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Axis & Allies miniatures ww2 town terrain, WIP

This post shows you detail about constructing models and terrain bases for ww2 town terrain meant to be used with Axis & Allies miniatures. You can see photos of the ready terrain in another post. You can see details about construction phases by bringing the mouse pointer on the photo.

Barricades in construction.

Creating barbed wire -obstacles. Wire has been wrapped around a round stick and then pulled a bit. Some PVA glue is applied on it and then small sawdust dropped on it.

Constructing walls from cardboard for burned-down buildings

Cutting simple building walls. I've first drawn lines of the windows in and separators of each building wall with a ruler.

Resin casts for houses and originals.

Resin casts of a tiled building wall, and a few originals I've made the molds from.

Pieces for resin cast houses; There are also other pieces in the middle, don't let them confuse you.

Bunch of uncleaned casts. The round piece is actually for a fountain/statue of different scale, not for axis & allies miniatures wargaming terrain.

Resin cast houses put together!

cleaned and glued-together houses.

Dark base paint has been sprayed on the houses.

Painted with black spray paint.

Building chapel; Mainly cardboard, except the great window and side structures.

The cathedral being constructed. The supports are cast resin (but there's only 6, not an impossible task to create them one by one), The rest of the cathedral is mainly cardboard (and little balsa wood). I've printed some window patterns on a transparent to create the window.

Continuihng the cathedral... top pieces are also resin.

The church structure is ready, still unpainted.

Preparing roofs for the buildings

For some buildings, I've created roof pattern in the following way: I take a large piece of black thin cardboard. I draw a lot of lines next to each other, pressing hard with a black ballpoint pen. When I've drawn enough lines, I cut stripes out of the cardboard crosswise to the lines I've drawn.

I start gluing these stripes one on another, so that every stripe is a bit displaced compared to it's neighbours, so I get tiled battern. When I have enough roof pattern like this, I check the structural pieces of the roof and mark their edges to the roof pattern with a pencil. Note that the roof pattern must be a bit larger than the structural piece below it. If your pattern cardboard is thick enough, you might not need separate structural piece below it.

Terrain bases: 1mm cardboard, with self-adhesive plastic sheet on each side.

Hexes cut out of cardboard, covered with self-adhesive plastic sheets (I don't know if they are readily available - I've heard somewhere that they aren't used everywhere. They are meant for making soft-cover books' last longer).

Applying thick dark grey paste to the plates and showering speckle on it.

Applying dyes filler/PVA paste on hexes. Without the plastic, this paste would distort the hexes badly. I've sanded the surface of the plastic a bit to make the paste stick better. When the paste is still wet, tiny gravel is poured on it.

Riverside terrain plates: Painted water, clear varnish on them and wooden border stripes

Water is painted on some of the hexes. The water can be separated from paving by painted stripes of wood (or cardboard)

Terrain bases are getting ready; Lamp posts give nice touch to the marketplace!

Landing point and the marketplace. There are several pieces of plastic rods on the terrain where to stick extruding elements.The lamps have been made of wire and small wooden pearls.

A bridge. Sides are made of rigid mosquito net.

Building bridges

Creating trees for the park

Creating trees from wire. Glue and then sawdust is applied on them.

Creating fire effect for the burning house

Fire! See the tutorial to find out how to model fire.

Apartment house and a few others almost ready

Buildings start to get ready...

Cathedral and the park ready!

No, not the cathedral! The terrain is ready. See pictures of the completed european ww2 town terrain.


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