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Collins Does End Is Nigh Terrain Challenge

Collins Does End Is Nigh Terrain Challenge

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About the Project

As I am deep into Star Wars Legion and am now making little incidental items of terrain for it I might as well have a punt at making some input into this competition! I plan to make the Massassi Ruins, or at least part of it from Star Wars. Many of you will recognise this as the original Rebel Base from A New Hope. I feel that this fits in with the theme of the challenge in many ways. Firstly the Death Star approaching Yavin IV does indeed symbolise that the end is nigh for the Rebellion (or is it!) but the whole site has seen a number of apocalypses in its time, firstly the Massassi people and then the Sith (and then the crew of the Death Star, oops, sorry, SPOILERS!) more can be found out about the temple HERE

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Tester for the temple

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So whilst my foam runway continues to dry I’ve started on making a simple temple section. I would really like feedback on how this looks people as I’m not convinced with my outcome yet.

I’m taking inspiration from the temples in Peru for these purely because I’ve been there, granted Inca is not Myan but stillI’m taking inspiration from the temples in Peru for these purely because I’ve been there, granted Inca is not Myan but still
Used a biro to mark my pattern Used a biro to mark my pattern
Should have used an old empty biroShould have used an old empty biro
Tester for the temple

So to add some detail

first I cut and glued using hot glue gun and then I washed the paper off the foam board. I recommend that if you do this you wash the paper off first and then glue it, will save you time and glue.

then I took a biro and drew on a pattern of smooth nitted rocks that are typical in Inca holy temples (very impressive, go look at some!)

then using cheap tester pots of paint from wilkos I painted a base colour and dry brushed highlights.

after that i made a wash using cheap brown paint and water which I splashed on all over. The idea being for it to pool in the recesses. It didn’t work as well as a proper shade but hey, this is terrain!

after the (heavy) wash I needed to bring back my original colour choices so that involved drybrushing the wilko paint back on.

finally I made a brown green wash with cheap paint and washed that onto the bottom of the piece and made splotches in other areas on the sides and top.

 

what do you think of it? I think it’s too brown, I’m thinking a yellow or sepia shade would have been better

Let’s make a runway and staging area

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So my life took over my time recently and I haven’t had time to make much progress on this project. I am not going to be getting it done in time for the end of the month. Still I shall carry on anyway as I plan to keep improving the tables at the FLGS.
For this section I planned to make this a removable piece so it could be used on several boards or removed all together. I started this with a piece of 3×3 foam that is only 1/2 inch thick. Its the same stuff Lloyd has used for a lot of his VLOGS just a lot thinner. I started by getting some cheap black paint and putting it in a bucket / washing up bowl (an old one so the wife doesn’t murder me) with some water. I then plunged the foam into the watery dark abyss. Its now sat out in the garden drying out.

3x3 is a big area. I am worried about it not sitting flat when I’m done.3x3 is a big area. I am worried about it not sitting flat when I’m done.
Patchy base colour. Also look at my poor lawn! The summer has killed it!Patchy base colour. Also look at my poor lawn! The summer has killed it!

How does the table look so far?

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I think the scatter terrain looks good atm. The base on the mini shield generators is too big I feel so that might get redone.

the trees are just what the FLGS has on the tables at the moment, they are the worst scale in the world for legion but are good representations of woods for games. They will need changing for this as they aren’t jungly enough. Too much like a deciduous woodland.

Hmm this is a good find in the cupboard! Good for inspiration of the temple!Hmm this is a good find in the cupboard! Good for inspiration of the temple!

Making things grubby

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If anything stays in the jungle longer than 5 minutes then something else starts living on it.

as such I’ve started adding dirt and grime to this storage tank to make it look a bit more interesting.

the first thing I did was to add a brown wash to areas I thought would collect dirt, eg the top pooling area, certain side bits and the a few good streak marks. I then did the same in a more gentle fashion with a grime type paint (typhus corrosion). To make really dirty bits.

after that i used a green wash to add the effect of moss or general green plants starting to grow on the tank. Once it was all dry I protected it with Matt varnish and added two types of flock concentrating on using the darker shade and some small rocks.

finally I decided to make the tank have a small leak, could lead to some explosive fun in game if I so wished! The paint I used for this was nikolide oxide, a bright green technical paint, I was heavy handed about it too.

Making things grubby
Making things grubby
Star Wars fuel is bright green apparently Star Wars fuel is bright green apparently

Initial stages of painting the storage tank

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Initial stages of painting the storage tank

This has been painted in the same way as the fuel canisters at this point but I’ve had to beef up the details. A big grey board will look awfully dull. I decided to add a big red stipe around the midriff of it. Nothing says don’t shoot at this like a big red stripe. Well, according to Star Wars anyway.

Did you know that the reason the Tantive IV (Leia’s ship at beginning of episode IV) is painted red is that red is a warning colour. In Star Wars diplomats are protected and anyone who shoots upon them shall suffer the wrath of the ruling government. Sensor scans etc will also give you this warning but ships were also painted red as a visual reminder. (Or at least that’s the fluff reason) more info can be read here on the consular class cruiser wookieepidia page

Storage Tanks

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At large ports and airports you will always find large fuel storage containers. The base on Yavin will be no different and in this endeavour I’m reusing some plastic that would only end up in the bin or recycling. It will serve a much greater purpose as a fuel storage container I feel!

One old banana nesquick milkshake powder tubOne old banana nesquick milkshake powder tub
Random plasticard tubing I had lying around to represent delivery pipes or something Random plasticard tubing I had lying around to represent delivery pipes or something
Plugged the ends with DAS modelling clay. Details/disguising will be painted over this to hide itPlugged the ends with DAS modelling clay. Details/disguising will be painted over this to hide it

Fuel the Beast!

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As this board is going to contain effectively a runway it stands to reason that some of the scatter terrain for it can be fuel related. If the Solo movie taught us anything it is that fuel is just as important a resource in the Star Wars Universe as it is in this one!

Sadly the fuel seen in Solo just doesn’t make good scatter terrain, it’s way too small. But never fear! Star Wars Rebels (tv show) to the rescue!

C1-10P ‘Chopper’ by a canister of Rhydonium C1-10P ‘Chopper’ by a canister of Rhydonium

Rhydonium canisters seem to be perfect for scatter terrain! Just need to come up with  method of making these. My mind went to greenstuff and plastic tubing but after researching things online I found I didn’t need to make them

Thankfully somebody has already done all the hard work for us and uploaded it to thingiverse. Thank you to the original modeller, you’ll save me a lot of time.

My friend was kind enough to print 5 of them for me. Print time was apparently 30mins per canisterMy friend was kind enough to print 5 of them for me. Print time was apparently 30mins per canister
The final painted itemsThe final painted items

The paints used for this are dead simple and it was mostly drybrushed

Mechanicus Standard Grey

Russ Grey

Fenrisian Grey

Necron Compound

Then a Nuln Oil wash and highlights with two types of red (can’t remember which now but a dark and a really light)

1:100 is a straight no go

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what I havewhat I have
what I hoped forwhat I hoped for

So will 1:72 look naff or not?

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with the delivery of the starfighters the only way to know whether they will be of any use to my project or not is to just build them and hope for the best.

not a good sign!!not a good sign!!
hmmm perhaps the person in the model y-wing is overly small.hmmm perhaps the person in the model y-wing is overly small.
Yeah so it is noticeably smallerYeah so it is noticeably smaller
but I think I might be able to get away with it. remember, I want representations!but I think I might be able to get away with it. remember, I want representations!

So the Y-Wing is noticeably smaller which is a shame. I will continue with the build and problem solve but I don’t think I’ll be buying more of this kind of model for now. I am not looking forward to building the U-Wing. That might get ‘crashed’ and turned into a scatter piece that way. shame really, the models were cheap but not cheap enough to be such a failure without a sting.

Pants!

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sizing issuessizing issues

so the U-Wing it turns out is 1:100….pants!!!

Planning Stage

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So lets put pen to paper (or stylus to tablet) and come up with a plan.

below is a top down view for what I hope to achieve

hmmm, that looks familiarhmmm, that looks familiar

on the left hand side of the image you can see a green area, I plan to make use of the previously mentioned swamp mat for this area and then have some trees. The FLGS has some trees but they are very deciduous and not at all jungly so I might have to make some specially. not sure how to achieve this though so some thought might be required.

On the right in yellow you can see a section of the temple. I do not plan to make this full scale (thats mad) as this will be a themed board I think a representation will be more than enough. in other places you can see yellow structures. These are representations of other smaller towers from the massessai culture which have been reclaimed by the jungle etc. the point of them is to keep the theme of old clashing with new running across the table.

In the middle you can see a big grey area. this is the main landing pad area outside the temple. In the pictures and film this appears to be made of Ferrocrete (Star Wars Concrete) slabs or blocks. Im not entirely sure how I will achieve this big blanket area in a way that looks good and is easy to store and change to different tabletops, desert, city, planes etc. Entry on that soon.

Scattered across the landing pad I have drawn ammo boxes, fuel containers, emplacements and other landing pad detritus. Star Wars has very specific requirements for their fuel and ammo boxes so may need to buy or have them made. We shall see. In addition to this scatter I have drawn a couple of Starfighters. A U-Wing and a Y-Wing. I have found some cheapish 1:72 scale child’s toys for this on the internet. I know the scale of legion is 1:48 or 1:52 but after a discussion on facebook which came back with mixed reactions to different scales I have decided that I’ll give them a punt. At the end of the day, they need to LOS blockers rather than 100% sized perfections! Representation is key I feel.

I have also drawn some circular towers, most notably on the temple and boundary of the jungle. These are planned to be defence towers, specifically the a DF.9 Anti Infantry Tower. These appear to be extensively used by the rebellion as base defences, see the cross sectional picture and the historical documentary “The Empire Strikes Back” for the Battle of Hoth scenes. I don’t plan to make these game playable pieces as they will all face one way (away from the temple, obviously) but they can be great cover.

when all this is put together I am convinced that it fits with the terrain challenge. The Battle of Yavin was almost the end of the Rebellion (with one swift stroke). I can imagine the whole base being extremely tense and apprehensive. Arming up starfighters for the upcoming battle or maybe after the battle during the abandonment of the facility. The Empire clearly would not just sit and let the Rebels run away. The loss of the Death Star was a massive embarrassment for the Empire, they would swiftly deploy a fleet to pulverise the base. Perhaps the Rebels are halfway through packing up and refuelling the final starships and freighters when the Imperial ground assault has happened. There is so much appeal to this last ditch rearguard action to get the last ships out the system, the troops are desperate, as their hope, dreams and personal existence’s end is nigh…

Research Stage

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As with any random idea that comes into your mind the best thing to do is

  • Write it down – done
  • Research it – doing it
  • Plan it
  • Realise the dream
  • “Save the dream” – Saw Gerrera

A lot of information about Yavin IV base can be found on Wookieepedia from both Canon and Legends timelines.

I don’t think im going to make a full temple as its huge (see below image) however I think it would be awesome to make a section of it, or a ‘runway outpost’ type part of it.

The great temple really is a great big temple! I'll never be able to make it properly and have gaming space left overThe great temple really is a great big temple! I'll never be able to make it properly and have gaming space left over

So given that its huge shall we look at sections of it that could make excellent gaming areas.

Below is a cross section/cut away of it and it perfectly demonstrates just how large this thing is. In the bottom left of the underground hanger you can see two GR-75 Medium Transports, that are 90 metres in length. You may remember these ships as one of them bounced off the front of Darth Vader’s Star Destroyer at the battle of Skarif and were extensively used in the escape from Hoth.

Just look at the size of that thing!Just look at the size of that thing!

So now that we’ve decided that it would be foolish to make the entire site its time to think smaller.

The size of a gaming table for Star Wars Legion is set at 6’x3′. Thats a large area but also its quite small by normal war-game standards. I do not anticipate being able to make enough stuff to cover the whole table. Certainly not in time for this challenge, I’m not a madman. My FLGS (which is where I play this game, a lot) has recently bought a lot of the wonderful gaming mats from deepcut studios. The best one for this I feel is the swampy one. So I’ll work with that as the base.

Given that its going to be an outdoorsy type table (I still can’t believe I’ve decided to do this… lunatic) lets look at some cool artwork online for inspiration

A view from the treeline towards the temple. Clearly a large open area for ships to landA view from the treeline towards the temple. Clearly a large open area for ships to land
Cool image of X-Wings scrambling from the temple hangers. Note the overly green tingeCool image of X-Wings scrambling from the temple hangers. Note the overly green tinge
Image from the Battlefront 2 game showing the Falcon parked upImage from the Battlefront 2 game showing the Falcon parked up
A shot from Rogue One showing the landing area nearer the Temple doorsA shot from Rogue One showing the landing area nearer the Temple doors

I really enjoy the last image, I think it would make a wonderful play area. Open, flat, easy to see models etc but also plenty of line of sight blocking material, specifically ships, cargo, fuel etc to make interesting games. Not sure how I am going to make it without having to make the temple however, I don’t want to make a big one. Perhaps it would be wise to look at the original inspiration for the temple for the films. The set for the Yavin IV base was the Mayan City of Tikal in Guatemala.

We can definitely see where some of the inspiration came from. The tops of the temples are alike and the stepped sides are similar, just much much bigger in Star Wars. Because as Warren always says, “More, is More”. The steps on the Tikal temples have been replaced by large stepped buttresses.

I feel it’s time to make a drawing!

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