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Xintao Supporting Member of TMP23 Jun 2017 11:11 a.m. PST

Another update on our board. We wish we were further along than we are, but we are not in panic mode yet…..yet.


Sanding spackle is one of my least favorite things. I used to be a carpenters helper right out of college. I hate spackling.


Painting begins


Painting foam is a pain in the neck. The paint does not like to get in the small cracks and we have to go back over it again and again.


Making a mold for some buildings Lou has sculpted. We will need about a lot of buildings.


We hemmed and hawed over the river base color for a long time. I think we picked a decent scummy bluish-green color.

We have more pics and write up on my blog:

In case you missed it, Part 1 is here:

Thanks for watching, please feel free to fire away with questions/ comments or helpful advice.


wrgmr123 Jun 2017 11:45 a.m. PST

Looking good!
I found that white glue over the whole top of my Vimy Ridge project made it hard as a rock. While we also put sand on it which made painting hard, had to go over them 2 or 3 times.

Don Manser Inactive Member23 Jun 2017 3:11 p.m. PST

Nice work, Xin!! Can't wait to see it at HCon.

A coat of brushed on white glue also helps the base paint coverage. It seals the foam and fills the little cracks. You can throw some sand onto the glue if you want a little texture. I use a 2 inch roller for the paint.


forwardmarchstudios23 Jun 2017 3:14 p.m. PST

Awesome idea on the houses. Did you use an aggitator or a vaccuum to get the bubbles out? I've been meaning to try something similar myself.

Wargamorium23 Jun 2017 3:56 p.m. PST

This looks fantastic so far. I look forward to the final product.


Micman Supporting Member of TMP23 Jun 2017 4:38 p.m. PST

impressive work. I had not thought about using a router on foam before. Any tips besides not breathing the dust?

Ember52 Supporting Member of TMP23 Jun 2017 4:58 p.m. PST


Xin talks briefly about using mask and Shop vac in his Part 1 blog.


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