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My friend Bloodbeard has shared a tutorial on how to make fire escapes for your buildings. Cheap and solid method! Tutorial: Fire Escapes and Ladders MDF buildings are a great and cheap way to fill out a board. But having a couple of different houses, most just come with one door. The limits the gaming options with then, creating nasty choke points (which is fine sometimes). Decided to make some entry points on the second floors with some fire escapes. I made two different kinds. One angled type for my Laser Model Store houses and straight for the TT Combat houses. The fire escapes are made broader than 25mm, because I want them to fit on bigger models as well. This wouldn't be a problem in Last Days and Walking Dead. But I do have some mutants for This Is Not A Test and Scrappers that has bigger bases. The finished result can be seen at the bottom of the article. Materials - Sprue (I used Mantic Games bases sprue) - Plastic glue - A tiny bit of plastic card (could work with sprue as well) Step 1 - prep the sprues Mantic Games 25mm round bases come on perfect sprues. The are straight and have 90 degree angles. Prepare by cleaning them up. Glue two together to make the angled fire escape. Step 2 - cut off Cut off the extra sprue, to make a nicely shaped angle. Step 3 - railing Making use of the nice angles on the sprue, it's easy to cut out and attach some railing to the fire escape platform. Step 4 - playing with fire Use a candle and heat up some sprue. Bend it into a hooked shape. These will be used to secure the fire escapes in the windows of the houses. Bending with heat is better than glueing - it's much stronger. This is the bit that will take any tension. For the straight fire escapes the hooks are bend directly from the base frame, no need to glue. MDF houses is often double layered on he walls. So aim for a 6mm wide space in the hooks. Step 5 - finishing Attach the hooks to the angled fire escape. Make sure they fit with a window in the building. The Laser Model Store has a small line sticking out at the second floor. So using a bit of sprue and a tiny bit of plastic card I made grip to get around that. So the fire escape is secured on both sides. Lastly add as much sprue as you want to walk on. Fill out the fire escape. Add some extra sprue to the railing as well. Ladders Again using a candle, med some hooked pieces of sprue. Use these to make some ladders. I've made six short and two long fire escape ladders. These can hook on to the fire escape, make further access to a roof. Painting I base coated the ladders and fire escapes with a brown spray. Drybrushed it all with gun metal. Quick shade varnished the stuff with a heavy layer. It's an easy way to get a dirty rusty look. Showcase I think the addition of the fire escapes add a nice inner city downtown vibe to the buildings. Here they're used on a TT Combat house. Homemade felt mat - tutorial. Fire escape on a Laser Model Store house.
My friend Bloodbeard has shared a tutorial most useful for adding detail and lifelike surroundings to your settings of mad adventure and horrible carnage. His blog is filled with this kind of scratchbuilding stuff. Enter, the dollhouse: While browsing ebay one night, I came across some dollhouse furniture scaled 1:50. Super duper cheap stuff, but the scale seems a bit small for 28-30mm models. I went ahead and ordered some anyway. Logic was that it would be super cheap even if the scale was too off - I could turn it into scrap piles and barricades. Most of these sets come in sets of 10 pieces, so you'll get a lot of stuff. Just go ahead and search for 'dollhouse furniture 1:50' and you'll get a lot of results. Organize with cheapest first. Scale turned out to be on the small side, but not bad looking. And considering how most mdf buildings are too small as well, it's really not a problem. I'll show how I used all the small pieces, to make quick pieces for all the settings I play. The end result for me is: The 1:50 scale dollhouse stuff is cheap and well worth it. Lots of terrain for minimum work. For the the painted results and scale comparison check the showcase at the end of this page. Dinner tables The pieces are small, so I decided to glue some together. Made two tables and glued four chairs to them. This dinner table was too big, to glue the chairs just as is. I added a tiny bit of sprue, not visible on the tabletop. Office space Made from the tabes, chair and a TV-stand. The TV furniture was too small on its own, it didn't look good. But I had 10 of those pieces. Chop them up and make a little office desk. With my clippers I used a bit of the piece to make a keyboard and mouse. Sci-fi lab Also went and added some of the pieces to my Star Saga tables. An easy way to add some screens and small drawers. Again I glued the chairs in place, so they're not all over the place. Wardrobes and bookshelves There's some cool wardrobes and bookshelves as well, but they're a bit thin. So I added some old bolts with superglue, add some weight, keep them in place. Take some cardboard and close up the back of the bookshelves and wardrobes. Superglue it in place and cut out when dry. As I had so many wardrobes, I made some of them into fantasy ones, by adding a few bit box bits. Also cut off the top ornament on half, to make them different. Decided to use a few bookshelves for my fantasy games. Used some ice cream sticks to add backing to a couple of them. And then I added some bits from the bit box to the top (see them in the bottom) The collection And here's the result of my cheap china furniture buy (without Star Saga pieces). The beds are really bland on their own, flat besides a few sculpted pillows. Made some for dungeon furniture by again adding some bits of ice cream stick and matches. After painting them, I've added some small pieces of fabric to make blankets. From way back in the days, I had some resin (or platser?) Got them in a huge box of unfinished terrain projects. For painting I organized the stuff into different sets. Making a bed, closet, shelves, tables in the same colors. For different houses. Grey, white, black, brown. Made a lot of boring grey pieces, that'll also fit into sci-fi settings as well as modern houses. Most painting was really basic. Base coat, few metal pieces, army painter quick shade. Showcase Here's some close ups of the finished furniture. Really nice results for minimum work and minimum money. Stand by for a lot of in-page linking! The bookcases are made for Frostgrave and Dungeon Saga. Added a few bits sculpted by Admiral [KNC] for Zealot Miniatures. If I've learned anything from Hero Quest it's that there's skulls on book of furniture. After taking photos I got another idea. Add small scrolls and pieces of paper to the shelves. Just take some unbleached baking paper and add it here and there. The upgraded fantasy wardrobes. Added some shield emblems, a sword and a skull. The beds with a few matching pieces. Went they beige fabric and made it really messed up with quick shade, this is not for a fancy castle. ... +++ Broken off because of picture limit + automerging of double posts. Ave Omnissiah! +++
My friend Bloodbeard runs a blog with a cornucopia of hobby goings-on in it, not least scratchbuilding of terrain! Here he has kindly wished to share his latest tutorial with us, for all your ramshackle need! Be sure to check out more of the stuff on his blog if you like what you see here: Tutorial: Corrugated Scrap Metal Walls I found the tool for this build a long time ago. Don't know how I ended up with it, but it was during long hours of searching china shops for useful stuff. And I found a 'toothpaste squezer' - perfect tool! Greenstuff World have since released the exact same item under the name 'corrugator' - but it's a toothpaste squezer and it's half price like that. Best tool you'll ever find for $3 including shipping. GSW is an awesome shop however, so it's always a good cause to throw money at them. Made these for use in all my sci-fi and post-apoc games. To be walls for Alexandria and Woodbury in The Walking Dead or in Last Days. As part of the Wasteland in Scrappers and This is not a Test. And they are 3'' compatible with Deadzone. Also fitting for Ash Wastes in Necromunda or Killteam (man there's a lot of cool games). As always go to the bottom for showcase photos. Materials - Thick card or mdf for bases - Cardboard, plastic card, foil trays for 'metal plates' - Superglue (lots!) - Hot glue gun - Sprue (lots!) - Popsickle sticks Step 1: Bases Cut out a bunch of bases for the walls. I've made sure mine are 3'' compatible for a Deadzone grid. Made then 1,5'' wide, so they will stay in place and not fall over. I've used thick 3mm cardboard for the bases. Step 2: Sprue and hot glue Cut a lot of poles from old sprue. Shave off small bits, to make the poles a bit uneven. Also try and find some with an angled piece, saving glue connections later. Using the hotglue gun (and I find it's much better than super glue) attack them to the bases. A lot of them, more than you think. Step 3: Walkways Prepare the walkways, glue some sprue to the angled pieces. Step 3: Corrugated plates Take out you toothpaste squeezer and make a bunch of metal. I used different thickness of cardboard and aluminium bbq trays. Thought was to get different textures on the finished walls, but it doesn't show well. Cardboard is easier to glue however. Step 4: Glue... All over your fingers I use super cheap super glue from china. I buy 100 tubes at a time, it's good for projects like this. Start from the bottom and just mix match plates and work towards the top. Make sure to have the lines go both horizontal and vertical. Step 5: Strengthen it I took some sprue and added to the front and the back of the walls. It adds some more strenth to the build and is a good soak point for wash and quickshade. I've also build a couple of ladders from sprue. Step 6: The gate Originally I planned to make a magnetized gate. So I glued on two old rusty nails. But after doing this I found that the gate for my prison does the job well enough. Painting and Basing I base coated the walls with a cheap grey rattle can and the 'floors' with a cheap brown. . Then I picked out a few plates on each section in a different color (using the same three colors on all). Another bunch on each section and all sprue was painted with a mix of 'rust'. Using a wet palette I add various metal colors, giving lots of different nuances. The dirt was painted with cheap brown acryllics and drybrushed with grey. The walls were all given a heavy layer of army Painter Strong Tone. Mixed some different grass types for the bases and ended with a couple layers of mat varnish. Showcase And here's the nice finished result. The original idea for these walls were to be used in The Walking Dead as part of Woodbury and Alexandria. With my farm and prison, I'm set for the first 180 comics or so. The builds were done in the 3" system to fit neatly into games of Deadzone and my other industrial terrain. And here's the walls set up on a 3'x4' mat. Taking a lot of space, making a Wasteland map for This is not a Test or Scrappers.