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Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP19 Jun 2013 5:18 p.m. PST

I'm really inspired by what Gungnir has been developing for his fantasy games, and I truly feel that such a project could be very useful for 15mm for either Post Apocalyptic, Lost World (for Pirates and even Victorians) and even an Alien Swamp Planet setting (for survivors of a crash landing).

Check it out:





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For it to work for 15mm, I imagine that the beams would have to be much thinner than toothpicks, right?
Or would it be best to simply use balsa and then score the surface with teeny tiny lines?




Personal logo MrHarold Sponsoring Member of TMP19 Jun 2013 5:37 p.m. PST

What if you used plasticard tubes… paint it like metal.

Just cut the rods to length and superglue… it'll look like welds.

I would then do the diamond texture for the floors, or even wood like the link.

It's a very cool project.

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP19 Jun 2013 6:32 p.m. PST

I'm been thinking of a hangout for PA Pirates:


Perhaps near a flooded urban center, after a massive rise in sea levels due to a global ice melt:



Chef Lackey Rich Fezian Inactive Member19 Jun 2013 6:42 p.m. PST

Wonder if you couldn't use those plastic "goblin town" bits from GW's Hobbit range as the basis for something similar in 28mm? They're stupidly expensive (big shock) at retail, but last I looked you could get them fairly cheap on ebay from people trying to recoup money from buying the boxed set.

Easy enough and cheaper to do with craft sticks in that scale as well, but saving time can be worth paying extra sometimes.

Personal logo MrHarold Sponsoring Member of TMP19 Jun 2013 6:47 p.m. PST

Have you seen these?




Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP19 Jun 2013 7:17 p.m. PST

Wow! Add a few spaceship wreckage bits and that would be fantastic as a crash-land survivor platform camp.


joemethius Inactive Member19 Jun 2013 7:26 p.m. PST

I don't think toothpicks are too thick for 15mm, and FWIW it looks like he is using cut up skewers which are much thicker than toothpicks. I imagine those kinds of support structures are built with whatever logs are available anyways. They could be 3" or 12" thick, depends whatever is sitting around. Might be good to have toothpicks, skewers, cut up popsicle sticks etc. so you can build with a variety of sized beams.

Jakar Nilson19 Jun 2013 7:45 p.m. PST

Are you going to add shanties on top of the piers? And a crane? You need a crane to dump those mutants into the water!

28mmMan Inactive Member19 Jun 2013 8:05 p.m. PST


Always a fun topic :)

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP19 Jun 2013 9:48 p.m. PST

LOL. Yep. always a fun topic.

And, asI always say, if you believe in global warming, put your miniatures where your mouth is.


War Monkey19 Jun 2013 10:16 p.m. PST

Who is to say that on a swamp planet that there are not large trees, could have a crane that is used to put them in place



So as far as how big around the poles are wouldn't really matter then.
All that matters then is the size of the planking then

War Monkey19 Jun 2013 10:51 p.m. PST

Fake fur for thatched roof
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And use the straw from an old straw broom for the walls just cut them away from the broom and glue flat to card stock


Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP27 Jun 2013 3:43 p.m. PST

And Gungnir keeps amazing us with his work …

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Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP17 Feb 2014 5:58 p.m. PST

Gungnir has made towers now!

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If anyone is into paper … check this out:

War Monkey17 Feb 2014 9:21 p.m. PST

It just gets better and better. I need to find more time to do stuff like that, one more thing on the to do list(some day)

Lfseeney Inactive Member17 Feb 2014 9:32 p.m. PST

Those Crusty buildings are great.

Gaz004518 Feb 2014 12:39 a.m. PST

MadMechaGuy has some mdf barges that would make a great 'village' base for this type of 'Waterworld'…(aka Somerset)

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP18 Feb 2014 2:56 a.m. PST

Madmechaguy's landing craft looks great too:


Infojunky was also working on something along those lines. Not sure if he has finished it yet:

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AWuuuu Inactive Member18 Feb 2014 7:51 a.m. PST

I love this kind of terrain, I have one doubt though. Will it be strong enough to survive in 15mm.

Working on my archaeological dig I finished to sets of frames for a lift shaft from toothpicks (with aded cord for both strength and more fieldwork look) but i fear they will be broken in no time during a game..

Thats why i was considering GoblinTown from GW Hobbit franchise, but its damn pricey !

War Monkey18 Feb 2014 1:42 p.m. PST

I really like his draw bridge and other things he has going there, which gives me some other ideas.

If you feel you need to add strength to it, all you need to do is add nylon or cotton thread of your color choice to the joint areas as lashing then glue the lashing I think that would give it a better look, I think a stain would work really well as well.

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP07 Apr 2017 12:53 p.m. PST

War Monkey,

Any recent progress with your project?

PS. By the way, check this out:
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War Monkey07 Apr 2017 5:39 p.m. PST

No, I haven't manage to do any thing with it scene last year, been having four letter word things getting in my way like work, life and wife, yeah heavy on the wife part and the honey do list. Plus my game room has become the temporary storage room until I finish all the built in bookcases one in the living room, one in the family room and one in the dining room, so I can get the room unpacked yet again. Until then I'll just keep adding to the lead mountain. evil grin

P.S. Thanks for the link that table is awesome! A closer look at the mat and it looks great!

War Monkey07 Apr 2017 9:05 p.m. PST

I want to do a kind of a mix of my "Barge Town" and "The Last Ship", I have a stencil cut out one for a container ship which is 45 inches long and a stencil for a destroyer, I have the pink foam board to cut out using the stencil, just haven't had the time.

I thought the container ship would be a kind of cool central point for the "Barge Town" project or a stand alone ship.

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP08 Apr 2017 1:24 p.m. PST

OMG. Do you have space for gaming with such a huge ship?


War Monkey08 Apr 2017 9:11 p.m. PST

Well I figured I could have a table that could be 4x6 feet and still be more then able to move around it fairly well, or it could be 4x8 feet and will just not to be able to go around one end and that end would just be up against the wall so if both were on the table the they could lay across the table just fine.

I just need the time to do so. I have all the plans drawn out on paper with all the measurements and all. Will have a week off here at the end of the month hopefully I can use some of that time to do some of these things.

War Monkey08 Apr 2017 9:18 p.m. PST

In addition I have ordered heads wearing ball caps from Peter Pig (some new stuff he put out on his site) will be swapping some heads out with Peter Pig's Marines with the ball cap ones to make up a small group of armed Navy deck hands, will try to paint them looking like they're wearing the digital camouflage with black combat gear.

Plus I plan to update the Marines and some Army to a little more modern and some additional head swaps. It's the main plan for my week off just waiting for them to arrive in the mail any day now.

Will post pictures of all the modifications and finial paints as well.

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP22 Apr 2017 4:15 p.m. PST

I also ordered some heads, but they were the conical straw hats typically seen in Asia.

I figured that, if the poles were to suddenly melt, people will have to rush to higher ground and will have to migrate in the weirdest ways, and the odd cultural mix will show in some areas. Not Waterworld, but interesting nonetheless. :)


War Monkey22 Apr 2017 8:32 p.m. PST

Nice! Can't wait to see your mix culture of humans.

Peter Pig has some great stuff I used the WWI Dough Boys heads to turn a hand full of Rebel Minis Police into State Troopers.

So I got some of the ball caps, I also got some with Boonie hat plus some with British Berets which wear the same way a US troops so I figured it would give me slightly different looks using the same figures,

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP23 Apr 2017 12:49 p.m. PST

If your village is in the cold areas of the world, like a half-thawed Antarctica, perhaps this is the look:



PS. If all the ice in Antarctica melted:


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Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP23 Apr 2017 1:16 p.m. PST

Back to the floating village PA topic …

This is cool:



But if one must venture into the urban ruins, these will come very handy between flooded buildings, to avoid all the sharp and pointy objects lurking just beneath the surface:










War Monkey23 Apr 2017 9:22 p.m. PST

Interesting stuff there Dan!

I think I may have found a way to make corrugated tin! And lots of it cheaply which may have been the Cosmos way of slowing me down on my "Barge Town" project which I will post the results of making this tin this week.

TheBeast Supporting Member of TMP24 Apr 2017 10:53 a.m. PST

I miss the spacers we used to get; corrugated cardboard, but the glued-on flat on only one side. Nice tight corrugations, still big for 15mm, but plausible at 28mm.


MiniMetalMayhem Inactive Member24 Apr 2017 1:39 p.m. PST

I had some ideas for scenarios based on Stephen Baxter's novel "Flood" a while back.

The Scene has lots of excellent water craft available!

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP24 Apr 2017 4:51 p.m. PST


This sampan was a lot of fun to make:




Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP26 Apr 2017 5:43 a.m. PST

Hey War Monkey,

You better hurry up,with your barge town: :)

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Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP26 Apr 2017 6:38 a.m. PST

I would either print my platforms or use textured sheet styrene. Print wood or metal and just glue to mat board or similar.

I've been wanting to do something similar in a Tree World vein….sort of an Avatar/Lothlorien kind of thing.

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP19 May 2017 10:37 a.m. PST

I can see this working over water or a swamp, or even as a treehouse platform, right?




War Monkey19 May 2017 2:27 p.m. PST

Yeah! That's totally doable, I have just figures out how to make corrugated tin sheets that look right for scale, using aluminum foil, paper, wood glue and a spring!

The first test looks really promising.

I'm working on a small building now, when done I'll have to primer spray it, before finial painting.

I hope to post the result soon.


Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP19 May 2017 7:13 p.m. PST

"using aluminum foil, paper, wood glue and a spring"

Seriously? Got links to pictures of what that ends up looking like?

PS. Would these be too far apart?

War Monkey19 May 2017 8:31 p.m. PST

Yeah those might be a little to far apart, using a spring like the one that was on grandma's screen door.

So you lay down the paper smear an even layer of wood glue on the paper then set the aluminum foil on top of the paper and use the spring like a rolling pin, use small sections of paper and foil big sections or whole sheets will wrinkle up and fold overs and just a wasted mess,

speaking of a mess as you roll the spring all the extra glue will ooze out at the end so be ready for that.

So after letting it dry I cut them in 1 inch by 1/2 inch and they look great, they also seem to take a beating as well, I have to press my thumb nail in a little hard for it to leave a mark.

I will be using auto spray primer with them, like I have mentioned earlier I'm working on a small building using them for the roof for now.

Will post just as soon as I can, all of the results.


Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP24 May 2017 5:31 p.m. PST


Check this out:



I guess one could also connect a few semi-submerged buildings into a (Waterworld-like "atoll") fort complex of sorts.


War Monkey24 May 2017 9:36 p.m. PST

One could connect a couple of hill tops or buildings that would add some interesting terrain.

I will have to look into something along lines.

Thanks for the link there as well some real interesting stuff.

Thanks Dan

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