Category Archives: MDF

Inking The MDF House

I have inked my prototype MDF house. Although the final design needs a few tweaks, which have now been done, the prototype was still a usable model, I don’t like waste.

It has basically been inked with reds and browns.

The first floor is removable, hence the hole for sticking a finger into!

I googled and printed a rug image with was glued to the pavement base, much more interesting than plain grey.

There are two guides at each side where the house locates, this stops the house from moving on the base during a game.

I should be able to see version two of the house this coming week.

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Deck Case

After several tweaks, the cards case is finished. I have cut a version that has a hole in the case so you can see what deck is inside. Not sure if this will be retained yet.

The drawer will take a deck on cards in its original box, or the cards can be loose.

Without the whole in the case, the contents obviously can not be seen, I am thinking about some icons to stick on the outside instead.

This was the first laser cut item I designed as it is basically a couple of boxes and not very big, a good place to start before moving on to the other larger objects such as the house and the start of the industrial complex.

Walls And Fences

Walls are always good and I wanted a 40mm high wall to block line of sight for standard sized models. These sections can be used to make various shapes and there is a gateway section in progress.

This next railings section was not as good and needs more design work to make is feasible. I like stuff to be durable and this would not last very long before it would break.

Industrial Tower

Apart from the mdf house I have designed, I am also working on a laser cut industrial complex for sci-fi games. My first piece is a tower using a Pringles container as the core. The idea is to have multiple pieces linking together with walkways and ramps.

This first attempt looks okay when put together, but it was very fiddly to construct. What seems like a good idea in a 2D design program does not necessarily translate to an easy to build kit.

So although the three level design will be retained, I have to go back to the drawing board (so to speak) to redesign the supporting structure. I have sketched out what should work better so will get busy redrawing the plans in the next week.

MDF House

Over the last couple of months, I have been trying my hand at some laser cut MDF things. I am getting better with the design software and have created my first house!

A basic house is easy enough as it is basically a box, but that is not say that there are still some tweaks required here and there. The template for the next version has been updated with a better roof and windows and is ready for cutting.

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.

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.