On Sunday I started working on some terrain for gaming set in the Arctic inspired by movies such as 'Ice Station Zebra.
The project is going to consist of enought 1' square terrain boards to cover a 6' x 4' table. These will have features on them such as thin ice, pressure ridges, rubble ic and crevaces.
Features will include an arctic research station on stilts, some Jamesway huts, an ice-bound ship and a submarine conning tower breaking through ice,
Submarine Conning Tower
This is the image that I used for inspiration. I wanted the conning tower 'bridge' to be big enough to take 3 miniatures mounted on 25mm bases and I wanted an open door with a gangplank.
I started off by designing a frame which was cut from 3mm MDF.
Two pieces of thin card are then glued in place to make the steel plate skin.
The rivet, plate and ladder detail was then added using self adhesive, textured 3-Decals which are made by N-FX.
The conning tower has been given a quick base coat of grey household emulsion. Eventually the masts, periscopes and other details will be added as resin castings and the model will have a decal for ID number.
To give an idea of scale it is photographed with some miniatures that have been sculpted by Mark Fuller. These will be available as part of Sally 4th Classic Movie range later this year.
The second piece to be modelled was the iconic Jamesway Hut. These look very much like the Nissan or Quonset hut but they are not covered with corrugated sheeting. Jamesway huts are always covered with a rot proof and vermin proof fabric that holds insulation in place.
This model is of the smallest version of this hut. I've modelled the hut with its internal frame so that it can also be depicted as a hut being built or a ruin with fragments of fabric left attached.
OK, I did not do all of this on Sunday! When we develop a model kit, one gets built as I design the kit. Once it is completed and fretted out, we need to make another model from scratch to photograph for the instruction leaflet, so I had a spareTramp Steamer kit, 95% assembled that had been gathering dust on the shelves for a year, so I decided to use that to model a ship stuck in the ice.
The terrain that I am building is based on 12" square terra-former modular terrain kits, sometimes terrain features like this do not fit into a 12" square so I combine 2 sides from a 2' square tile kit with two sides from a 1' square tile kit to make a 2'x1' tile.
It was very easy to draw around the hull with a whiteboard marker and then remove a hull shaped cavity with a cheap hobby knife.
I've then used some Sculptamold (paper reinforced plaster to add a bit of texture to the tile and fix the ship in place.
Arctic Terrain Tiles
The other progress for this weekend was to assemble enough 12" square Terra-Former tiles to make an initial 4' x 4' area. This will later be extended to 4'x6'.
Terraformers are MDF modular terrain frames with embedded rare earth magnets to hold them closely together.
.... To be continued over the coming weeks as Iwork on the project!