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TheGaffer Supporting Member of TMP12 Oct 2017 9:21 p.m. PST

Ok Guys, Lots of great terrain pics come up on the various threads. I'd like to build some things for my table, But if you're like me, I need a goal to work on projects. So how about a little competition of some simple terrain projects? One easy terrain project about every 10 days. The theme will be announced on Thursday/Friday and we will have till the following Monday (two weekends) to complete. Hopefully guys will be finishing in a couple of nights as these are meant to be fairly simple projects. First up. A communications array for your army. Of course you can enlist a regular opponent to do one for his army too. Parameters: (1) use a CD/DVD disc as the base. (2) a ladder or steps to an elevated platform. (3) be at least six inches high. Tomorrow evening, gather your materials from whatever is lying about the house and your bits box. Post pics of your progress on your blog or in this thread. Who is in?

Neal Smith13 Oct 2017 8:42 a.m. PST

Hmmmm… I've been 3D printing something like a "control building" that might work…

Interesting idea!

leidang13 Oct 2017 8:44 a.m. PST

I'm out right away due the CD for a base requirement. I hate the perfectly round base look for terrain.

Neal Smith13 Oct 2017 10:45 a.m. PST


How about "something no bigger than the area covered by a CD", or something?

kallman13 Oct 2017 3:00 p.m. PST

Like the others stated I dislike the CD for a base, plus not having any laying about that I would I want to sacrifice for said project. Other than that I am game for the challenge.

TheGaffer Supporting Member of TMP13 Oct 2017 8:00 p.m. PST

CD sized base it is. My meaning was that the CD would be the base of the array to give enough room for a platform above. But, hey! Make what works for your terrain set. Just have an antenna or two on it.

TheGaffer Supporting Member of TMP14 Oct 2017 3:11 p.m. PST

Picked through my bits boxes last night and this morning. Then cleaned and primed some parts. We'll be putting progress up on our blog: The Corvus Cluster link


The H Man14 Oct 2017 7:11 p.m. PST

Sounds like fun. I think a budget of, say $10 USD (if you were to buy all the suff for it) should be included. I see no point in spending $50 USD plus on a box of sprues for this comp.

As for the cd. Leidang failed right out the gate. If you dont like it round, just trim it to an uneven shape. You will need to think faster than that to make an impression.

And if you don't have one available ask a friend or at a thrift shop for a scratched one. Failing that just trace one on card and cut it out.

Enough complaining.

TheGaffer Supporting Member of TMP15 Oct 2017 4:07 p.m. PST

Look forward to seeing your version H-Man.

The H Man15 Oct 2017 7:05 p.m. PST




Work in progress. All scratch built.

Leidang should note the base, thanks for the idea. I just scored the disk with a sharp blade and then snapped it. Did that several times. The disc separated at the edges but super glue saw to that. Then I just used sand paper to smooth off the edge. Easy.

They are pegs around the top. And two more cds. Bent staples for the ladder.

I think it needs more stuff then sand and paint.

Centurio Prime16 Oct 2017 6:01 a.m. PST


TheGaffer Supporting Member of TMP16 Oct 2017 3:17 p.m. PST

The ladder is a great idea. I'm gonna steal it!

The H Man16 Oct 2017 8:20 p.m. PST



Super glued on bits of electrical wire for vines. Used watered down pva to glue on tissue and string for growth and vines. The Armour plating is sheets of straight staples for photocopiers or other electric staplers. They have a nice look.

Painting is next.

ps. If you leave the soaked tissue a few minutes you can use a pointed tool to poke cut and sculpt it. This makes it look less paper like and blends it on like growth attaching it self to the structure.

TheGaffer Supporting Member of TMP18 Oct 2017 2:54 p.m. PST

This is the basic assembly. It's in the paint box for a black primer coat. Will start putting it together tomorrow once the paint dries.


TheGaffer Supporting Member of TMP18 Oct 2017 3:17 p.m. PST


The H Man18 Oct 2017 4:56 p.m. PST

Looking good.

We are in a two horse race it appears.

Come on people. It's not that hard.

The H Man20 Oct 2017 5:14 a.m. PST




Well I think that's me done. The growth is greener in reality.

I should have cut the lower half off of the pegs, so they wouldn't look so peggy. Oh well. I am otherwise happy with how it turned out.

TheGaffer Supporting Member of TMP20 Oct 2017 5:35 p.m. PST

Very well done and you beat me to the finish. I'm hoping to have mine completed in the morning, but may need Sunday for some final touches. link


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