Danny earned £35
in eM-4 credit

 
  AN ONGOING NEWSLETTER July 2006


Tommy’s Warehouse
by Danny Stevenson

Tommy would trade for anything, with anybody. It was rumoured that he had even traded his soul. The rumour about trading his granny was true.

Tommy's warehouse is typical of the small trading places beyond the walls of the corporations. A general truce (guaranteed by Tommy’s well-equipped, highly-aggressive Mercenaries) is usually in place, and Scavs and Gangs come to buy or sell alike.

This piece was made from a piece of high density foam packaging I got while lurking around the rubbish skips at work. I carved it into a shape I wanted: A multi-level building with slopes for access to the upper levels. It was to be a badly constructed post-apocalyptic building but it works well for Combat Zone, most near-future games and even for a new colony on a distant planet.

I cut a depression for the front door. The larger door to the rear was a depression that was already in the foam packing piece.

The doors were made from corrugated plastic card sheeting also salvaged from the works skip. After gluing these in place I glued the building to a piece of hardboard pinched from the back of an old rubbish-tip-bound cupboard.

I covered the entire model in polyfilla (Spackle). I had to do this several times as the foam is very porous. The base was flocked with a mixture of sand, fine gravel and dried tea leaves. I drilled the board and glued un-wound hairy string into the holes. Rocks were added made from chopped-up pencil erasers.

A door frame was added to the front from scraps of balsa wood. The hand rails are chopped up plastic sprue from the CZ plastic gangers set. Drinking straws were added to make drain pipes.

The whole thing was sprayed in grey car primer. I then dry brushed a lighter grey and finally a lighter white dry brush. The pipes, handrails and doors got a coating of chain mail with black mix.

A brown wash gives them a dirty rusted look. I painted the base brown and added a black wash for the vehicle driveway. Some patches of black were dropped in places to make nice oil stains.

I then added the sign, printed off on my computer and a small CD poster for the side. I added barrels from a garage play set I picked up in a sale and a cans and tool from 1/35” Revel WW2 accessories set. A crate from another toy set was added.

There was something missing. But what? I noticed that the front door has no handle. So I pushed a pin into the door. All that was left was to add the graffiti.

I like this piece. It’s simple and seems to catch people’s eyes. Tommy’s Warehouse has been used as a warehouse, trading post, an outpost, workshop, an armoury and even a nightclub. The upper levels are great for extra storage or just to get the height advantage. It works well as a defensive building or to simply provide cover. The best thing about this building? It cost only a few pence to make almost everything has been scavenged or lying around in my bits box.


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