[15mm]
Corporate Marines

Tobias printed the cabins. Thanks!


[Terrain]
Modular Fence System

In our recent game (and first ever) of Warfork Fantasy Battles - Warhammer for Adults it became apparent that my supply of linear obstacles is quite limited - the walls you see on the photos in the AAR are all that I have. Among them only three corner pieces and no gates. Also, I do not have any sections to represent destroyed parts - which would have been of use with the cannon rules. Besides, these walls were done around 1998 - a time when my skill was a lot less developed than today.

Lets do some terrain!

What I do not like about many linear obstacles that you find pictures of online or which are even available to buy, is to recognize them as linear wargame modules. To illustrate what I mean lets take a look at the first fences I built for Warhammer 40,000 many many years ago:

The way the fence posts are placed is not as you would find them in reality, the posts would be evenly spaced, not two near each other as where two sections meet in the model fence.

So when designing my new fantasy fences, I thought of how to design them to disguise the obvious joins of the sections. The joins will be visible anyway, as there will be a physical join and I probably will not manage to line them up perfectly - what I am trying to achieve is to not have the joins obvious at first glance.

In the end I settled for the following design (designed in OpenSCAD):

The idea is, that the half posts on both ends join up to form a full post, like in the following two pictures:

The balsa wood for the posts and logs is ordered, the base plates I plan to get from the local DIY store. I will ask for sheets of 5mm MDF in 6" width - this way all the sections will have the same width. The long sides I will then cut by hand to get them in irregular shapes.

Let's see how this will turn out.


[15mm]
Corporate Marines

Thanks to Tobias I have my prototpye. It fits well onto he model :-)

With the basic form confirmed, I added some more details. On the front wall I added a bench with 5 seats. This will be quite cramped, but this is a military vehicle after all and no luxury plane.

On the rear side I added a seat for the gunner, and two racks with spare ammo drums for the machine gun.

This is the final version now that I will use with the landers.


[15mm]
Corporate Marines

Finally some progress. I roughly recreated the machine gun from Brigade Models in OpenSCAD, and added in the rear wall an opening for the gunner. The machine gun will be mounted on the contraption I added there.

Time for a test print.


[15mm]
Corporate Marines

Having seen a news item on The Miniatures Page, I thought these would fit perfectly well for the door gunners of my VTOLs. So I ordered the gatlings and machine guns from Brigade Models:

Now I need to recreate them as 3 models in OpenSCAD and play around with them on my cabin model.


[15mm]
Corporate Marines

The landing gear is done, extended to allow ground contact even with a passenger cabin attached. In the pictures you can see the Green Stuff I used to fix the wood sticks in place and give a base on which I added Miliput after it dried to sculpted the final form. Still needs sanding.

This project is now on hold until I finished the design of the cabin and have it 3d printed.


[15mm]
Corporate Marines

The decision concerning the armament of the Raven has been taken - I just used all the available weaponry :-)

For the lander, I built a very clever and sophisticated contraption to get all the sides equal. I then cut from tooth picks the extensions, inserted into small holes I drilled.

Concerning the cabin, I started to design my own in OpenSCAD, I am not very far until now:

I am toying with the idea of doing side doors instead of rear doors, but let's see how this turns out.

What also irritates me with the landers is the chin gun, which has one relatively big barrel. With the gunship, I see it as a grenade launcher or small howitzer. That VTOL has reapid firing weapons mounted on the side sponsons. But for the landers, having only the chin guns, I wanted some kind of gatling, chain gun, whatever. So I also designed one. Let's see how this will print, especially with the ring near the front I am not sure as it is not supported from underneath, so probably the printer will have a problem with that.


[SiFi]
More Vehicles

Having catched another flue/virus/whatever which showed itself on Saturday, I am on sick leave this week. Between sleeping all day, I managed to put in some painting time within the few moments I have a clear head in between.

The ConServ vehicles are done, the 3d printed tires glued on. And it took me only since January...

On to the next models :-)


[SiFi]
More Vehicles

I painted the bus' windows, tires, lights and antennas.Out of a whim I painted some of the panels on the top as windows to have more light in the interior. After all, this bus only transports workers to the construction site, but is not involved in the construction work itself, therefore the roof does not need to be protected.

I also painted the 3d printed tires, ready for mounting them on the vehicles.


[SiFi]
More Vehicles

Thank you Michael :-)