Saturday, 21 October 2017

Star Wars Legion - Tatooine Table - Part 7


Two more buildings for the Tatooine gaming table :)


Like the larger cantina / market building from the last post, I decided to make the roofs removable to allow minis to be placed inside...


And here's the second building; 


Until next time :)

Friday, 20 October 2017

Star Wars Legion - Tatooine Table - Part 6


After making towers, I wanted to go back to making a building that would provide some interesting options for in-game mini movement and cover...


I envisage this building to be a cantina or market bizarre, full of shady corners and even shadier characters...


I designed the building so that it each floor could be removed, allowing for access for minis during gaming and opening up the available gaming space. I will magnetise each component to keep the structure rigid during play...


Until next time :)




Thursday, 19 October 2017

Star Wars Legion - Tatooine Table - Part 5


I've made another tower for the Tatooine gaming table...


The inspiration for the design came from the model in the FFG SW Legion demo table, which I belive in turn was inspired by the building in the middle of the SW movie pic below...


I like that the design stands out from the majority of dome topped buildings that are synonymous with Tatooine building design. It certainly has a 'castle tower' feel to it, which makes me wonder whether it's some sort of govermental or garrison type building...


Until next time :)


Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Star Wars Legion - Tatooine Table - Part 4


No Tatooine gaming table would be complete without the addition of a moisture vaporator or two :)


I considered a number of different materials with which to build the vaporators and the one that provided the best solution was.....Lego! :)


A selection of plasticard and bits box pieces were added for final detailing...

Until next time :)





Star Wars Legion - Tatooine Table - Part 3


I had a question on which tools and equipment I've been using to sculpt the Tatooine buildings. One of the most important bits of kit to use is a respirator! These are available in all good DIY stores and start around £15 - £20 for the cheaper ones. They're invaluable for insuring you don't inhale the dust particles that come off the insulation foam when cutting and sanding. I also have a hoover next to me to help clear up all the bits and pieces that collect on the work desk. Alongside the respirator i'd also recommend wearing safety glasses to help limit the dust getting in your eyes...


Sanding wise, I use a 3M sanding block / loose sanding paper and a handy sanding stick! - Basically sand paper wood glued onto a 1cm depth ruler-like lenghth of hard wood. This has proved invaluable for the majority of sanding I've done, providing great control and enabling large flat sweeping sanding, the ability to shape good quality curves, as well as used for more accurate scoring or angled sanding...


In terms of cutting, the retractable knife has done most of the leg work. The foam can blunt blades pretty quickly, so it's worth stocking up on extra blades. Other knifes and saws are also handy for bigger cuts where initial accuracy isn't needed. I've also used a chisel for gouging out unwanted foam as well as smaller files for tidying up any small details, for example, round the door frames...


Cocktail sticks and bamboo skewers have proved really handy for pinning foam pieces in place whilst the glue drys. The rolling pins come in handy for wrapping sandpaper round for creating curves in things like the underside of doorways (and for poking unruly jawas ;)...


And to bring it all together, the trusty wood glue...

Until next time :)






Star Wars Legion - Tatooine Table - Part 2


Been working on a tower building for the Tatooine table...


The inspiration for the design came from the building you can see in the back right of this picture here;


I made the building in 3 stages; top, middle and bottom sanding and smoothing the foam until I was happy with the design and fit. Wood glue is used to attach the pieces together and works really well on this type of material.


To make the domed top, I cut away and sanded the polystrytene ball to around a third and then filled the resulting hole with some scrap foam, sanding the piece down to create a smooth transition. I'll use filler to address any gaps and it should look cool with a base layer of paint applied.

Until next time ;)


Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Star Wars Legion - Tatooine Table - Part 1


Whilst eagerly awaiting the release of FFG's Star Wars Legion, I decided to create some Tatooine inspired terrain...


The space port was constructed out of standard insulation foam. Unlike extruded polystyrene, I find it really good for sanding and shaping, just make sure you where a good quality respirator!


The tissue paper canopy above the stairwell is just a proxy so I can get a flavour for what it will look like when I come to model the final piece...


The next step will be to add in plasticard doorways and other fixtures and fittings...the landing bay in particular will benefit from piping and other gunbins to help bring it to life...

Until next time :)

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