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Chaplain with Hate to Spare






That really looks amazing dude! :-) love the shot with the marine in front! a few broken skateboards and it'd be a spot in town!

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" I will constantly have those in my head telling me how lazy and ugly and whorish I am. You sir, are a true friend " - KingCracker

"Nah, I'm just way too lazy to stand up so I keep sitting and paint" - Sigur

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Krazed Killa Kan





New York City

That graffiti is awesome. I would almost advocate for more. Also, at least here in the states, graffiti "artists" tend to disrespect one another and overwrite each other's tags. So the older a wall is or the more hotly contested a territory that that surface is in, the deeper layered the graffiti will be.

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Mastering Non-Metallic Metal







Thanks Nerdy. See if you can spot your's below.

Thanks 'boss. I have tried to give the impression of the tags overlapping, but without completely obscuring anything. Perhaps not quite the same, but I hope it gives the impression.

I have now run out of inspiration / willpower to come up with more different styles of tagging, and have largely filled the space. So I'm calling the graffiti done.. mostly (there may be some more small squiggles added, but these are all the "legible" ones). Some of the smaller tags didn't quite turn out well, if you can read them then you can get a warm glow. If you can't read them, then assume it's you and get a warm glow.



Next, it's on to the plants and then weathering. I might just get this done in time...

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Decrepit Dakkanaut






Madison, WI

I think that in keeping with what WW said, you need to do a giant "GITSPLITTA" over the top of everything (except the turtle of course.). Only for authenticity's sake you understood. ..

   
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Mastering Non-Metallic Metal







Yeah, I'll keep that in mind if I have time, Gits'.

You do have a little tag on this one already, so it may not be seen as fair to give you a second tag on the same wall...


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Decrepit Dakkanaut






Madison, WI

Ah... is the one below the red "HI"?

Well then... you'll have to cover up my tag too with someone else's avatar name. It's only fair after all.

   
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Rogue Inquisitor with Xenos Bodyguards





Eastern edge

Dave did a tag for me in all purple,,,,,"Shaz"

"Your mumblings are awakening the sleeping Dragon, be wary when meddling the affairs of Dragons, for thou art tasty and go good with either ketchup or chocolate. "
Dragons fear nothing, if it acts up, we breath magic fire that turns them into marshmallow peeps. We leaguers only cry rivets!



 
   
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Mastering Non-Metallic Metal







Gitsplitta wrote:Ah... is the one below the red "HI"?
It is. I'm glad (and slightly impressed as it didn't come out as well as I hoped) that you can find it.

Well then... you'll have to cover up my tag too with someone else's avatar name. It's only fair after all.
Good to see that you are nice enough to compromise on such things.

shasolenzabi wrote:Dave did a tag for me in all purple,,,,,"Shaz"
Sadly, you fell prey to me having a good idea too late to fit it on. I shall save it for the future. I may throw in a little "Shas" for you when I go over with some more scribbles.


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Omnious Orc Shaman





A long time ago in a galaxy far, far, away...

Hah, that is Awesome... Love the tag for Panda

Plus I'm getting a warm glow from this

   
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Humming Great Unclean One of Nurgle






Mostly, on my phone.

Love the panda very banksy. Is that a wee graven down in the bottom left?

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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Battleship Captain






Oh wow i am here. Neat. Awesome work dr.
   
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Mysterious Techpriest







I think I can see a little OMN in the bottom there,

awesome work Dr this is goign to be a close competition.




 
   
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Mastering Non-Metallic Metal







Thanks Chaps.

I'm quite happy how Panda's turned out. It went through many variations in planning before deciding to do a "Banksy" and just paint the black areas, and it was only in positioning the "Comrade" that I realised that the R could become the nose.

Good to hear Ruglud. It's nice how you can get the "u"s in your name to merge with the neighbouring letters.

Graven, yes there is a little Inmygraven Image squished into the bottom left.

Glad to have brought you out of lurking Comrade. and that you like it.

Thanks OMN. Yes it is, I'm quite happy with how that turned out also.

Anyone with a little tag on this one or who has missed out this time around will likely get a bigger one on something in the future.
I can see my "table" having much graffiti on it.

I've started on the plants, had to go back to my Mantis Warrior model to check my own technique for the large leaves, nothing much to show yet.

In other news:
I've got an airbrush. Actually two (or even 3 if you count my old external-mix spray gun).

I actually bought it for the compressor. Cheapest I could see for what you got.
Here: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/400745289401?_trksid=p2060353.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT
Pictures:
Spoiler:




The compressor seems to work well. Nice and quiet and the filled tank seems to last well.

You can see a siphon-feed airbrush and a side-cup, gravity-feed airbrush.
I may practice with these (probably only the gravity-feed one) or I may just sell them on to get some money back on the deal.
I am still looking for a (more than likely) Badger airbrush, but good deals seem to be rare.

Anyway, no time to play with it yet (I didn't even expect it to arrive before Tuesday). But there you go, new toy... sorry... tool.


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Eastern edge

Yes, maybe a next round?

Quiet? as I tend to be nocturnal much of the time, that is a help!
I would just have to learn how to paint w/o getting it all over the place.

"Your mumblings are awakening the sleeping Dragon, be wary when meddling the affairs of Dragons, for thou art tasty and go good with either ketchup or chocolate. "
Dragons fear nothing, if it acts up, we breath magic fire that turns them into marshmallow peeps. We leaguers only cry rivets!



 
   
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Mastering Non-Metallic Metal







I was surprised at how quiet it was. I was expecting it to be louder.

Maybe it's all relative, but it's quieter than the tv or any music that I tend to have on (although that's not saying much in being quieter than my music ).

The advantage of the tank is that once it's filled, the pump is off and you can spray in silence for quite a while.


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Eastern edge

 Dr H wrote:
I was surprised at how quiet it was. I was expecting it to be louder.

Maybe it's all relative, but it's quieter than the tv or any music that I tend to have on (although that's not saying much in being quieter than my music ).

The advantage of the tank is that once it's filled, the pump is off and you can spray in silence for quite a while.




I paint in silence with my hand brushes already!

"Your mumblings are awakening the sleeping Dragon, be wary when meddling the affairs of Dragons, for thou art tasty and go good with either ketchup or chocolate. "
Dragons fear nothing, if it acts up, we breath magic fire that turns them into marshmallow peeps. We leaguers only cry rivets!



 
   
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Krazed Killa Kan





New York City

 Dr H wrote:
Thanks Nerdy. See if you can spot your's below.

Thanks 'boss. I have tried to give the impression of the tags overlapping, but without completely obscuring anything. Perhaps not quite the same, but I hope it gives the impression.

I have now run out of inspiration / willpower to come up with more different styles of tagging, and have largely filled the space. So I'm calling the graffiti done.. mostly (there may be some more small squiggles added, but these are all the "legible" ones). Some of the smaller tags didn't quite turn out well, if you can read them then you can get a warm glow. If you can't read them, then assume it's you and get a warm glow.



So I just had a "god, I'm dumb" moment. I don't like to read and mostly come for the pretty, pretty pictures. So I just now realized that the tags on the wall are all dakka members. I'm really quite honored to have my name on that wall. Thank you, Dr H!

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Mastering Non-Metallic Metal







shasolenzabi wrote:I paint in silence with my hand brushes already!
That all depends on how loud you hum/sing to yourself...

Lol 'boss. that's the power of reading for you. A picture may say a thousand words, but a caption can change the message.

So, I'm at the stage of finishing those final touches. As part of this I've been taking photos from many angles and thought I'd share some that may interest you.

At the top of this image you will see how the angle of the camera/light brings out the texture of the mud splash and of the concrete.
You can also see the plants have been painted. The roots of the wall-clingers have been painted up so that the thicker roots are brown (to show their toughness in age) and the thinner roots are greener (to show their youth). A couple of the dead ones have been painted almost white.

The large leaf plants are as they were on my Mantis warrior base, except the one that was caught by the UFO: The only leaf still attached is half dead and hanging limp and those that have been ripped off, lay dead on the ground at the start of the groove.

And just for you Shas, a close up of your tag.


I'm going to finish off the little slips I've found and then call it done.

I will however, still do the fossils etc. that will go around the edges, But I'm going to get nice pictures done for the competition first before attempting those.

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Longtime Dakkanaut





UK

Mate , that is some sweet looking graffiti !

Any thoughts on adding trash everywhere ? Coke cans and McDonalds cartons ?

OneManNoodles does a nice line of bottles and cans !

   
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6 foot underwater

Beautiful work Doc!

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A long time ago in a galaxy far, far, away...

Really looking good - some of those pictures could be mistaken for real world, truly impressive.

Talking of airbrushes - I bought a compressor and airbrush kit back in March 2011 - I'm yet to fire up the compressor...

   
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Eastern edge

Nice, squeazed me in anyway!, TY

"Your mumblings are awakening the sleeping Dragon, be wary when meddling the affairs of Dragons, for thou art tasty and go good with either ketchup or chocolate. "
Dragons fear nothing, if it acts up, we breath magic fire that turns them into marshmallow peeps. We leaguers only cry rivets!



 
   
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Combat Jumping Ragik






Beyond the Beltway

So I am away for a bit (ever had one of those weeks where life constantly jumps out of the bushes to crotch punch you? Yeah) and this is what I was missing?

Wow. A wall of fame, and the Great A'Tuin to boot. The only thing missing is The Luggage somewhere among the crates

Amazing piece Doc. Can't wait to see it all done up.

   
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Thanks Big'. I did consider adding some trash about the place, but with all the rubble from the crash and the plants I thought it was getting a bit overcrowded as it is, and decided not to add any.

Thanks MT.

Ruglud wrote:Really looking good - some of those pictures could be mistaken for real world, truly impressive.
Thanks, good to hear that, it's what I aim for.

Talking of airbrushes - I bought a compressor and airbrush kit back in March 2011 - I'm yet to fire up the compressor...
lol
Whenever I buy something new, I have to try it out almost immediately. Expect some airbrush happenings here soon.

Thanks, No prob' Shas.

Red Harvest wrote:So I am away for a bit (ever had one of those weeks where life constantly jumps out of the bushes to crotch punch you? Yeah) and this is what I was missing?
Hopefully life stops trying to castrate you, or at the very least gives you a cup to wear.

Wow. A wall of fame, and the Great A'Tuin to boot. The only thing missing is The Luggage somewhere among the crates

Amazing piece Doc. Can't wait to see it all done up.
Thanks. Wait no longer...

First some accompanying fluff (only for fun, doesn't really tell you anything about the model):
Spoiler:
The secretary walked into the commander's office.
"What is this?" asked the commander.
"I don't know, sir. I do not have the clearance to see what was contained in the envelope, sir" Replied the secretary.
"I asked for a report on the incident that happened 2 months ago, and I get THIS!" Said the commander, throwing down a collection of paper that were covered with black rectangles that were roughly in the shape of paragraphs but no words were visible.
The secretary threw her hands up to her face and covered her eyes. "I'm not allowed to see that, sir. They said I must not look at them and I should forget that I have ever seen them." she said, slightly panicked.
"Who said this?" Asked the commander.
"I-I d-don't know, sir. T-they were..." Started the secretary, but she was interrupted by a knock at the door which was then opened by two men dressed in black suits.
"I DIDN'T SEE ANYTHING, I DON'T KNOW NOTHING, DON'T TAKE ME AWAY!" screamed the secretary.
"We're not here for you, Ms. You may leave now." Said the first man calmly.
"WHO IN THE NAME OF THE EMPEROR DO YOU THINK YOU ARE! COMING IN HERE UN-ANNOUNCED AND DISMISSING MY SECRETARY!" Shouted the commander. "Gladys, you may leave, go and have a drink and calm down" He said to the now crying secretary. She left in a flood of tears without uttering a word.
"Who we are is not important, commander..." Said the second man.
"...We are here to caution you about that document, sir" Said the first man, as if carrying on the same sentence of the other man.
"Caution me! What, I might get a nasty paper-cut when I wipe my arse with it? Because that's all this paper is worth." Said the commander, still seething.
"Sir, this is highly classified material, and should be treated such. We will have to re-think what we trust you with if you are going to dispose of this report in a non-safe way." Said one of the men.
"This material is worthless, it's just blank paper with black rectangles on it. No-one can get any information from it." Retorted the commander.
"All information that you are not cleared to know has been redacted under section 40 of our policy. You are, however, cleared to know of the report's existence and that is important information that is not to be shared off-hand." Said the other man.
"You do know that I am commander of this base?! I have the highest clearance available." Said the commander.
"Not so, sir. There are 3 levels of clearance that you do not have clearance to know about. The contents of this report comes under the first of these levels. Said the men.
The commander threw the papers at the men and told them to get out in a very impolite way.

The commander decided to return to his living quarters early that day as he couldn't concentrate on paperwork and his secretary had apparently taken herself off to calm down somewhere private.
As he walked down the path, a large gentleman, wearing a shirt too small for him, eye-glasses that were far thicker than usual, baggy trousers and dirty shoes, approached him.
"er, Excuse me" he said in a weak voice. "You are the commander of the base here, yes?" The man looked about shiftily. The commander prepared himself for an attack, but this man didn't look the violent sort.
"Yes. Now leave me alone. I have nothing to speak to you about." Said the commander.
"er, Well... actually, we... I mean, I am part of a group of people that might have some of the information that you want." Said the man, still agitated. "You must come with me before... before the men in black notice. Meet me by the alleyway up ahead. Act natural." and with that the man walked off down another alleyway, looking anything but natural.

The commander paused for a moment and weighed his options. He could call in a police squad to surround the immediate area. But the way the fat man acted and the mention of the "men in black" halted him. As he thought to himself, a black ground-car drove past slower than necessary. The windows were blacked out, but the commander knew who was inside. He walked on.

As he approached the alleyway, he crossed the road to the far side so that he could get a good look down the alley before entertaining the idea of entering. As he crossed, he noticed another black ground-car parked a short way away. He stopped at a cafe that was opposite the alley and watched the car for a while. He then entered the cafe and asked to use their private telecom, pulling rank to gain access. He called the base's quartermaster, a man that knew how to get things done, and told him that he had something that needed doing. After he had explained, the quartermaster uttered only one word "Aye" and the call was ended.

The commander walked back outside the cafe and watched the black ground-car again. A short while later, a large, unmarked van approached and then crashed at high speed into the black ground-car. All vehicles on the road came to a halt and people from the surrounding area ran to help. As the men exited the ground-car they looked over to the cafe, but could see no trace of the commander.

Entering the alleyway, the commander noticed a dilapidated fence part-way down and as he approached one of the wooden panels was pulled to one side by a chubby hand. The commander followed the man to a dirty caravan that was covered with (apart from the dirt) stickers that he didn't recognise although many involved saucer-shaped shiny objects. There was also far too many aerials on top of the caravan. The whole caravan tilted and shifted as the large man climbed through the relatively small doorway, the commander followed.

Inside, he noticed that the underside of the roof was covered with silvery foil. There were many papers strewn about the interior, some pinned to the walls, many laying about the various surfaces interspersed with fast-food packets. The caravan continued to pitch and roll as the large man made his way to a table and it finally came to a rest, at an angle, once the man had sat down. The commander then noticed there was another man already sat at the table.

This other man was short (as far as the commander could tell of the sitting man), bald, had scruffy grey stubble and wore a stripped T-shirt that was stained with various foodstuffs. He looked up.

"So... this is the... commander" the little man said with a wheezy voice.
"Yes I am the commander, and whom might you be? What are you doing in here?" replied the commander.
"Ahh, so many... questions... so many answers... but where do... you get your answers from... and... who has seen them... first." Said the little man.
"What are you talking about?" Said the commander, the thought of just leaving crossed his mind.
"We... find answers, we find the... truth, the truths that... they... don't want anyone to... know." Replied the little man.

The commander was growing tired of the way this man talked already, but persisted out of curiosity alone. "Who... never mind. Why have you brought me here, you have something you want to share with me? Or I'm leaving."
The large man spoke up "You recently requested a report and was, we suspect, disappointed to find it largely redacted, yes?"
"How d-... never mind. I'm listening." said the commander in a flat tone.
"Well..." said the large man, getting excited "...we have a copy of the full report, and..."
He was cut off by the little man "and we... thought you might be interested... in it's... contents."
"Out with it then" said the commander, used to dealing with subordinates.
"We... can't risk... just giving you the... report..." said the little man. "We... also want... some... compensation for... the information... make it... worth... our... while... as-it-were."
"COMPENSATION! Who do you think I am?!" shouted the commander.
"We thought... that you are... the commander... of this place..." replied the little man, with a dry smile.
"How do I know that this information is worthwhile?" asked the commander.
"Well... welll... you... excuse me..." the little man broke off into a coughing fit. He nudged the larger man.
"Well, you wanted the report in the first place. This is the only way you are going to get the information." explained the large man.

"What do you want then?" asked the commander.
"A dish" said the large man.
"A dish?" asked the commander.
"A... dish..." said the little man. "A... satellite... dish" He passed the commander a sheet of paper and continued his coughing fit.
The commander looked at the paper. It was a technical drawing of a satellite dish. "This one, I assume?" he said. The little man nodded between coughs.
"Fine, I'll sort it out when I get back."
"No need..." said the large man "... sign here" he said handing him a slip of paper, it was a requisition form.
"Where'd y- never mind." said the commander and signed the form.

Having got over his coughing fit, the little man placed a metal foil hat on his head and passed another to the commander. The large man got up and, with the caravan again rocking and rolling, he walked to the door and exited. The caravan levelled off.
"What do you expect me to do with this?" said the commander looking down at the hand-made foil hat. The little man just pointed to his own head with his hat in place.
"Why?" asked the commander.
"So... they can't... listen in to... your... thoughts" Said the little man "Just put the... put the... the..." he took a deep breath "...put the... hat on." he finally managed.
The commander unceremoniously put the hat on.

"Right..." said the little man "Now we can continue." the wheezing had stopped "In the last 12 months there have been 230 reports of unidentifiable things in the sky. We call them UTitS's..."
"You mean unidentified flying objects?" said the commander.
"UFOs. UFOs yes, that's much better. Catchy, I'll have to write that down" said the little man scribbling on a piece of paper. "These reports, of UFOs, have been increasing in frequency the last 3 months, and the descriptions have been getting more... descriptive."
"So?" said the commander.
"Soooo, these UFOs have been seen flying at low levels. One report stated that one passed by his ground floor window. That's un-corroborated though, it's said that the person lives on the 12th floor of a block of flats, but that's unimportant right now. The UFOs... UFOs, huh... have been reported to be flying erratically about the sky. Then, two months ago, one report stated that one had crashed out in the old city."
"And that's the report I tried to read." said the commander.
"Exactly. And those, men in black as people like to refer to them, don't want anyone to find it before they do."
"And you know where it is?" asked the commander.
There was a long pause before the little man replied, "No."
"This is useful how, then?" said the commander.
"It's somewhere in the old city, possibly the industrial complex" said the little man.
"The industrial complex is thousands of square kilometres alone." Said the commander.
"So, it'll take some time to find. It could be worth the effort." said the little man.
"Could be, could be! What is it that needs finding anyway?" Said the commander.
"This UTitS... UFO. Think of the alien technology..." Said the little man.
"We already have some alien technology, from the Tau and the Eldar." Said the commander, somewhat jaded.
"But this is something new, something different, and they want it, they want it quietly, all to themselves. So it must be worth something. It's a conspiracy." Said the little man, becoming animated.
"Right, fine. Thank you for the information. Maybe I'll have someone look into it someday." Said the commander, standing up and removing the foil hat.

The little man removed his own hat "It... could be... the best thing... you've ever done for... this planet..." he said wheezing again.

"Yeah, great. Just what this planet needs. Something everybody else wants." The commander stepped out of the caravan.

The large man was standing outside and looked at the commander as he passed.
"So why did you have to wait out here?" said the commander.
"You had to wear my hat. We don't have enough to make 3 hats." replied the large man.
The commander looked back at the caravan, with all the various aerials on top. "No, of course you don't" and he walked off.

As he left the alleyway another black groundcar passed by and a little stab of irritation flared up in the commander. "I wonder if the quartermaster wants a holiday..." he thought to himself.


And some notes on the actual model (much of this has been discussed throughout the build but this brings it all together):
Starting with the concept. It had to be an accident, and the first thing that came to mind was a crash of some kind. As the setting of 40k is all about space travel and aliens it was an amusing thought to project something of today's views of aliens into the future, but keep it mundane in a way.

So not a spaceport or anything futuristic. A simple industrial setting. Having also missed out in competing in the previous competition, which was building walls, I had decided to incorporate a wall into this piece. That led to something crashing though the wall. And the something became a UFO.

The UFO; I wanted it to be as alien as possible, so that it contrasted with the everyday background.
At first it was a problem to come up with a design and I eventually resorted to rummaging though my various boxes of bits and things that I've put to one side for the purpose of making into models. I pulled out a range of things that had interesting shapes and then decided to just throw them all together to make something that has no cues from any known vehicle (from real life AND from in-universe).

The main shape came together slowly and then I had to tie it all together and try to hide the pieces it was made of. Due to the large amount of research I've done recently into Giger's work (because of the tank) it naturally came to resemble the look of the alien craft that was used in "Alien" and many other Giger works.

Painting of the UFO had to follow the building and make it as alien as possible next to the base that was being planned. I knew I wanted a concrete wall, and that being an industrial complex it would have gravel on the ground. These would both be quite grey in colour and with the mud of the eventual crater being brown, I was led to make the UFO blue. I also decided to keep it monotone and devoid of markings just to add to the alien feel of the thing.

Then the base: As I had a lot of it about, the bulk of the base is made from expanded polystyrene. Glued down to a piece of wood for rigidity, the basic shape of the crater was carved out of the PS and some of what was removed was used to build up the edge.

Then this was covered with several layers of tissue and PVA/water, with a few layers of dental plaster (as I also have a lot of that laying about) thrown in. The result is very hard; I can press down on the gravel until my finger hurts and not feel any give.

The layout then became a matter of where the walls would be. I tried many variations, but ended up with them parallel to the base and extending near enough to the edges so that I could extend them in the future (when I come to make a modular gaming table... that's far future). The type of wall was set from my idea for the previous competition where I hadn't seen many scale concrete fences and wanted something unique (as is the main drive of all my modelling).

The walls are mainly built from sheet polystyrene and textured by pressing them with coarse sandpaper and a G-clamp. A few missing sections adds to the interest and the broken sections (where the crash was) was made from plaster or milliput casts of the plastic wall.

The only pre-made parts of this entire model are the boxes and toilets. These I had laying about and are used to give the back-story of the industrial complex. I had these laying about as I carved, moulded, cast and sell both the boxes and toilets and these are some of the mis-casts that I put to one side for this sort of thing.

The plants are made from a variety of things:
The grass is brush bristles (both paint brush and an old washing-up brush) of about 4 different lengths. I like the add the different lengths to each bunch of grass as it makes them look more natural. There's a few bunches inside the walls to show that the gravel is not being maintained any longer.
There's some very short grass patches outside the walls that are made from sawdust (from where I cut the wood for the base) sprinkled on.

The large leaves are leftovers from my Mantis Warrior and are made from tissue paper (not the toilet variety) and some sandwich bad ties. Note that one of these plants was tall enough to be clipped by the UFO as it hit the wall and has been damaged.

The wall-climbing plants are Birch seed pod "leaves" stuck to patches of sponge and a selection of wires for the roots. Note that the roots are either thick and painted brown (old and tough), thin and painted a light green (new growth), or thin and almost white (dead and broken).

The muddy areas are made and painted to match my existing model bases. A sprinkling of dried and crumbled paint, painted brown and then anything that looks like a rock is painted to be a rock.

The gravel is mostly the carbon grains that come out of water filters. Mostly painted grey with some brown washes thrown in to show the ground underneath.

Inside the walls are a selection of posters that are related to toilets/work. The area of the wall nearest the hole has been damaged by flying parts of the wall, and the poster there has also been damaged. There are also some splashes of mud at the crater end of the long wall.

Outside the wall is lots of graffiti that mainly speaks for itself. There's a few spots of lichens and some battle damage.
The bunny graffiti (inspired by some I saw in Poland) helps to show where the pieces of wall have been thrown inside the walled area. Some pieces however are face down, so you don't see the graffiti. (and yes, I have given thought to each individual piece as to how it was thrown in the crash).

The whole piece is meant to look like a long deserted (by both the workers and the graffiti artists - as shown by the removed piece laying against the outside of the wall) storage area that has started to become overgrown, and now a UFO has crashed there in the past weeks/days.

So, on to pictures...

First some relevant music:



I've kept these pictures as large as possible, so zoom in to see all the details.
Scale shots:


Full piece photos (all angles, many photos, large picture):
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Details (also large picture):
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Thanks for joining me on this journey... on to the next...ish (got to finish the edges of this and then back to the jet-bike).


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Fantastic work, love all the attention to detail .
   
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Very nice work Dr.H!!!

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Over the river, through the woods

love the "tequila" poster...little details like that really seem to be your forte. nicely done.


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