Friday, 6 January 2023

Industrial Tower

If you have ever walked down the street, saw some trash lying in the gutter, and thought 'that would make some great miniature terrain' - then you might be an old school wargamer.

That's what happened to me the other day. There has been a lot of work on our hill lately, with people digging up pipes and internet cables, and I suspect that is the origin of this piece. I think it is some sort of end-cap for a pipe, but I'm really not sure. As soon as I saw it, I knew I needed it for my junk terrain build. 

To start, I had to saw off a couple of bits, a pair of tabs on the bottom that kept it from sitting flatly and a little handle on top that just gave too much indication of scale. After that, I shot it with a heavy shot of grey primer and a dusting of black primer. Then I sponged it with lighter grey to enhance the worn look.

The name of the company is written across the middle of the pipe: HellermanTyton. I thought this name sounded suitable generic, and the lettering was the right scale, so I roughly painted it in with red/brown. A blast of varnish, and I called it done. I suppose, by itself, it doesn't look like much, but I think it will make a great addition to the rough, industrial town I'm slowly working on.  Just need a few more lucky finds! 



8 comments:

  1. That's awesome. I really have to stop myself from hoarding the recycling, some great stuff comes up :D

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  2. Looks good to me. And hell, you can use the company name in your own background fiction.

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  3. Great eye for such work. Just enough detail makes the piece 'work.'

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  4. That is a great find. One of centrepieces of my various Star Wars settlements is an old vent off a washing machine which could easily pass for a terraforming device. Or something.

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  5. That's a great bit of terrain-spotting.

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  6. Old school wargamer detected. Good job!

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  7. The amount of "junk" I've picked up to make scenary for Stargrave for. Yoghurt pots, caps from spray cans, indeed cans of tyre-weld with the plastic tops removed, caps for deaodorants, rollerballs from empty deodorants.... ! Far too much, I must take a good look & put the excess into the recycling bin.

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