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22 Jan 2021 1:27 p.m. PST
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TheGaffer12 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.

TheGaffer13 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.

TheGaffer14 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.

TheGaffer15 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


TheGaffer16 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.

TheGaffer18 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.


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.

TheGaffer20 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


TheGaffer22 Oct 2017 3:20 p.m. PST

Put the finishing touches on it, and fully assembled the piece. What do you think?




The Priest on the Platform


The back of the Platform

TheGaffer22 Oct 2017 3:22 p.m. PST

Chime in for the winner. Categories: Category 1. Best from Stuff lying around the house. 2. Best use of a CD.

The H Man22 Oct 2017 7:15 p.m. PST

It came out well. I was not sure what you were up to without a tower. At least yours wouldn't blow over when you were taking photos. Yes, it happened early on.

One thing, well two.

I thought the base was meant to be a cd? That is what I thought and others seemed too as well. Did you mean the basis of the structure and not the base of the terrain?

Second. Did you put in stairs or such. Is that rock slab stairs, or is there something I can see in the photos?

Personally, if you stuck yours onto the top of my tower, it would make mine look better. I was not sure what to do up there.

Any late entries out there?

What's up next?

The H Man22 Oct 2017 7:20 p.m. PST

As an after thought. Put a pole in center. And have a cd platform that can slide up and down, like an elevator.

I should point out nothing I used was from a model or kit. I used:

3 cds. 1 cut to shape for the base. 2 for the platform.
A bunch of plastic pegs, for around the platform.
A card tube, cut to length for the tower.
Staples bent for the ladder.
End of a toy gun for the part next to the tower.
Sheets of straight staples for the Armour plates.
Tissue, electric wire, string for growth.
Plastic part of soldering iron for top tower.
Plastic handle part from cardboard box for dish.
2 razer handles for bottom pillars and dish bits.
Lid and nozzle from super glue tube for top light and on top of toy gun.
Pva and super glue and black spray and acrylic paints.

For anyone who cares.

TheGaffer23 Oct 2017 8:30 a.m. PST

Hey H-Man
I originally thought of the CD as a terrain "base" but I had the area terrain piece built for a small temple. There's a round black spot under the tower, so a last minute change by adding some cork board under it to make a raised platform "base"

There is a rhino hatch behind the figure with a ladder going to the upper platform/antenna. It's those horizontal black lines. I should probably add a wash to make it stand out more.

TheGaffer23 Oct 2017 8:32 a.m. PST

I'm thinking some more battle field debris from the 6th or 7th edition rule book. Not sure what yet. Anyone have a suggestion? It can be anything smallish.

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