Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Playing in the dirt...



One final stage remains to complete the construction of the Basilica Canus.  I have to complete the battle damage and glue all the rocks and gravel!

This view focuses on the broken corner where the Raider will go.  You can see that I put a few sheets of metal there, held in place with oxide paste.  I also placed a few pieces of broken vehicle in that location.  I had saved these pieces when I made all the Grotesque bases and the Raider, so that there would be a sense of similarity.

If you look closely, you can see that I took the window cut outs and used that foam to make the broken stones...


As we expand outward, you can see the oxide paste is being used to cover the big sheets of metal on the track...


Expand even further, and you see the whole track now secured with the oxide paste.  The rocks and gravel have been added to the interior.


More oxide paste, more rocks and gravel.  I used the oxide paste to cover any major gaps that might appear on the decorative elements and to secure the metal sheets to the tops of the towers.


Remember the modular construction of the walls?  I did the rocks and gravel on those pieces at this time.  When it came time to paint this, I was incredibly glad I chose that approach!!!!


Another look at the structure as I let everything dry and set.  I thought it was a better idea to let that all settle before I did the final weathering.


Now we have some shots just before the painting would begin.  I took my very sharp exacto knife and made all sorts of blast effects.  If you look at the ruined cathedral posts and the 40k fortress, you will get a good idea of how those pockmarks were made.


It took a while to work my way all around the Basilica. :-)  I also chipped away at corners, attempting to create a pattern where some of the damage was more concentrated than others.


You can see some of the chipping on the front side of the structure in this image.  At long last, it's time to get out those paint brushes!!!!!!!!!!  Stay tuned...



6 comments:

  1. I think it's great that you're taking us through from building to painting to completed. It's great. And what you've done is brilliant.

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    1. I hop you enjoy the posts regarding the painting as well! :-)

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  2. Astounding - you did this in two days before the event??!

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    1. I put the final touches on the board just hours before we left on Wednesday afternoon :-)

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  3. Loving how this is developing, but really excited about the painting stage.

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    1. The first painting post is imminent!

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