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 Post subject: Re: Celevue's LotR campaign-behind the scenes(12/6 Deeping W
PostPosted: Thu Jun 12, 2014 6:53 pm 
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That is outstanding!
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All of one's painting... so useless and worthless unless one can play on such beautiful and elaborate to the last detail terrain.
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Wow. This will be outstanding when it is finished. Looking superb so far. :yay:
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The BAZ00KA and I sat staring at the Deeping Wall explosion for a few minutes in stunned silence.... that is ingenious, wonderful and just fantastic workmanship. If I ever revisit the Deeping Wall again, I shall shamelessly try to mimic that idea. Very very well done!

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This is going to be one hell of a diorama piece!

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 Post subject: Re: Celevue's LotR campaign-behind the scenes(30/6 Dio finis
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Thanks for great comments, much appreciated! @Dorthonion, feel free to use the idea for your Deeping Wall!

@mertaal, the piece is now finished - here are a few pics; more in the Diorama Challenge topic in the Hobby Challenge forum.

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Wow.

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That is so cool. I can almost hear the explosion. :yay: :yay: :yay:

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Wow
Amazing what effect some cotton wool and a light bulb can create.

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Congratulations for a superb work.
It's incredible your diorama.
Great work.
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Not only the explosion is amazing!!! but also the wall tearing apart is like captured motion. Simply amazing!!!!

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A belated thanks for everyone for kind comments!

It’s been a while since my last update – sorry for that. But after a refreshing summer break, it’s time to get crackin’ again in building terrain and painting miniatures! The Campaign will continue soon with the Bridge of Khazad-dûm scenario; the Moria terrain is already finished but I need to do some tests on how to light up the terrain and the balrog for the batrep photos. I also want to take a couple of “intermission” photos between Moria and Amon Hen – meaning that I need a bunch of Lothlorien trees. I will also do a little vignette with the Argonath statues & boats (with extra details on boats) & surviving Fellowship members. I never got the photo-etched ferns I ordered on time for the model show in March, so I will be adding some soon to the Amon Hen terrain. Photos of these mini-projects will be added in due time. Meanwhile, I’ve been quietly casting plaster blocks with Hirst Arts molds, a couple of times per week. I plan to keep this up for the foreseeable future in order to have a huge stockpile of blocks when I start building the ruins of Osgiliath sometimes in 2016. I usually always cast the full basic block mold #40 (and all the basic blocks in any other mold), the ruined tower mold #65, the wall mold #200, bits of the 4” circular tower #52 (stairs & walls), stairs & arches from prison tower mold #60, large arch from the bridge mold #53, arches from the dungeon molds #41, #44 and #45, and occasionally also the octagon tower mold #63, turret mold #61, worn floor tiles #206, slate roofs #245, and small bricks #250.

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But most of the current efforts have been directed towards the largest ongoing project, Helm’s Deep, and particularly to the tower and the ramp. You might remember that the tower is based on a 10cm diameter cardboard tube, tapered towards the top. I continued by cutting it in three parts – if it were attached to the Hornburg in one section, I probably couldn’t move the terrain piece through doors. The lowest section reaches up to the Great Hall floor level, and the topmost 30 cm or so forms the top bit. A cardboard “lip” was glued to the bottom ends of the two upper parts to ensure that the tower stays together when assembled for display or for gameplay.

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The tower cross-section is a six-pointed star; the parts for the points were cut from 6mm Depron, beveled as appropriate. At this point, I did not glue the points together just yet – merely assembled them with masking tape.

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Holes were cut to the topmost part for the arched windows.

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A lip was glued inside the top part to hold the floor.

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Test-fitting the floor (6mm Depron) and the inner & outer surface (3mm Depron).

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Test-fitting the tower next to the Hornburg; the points are again only taped on. In the final image you can also see the black marks where the window holes will appear. The tower stands about 112 cm above the ground level – quite massive, but it should be a close match to the size of the tower in the movie Helm’s Deep.

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Finally, here’s a pic of a prototype horn, made from cardboard, masking tape and styrene tube. In order to make six reasonably similar horns, I have, since making the prototype, sourced suitable bits to be used – think plastic nozzles and plastic champagne glasses!

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The next stage is to actually glue everything together – I wasn’t initially sure whether to scribe the tiling to the parts before assembly or after, but now I’m leaning to after to ensure that the layers of blocks are level from one point to another. I will also add details to the top floor, including the staircase top seen through the floor, and, of course, the mouthpiece of the horn.
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 Post subject: Re: Celevue's LotR campaign-behind the scenes(30/6 Dio finis
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The ramp will be on a separate mdf base, and the structure of the ramp is similar to the Deeping Wall – 5 and 3mm foamboard, covered with thin cardboard and 3 / 6 mm Depron with engraved tiles / blocks. Here’s the plan:

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…and here’s the basic assembly all the way to cardboard covering.
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Next, the Depron covering, cutting the mdf base into size, and forming the rock jutting through the ramp… stay tuned!
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 11, 2014 2:29 pm 
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Nice progress. I am always inspired by your projects.
I saw that you have the new WS casting bowl. I have not used mine yet. I recently purchased a dental plaster vibrator. While not normally necessary I found it very useful for small detail parts like cups, bottles and the Dwarf rune blocks. I would not be able to make some of the custom parts with out it.
I am looking forward to your next post

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 Post subject: Re: Celevue's LotR campaign-behind the scenes (11/9 Helm's D
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Hi OMW - yeah, the new WS bowl is a vast improvement over my rectangular bread loaf bowls I've been using before. I got it from a model railroad store in Colorado Springs during my summer trip to the US. I also got two rolls of Woodland Scenics' new Shaper Sheet, which I will try out for the rocks in the ramp terrain piece (and, if successful, elsewhere around Helm's Deep, too).
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 Post subject: Re: Celevue's LotR campaign-behind the scenes (11/9 Helm's D
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I have not used the shaper sheet. I am looking forward to seeing it used. I am inspired to try the WS bowl this afternoon.

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This is just ridiculously good.
If I ever build a Helms deep I will want to see some of these for examples and by then who knows if the pictures will still be up somewhere. When you complete all this work it would be great if you put together pdf files so people can download them with your WIP shots and Final shots as it would be a great resource for LOTR fans.

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