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Cutting stuff up and bunging it back together in new and interesting ways.






Under the couch

From the Comm Guild blog: http://www.thecommguild.com/roller/thecommguild/entry/terrain-spotlight-generator-made-from


- by Iain Wilson



One of the most enjoyable aspects of terrain building for me is to find everyday things that, with a little bit of tinkering, suddenly turn into something that looks at home on the battlefield. This has resulted in me spending more time than is healthy wandering through hardware stores and discount shops looking for new fodder for the workbench - it's often a little surprising where that perfect next project piece will show up.



This week's build is based on an idea that I have come across in several different incarnations online, and thought it looked too cool to not try it out. So after a quick trip to the local grocery store, I found myself building a generator out of bubblegum tape dispensers!










I picked up two packs of grape-flavoured Hubba Bubba. Obviously, the flavour doesn't make any difference to the build, but if you're buying bubblegum anyway, is there any logical reason to buy any flavour other than grape?









The first step was to remove the bubblegum from the packs, and remove the labels. The labels mostly peeled off easily, but needed a little cleanup with some Tea Tree Oil to remove the sticky residue - If you don't have access to Tea Tree Oil, use whatever local equivalent you have for cleaning sticky residue off things.



Then I may have got momentarily distracted...









One side of the pack has an internal ridge running down each long side of the opening, and a pair of tongues that close over into the other half. These needed to be removed, which I did with a sharp exacto knife. They're made from a fairly soft plastic, so cut easily.









This left four almost-identical, semi-circular pieces.









To join the segments together, I took four 25mm bases and cut them in half with a razor saw. The arc markers on the Maelstrom's Edge bases serve as a handy guide for this, but if you are using different bases then some measuring and marking would be involved here.









I cut a piece of masonite to an appropriate size for a base, and then a smaller piece of foamed PVC for the generator to sit on. I could have used another piece of masonite here, but figured the plastic gum dispenser would glue better to the PVC. On the PVC, I marked out where the dispenser pieces would sit, and added a 25mm-wide centre strip to serve as a guide for gluing the base pieces on.









Then, I sat each dispenser piece in turn onto the marks and glued the base sections in position on both sides using an all-plastics glue.















(The 'all-plastics' glue that I use is a 2-part system that has a tube of superglue and a 'primer' pen. You prime the contact points on both parts to be glued before applying the glue, and it creates a super-fast and extremely strong bond with just about any type of plastic).



It was around about this time that I noticed that there were small recycling symbols embossed on two of the dispenser pieces, so I carefully shaved these off with the exacto knife and lightly sanded down the surface. Then I moved on to the ends. Due to the dispenser having that tongue that I cut off back at the start, one side was left with a flat plate, while the other had a hole where the tongue originally slotted in. I took the cut piece of tongue and glued it into this gap.









Then I took eight support struts from the Maelstrom's Edge terrain sprue, and cut off the vent sections on their ends. These were glued in pairs into the dispenser opening.















The four sections of dispenser were then glued down onto the base, with the 25mm base sections on each touching the matching section on the next.









I felt that the generator needed a control panel, so quickly threw one together using a console and two trapezoid windows from the terrain sprue, with a square of foamed PVC as a base.









With that glued in place onto the masonite base, the generator was ready for some paint!









I painted it up using my normal weathered metal technique (which you can find in the tutorial here).
















To build your own generator, you should be able to find the bubblegum tape just about anywhere that sells bubblegum, and can pick 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.



 
   
Made in nl
Irked Blood Angel Scout with Combat Knife




netherlands

its a nice one

full compagny of bloodangels,
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Made in gb
Loud-Voiced Agitator






I always click on your post that pop up isaniak, because I am sure it'll be something creative. This is right up there with "see a thing but as a different thing" type of terrain. Somehow they are the perfect thing for that sort of scifi reactor thingy.

And of course very well executed.
   
Made in us
Powerful Phoenix Lord






Nice job. I'll keep an eye out for something similar.

 
   
Made in gb
Stealthy Warhound Titan Princeps





Nottingham

I came across those dispensers in Tesco for about 90p each, and couldn't resist (first use of my ME terrain sprue as well, though you can't see them.)



Thanks for the idea

Have a look at my P&M blog - currently working on: Tempestus Scions/Primaris Howling Griffons

Previous projects
30k Iron Warriors (11k+)
Full first company Crimson Fists
Zone Mortalis (unfinished)
Classic high elf bloodbowl team 
   
Made in au
[MOD]
Cutting stuff up and bunging it back together in new and interesting ways.






Under the couch

Nicely done! I like the cables

 
   
Made in us
Esteemed Veteran Space Marine




Hanging out on the Great Plains

Great idea, and well executed. Thanks for the idea. Great job.

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