Category Archives: MDF

Laser Cutting

One of the new things I am getting into is designing my own laser cut MDF accessories. I am not ready to start with any large and complex pieces yet as getting to grips with the terrible software used to create the cutting plans is proving to be a challenge.

My first bits have been some unit status counters and a container thingy for a deck of cards, in particular, a deck of Warhammer 40K Datacards. When the thing is assembled, it looks a bit like this:


As a prototype, it is not bad for my first attempt, it needs some adjustments here and there, but I am quite pleased with how it turned out.

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Inked MDF Houses

MDF just soaks up paint, so inking seems to be the way to go. These have been inked with Red Earth ink on the brickwork and Burnt Umber on the roof. A few random bricks were picked out with more ink.

I think the painted white window frames work better than the Burnt Umber ink as they add a better contrast.

These give me some confidence in tackling the large warehouses I have to do.

New Crane Finished

I finished my TT Combat crane recently and it had its first game recently. I still need to glue some of the bits together but it held together okay for the game.
I also need to sort out the lifting mechanism as currently there is a bit too much string.

The long planned dock and warehouse terrain project may start to gather some more pace. With all of the old AT-43 containers I have, it should look pretty good if I can get going.

I also used a new TT Combat warehouse building, visible on the right, but more of that later.

TT Combat Crane

This model is perhaps not quite steampunk enough, but I really liked the size and look of the thing.

It is a nice big piece that still has plenty of room for models to move around under and on it.

When I was at a port last year, I took some photos of the massive cranes to get some inspirations for colours. I have decided to go with a mix of red, grey and yellow spray paints for the base colours.

After building the cab and undercoating it, I thought I should have cut some clear plastic windows to fit when it was finished, I guess I will have to do it the hard way. Or not at all.

Flying Zeppelins

The Prussian Zeppelins have their new flying bases and have now seen action.

I designed these stands so flying models can get some better height in games. I have always thought it odd that aircraft fly around at little more than roof height in games. This usually results in ground models not getting Line Of Sight to the flying models. These stands solve that problem anyway and have a small tabletop footprint.
zepsonstands
I made some mock ups out of card and then Jim at Products For Wargamers cut them in 2mm mdf. The prespex rods can be of various diameter, 6mm works fine with small lightweight resin models, but once a model gets to a certain weight, and the height is over about 30cm, then 8mm diameter works better.