Unified terrain (i.e. not the usual mismatched bits thrown together to desparately block LoS)
12 hours of weekend
Day 2, Part 2
I spent 30 minutes yesterday night spraying my last two buildings (warehouses) but I had run out of terrain before starting my not-mosque and pumping station/factory. At the end of the weekend I had spent 11 hours and $96, coming in under my time/ and budgetary requirements.
I had not added doors and windows of balsa as intended (due to a time blowout building the "fortress") but the weekend was over so I thought I'd take stock of what had been accomplished.
Time Elapsed: 30 minutes
The terrain filled up the board as intended
The two warehouses at the bottom are the newest additions
Every building can be entered. Most have 2 levels
I like the cramped chaotic feel of the table. Some detailing will really bring it to life.
The 50x30cm Donya Fortress (here with both stories visible) was a huge time sink and used up almost 2 sheets of foamboard. It will be fun to battle through but with hindsight I would avoid it in favour of three or four 20 x 20cm buildings.
Some lessons I learned:
*Put doors in the corners of rooms to maximise internal space for rooms/minimise firing arcs; never centre internal doors but offset them to avoid easy firing corridors
*I made too many identical buildings: by simply flipping the front wall (with the door + window) and exchanging the blank wall end with the opposite door end I could have had three times the variety with the same work.
*Bigger buildings use disproportionate time and resources; keep the largest to 20x20cm (8 x 8")
* Pins give a lot of strength and make assembly easy; PVA works as a foam sealant and a secondary connector
There is still lots to be done - about 2-3 hours detailing should "tart it up" a bit....
To do:Ladders: made of either cut up peg baskets or push heavy duty staples into the walls.
Windows & Doors: I have lots of balsa. I might consider some flyscreen for securi-mesh
Tin roofing/roller doors: I'll use the corrugated card and my aluminium spraypaint
Low walls: Create courtyards/gardens for suburban houses for extra cover
High walls: Line of sight blocking terrain with doorways
Trees: a visit to ebay for some Chinese HO-scale palms
Steps: the wife can make some from her Hirst Arts stone moulds
Roof: for warehouses and Donya Fortress (I ran out of foamboard)
Planter boxes: Concrete boxes for rows of palms - adds to cover
Drums/Pipes: I may get more - I also need to wash/de-shiny the ones I have and add rust streaks etc
The terrain building will continue through the week if I can source the foamcore - otherwise it is a trip to the cost next Saturday to stock up.
Anyway - a complete 4x4 Infinity board stacked with terrain; for under $100 and in under 12 hours. Hope this has helped someone!