Imperial Compound

Imperial Compound

I’ve been asked to build a Star Wars diorama for a friend’s son to display his 3.75″ figures on. So I’m building him an Imperial Compound because nothing is better than the Rebels infiltrating an Imperial compound!

It’s will be 16″ high, two levels plus a rooftop landing platform. Garage and side door entrance and has to be ready in two weeks! I like challenge!

 

 

Building the Scene

So far I’ve cut variation of 14″ high lengths, widths of 6″, 4″ & 3″, cutting out doors and windows. Then gluing this all together as one piece.

 

 

I’ve cut two 10 mm panels (14″ x 9″) and then two 6 mm panels of the same size, glued the 10 mm & 6 mm together for the walls. The cut out the floor on a pieces of 10 mm then glued it onto a piece of 6 mm. Leaving this to dry over night before carrying on.

 

 

I’ve added a platform where a Canon can be mounted and a viewing balcony demonstrated here by Grand Admiral Thrawn.

 

I have added a layer of 6 mm foam board to the inside of the front wall, not only to strengthen but also a guide for the first floor to sit in between.

 

I’ve started to add the detail to the front of the compound, while building up the sides so they aren’t flat walls.

I’ve built a central console for the first floor. With the shape made, I can start adding in the detail before adding a small roof to the structure.

 

I’ve started etching in the panels on the exterior

 

Started etching the central console.

Began working on the underside of the floor. Once that at done I started working on the etchings of the upper floor.

Finished off etching panel work first floor interior, finished the exterior and then started working on the design of the ground floor.
Just need to finish etching the ground floor interior, then I can start building the roof.

Finished etching panelling into the ground the floor.


I’m going to add a couple of lifts into the rear of the model, which will double up as supports for the first floor and roof.

G.I.Joe Armoury

G.I.Joe Armoury

I’ve been commissioned to create an Armoury for the same customer whom I built the Cobra bunker for a couple of years ago.

 

Building the scene

This piece is made from foam insulation board, the base, walls and the steps I have used 10 mm foam board.  The basic structure is there, time to build upon this before adding LEDs and casting weapons.

 

I placed magnets in the walls to hold it together. Using two strips I have separated the armory into three sections, in between the strips are three more panels which I will mounts weapons onto before fixing them into place.

 

Shaping the partitions to not look like slabs of foam, I then scored in 2″x2″ tiles into the floor. In each of the partition wall I will be casting weapons, at the moment I’m just getting an idea of how they will be placed.

 

I made 8 small holes in the roof and slid in 8 leds.

 

I’ve built a cover to hide the LEDs, cables and battery pack. I’ve placed a Cobra emblem over the centre, when painted will become a permanent fixture.

 

With the overall build done, now it is time to shaping and making it look like an 80’s cartoon Cobra armoury.

Using pottery carving tools to score into the foam and spiking holes into the foam on the back wall.

 

Casting Weapons

I am using blu-stuff to make molds of the weapons. I’m only making half cast because these will be permanently fixed to walls.

Made a few more molds before making the first batch of weapons. The plan is to make at least three batches of weapons to fill out this armoury.

 

I’ve put together a variety of cobra weapons spanning the years, I think you can guess who or what year they have come from.

 

I made two more batches of weapons and with some left over resin, I made another Cobra symbol.

 

With the extra weapons I am able to fill the walls. My client has requested that I leave space on one of the walls so he is able hand some removable weapons.

 

Now I’ve completed the casting I can start painting.

Painting

Black undercoat applied to the model

 

To begin with, I am base coating this model with a medium grey.

The rack walls with white and the guns with a coat of GWs Leadbelcher

 

 

Base coated the inside of the walls, second coat for the rack walls.

 

I’ve used Games Workshops Nuln Oil over each of the guns and a touch of Steel Drab on the three shotguns.

Base coat complete.

 

I have dry brushed Games Workshops Necron Compound over all surfaces except for the rack walls. Glued six of the guns into place and just in the process of arranging the back wall.

 

 

Instead of gluing the guns into place, I’ve been asked to add pegs for the guns to sit on.

 

The pegs are made from wooden toothpicks, cut down to size. To paint them, I’ve stuck them into a piece of foam board and sprayed them black.

 

Final Pictures

 

 

 

 

Commissioned Building

Commissioned Building

After taking a couple of weeks off from Comic Con it’s time to start back up again and what a project to start off with. My sister contacted recently to tell me that my 7 year old nephew has started to get into Spider-Man and wondered if I could build him a play-set for him for Christmas (yes I said that horrible word!).  I decided to construct a building for 6” figures, which will be double sided, with roof for him to play with.  By the time I am done with this, he is going to love it!  To start with, I am using insulation foam board for the overall construction.

 

 

I started preparing the external brick work. Drawing out each one on the boards surface, making them a half an inch in height and one inch in length, before taking a pointed tool to scored them onto the board. After all three external wall were marked, the window and doors were cut out.

I completed marking out the internal brick work to match the external. Then cut a single piece of foam board to be the foundation of the raised ground floor, which will be accomplished using bolsa wood for the floor.

Because I’m an awesome uncle I even went out and purchased a Spider-Man Homecoming figure which will accompany this set.

I got on with developing the ground the floor, using a bolsa wood block strips for the beams with flat sheets laid on top, then made it look like floor boards. Over the weekend I will be nailing the together, use a wire brush to add wood lines and remove any splinters then add 4 beams on each corner to which I will be putting the next floor on. To tidy up the back so my nephew doesn’t get underneath floor I have cut a strip of foam board.

 

Started creating the first floor by sticking bolsa wood onto a sheet of foam board. Four beams at 7.1 inch tall, to which where glued to the each corner of the ground floor and then nailed down. Afterwards ground floor was then glued and nailed onto the three foundation beams. The first floor was then glued and nailed into position.
Next I will start the roof before any painting and gluing all pieces into place.

 

I have finally managed to get the roof on, its all held together with masking tape but its on!  Using insulation board, I cut various lengths to build up the rooftop.  My nephew is only 7  so I have tried to design this with as much access and freedom for him, that any boy needs for a play-set.

 

Next I need to build the fire escape, front and side steps and then sidewalk.  Not forgetting the glue and paint!

 

I started working on the fire escape. Using bolsa wood for the base of the platform, then cutting strips of bamboo cans of 3.5” and placing them equal spacing along the platform. Once in place I cut two strips of bolsa wood to act as a railing, making sure the wholes where lined up and slotted the bamboo bars into the railings.

As you can see it slots into place perfectly. I now need to add a couple of braces under the platform to brace it against the wall, sand it down and glue all the pieces into place.