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  1. Was a great day, took about 3 hours to finish turn one as we spent most of it just chatting to people who came over to see the table Just finished setting the table back up at home all ready to take some decent shots of the completed board. Once I get some work commitments out of the way this week (pesky day job!) I'll aim to get some decent pics up by the weekend
  2. That's 1.5mm card, yep all home made The chairs are a mixture of 2mm mdf and card.
  3. Thanks It's the last day before Salute, so today's a mad dash to the finish line to get everything ready and looking it's best for tomorrow. Will resume posting pictures of the improvements and "finished" table after that's out of the way. Until then here's some work in progress pics to give you an idea of the extra detailing added to the office block (the blue version of the hotel building)... Happy with the above test I churned out a load of them, quickly painted up ready to put in the office rooms...
  4. Thanks. I airbrushed the whole roof black, then gradually highlighted up the whole roof through various shades of grey, hitting the centre of each hex, getting closer to just the middle ones as the shades got lighter. The outer ones I also lightly sprayed afterwards with a thin dusting of a blue "wash" to tint them a little. Then the centre most ones I hand painted the edges of each hex by hand with a brush using Vallejo deck tan and then up to pure white in a few spots. Hope that helps?
  5. Thanks very much. So many of the skills and techniques I've picked up and learnt over the years are down to other people sharing their knowledge online, for free, so I'm more than happy to share the work I've been doing if it helps others. Likewise I've been inspired by countless forums, blogs, youtube channels, going to gaming shows, etc... and if posting this stuff also inspires at least one other person to have a go themselves then that's mission accomplished in my book One thing that bugged me about the table was that we have a landing pad with shipping containers on it, and a train with shipping containers on it, but no explanation as to how those are moved from one to the other. With Salute fast approaching and an already massive todo list, I still wanted to fix that problem, ideally in as quick a way as possible. One idea was to have some form of crane setup, but that was quickly abandoned due to the size it would take up. Instead I went on the look out for a fairly cheap flyer that would fit the bill and found this... I wanted it to look like it was in the middle of picking up a container, so the first step after building it was to mock up the idea using cocktail sticks as "cables" and see what it looked like. You can also see the start of a clean up paint job on the landing pad... Happy with the way that looked I then took some threaded bar and turned down the ends in to pegs on my lathe so that they could slot in to the flyer. At this stage I also weighed down the container with a bunch of heavy fishing weights to help keep the whole thing more stable. Now that was in place I didn't like the way the tail section looked as I wanted it to be vaguely believable that the cables could reel back in to the craft. I decided with the time constraints I had that I'd just block in the open sections with green stuff and a bit of plasticard. Far from pretty, but it does the job... The canopy was open to the cockpit which came with a detailed interior with two, not very Infinity looking, pilots in side. I figured the easiest way to remedy this was to block it in and then I could paint the windows in the same style as the ground vehicles. Then on to the paint job, again with very little time to spare I set aside a single day to speed paint the whole thing in one go... The final step before Salute will be to add some Nomad decals Oh and as a bonus here's the finished landing pad plus flyer (minus the decals)... Work in progress: Complete: You also get a bonus, bonus look at the cleaned up floor tiles in the above shot. I edge highlighted every single street on the board... wow that was an almost endless job!
  6. Part one of the hotel improvements was to airbrush in some highlights, paint up the doors, more edge highlighting and add actual hotel signs to the sides. As all the floors are accessible the signs are simply magnetised on and can be easily removed during play.
  7. When we first finished the table I thought I'd gone to the limits. I hadn't. The Cenobites gave me an experience beyond limits... pain and pleasure, indivisible There's a lot of signage on the table which have been given the clean up treatment too. Airbrushed along with glow effects on the lights and edge highlighted to give them a more consistent match to the shading on the buildings.... After:
  8. Another of the food/drink bars that needed a little TLC and general clean up. Could of spent many more hours edge highlighting ever little bit of detail but this does the job. Before: After:
  9. Another of the food bars that was partially painted before, this one really just needed finishing off. The hazard markings on the front also now match that of the hatches on the roofs of the other buildings. Before: After:
  10. Thanks very much Here's a couple of comms towers that have been repainted in a cleaner look and matching the general blue/orange theme... Before: After:
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  12. With all the buildings now trying to follow a similar paint scheme (black + either blue, orange or pink/purple) this one didn't really fit being bright white... Before: After:
  13. We managed to amass quite a fleet of vehicles which looked great on the table, but they were mostly only base coated and I felt they could do with some improvement... Selection of the vehicles before: Work in progress: After:
  14. Following the same blue theme and also tying in with the same style hazard markings for the hatches... Before: After:
  15. Carrying on with the similar theme but in blue... Before: After: