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Preacher of the Emperor





Denver, CO, USA

Greetings, Hobbyists and Crafters!

Welcome to the re-imagined League of Extraordinary Riveters Hobby Challenge, Round 36. This round's theme is Crossings (described below) and the round ends on Monday, February 28. A public voting mechanic similar to the painting challenge is TBD. Our goal is to elevate and celebrate the aspects of the hobby beyond painting miniatures-- the scratch-building, theme-evoking, and detail-obsessing construction efforts that help immerse our models in a believable and richly textured world. Come one, come all!

The theme for Round 36 was selected (narrowly) by public poll and was originally phrased as follows:
CROSSINGS: Your build should relate to crossings or transitions in some way; bridges and spans, portals and gateways, docks and landing pads, things that must be crossed like water, lava, etc... anything that connects two points.


I'm excited that this theme was chosen as the first for our renewed hobby challenge, as it allows any model's base to qualify. Since a model's base represents the terrain the model or unit is crossing, please consider entering a freshly based unit of any size crossing the deserts of Mars, a frozen tundra, a lava field, a temple floor, a boggy swamp, a toxic wasteland... literally anything fits.

In addition to bases, please consider building and painting playable terrain pieces, decorative scatter terrain, display plinths and dioramas, table tiles or modular components, game aids, restoration or conversion projects... if it isn't a wargaming figure, it probably qualifies.

Please complete the build and paint phases in the course of the two-month challenge period. Please post up to six (6) high-quality photos in this before the deadline expires in your local time zone. A member of the League will compile and post the finished work for public review. Please post materials and progress photos here as well, ask and answer questions, offer insights and advice, and celebrate the work as much as the finished products.

   
Made in us
Grumpy Longbeard






WoopWoop!

Cut foam stock of various sizes on my Proxxon.
The plan is an attempt at a large Sunken terrain, a ruined gate arch.

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Made in ca
Confident Halberdier





in the computer?

Alright, let's build something.

Part of my ongoing board build is a canal tile with a sunken ship in the middle that acts as a makeshift bridge. I was planning on building + painting it prior to gluing it in place, so might as well do it now.

Here are my concepts, first draft and second. I like the silhouette of the first, and the design elements of the second. The build lies somewhere between the two of them.



To temper my ambition, the piece must be playable, built at an angle where models will not slide off. I would also like at least part of the masts to be removable to help with storage, which may prove difficult with the planned flags.

I'm excited to see what everyone else challenges themselves with. Stay productive folks!

 
   
Made in eu
[DCM]
Incorporating Wet-Blending





Japan

Alright, maybe 2022 is the year I finally turn this:


into the Silent Tower for Frostgrave.

Now showing more mutants for Dreadball!

Painting Total as of 5/162022: 60 plus eleven pieces of street scenery and a wrecked car

Painting Total for 2021: 113 plus an iron golem and five spider nests and all the obstacles for Dreadball Xtreme and four trapdoors and a cauldron and some teleport disks and seven SF buildings and some resin barricades!






 
   
Made in jp
Regular Dakkanaut






I'm going to give this a go and try to make a sludgy stream or creek. Some quick scribblings for a starting point.

   
Made in us
Preacher of the Emperor





Denver, CO, USA

Awesome slate of designs, and right at the drop to boot. Nicely done!

Mothsniper: I'm excited for this one! I'm completely hooked on the Proxxon+pink foam approach. I'm wondering, sunken in what?

Thumpingbear: I'm really pleased you're in this round; I've really enjoyed (and tried to emulate) your textures, so I'm pumped for this. Will it be one big piece or separate halves?

JoshInJapan: I too get my breakfast cereal from a seventeenth-century Protestant who lives in my cabinet. That build is going to be very cool in scale alone.

Peterhausen: I love this. I've been intimidated by water effects, so this will be fun to watch. Are you planning multiple sections?

I took an approach similar to Mothsniper's and cut a bunch of stock foam to work with. I cut a bunch of 1", 3", and 5" chunks at 1" and 2" thickness. I also dug out a template set to work with. When I ordered the Gothic template I used on my last build from Shifting Lands, their US fulfillment outfit (basically a fantasy laser woodshop) sent me the Romanesque arch template instead. They quickly shipped my Gothic windows and I just stowed this one. I like the embrace of the architectural archetype of the arch (see what I did there?) as both a span and a portal. I think I'm going to go big and do a rough cut of a table's worth of varied 9th ed. terrain. I'll likely put volume ahead of detail or complex paint schemes; I'll be building it for a friend's neoprene mat to airbrush himself to match... so maybe just a quick drybrush from me.



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Made in gb
Calculating Commissar






Reading, Berks

Count me in. I need to make a river and bridge to go onto a village board.

   
Made in us
Dipping With Wood Stain





Colorado, USA

More post-apocalyptic, factory ruins for me. Looking to make some gangways and walkways. Modular? Magnetic? Who knows!

   
Made in us
Preacher of the Emperor





Denver, CO, USA

endtransmission: Welcome aboard! Your past submissions have me looking forward to your take on the theme.

Jazzy: Having had the pleasure of a game on your home table recently, I can say I'll be running along your gantries purging heretics at some point.

Everyone's sketches inspired me to put some effort into a proper template this time with some planning-- much credit to the stencils from ShiftingLands.com

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Made in jp
Regular Dakkanaut






 MacPhail wrote:


Peterhausen: I love this. I've been intimidated by water effects, so this will be fun to watch. Are you planning multiple sections?




I will be doing multiple sections of around 20cms long to give more variety and modularity. As for intimidating water effects, well, I am going old school and cheap with a method I first used some 20 years ago. Its not fancy, but it is effective.

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Made in us
Grumpy Longbeard






Everyone got some good plans I see!
quite exited

@MacPhail - "Sunken" as in ruins that are or recently where underwater for along time. Not planning to do actual water effects, because I am afraid of water/works and resins.


Made an arch, but want to try make a mold from this because I need 12 or more of those, but I has no more latex resins to cast molds and no monies for restocks for those resins are quite expensive.
Found videos of folk making simple molds using silicone caulking and water. So that is the plan for caulking i has.

 
   
Made in gb
Calculating Commissar






Reading, Berks

That archway looks fantastic! Good luck with the caulking molds, I'll be interested to see how well that works!

I made a start on mine last night. In order to have a crossing, I needed to have a river. In the past I tried just painting it onto the hexes, with a little bank, but it looked a bit boring. Yesterday evening I created some new hex templates with two sides to bank up filler so that I can use these without the risers, giving a sunken river effect. I'm currently waiting for the first batch to dry before adding some detailing and levelling off the earth to match the height of existing tiles. I'm going to need quite a few more of these to create both banks of a river...



Going over the river is a nice stone bridge

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Made in au
Ragin' Ork Dreadnought






Albany, Australia

Where are you advertising this? I managed to miss both the poll and this thread - thankfully I follow endtransmission's blog...

   
Made in jp
Regular Dakkanaut






 Arakasi wrote:
Where are you advertising this? I managed to miss both the poll and this thread - thankfully I follow endtransmission's blog...


The threads are/have been in the Painting and Modeling sub-forum.

https://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/802697.page

https://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/802601.page

https://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/802135.page

   
Made in us
Preacher of the Emperor





Denver, CO, USA

Good point, Arakasi... I'll drop a post in the general forum and update my plog ASAP.

   
Made in us
Cackling Chaos Conscript






Mind if I join? I started trying to build some terrain and this might work as a good reason to actually finish something for once, haha.

I'm trying to "bulk-up" an aegis defence line to make it seem more like an actually fortification - and not just a random fence. I guess it's more in the "try-to-cross" than a "crossing" per se, but oh well.

Early WIP where I've only built the base platform and filled in the aquilas:


This will be a trial section and if it comes out well then hopefully I'll continue with the other pieces.

1800pts 40k Night Lords, 2500pts 30k Iron Warriors, 200pts 40k Dark Eldar.

Finished models:
2021 - 13, 2022 - 3

Backlog blog: https://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/592210.page 
   
Made in gb
Calculating Commissar






Reading, Berks

Welcome to the challenge! You could always create an additional sally point for the Aegis line, creating the Crossings bit?

I did a bit more work on the actual crossing bit of the river this afternoon, including some *actual* foam! Sadly I've still got a lot of river banks to make as I ran out of polyfilla... once I've restocked, I can create the banks around the brickwork so that it looks like it's part of the river bank

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Made in us
Grumpy Longbeard






 endtransmission wrote:
That archway looks fantastic! Good luck with the caulking molds, I'll be interested to see how well that works!

I made a start on mine last night. In order to have a crossing, I needed to have a river. In the past I tried just painting it onto the hexes, with a little bank, but it looked a bit boring. Yesterday evening I created some new hex templates with two sides to bank up filler so that I can use these without the risers, giving a sunken river effect. I'm currently waiting for the first batch to dry before adding some detailing and levelling off the earth to match the height of existing tiles. I'm going to need quite a few more of these to create both banks of a river...



Going over the river is a nice stone bridge


Thanks, interested to see how it turns out too.
Good start on tiles! What material are those tiles?
And Is that a Reaper bridge? from the "troll encounter" ?





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 Boringstuff wrote:
Mind if I join? I started trying to build some terrain and this might work as a good reason to actually finish something for once, haha.

I'm trying to "bulk-up" an aegis defence line to make it seem more like an actually fortification - and not just a random fence. I guess it's more in the "try-to-cross" than a "crossing" per se, but oh well.

Early WIP where I've only built the base platform and filled in the aquilas:


This will be a trial section and if it comes out well then hopefully I'll continue with the other pieces.


Welcome!
Always though original fence looked a bit flimsy

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Made in gb
Calculating Commissar






Reading, Berks

 Mothsniper wrote:


Thanks, interested to see how it turns out too.
Good start on tiles! What material are those tiles?
And Is that a Reaper bridge? from the "troll encounter" ?



The tiles are ones I designed and 3d printed on a Ender 3, with Polyfilla/premade plaster for the landscaping. The bridge is also 3d printed, but I've forgotten where the model came from. I had to scale it a bit so that it fit across the tiles nicely.

   
Made in jp
Regular Dakkanaut






I have the pieces cut out and have begun making the banks with some air dry clay. Will give them some time to dry before moving on.

   
Made in us
Dipping With Wood Stain





Colorado, USA

 Boringstuff wrote:
Mind if I join? I started trying to build some terrain and this might work as a good reason to actually finish something for once, haha.

I'm trying to "bulk-up" an aegis defence line to make it seem more like an actually fortification - and not just a random fence. I guess it's more in the "try-to-cross" than a "crossing" per se, but oh well.

Early WIP where I've only built the base platform and filled in the aquilas:


This will be a trial section and if it comes out well then hopefully I'll continue with the other pieces.


I'm going to lend my vote, for what it's worth, in support of your project. None shall cross, implies there is something to cross in the first place.

   
Made in us
Grumpy Longbeard






 endtransmission wrote:

The tiles are ones I designed and 3d printed on a Ender 3, with Polyfilla/premade plaster for the landscaping. The bridge is also 3d printed, but I've forgotten where the model came from. I had to scale it a bit so that it fit across the tiles nicely.


Ah got it!
I looked up the bridge because I forgot how ti looked like, hey it looks similar! that is why I though of it.
https://external-content.duckduckgo.com/iu/?u=https%3A%2F%2Fforum.reapermini.com%2Fuploads%2Fmonthly_2019_10%2FCapturetrollbridge.JPG.e0d5e310e4dc9a59a1a53bb3d06aa946.JPG&f=1&nofb=1

I never used Polyfilla plaster. Is it cheap or not? and is it liquid-ish enough to be filled into a mold? And how hard does it dry?
I am looking for cheapest material I can comeup with to cast my arches in. So far I have small bag with PlasterofParis that wont last long. Wondering if I can use material you are using for my arch mold...


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 Peterhausenn wrote:
I have the pieces cut out and have begun making the banks with some air dry clay. Will give them some time to dry before moving on.



Let me know the dry time and the smell of the airdry clay you are using.
Because I have used Das Terracotta and it takes long time to dry and has a strong odor when wet.

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Made in jp
Regular Dakkanaut






 Mothsniper wrote:



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 Peterhausenn wrote:
I have the pieces cut out and have begun making the banks with some air dry clay. Will give them some time to dry before moving on.



Let me know the dry time and the smell of the airdry clay you are using.
Because I have used Das Terracotta and it takes long time to dry and has a strong odor when wet.



As for smell, never noticed any. There might be a slight one, but my sense of smell is weak at best. This clay is a paper based clay so it drys relatively fast. Granted the thicker it is the longer it takes. Also in some random test pieces I have noticed that the centers of thick pieces don't harden even after a few days. I assume they will eventually, but I don't know for sure as there is no air contact. For the applications I usually use I would say it becomes dry to the touch within an hour or two. I usually wait a full day before doing anything to it though just to make sure. I'll also point out it doesn't dry rock hard. Again though, it works well for this application.

I should mention that I am in Japan and I don't know if this type of product is readily available throughout the rest of the world. On the plus side if you can find it it's quite cheap as it only cost me a dollar for a block that is 5"x4"x1". Not much of a loss if it doesn't do what you need.
   
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Calculating Commissar






Reading, Berks

 Mothsniper wrote:

I never used Polyfilla plaster. Is it cheap or not? and is it liquid-ish enough to be filled into a mold? And how hard does it dry?
I am looking for cheapest material I can comeup with to cast my arches in. So far I have small bag with PlasterofParis that wont last long. Wondering if I can use material you are using for my arch mold...


Polyfilla may be too thick for a mold. I use it as it is really east to put a little bit on a base for rocks or rough ground. I would probably suggest getting dental plaster from eBay. It is fairly cheap, comes by the kilo and is rock solid once cast. It is also very fine, so catches detail nicely

   
Made in us
Grumpy Longbeard






 Peterhausenn wrote:
 Mothsniper wrote:



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 Peterhausenn wrote:
I have the pieces cut out and have begun making the banks with some air dry clay. Will give them some time to dry before moving on.



Let me know the dry time and the smell of the airdry clay you are using.
Because I have used Das Terracotta and it takes long time to dry and has a strong odor when wet.



As for smell, never noticed any. There might be a slight one, but my sense of smell is weak at best. This clay is a paper based clay so it drys relatively fast. Granted the thicker it is the longer it takes. Also in some random test pieces I have noticed that the centers of thick pieces don't harden even after a few days. I assume they will eventually, but I don't know for sure as there is no air contact. For the applications I usually use I would say it becomes dry to the touch within an hour or two. I usually wait a full day before doing anything to it though just to make sure. I'll also point out it doesn't dry rock hard. Again though, it works well for this application.

I should mention that I am in Japan and I don't know if this type of product is readily available throughout the rest of the world. On the plus side if you can find it it's quite cheap as it only cost me a dollar for a block that is 5"x4"x1". Not much of a loss if it doesn't do what you need.


Thank you for info! What is it called?


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 endtransmission wrote:

Polyfilla may be too thick for a mold. I use it as it is really east to put a little bit on a base for rocks or rough ground. I would probably suggest getting dental plaster from eBay. It is fairly cheap, comes by the kilo and is rock solid once cast. It is also very fine, so catches detail nicely


Thank you! Interesting, usually don't associate dental with cheap, will check it out!


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Prep for the mold make.
Lightly glued the arch to the plexiglass
Brushed on Bagbalm as "mold release"



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Made in gb
Calculating Commissar






Reading, Berks

Just been playing around with a new pot of polyfilla and the multipurpose stuff may be smooth enough for the mold, but you would have to be really careful about pressing it into the mold properly as it purposefully doesn't flow.

Just had a look on eBay and dental plaster at the moment seems o be quite pricey. I think I paid about £8 for 3kg of plaster, which is still not all used up

   
Made in gb
Renegade Kan Killin Orks






Northern Ireland

I’ll jump in with a small 3D print that I got from Super Denny Bros on Etsy.



A nice little piece that should paint up quickly, not to take away from any of the incredible effort on display already just to be here and be part of something special.

   
Made in jp
Regular Dakkanaut






 Mothsniper wrote:

Thank you for info! What is it called?



I guess the English translation is Light Paper Clay Karugaru from a company called Padico. There are a few different varieties and companies that sell it here. Here is a pintrest link that kind of describes it...


https://www.pinterest.jp/pin/353321533236108270/
   
Made in gb
Cackling Chaos Conscript






@endtransmission - I might make a ramp over the embankment to allow vehicles to move across it, that would fulfil the criteria I think. Thanks for the idea! I'm interested to see how you are using those tiles, is it buried somewhere in your blog?

@Mothsniper - Agreed, it is definitely more of a fence. Your building looks like it's going to be massive when it's done, hopefully the casting goes well.

@DJJazzyJeff - True, true!

I did some more work today and the earth embankment is mostly sculpted now:

1800pts 40k Night Lords, 2500pts 30k Iron Warriors, 200pts 40k Dark Eldar.

Finished models:
2021 - 13, 2022 - 3

Backlog blog: https://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/592210.page 
   
Made in gb
Calculating Commissar






Reading, Berks

 Boringstuff wrote:
@endtransmission - I might make a ramp over the embankment to allow vehicles to move across it, that would fulfil the criteria I think. Thanks for the idea! I'm interested to see how you are using those tiles, is it buried somewhere in your blog?


How about a bike ramp with a couple of planks on a barrel to jump over it?

The tiles will be dotted over the last 7 pages or so of my plog

   
 
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