I might shoot you a pm to check something though.

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 ca
Been Around the Block





in the computer?

Excellent guys! Be sure to post your starting materials when you post your first WIPS. Looking forward to seeing everyones work!

@Inmygravenimage: PM received and replied

 
   
Made in jp
Incorporating Wet-Blending





Japan

Sure is quiet around here. *crickets*

For my entry this time around, I'm going to build a Dark Root-- an immobile, carnivorous plant that shows up in a few Rangers of Shadow Deep scenarios. I envision it as something like a Triffid, and I'll be basing it around this Orangina bottle:


With some of the palm fronds around the top to disguise the threads for the cap. This is is far as I've gotten, but I figure the best LoER entries start with an idea, right?

Now showing a Saint and a Sinner, and also some Ghost Archipelgo Tribal warriors!


Painting Total as of 11/26/2020: 175 plus two mechs and the Throne of Bone

Painting total as of 12/24/2019: 138 plus a wooden bridge and gnoll encampment and 36 pieces of Mantic scatter terrain and three fly holes and three farm buildings and a fire pit and two hills.


 
   
Made in ca
Been Around the Block





in the computer?

I did have to look up what a Triffid is - that's going to look awesome. Great idea! The texture on the bottle is gonna look very nice painted too.

 
   
Made in us
[DCM]
Lone Wolf Sentinel Pilot






As always, I very much want to submit a project, but have difficulty balancing work/hobby: when is the suspense for submitting a final product? Good luck to all of you'ns!

"He fears his fate too much, or his desserts are small, who will not put it to a single touch; to win- or lose- it all."

Montrose Toast


 
   
Made in ca
Been Around the Block





in the computer?

That's alright Meer_Cat, I'm finding some difficulties keeping up with the hobby right now too.

I do hope you find the time to finish your gun defense platform from the last contest though - you posted pics of so many cool scratchbuilding bits, they need to be put to good use!

 
   
Made in gb
Humming Great Unclean One of Nurgle






Mostly, on my phone.

I'm similarly struggling, alas. Trying to plough through my paint pile.

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
Preacher of the Emperor





Denver, CO, USA

I'm stuck in a different way right now... I'm getting into the Sororitas Army Box and there's so much I want to build, convert, and paint. It's a pleasure, but it's got me off of terrain... I never even finished mounting those illuminated generators from last time. Plus I'm hooked on the monthly painting contest; I'm on my third entry and second consecutive one, so that might be a new thing.

But I do have an idea for this contest and I want to get a green light on it. I know there have been multi part terrain features in the past, and I know we've done game aids too, like graven's awesome dice tower and penalty box. I want to do both of those things at the same time, and I don't want to assume too much.

Basically, I want to build a Sororitas Battle Sanctum and two matching game aids. I'm waiting to get the specs on the Sanctum so I can match the dimensions. The game aids will hold Sacred Rites cards (or Doctrines, or Canticles), Miracle Dice, CP dice, VP dice, etc. There's just so many fiddly little things on the table these days. All three will be made of foam and styrene with the unifying feature of columns (red bull cans or similar) topped with fancy juice bottle caps... so theres the theme.

I feel like I can do all that within the scope of the contest rules, but somebody squawk if I'm pushing the limits. I'm pretty excited for it... maybe I'll get some materials pics and designs up and we can get some energy going. I love this contest and I hope we can all get something moving!


   
Made in ca
Been Around the Block





in the computer?

@inmygravenimage: I hope you find some time to get to it, but if it's not feasible let me know. Also feel free to ask for an extension!

@MacPhail: I've been pretty lenient with the exact requirements for starting materials, yours sound perfectly acceptable!

 
   
Made in hk
Nasty Nob





USA

@MacPhail: I've been pretty lenient with the exact requirements for starting materials, yours sound perfectly acceptable!

True, speaking of which, I'm in for the contest. Just need to think of what to make now.

   
Made in ca
Been Around the Block





in the computer?

Sounds excellent Syro, looking forward to it!

 
   
Made in us
Preacher of the Emperor





Denver, CO, USA

Here's something like a materials pic. The only thing I'm sure of is a bunch of Tropicana juice bottle lids. They've got kind of a modern Gothic look to them, but I need a few more and I need to find the right bottle or can to sit under them to make a convincing column. I'm considering this pretty standard aluminum can, but it's not quite right.







And, I started laying out the main designs and etching them into foamed PVC.


   
Made in ca
Been Around the Block





in the computer?

@MacPhail: Man, I love those Tropicana lids - always wanted to try something with em. Looking forward to seeing your progress!

 
   
Made in hk
Nasty Nob





USA

I've collected several Tropicana lids over the years, sure I could think of something cool to make out of them, but haven't yet. So I'll be watching your progress with interest too MacPhail

   
Made in ca
Longtime Dakkanaut





Surrey, BC - Canada

I will join, after discussions with Thumpingbear.

A post of my parts will be made later.

Cheers,

CB

34 successful trades in the Dakka Swap Shop. I have an ongoing Sale Thread there with painted Empire, Elysian and Tau armies looking for a new home. Un-painted Bretonnian metal army for sale.
Finished Forge World Elysian Army | Finished Tau Sept Cadre | Finished Ork Waaagh | Alaitoc Eldar Warhost | Building Necromunda and Terrain
Finished Order of Our Martyred Lady - Sisters of Battle | Finished Necromundian Imperial Guard Regiment | Finished a 1/72 Flower Class Corvette - HMCS CHILLIWACK
DC:70S++G+M++B+I++PW40k-89-+D+++++A+++/aWD088R+T(M)DM+  
   
Made in hk
Nasty Nob





USA

After Thumpingbear kindly let me bend the rules a little with my planned materials, I am excited t say that I won't need to. I found what I had originally wanted to use but couldn't find. I thought this brand of water was only available in mainland China as that's the only place I had seen it before. But I went to the fourth closest grocery store where I normally never go and found the water there.

Here are my starting materials.

   
Made in ca
Been Around the Block





in the computer?

Very nice Syro! I must admit I'm a little disappointed you didn't go with the champagne cups (lots of potential with em), but I'm glad you found your perfect materials. Looking forward to seeing your progress!

 
   
Made in jp
Incorporating Wet-Blending





Japan

I did a little more work on my Darkroot tree:


I was planning to make it look like a yucca plant, but those don't have visible roots. Instead, I'm basing the trunk on the baobab. I'm hoping I can make the clay blend into the plastic with a little sanding, because I want to use the texture on the bottle. If not, I'll put a layer of clay over the whole thing.

The flowers came packaged with thin-sliced beef for Korean BBQ. They have enough of a Georgia O'Keefe feel to make the plant even more disturbing, I think.

Now showing a Saint and a Sinner, and also some Ghost Archipelgo Tribal warriors!


Painting Total as of 11/26/2020: 175 plus two mechs and the Throne of Bone

Painting total as of 12/24/2019: 138 plus a wooden bridge and gnoll encampment and 36 pieces of Mantic scatter terrain and three fly holes and three farm buildings and a fire pit and two hills.


 
   
Made in us
Preacher of the Emperor





Denver, CO, USA

Very cool materials selections, everyone. I'm excited for the darkroot tree, and I suspect (and hope) you can preserve that texture. Captain, glad to see you're on board this round... you've been cranking out some sweet scenery in your P&M thread lately!

As for me, I've acquired some more materials... now let's see if there's some vodka around here.


   
Made in hk
Nasty Nob





USA

Work has been kicking my butt this week, and leaving no time for any crafting. Now that it's Friday I did a little work on my piece.


   
Made in ca
Been Around the Block





in the computer?

Lovely stuff guys, keep it up!

 
   
Made in hk
Nasty Nob





USA

A very little bit of progress, I trimmed down the styrofoam and capped off the top of the water bottle with some card. Nextis some gap filling.

   
Made in ca
Longtime Dakkanaut





Surrey, BC - Canada

Parts for my Plasma Reactor.



There may be some little parts not included as I add as the build progresses.

Cheers,

CB

34 successful trades in the Dakka Swap Shop. I have an ongoing Sale Thread there with painted Empire, Elysian and Tau armies looking for a new home. Un-painted Bretonnian metal army for sale.
Finished Forge World Elysian Army | Finished Tau Sept Cadre | Finished Ork Waaagh | Alaitoc Eldar Warhost | Building Necromunda and Terrain
Finished Order of Our Martyred Lady - Sisters of Battle | Finished Necromundian Imperial Guard Regiment | Finished a 1/72 Flower Class Corvette - HMCS CHILLIWACK
DC:70S++G+M++B+I++PW40k-89-+D+++++A+++/aWD088R+T(M)DM+  
   
Made in hk
Nasty Nob





USA

Wow, Captain Brown, that's a lot of stuff. Nice! I'm looking forward to seeing your plasma reactor.

I don't have any of my basing materials, they are all back in America. I also have no space to store any excess crafting stuff like that. So I took a trip to the beach today, with some glue and my piece.

   
Made in us
Preacher of the Emperor





Denver, CO, USA

Captain, that's an awesome collection of bits! It looks like it will tie in nicely with the pumping station you just built.... that's getting to be an awesome table collection.

Syro, that looks pretty blissful. I'm working in a freezing garage in snowy Colorado with two sick toddlers raising hell around me.

Y'all, I think I'm dropping the Battle Sanctum from my plans... I'm just going to build two terrain pieces with functionality as game aids as well (stands for cards and dice). I've been having a lot of trouble with my hands lately in terms of grip strength and mild pain, and it was looking too ambitious. I'll probably still do it, but in two phases. Thumpingbear, I PM'd you about a compliance question as I scale back my ambitions.

But the good news is that I got my Canoness conversion done for the monthly painting contest, so I'm going to jump in big on this project now. I should have some good progress pics this weekend. Because of my hands, I may drop a lot of the foamed PVC from the design and only use it to mask the logos on the bottle lids. After etching the design into PVC I had to take a few days off to rest my hands, so I haven't even cut them out yet. Even with a sharp blade I think that would wreck me and there's not a ton of time left in the contest. So, the rest will be done with foam alone... thankfully I kept the fleur de lis and aquila templates I made.

   
Made in us
Preacher of the Emperor





Denver, CO, USA

Oh, man. I'm glad I didn't go forward with sheets of plastic. So much easier working with foam, although it sure takes the edge off a razor blade quickly. I had been stuck on etching the image into the foamed PVC, but once I got free of that task, I got both icons laid out, cut out, and roughly shaped in an evening.


   
 
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