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tinned fruit Supporting Member of TMP04 Feb 2022 2:00 a.m. PST

Building number three for Purgatory – this one bringing a bit of class and no doubt the future home of "The Temperance League"





I'm still using the bits rediscovered from a box last opened in 2002.

Next up the two out buildings that I neglected to finish this.

Tomorrow it's back to a long overdue river, some 15mm Afghan compounds in effort to clear the decks to start on Mosul…

More photos on my FB page –

Thanks for looking.


rustymusket04 Feb 2022 4:30 a.m. PST


Greylegion04 Feb 2022 5:31 a.m. PST

Nicely done. I like that build.

Disco Joe04 Feb 2022 6:30 a.m. PST

Looks great.

114th Pennsylvania Supporting Member of TMP04 Feb 2022 6:48 a.m. PST

Looks Great,

What are you using for the basing?
How do you prevent warping of base if wood?

tinned fruit Supporting Member of TMP04 Feb 2022 7:40 a.m. PST


I use 3mm mdf. I apply undiluted PVA on the bottom and paint the top in the base colour which seems to prevent warping. Hope that helps.

Baranovich04 Feb 2022 10:24 a.m. PST

I've found that MDF at 3mm thickness doesn't really warp until the actual piece of MDF reaches a certain size. If you're using a large shape for like terrain, then warping becomes more of an issue.

The reason being is, that like a plywood base MDF needs a certain amount of length and width to enable it to warp in the first place. For instance if you put most 28mm minis. on a 25mm diameter MDF base, the base can't warp because the miniature itself covers most of the surface area of the base. MDF can't bend the metal base of a miniature upward, so the miniature "wins" the warpage battle so to speak, and the base stays flat.

What I generally do, is I make my buildings or terrain come as close as possible to the edges of the MDF. That way the structure on top of the MDF keeps the majorityh of the MDF flat while it's drying, and the little edges of MDF that are left can't warp because it doesn't have surface area to pull it up, if that makes sense.

It's really nothing more than pressure and counter-pressure.

nnascati Supporting Member of TMP04 Feb 2022 6:54 p.m. PST

Are these scratch built or MDF models?

tinned fruit Supporting Member of TMP05 Feb 2022 4:56 a.m. PST

Hi Nick

They are scratch builds with mdf window frames and railing. To me mdf buildings always looks like mdf without a lot of work. However it's perfect for the extras.

nnascati Supporting Member of TMP05 Feb 2022 4:26 p.m. PST

Thanks, now I'm impressed.

Squash at home05 Feb 2022 7:20 p.m. PST

I have had mdf bases warp slightly even when quite small. I tend to use 4mm marine ply for bases. It is a bit harder to work than mdf (power tools are best) but never warps and don't have to worry about so much toxic dust.

Zeelow07 Feb 2022 5:32 p.m. PST


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