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tsofian Sponsoring Member of TMP15 Dec 2017 8:05 a.m. PST

I had originally built a number of 4X4 foam terrain sections for the hive, but they were very hard to transport, so I sold them.

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Last year at Origins I attempted to use fabric over boxes to represent the Hive, but didn't think it looked good

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This year and into next I am building a series of 4X3 sections of foam on plywood with removable surface features to allow the high spires of The Hive to be represented.

The base sections will have metal edges to protect them and allow table skirts to be attacked magnetically. The large vertical sections will also be attached with magnets.

What color should I paint and flock these bases and Hive structures? I had originally done a chalk white color, but think that might not be the way to go this time.

DLIinVSF Inactive Member15 Dec 2017 11:22 a.m. PST

Bravo Sir!

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP15 Dec 2017 1:09 p.m. PST

You should get yourself 3 pieces of cholla wood of different height, paint them* and then, lastly, glue them straight up on a half dome of foam:

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You could put a couple of entrances near the base of the foam dome. Then cover the foam with some PVA "paper mache" and paint the mound to represent uplifted earth or as chewed up dirt (like fire ants do) or chewed tree pulp (like paper wasps do).

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Check out what War Monkey did here with PVA "paper mache":

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Dan
* For the cholla spires or "towers" I would go with a brown base color, then off white and pure white highlights, to make them look like some sun-bleached organic resin or skeletal frame.

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tsofian Sponsoring Member of TMP16 Dec 2017 11:40 a.m. PST

The good thing is I have plenty of pink foam sheeting and a case of "Great Stuff" spray foam. I'm thinking of using the spray stone texture paint but not sure about colors. The cholla wood looks awesome but I'd need a ton of it to make any sort of visual impression on a 3X24 foot table!

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP16 Dec 2017 3:29 p.m. PST

3x24? That's a lot of table!

Dan

tsofian Sponsoring Member of TMP17 Dec 2017 8:06 a.m. PST

That is, Its what I've been running at Origins and Diecon as well. If front of that is the aerial maneuver space through which the human forces must fly to make their aerial landing onto the top of the Hive!

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