Monday, 4 April 2016

Toxic waste site

hi all

Continuing my recent terrain building splurge, I thought to start a post apocalypse themed objective, although it could be used in any modern setting really. With this in mind I looked to my resources to see what I could come up with (frugal gaming at its best). What I found was some scrap MDF, some drinking straws and some old till roll holders.  This is what I decided to do with them.....




Behold my toxic waste dump. The upright pipe is actually the plastic tube used to hold electrocardiograph (ECG) paper that I took from work, rather than just throw it in the bin after the paper ran out. Capped with a foam lid with drinking straws as secondary pipes, I finished it with a  wheel taken from a cheap car toy that I will rough up later for scatter terrain in my ATZ gaming. The barrels were till roll holders cut in half and filled with polyfilla to represent ooze. Polyfilla was also used to build up the sides of the dump.  The toxic waste dripping from the pipes and barrel was represented by hot glue and the "water" is a resin I've had knocking about for a while. One bonus of the resin was a fly landing on it at some point during the curing process, which "fossilised" it, bad for the fly but looks fab on the model....(I know, I know I'm a bad person, but I didn't do it on purpose!).

spot the fly trapped in the resin
Painting it was fairly basic even for me, the pipes all Mithril silver and rusted up, the "pond" bed was painted in Vallejo US Olive Green and had random lighter green and yellow swirls. While the resin was curing (and before the fly!) I dragged some green and yellow ink through it to create a 3D effect. 

Overall I'm quite pleased with the effect although I wish I'd been a bit more subtle with the painting under the resin, also the resin hasn't cured so well in some places leaving a white film, although this does look a bit toxic its a lesson learned to be a bit more patient and pour it in a couple of thin layers rather than one thicker layer.

Hope you enjoy

dGG

20 comments:

  1. Ahh, a bit of scrap and imagination, for all the problems you had with the resin etc. you've still managed to produce a useful bit of scenery.

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  2. It does look good, Andy. If you hadn't told us about the dead fly I would not have spotted it. You are so right about applying resin. Numerous thin coats are FAR better than one thick coat. The same can be said about painting.

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    1. Lesson learned Bryan, this was a lack of patience on my part :-(

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  3. Flies are really dumb, aren't they? That puddle sure does look toxic...

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    1. Yup, clearly landed for a sec and got his legs caught, bad for him good for me....

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  4. Very grimy looking, need to stay away and find your Geiger counter, nice work!

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  5. Great little piece for the tabletop Andy, and doubtless in a few million years it'll be a priceless piece as archaeologists use it to recreate fly dna. Why? I don;t know. but "Jurassic Fly" sounds like the name of a good book ;-)

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    1. Thanks Simon, I think there's a B movie in there somewhere.

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  6. Very nice Andy! Horrible looking toxic sludge dude. I mean that in a good way. Resin can be a little tricky to play with, a little at a time, is the best way in my experience.
    Awesome frugality too dude!

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    1. Thanks dude, more frugal terrain coming....

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  7. I think that is brilliant, I love the straws and the discarded barrels.

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    1. Thanks sir, I'm pleased with the piece

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  8. Very clever and very nice, Andy. Just need some toxic sludge zombies now. ..

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    1. Yes I think I do, plus some Hazmat dudes

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  9. It looks awesome dude. You have such a talent mate. My riot police would look great next to this.......

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    1. Thanks HW, it cost the grand total of nothing as well :-)

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