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TheTerrainTutor Inactive Member03 Jan 2018 3:38 p.m. PST

Hi All,

Started work on a set of modular trenchlines, it measures up at 8ft long and it's design to sit against a long table edge.

Based on MDF and made out of Jablite HD Expanded Polystyrene ….

The slope was then bevelled and sanded so it had a 3:1 slope so models can be placed on it …

Then I added a concrete pillbox made out of the same polystyrene with a few creative cuts …

I've still got some gap filling and texturing to do on the bunker but that's a later stage. Next up I blended and firmed up the edges with filler …

I've just started adding blast craters to the slopes and I'll be detailing up the actual trenches once I've got those done.

Hope you like it so far folks.

Cooldude03 Jan 2018 3:59 p.m. PST

Looks great Mel!

Lion in the Stars03 Jan 2018 4:17 p.m. PST

very nice!

Personal logo ochoin Supporting Member of TMP03 Jan 2018 10:07 p.m. PST

Mel is my internet inspiration.

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP04 Jan 2018 3:30 a.m. PST

Fantastic! I can't wait to see the next report.


Jozis Tin Man04 Jan 2018 9:44 a.m. PST

Anyone know where I can get this in the US? Looking but cannot find it. Thanks for posting!

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP04 Jan 2018 10:04 a.m. PST

Well, the terrain piece is not finished yet, and it's probably a special commission job he's doing for someone else.

PS. If you mean the material, I think it's a UK brand of expanded polystyrene (EPS), the beaded stuff.

Jozis Tin Man04 Jan 2018 11:07 a.m. PST

Ahhhh, I just didn't look hard enough. Going to do a 10mm Trench terrain board and this might be the best material.

TheTerrainTutor Inactive Member04 Jan 2018 3:59 p.m. PST

Cheers Guys!

Work progresses, first I gap filled and textured up the pillbox using a coat of filler …

After that, I used DAS molding clay to beef up the rims of craters …

Next up, I added the barbed wire stakes using cocktail sticks, these will be trimmed down later in the build. It's a bit spikey at the moment …

After that, I added the substructure for the fire step …

And finally building the earthworks of the ramparts using DAS again and lollipop sticks for the fire slots …

So that's where it is now, I'll be tackling detailing the trench interior tomorrow, I'll post some more pics once I get home.

Hope you liked the update :-)

Personal logo COL Scott ret Supporting Member of TMP04 Jan 2018 11:40 p.m. PST

Nice as always Mel.

Phil the french06 Jan 2018 8:08 a.m. PST

Inspired and wonderful job!

olddat Supporting Member of TMP11 Jan 2018 9:18 p.m. PST

Very well done! Can't wait for the finished product. Could you place some models in it for size comparison?

Borderguy19004 Apr 2018 9:48 p.m. PST

Fantastic terrain Mel! Lots of detail and playability.

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