|Our school vision, writ large at our main entrance.|
|The ribbon reels 'au natural'|
After lots of 'playing around, I added them to a few paper towel rolls/cardboard tubes. I could se was piece of wargames scenery, from one of those dismal dystopian worlds, a chemical complex making deeply noxious poisonous 'gloop'. This would be ideal for HotT (Hordes of the Things) games set in the Weird World War 1 concept.
|The basic cardboard pieces|
I wanted that 'industrial' or 'steampunk' look, which in my head means rivets. So I took some heavy paper, and punctures rivets into it. The idea was that if glued to the 'towers' and vats with the indentations facing inwards, I could create the raised profile of rivets.
|Black paper strips with the indentations created.|
|The first strip glued to a tower.. I often do this with a single piece as 'proof of concept'|
I also rummaged though my spares box looking for 'bits' that I could use to create detail on the components of the industrial complex.
|Oh, and there was a ladder...|
|I painted the 'towers' before assembly. A red brown coat over a black undercoat, with steel grey 'stipple' over the top|
|The pipework was given a pseudo industrial look|
The open vats (the inner parts of those ribbon spools) were filled with 'No More Gaps' to create the 'goop' that filed them. I also added a piece of an aquarium plant. I wanted the idea of a mutant plant grown because of corruption from the chemical goop that was being produced at the plant.
|The new inductrial complex placed alongside an earlier creation made again from 'rubbish' (a piece of packaging, and a ping pong ball|
|The finished piece, with steam/smoke rising from one of the vats|
|Goop leaking from one of the vats|
|A mutant plant growing form a large spill of goop from one of the open vats|
|The terrain piece with a couple of Weird World War 1 pieces, the left a behemoth tank created from another 'ribbon reel'|
|With some 40K orcs|
|And with 40K mutants|
|And with some HotT 20mm Orcs|
So this is me indulging my creative urges. find this absorbing and relaxing, engaging and immensely satisfying. I love this stuff.