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combat wombat15 Sep 2012 8:52 p.m. PST

first out of the mold


four out of the mold


TredHedJon15 Sep 2012 9:12 p.m. PST

Are these going to be available for purchase?

combat wombat15 Sep 2012 9:24 p.m. PST

planning on it! will be a 3'x3' set with 6 towers.

Mako1115 Sep 2012 9:25 p.m. PST

Those look really nice, Scotty!

Micropanzer15 Sep 2012 9:34 p.m. PST

Stay on target --

Rassilon15 Sep 2012 10:03 p.m. PST


Can't wait to hear more about them! thumbs up

wolfgangbrooks15 Sep 2012 10:23 p.m. PST

Cool, I was looking into doing something similar for spaceship hull boards. I thought it would be too expensive to be really commercially viable though. You have a cost estimate yet?

darthfozzywig Supporting Member of TMP15 Sep 2012 10:25 p.m. PST

Nice work!

YoursInaWhiteWineSauce16 Sep 2012 4:17 a.m. PST

That looks so AWESOME!!!

Paul of the Man Cave

ming3116 Sep 2012 5:00 a.m. PST

Very very nice

Chef Lackey Rich Fezian16 Sep 2012 5:10 a.m. PST

Looking good. Shame you don't have access to a vacuform machine, doing them in styrene wouldn't be as sturdy but much lighter and maybe cheaper (haven't priced vacuforming costs since Armadillo was still in business).

Personal logo Inari7 Supporting Member of TMP16 Sep 2012 5:29 a.m. PST

There are websites that show you how to make your own Vacuform machines.

elsyrsyn16 Sep 2012 6:00 a.m. PST

Ditto what Inari7 said. I've built one and it was relatively easy and a lot of fun to use, although it did not turn out to be optimal for the pieces I was trying to make. For a flattish thing like that which would be easily trimmed, it might work very well. The weak link is the vacuum source. I used a really big shop vac, and it worked OK.


Barks116 Sep 2012 6:24 a.m. PST

I'm starting to think of ways to chop it up and turn it into a trench…

ordinarybass16 Sep 2012 6:54 a.m. PST

I'm not super familiar with Vacuform machines, but I've not seem much vacuformed terrain that is as intricate as the panels above.

Can a vacuform machine even do that kind of fine detail?

combat wombat16 Sep 2012 7:47 a.m. PST

will be a 3'x3' set with 6 towers and turned brass barrels. Looking at $99 USD retail out of resin. have a couple feelers out to try and get that down lower. But for me to do it right now thats the price.

Been looking into a vacuform version but not sure about the detail.


Only Warlock16 Sep 2012 9:40 a.m. PST

Slicker'n Bat Guano Scotty! I'll need me summa dat!

John Treadaway16 Sep 2012 9:41 a.m. PST

My suggestion, Scotty, would be vac form panelsfor some areas with spaces to drop in detail tiles of resin.

Say on a ration of ttwo or three to one so for every single, full detailed resin panel there's a two or three vac form panels, each of which have a space for one or two smaller areas of detailed resin to be dropped in.

Sort of best of both worlds (they'd make for a cheaper – and lighter – set).

Keep the towers in resin though!

Just a suggestion – the whole thing is an awesome plan (and I'm not even much of a Star Wars fan!).

The only time I was involved in a game like this was 25 years ago or so in 1/72nd



and all of the scenery was scratched from expanded foam and kit bashing.

Your's looks terrific!

John T

dglennjr16 Sep 2012 9:47 a.m. PST

I've built Death Star terrain in the past and had lots of fun running the attack on the trench at conventions.

The pics are here:



David G.

combat wombat16 Sep 2012 9:50 a.m. PST

John T… That is really friggin cool! Tournament play for this game is going to be on a 3X3 board so that why I went this way. I am not sure I can eat the cost of a vacuformer with the number of sets I will would make that much of a difference in cost to me.

Anyone interested in this set please contact me at

Phil Hall16 Sep 2012 10:04 a.m. PST

Perfect for FFG's new Star Wars game.

combat wombat16 Sep 2012 11:26 a.m. PST


Pictors Studio16 Sep 2012 12:05 p.m. PST

That is a great idea. They look fantastic.

combat wombat16 Sep 2012 9:39 p.m. PST

Would people be interested in buying a mold instead?

Rassilon16 Sep 2012 11:04 p.m. PST

I would be interested in a mold if it was reasonably cheaper…

combat wombat17 Sep 2012 4:35 a.m. PST

What do you guys think the interest would be in buying molds? I could sell just the molds as well. I think I would make a 6"x 6" master and mold and the standard 12" x 12" mold. It would probably be $50 USD-55 for the 12 and $20 USD-25 for the 6. Each mold if properly used will yield 70-80 tiles. if you use dental stone you could feasibly make the tiles for under $1 USD each. Ill still sell the towers though.

Personal logo Inari7 Supporting Member of TMP17 Sep 2012 5:15 a.m. PST

Shipping those tiles might be a problem, I could see them breaking very easily in the mail. Are you able to cast in a rubber? (I never cast before so I don't know)

combat wombat17 Sep 2012 5:22 a.m. PST

No brother. The molds are rubber. You can make the plaster tiles with it

Chef Lackey Rich Fezian17 Sep 2012 5:58 a.m. PST

Shipping those tiles might be a problem, I could see them breaking very easily in the mail.

Past experience with similar pieces says there shouldn't be any breakage problems at all as long as they're packed flat and tight and adequately padded. The weight, on the other hand, is likely to be an issue, and I'm not sure how well they'll fit Flat Rate boxes.

John Leahy Supporting Member of TMP17 Sep 2012 7:04 a.m. PST

Impressive. Most Impressive! grin



elsyrsyn17 Sep 2012 8:06 a.m. PST

Selling the molds is a great idea.


John Sowerby17 Sep 2012 9:38 a.m. PST

There's a stunning trench set up going to be at Hurricon next week. This time, I'll take a damn camera and throw images onto the blog.

Rassilon17 Sep 2012 9:41 a.m. PST

Mold prices sound reasonable to me!

What did you pour the above tests with?

mdauben17 Sep 2012 10:07 a.m. PST

Very impressive! Price for the set isn't cheap, but sounds very reasonable for the content.

robertsjf17 Sep 2012 12:00 p.m. PST

I'll take one!

dglennjr17 Sep 2012 1:24 p.m. PST

I'd buy a 6x6 mold.

combat wombat17 Sep 2012 2:42 p.m. PST

I use vagabond resin

BlackWidowPilot Fezian17 Sep 2012 3:40 p.m. PST

Niiice.evil grin

Leland R. Erickson
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artbraune17 Sep 2012 7:05 p.m. PST

@Scotty – Vagabond resin? Wow – you are a brave man! That stuff has a terrible stink when you are first pouring it…

combat wombat17 Sep 2012 7:46 p.m. PST

not the new stuff. they made a new formula this summer. the oderless is awesome.

combat wombat17 Sep 2012 9:20 p.m. PST

turbo lasers



Rassilon17 Sep 2012 9:25 p.m. PST


Panzergruppe18 Sep 2012 3:07 p.m. PST

I think selling molds is a great idea, especially for those residing in lands far away. I would be interested in buying a tile set if it wasn't for the expectation of a prohibitive postage price. Whereas a one off mold purchase and the ability to make my set larger as required is a completely different prospect. Count me in for a 12" mold and a 1/2 dozen towers, airmailed to Downunder.

Panzergruppe18 Sep 2012 3:10 p.m. PST

Theres something wrong with the edit feature!

Oddball20 Sep 2012 4:15 a.m. PST


Great looking trench fight. I built one about 5 years ago. It did not look anywhere near as good as yours. More work than people think to make it look right.

neuropunkstudio01 Mar 2014 2:32 p.m. PST

Real nice guy, so I'm not sure why the product seemed so "rough", but after receiving the tiles, none of the edges matched flush and were so poorly cut that I still have trouble believing they got shipped out like that, even with a disclaimer of items needing finishing and or sanding. Shame.





TheBeast01 Mar 2014 5:53 p.m. PST

Very much mileage varying…

About what I expected; not the kind of work I'd take on, of course. I are a wuss.

But I'd think it could look smashing in the right hands.


Lion in the Stars01 Mar 2014 8:01 p.m. PST

Honestly, that's not a hard fix, Neuropunkstudio. Well, keeping the corners square would be a pain, but not too hard.

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