Back to my never ending vertical mining town board! I expected my progress on this area to be slow, but oh, man, not that slow!
First of all, let's just recap:
|This was last time you saw it|
My plan from now on was focusing mostly on the left area, but... well, you'll see.
The foamboard here is not yet glued, it's just for visual reference:
|Yet to be fixed, will be the base for next urban expansion|
However, this concept left me some unused space beneath that surface. I believe it was time to bring the mining element to my... well, mining town!
|Nothing speaks of mines more than dead end railways coming from a cave|
I used a Terrain Crate box by Mantic, which I found at quite a reasonable price. My idea is to leave here the entrance to the mines, just at the very gates of the rest of the town. Might sound odd, but I totally see this happening in places such as Logan's World or so. There can be other entrances, sure, but having this one here seemed suitable for me. In gaming terms it provides me quite a perfect spot for the Genestealer Cult to enter the board, stuff like that.
In the pic above you may be wondering what's that circle about. Well, it's related to this:
|Epic, timeless butter cookie can!|
Pff, I may have to digress a little.This box was originally planned for another project:
|The Genestealer Dungeon!|
Shame on me, the Dungeon doesn't currently have a label of its own. I may have to remedy that.
Anyway, this project was abandoned when I started to build the vertical board. In my mind it all will be part of a campaign involving the Cult, first played on the surface and later on through this underground Space Hulk or whatever. I may have everything ready by 2030.
Enough digression. The cookie can. It was meant to be a pit in the Dungeon, hence the texture. For my current purposes I may have to remove it (it's just DAS clay). But what purposes are those...?
Right, instead of building, I'm hollowing spaces! My idea is to place a round bazaar, with ladders, stalls and stuff. It will communicate (with a false door; I'm not cutting through the tin can) with the front part, providing a point of access close to the entrance of the mine.
So first thing now is to make the access for the railway. I had to make the full thing, because it will be inaccessible later.
|Lost opportunity to place a LED light in the background|
Now, more logistic issues. The hole on the foamboard is so tight (it has to be!) that the cookie can cannot fit in from above:
|That's due to the ledge on the lower part|
So I'll have to place the tin can from below, or else I'd had to add a lot of work all around the edge of the hole.
Soooo... I first have to build the whole bazaar, then fit it into the board from below and place some supporting pieces beneath it. Whoah, easier said than done.
Well, then this is the board. You may notice some additional work on the center building (close ups later):
|Ready to receive some spray colour|
|After receiving some colour!|
|A humongous, absurdly oversized toy crane|
|Hmmm... So what? What's this stuff about?|
|A cardboard piece and a textured sheet. Now it looks different|
|If it looks dirty enough, no one will look for errors|
|You thought I had forgotten about that part?|
This has been a hard decision. For quite some time I planned about building a barge suspended by a wire. I mean something like this (but well done!)
|I hope you understand what my deranged mind envisions here|
|Now there's a full way from the spaceport to the floor level of the board|
|For example the doors and the carpet on this middle bridge in the central piece|
|Or the tiles on the rooftop piece here|
|In the (long, distant) future, this will represent a lift to the upper module|
|One base is missing. It will appear some day in a box, for sure|
|Windows is still a thing in the Dark Millenium|
I also got these fantastic consoles/control pads/whatever from Antenocitis:
|The ones on the top, the electric breaker box and stuff may resemble the Jurassic Park ones|
|I think they add a nice touch and calm my horror vacui|
|Well, you wouldn't expect them all to function correctly, would you?|
|Pleasingly dirty, weathered and inhospitable. As it should|