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Collins Does Yavin IV Table Build

Collins Does Yavin IV Table Build

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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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Cheating on the Hanger

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So ive printed up some new terrain for the Yavin board.

I had originally decided to make the yavin hanger out of foam board. I could easily make it representative of it and as my test pieces showed, could look cool.

I then looked for more cool models on the internet and found imperialterrain.com who appear to be a partnership of 3d designers out of America. they have made a representation of the hanger with assorted ‘stuff’ with them. for the grand total of £3.80 I could buy the file and print it as many times as I liked. it would cost me more in foam board and glue to make it the traditional way so it almost became a no brainer.

I painted it using the already documented method. I am happy with it, but not the scale, needs to be bigger, much bigger. just can I be bothered to wait the 1000 hours it would take to print it in the size? we shall see (probably not lol)

Whilst I was there I also downloaded their temple ruins, they’re printing now!

Keep on filling out the Landing pad

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The X-Wing got all painted up!The X-Wing got all painted up!
I went with Blue 3 as they were based at Yavin until their unfortunate demise at the battle of ScarifI went with Blue 3 as they were based at Yavin until their unfortunate demise at the battle of Scarif

I have been really working the 3D printer since I built it. I have had a few failures and have been trying to think how to cover it up and make a bit of terrain out of the cockups.

The bit I made is a grav sled that has been hit by some form of space mortar and spilled its load. The Gonk droid is there to try to clean it up, but sadly, he has no arms to sort it out so he’ll end up just going on his way and charge something else up.

even then I’ve still cocked it up. I put on grass tuffs before sealing with varnish. It turns out that when you varnish grass tuffs you end up with a semi pleasant early morning frost look. Happy accident!

Keep on filling out the Landing pad
Keep on filling out the Landing pad

Let's compile it all and see where we are at.

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so without putting everything that’s painted together there’s no real way of knowing whether enough has been done. I still need to build a temple wall and the xwing etc but still, lets see!

the cannons can also work well on a snow board too!the cannons can also work well on a snow board too!

The X-Wing Squadron starts to take shape

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the first one is off the printer!the first one is off the printer!

so I found a brilliant X-Wing model on thingiverse which was 1:64 scale and brilliantly detailed.

I did a bit of back of the napkin maths to up the scale of the model by about 33% to try and get a 1:48 scale model of it and print it out.

im still new to this 3D printing lark so don’t really know what I’m doing but im happy with the overall results.

the laser cannons will need doing again at some point as they wobbled during making which means that instead of accurate laser cannons I have an X-Wing armed with laser shotguns, good for duck hunting but not so good for hunting TIE/LN fighters.

either way, the first bit of large area blocking terrain on the landing pad is in existence! happy days!!

A scattering of scatter

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as we all know every board needs some scatter terrain to hide behind.

I’ve already made some larger bits like a shield generator and fuel tank but what about smaller bits?

well, my 3D printer has been built and I’ve been playing with it with (mostly) success.

now I mentioned mostly success. I have found a highly detailed X-Wing model and in my naivety tried to print the whole lot all in one go. It was going well until my wife looked at it and at that precise moment a part came away from the bed and the hot end started digging in. the safety features of the i3 Mk3 kicked in and stopped but sadly the print was ruined. one part was melted for a start 🙁

Ive since restarted it in bits. however it did highlight a problem I have with the auto bed levelling. There is a minor angle on the bed that means the first layer on one side isn’t compressed right down to the bed which can be seen in this image.

left of image isn't stuck down as well as the right.left of image isn't stuck down as well as the right.
in the meantime I restarted the X-Wing print and started painting up the scatter bits.in the meantime I restarted the X-Wing print and started painting up the scatter bits.
Since it was suggested to add some colour I have added some yellow hatching as the first improvementSince it was suggested to add some colour I have added some yellow hatching as the first improvement

Testing it out

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Took some of the jungle terrain down to my FLGS where it will live eventually.

a couple of us clubbed together to have a 1200 point scrap in the jungle.

we all agreed that the bits i had made looked great and that once all the Yavin bits are done we will have a cracking game.

we also decided that we would need to have asymmetric conditions to make it fit with the Star Wars Story.

Now, as you may have noticed I recently bought a 3D printer because I couldn’t find decent models of star ships at the right scale (or at least that’s how I justified it to myself) os hopefully soon I’ll have a printed X-wing to paint up

Jungle is mostly done

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I’m nearly out hot glue so thank god it’s done! That and I’m done with sniffing herbs in strength!

im really happy with how they came out, the artificial turf is the best part of it, people should totally copy that idea

im not sure whether I should wash down the really bright plants. I think it would probably improve it but I’m not sure I can be bothered. The only wash I have in quantity is the army painter dip but that dries hard and shiny so would then require matt’ing down afterwards and may crack off completely with use. Hmmm, let me know your thoughts.

Models for scaleModels for scale

Glue gun Vs the world

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The plants I have The plants I have
All glued down, comments please!All glued down, comments please!

Flocking hell! It gets everywhere!

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The work on the trees continues!

i took some steel wool and fluffed it up and roughly hung it on the branches

I covered the trunk with cling film and then took it outside to spray it brown

after that I sprayed on some hobby craft spray glue (3M spray mount) and then tried to cover it with some green flock. I say tried as it was mildly breezy outside and apparently that means that flock goes everywhere except where you want it… I mean seriously the leaves on the trees weren’t moving but the flock went everywhere!

Roughly place the wire woolRoughly place the wire wool
Sprayed with brownSprayed with brown
Flocking using a spray craft nightFlocking using a spray craft night

Welcome to the Jungle!

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As you will know I’ve been wanting to make this jungle. However since I’ve run out of time for the competition I’ve decided to rename the project to Collins does Yavin IV table build.  I still plan to continue with the project of course.

So let’s move onto building some jungle terrain specifically scatter.  Full disclosure none of this is new or innovative basically borrowed from the terrain tutor and his videos can be found here.

Ive been collecting bits throughout the month for these scatter pieces, mostly from wilkos and the range.

Two hanging balls for £9-11 each and some offcut of fake turf (spoiler image! I also have got a 3D printer now!)Two hanging balls for £9-11 each and some offcut of fake turf (spoiler image! I also have got a 3D printer now!)
One £6 bag of aquarium plantsOne £6 bag of aquarium plants

As you can see the aquarium plants are very bright greens whereas the garden plants are muted.

I’ll have to make some bases and most likely I’ll be building so wire trees with steel wool toppers. I hope that I’ll build them in a better scale for the wargame.

I started with a sheet of 6 mm MDF and cut it into many random shapes.  Then after that i used DAS modelling clay to add some bumps just like TTT did.

Random MDF boards that have had their edges bevelled off with a Dremel Random MDF boards that have had their edges bevelled off with a Dremel
Wire tree with bark added in DASWire tree with bark added in DAS
Slapped on the DAS on the board and now waiting for it to dry before paintingSlapped on the DAS on the board and now waiting for it to dry before painting

The trees were made by taking 1 mm garden wire and twisting it together. After that they were then cut and twisted again into different branch shapes, Eventually leading to single strands of wire, after that I hook was made using the last of the wire.

Once I was happy with the random  I then covered the whole thing in DAS modelling clay.  I used a sculpting tool to make bark like scratches in the DAS and left to dry overnight.

once dry the trunk and main branches were painted using a cheap brown house paint.

The run way is almost there!

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Started by making a template in cereal box cardboard Started by making a template in cereal box cardboard
Tape it down and cover the areas I don’t want spraying Tape it down and cover the areas I don’t want spraying
Spray two colours! White and desert yellow from armypainter rattle cans Spray two colours! White and desert yellow from armypainter rattle cans
Do more of the same Do more of the same
The small y wing fits I’m it! It should be noted that this has been roughly scaled for an Xwing The small y wing fits I’m it! It should be noted that this has been roughly scaled for an Xwing

To work out the rough scale of the boxes for xwings I went to wiki and wookiepedia to figure out that an xwing is about 12.5m long, at a rough scaling of 1:54 that means that 1250 cm comes down to 23cm. So naturally I went for a nice round 25cm haha.

 

looks good enough for me but if I was to redo it I would make them more rectangular rather than square as y wings and u wings are much longer and would also use these parking spaces haha

Work on the runway

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With two shades of grey from wilkos I started slapping it down. Firstly the darker shade in as even a fashion as I can. Then the lighter shade in a very haphazard fashion. The idea being to generate areas of light and shadow, or perhaps dry and dampness which you see a lot of in the jungle, or at least the jungles I’ve been in have always been very damp lol.

Just slap the paint on Just slap the paint on
Start plucking the once edge out to try and do some blendingStart plucking the once edge out to try and do some blending
Used three sprays but the brown is the base colourUsed three sprays but the brown is the base colour
Then go back to the wilko paint and try to spread it out and blend a bit moreThen go back to the wilko paint and try to spread it out and blend a bit more

New wash on the temple test

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As I mentioned before I was not happy with the brownishness of the temple once it was washed. So I made a brown and yellow wash which looked suspiciously like watery baby poop from a baby that’s not feeling well (yuck!).

i slapped the baby poop on my next test piece and made comparison. I have to say, I think I like it! Makes the temple look a lot more like the research images from post 1.

Left, brown wash. Right, baby poop wash.Left, brown wash. Right, baby poop wash.

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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