Tuesday, March 5, 2013

More than a snow fort: Part 1

On a day where 6-10 inches of the super heavy (and ideal fort building) snow is falling, it's time to show some pictures of a 40k fortification I have been working on.

The idea is that this would be modular, so that it could be placed on the table several different ways.

I began by cutting out some pieces of 1 inch pink foam, as this would be just about high enough to cover most of a typical space marine.

The multi level pillbox was relatively easy to create with a few key beveled edges to reflect the design of the walls.

I cut the longer pieces in half so that each piece could be placed around the pillbox and the gate (which you will see in the next post.

I carefully cut out the opening for the pillbox on the lower end, and made a platform on the top which would also be just tall enough to cover most of a space marine.

Here you can get and idea of how the various pieces will be fitting together.  Since the angled cuts almost always leave a rough edge, I had to use something to cover that.

So, I used some of those cereal boxes to make some nice flat pieces to cover the rough areas.  Note: once those are glued on, you will want to use some painter's tape to hold down the edges as the glue dries.  The paper will want to curl as the moisture evaporates.

I cut out a piece of deck plating for the platform on the pillbox.

A strip of foam core was placed on top to complete the height of the pillbox.

Stay tuned for the next exciting episode!!!


  1. I'm sure you have your own way of doing it already, but I have found that spackle is great to add to the walls because it fills gaps, and gives the wall a nice concrete texture. I'm working on a bunker, and I just put the spackle right over the styrofoam (it was the packing kind with the visible beads, so it really needed something over it. I think spackle has different names in different countries, so I added a link to a photo of that helps. It's just a light gap filler for drywall and things like that.
    I'm looking forward to seeing the finished bunker!


    1. Many thanks for that link!

      However, in the following stages, you will see why I used the paper :-)

      There were some fine details that I wanted to glue on there, such as rivets and icons, etc...

  2. Well that makes sense then. I'm looking forward to seeing it, and maybe it will be something that I can apply to my bunker whenever I get around to finishing it.

    1. Yes, hopefully there are a few tidbits here that you can use on your bunker!

      I will be making some concrete style bunkers, which is where the oxide paste (or spackle) will be generously applied!