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28mm Command Bunker: Follow-as-I-Build

Postby Whiterook » Sun Mar 23, 2014 10:50 am

This is a Follow-as-I Build thread of my 28mm Command Post bunker, for use with my modern combat wargaming miniatures, as well as my Stargate SG-1 Miniatures Game. Note that even though I worked in the field of architecture for several of my early working-career years, I had never been called upon to construct mockup's, so this is very new to me, in this specific form of terrain construction, and I will be learning as I go :D

The idea here is to come up with a general concrete bunker, with: First, a central 'room', which for the Stargate game, will serve as a terrain element to represent an access point (elevator chamber) to an underground Stargate complex; second, an auxiliary access room; and third, an observation deck which can also serve as an elevated fire platform.

The main body construction will start out with simple Foamcore Board...

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Command Post foundation


The beginning method is simple (in theory): Start with a Foamcore Board superstructure and build up from there!

NOTE: The ruler pictured above is for measurement purposes only. The actual cuts were made with a metal rule!
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Re: 28mm Command Bunker: Follow-as-I-Build

Postby Whiterook » Sun Mar 23, 2014 11:32 am

I started construction of the main chamber, which I wanted somewhat hexagonal, but I am not concerned with it necessarily being perfectly-shaped. I want to maintain a bit of a futuristic look, while also holding true to something you may see today; and something that eludes to something mysterious inside that is not necessarily held to normal shape conventions (like a standard utility elevator shaft).

The construction consisted of taking some scrap pieces of foamcore that I had for a project last year making storage compartment walls for some miniatures (failed attempt at that, I might add :lol: ). I took both a Battlefield Evolution 28mm US Marine and a Stargate Jaffa soldier and figured out the heights applicable for both the enclosure and the observation deck. From there, I started cutting the walls to size.

The walls of the superstructure are to be hot glued in the beginning process. Since this was to be a rough-hexagonal shape, I knew I needed beveled vertical ends to the wall sections so I simply eye-balled it with a utility knife held on angle. Not easy, but doable! I had the hot-glue gun warming up as I cut the pieces, so she was all hot and ready for me (get your mind's out of the gutter!) when I started to glue the sections together.

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CP superstructure


So as you can imagine, the hot-glue set's-up rather quickly, which firm pressure against adjoining pieces for about 10-20 seconds, but it still needs extra support...which is where the rood of the superstructure/floor of the observation deck comes in. I placed a substantial piece of foamcore board on my cutting mat and placed the glued superstructure on top. Using a .05mm mechanical pencil, I drew lines against the interior superstructure walls, and then cut the shape out.

I then placed the roof/deck within and placed the BEvo and Jaffa soldiers on the deck to optimal gun height to find a good deck position. I ensured, back when I was factoring out the walls, plenty of room within the superstructure no matter what I went with at this stage :D

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Deck/Roof height marking


Then, the observation deck was glued into place....

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Observation Deck glued in place


Note that, though this brought much added stability to the superstructure itself, I kept in mind ham-handed gorillas of the future possibly getting a little aggressive with miniature placement....so I added small pieces of foamcore under the deck. The superstructure is designed NOT to have a removable roof. Though in a game, the anteroom access point next to the superstructure may be breached, it no the superstructure will ever reveal their secrets!!!
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Re: 28mm Command Bunker: Follow-as-I-Build

Postby Whiterook » Sun Mar 23, 2014 11:47 am

Next up came the anteroom. I want this as a shorter structure to the side. The idea is to have an armored access door on the front; maybe a hatch on top; and a ladder to get atop the anteroom to get into the Observation deck. Once again, hot-glue was used to secure the joins...

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Anteroom access chamber


I didn't think it fully out in the cutting process (I have a picture in my head, but perhaps it's time to do a quick sketch :!: :shock: ), and I need to cut a small thin piece to patch a rather glaring hole where the ladder will be. To help support this rather weak-spot, I used some styrene strips (hard plastic) placed in such a way as to straddle the joins. This will work out in the end as, I want to put some sort of ladder there anyway, and the ladder should have some distance away from the wall (that's my excuse, and I'm rolling with it!).

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Ladder support


Sot hat's the progress so far. A couple hours spent gathering supplies, trying to find my rather elusively stored glue-gun, slight pondering, and construction. An interesting early evening's work last night. next up will come the access to the Observation deck and perhaps a roof to it, side supports, and trying to figure out how to make the ladder (and much more after that!). Hope you follow along :D
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Re: 28mm Command Bunker: Follow-as-I-Build

Postby Whiterook » Sun Mar 23, 2014 7:48 pm

Day 2. spent some more tome on the CP. First up, the hatch.

I took a piece of scrap styrene sheet and cut a small piece to shape, to form what is in essence the base of the hatch door; and I will likely place another piece to form the actual door itself, and this will in effect become the frame. I shaved and sanded the corners. I used sprue cutters and a sanding stick bought from the cosmetics isle of the local department store (usually some pretty hot babes in there, so getting 'supplies' is a great excuse!!! :twisted: )

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Hatch frame base


So I glued the hatch base in place, wanting it to sit above ground-level. One thing I found out: Hot-glue on styrene bonds to foamcoare board paper QUICK! make sure you have placement right the first time 'cause you have no wiggle room!!! After that was in place, I started work on the ladder rungs, which are toothpick pieces cut to size with my trusty sprue cutter (the handyman's secret Weapon!). These, I glued with CA glue to the ladder supports (the hot-glue was just to messy for fine detail work).

Next came the ladder supports, which are styrene strips glues with Model Master modeling glue, which melts the plastic into each other, creating the bond.


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Hatch base and ladder rungs


Yeah, it looks a little South American Adobe hut-like at the moment!

So a word of where this is going, for those wondering about the rough base cuts of the superstructure and anteroom: The whole shebang is going to be placed on a base 'foundation', simulating a large concrete pad that theoretically is quite thick and deep below ground. The plan is to use some Spackle and/or Celluclay to ground clutter and perhaps some broken pieces of concrete around the base. The plan is to make this puppy beat up and battle-worn. at least that's the plan! At worst, I can cover the 'concrete pad' with terrain.

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Ladder supports


Finally, I put in place the anteroom decking, along with the small wall section connecting to the superstructure; and then steps bridging the two areas. I widened the gap at the top of the ladder. and then I went digging in my modeling 'spares' stash (of old unused parts for alternate versions of old model builds) and found some nice pieces that would make up interesting ventilation and mechanical components to the structure and glued them on...some with CA glue, and then I found Elmer's Wood Glue worked even better.

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Bunker mechanics 1


Another view...

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Bunker mechanics 2


And another view...

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Bunker mechanics 3


Note the unit separate of the structure itself....I just thought it was too cool not to use! I will start on the brace supports in my next session.
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Re: 28mm Command Bunker: Follow-as-I-Build

Postby Whiterook » Sun Mar 23, 2014 9:52 pm

I'm trying to decide if the added bits of old model parts look too busy. Mind you, with paint and weathering, it'll blend much more than it looks now but, I'll need to determine how i feel about it prior TO paint.
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Re: 28mm Command Bunker: Follow-as-I-Build

Postby Frank » Mon Mar 24, 2014 10:19 am

Looking good so far.
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Re: 28mm Command Bunker: Follow-as-I-Build

Postby Whiterook » Tue Sep 23, 2014 6:14 pm

Thanks....I was just looking at it a couple nights ago and am happy with it. I believe I'll leave it as is, parts-wise, and start with some airbrushing next.
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Re: 28mm Command Bunker: Follow-as-I-Build

Postby Whiterook » Wed Aug 02, 2017 6:26 pm

OMG.... as I go through my threads here, replacing pictures Photobucket decided to hold hostage (not any longer, heh heh), I just came across this one. I never finished this project! I know it's down in the workstation, but it completely fell off my radar.

I need to find this and complete it.

The original intent for it, if I recall correctly, was for use with my 28mm DUST miniatures.
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Re: 28mm Command Bunker: Follow-as-I-Build

Postby gibbs » Wed Aug 02, 2017 6:41 pm

I like what I'm seeing so far so it'll be interesting to see this finished. Is the intention for it to be a concrete finish in the end or if I've googled the right thing giving the style of the miniatures will you be aiming for a more metallic finish to go with the 'futuristic' style of the miniatures?
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Re: 28mm Command Bunker: Follow-as-I-Build

Postby Whiterook » Wed Aug 02, 2017 7:36 pm

gibbs wrote:I like what I'm seeing so far so it'll be interesting to see this finished. Is the intention for it to be a concrete finish in the end or if I've googled the right thing giving the style of the miniatures will you be aiming for a more metallic finish to go with the 'futuristic' style of the miniatures?


The plan is to use it with my DUST Warfare miniatures, which are WWII futuristic, alternate history.universe stuff (tank walkers, zombie monkeys, and so forth)....so, the finish will be camouflaged, greens. I'll likely bruise it up with blown off edges and shell impacts, so weather fresh concrete may show in some areas.

I had a scenario in mind where this would be the focal point Victory Condition for capture.
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