Tag 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.

Aeroneff Landing Station

With the recent reasonably nice weather, the mass undercoating of models is well underway of all those models put together over the winter. This has allowed me to finish some of the larger projects which have been taking up a lot of room. One of the biggest is the Aeroneff Landing Station for the flying machine I built a few years ago.

So now, even if I don’t get to use the Aeroneff in a game as a flying fighting machine, I can still use it as terrain.

Most of it has just been painted with good old Halfords primer, red, grey and black. Then just picking out some detail and a bit of drybrushing.

The walkways, raised base and lamp posts are all from TT Combat.

The plan is for this to form a part of a large port complex with several warehouses and a large crane (also recently undercoated). Courtesy of Mr Steinberg, I also have some railway tracks which will be incorporated into the layout.