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TacticalPainter0102 Jan 2024 6:42 p.m. PST

I find MDF laser cut terrain great for gaming it's light, sturdy and easy to work with. That said it also has a very distinctive look laser cut angles; flat surfaces, and, obvious joins. With a little thought most of those less appealing features can be disguised or hidden and it's not always as difficult as it might look. I recently gave a face lift to a 20mm lift bridge with details on the build in this blog post Facelift for a Lift Bridge



dapeters04 Jan 2024 1:38 p.m. PST

How does this bridge operate?

TacticalPainter0104 Jan 2024 3:36 p.m. PST

How does this bridge operate?

It is a bascule bridge (similar to a castle drawbridge) and relies on counter weights to raise the bridge to allow boats to pass through. This model can do this although I've made it fixed in the down position for a number of reasons, not least of which is keeping it sturdy enough to be used for gaming. More info on bascule bridges here link

Marc33594 Supporting Member of TMP05 Jan 2024 7:22 a.m. PST

Really nice work and what I most appreciate is the fact that most of us could make the changes you so clearly lay out.

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP07 Jan 2024 11:34 a.m. PST

What impresses me is the integrity shown with cross posting. This could have got far more views if you had been less ethical. This merits "Discussion" or "Gallery", if you know how to play the game cynically.

The Firefly is great and the bridge straight out of Attenborough's film in the lower Netherlands.

Learn how to get noticed and to ignore the rules. But only if getting "hits" bothers you though. But I nearly missed this and am glad I did not.

Personal logo Sgt Slag Supporting Member of TMP08 Jan 2024 12:49 p.m. PST

I had a friend make some laser-cut 54mm buildings for my Army Men games, a few years ago. Sadly, we have parted company, and I can no longer rely upon him to provide buildings. It took me a long time to figure out how to make the walls connect, for games, but disconnect for storage. I also needed to figure out how to seal them, quickly, inexpensively, before painting them. By the time I figured all of that out, we had parted ways.

I've been a fan of 40-50 Watt Laser Cutters, for years. Unfortunately, I cannot justify the investment of time, money, and space. It is more practical for me to approach Etsy businesses for my laser-cut MDF needs in the future.

I plan to finish sealing, painting, and building my buildings, within the next several months. I truly want to put together a huge game in my 2nd garage, this Summer, a city streets battle, with troops in upper building floors along several streets! I need more buildings than what I currently have for that, though.

Thanks for inspriring me to get moving on my project… Cheers!

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