I need a new army display base for an up coming 40K tournament that will go well with my Imperial Guard. The original theme was to be a Aztec style ruin on a Mars like planet with lots of rune/glyph carving, but that theme gave way to a simpler bunker theme with a smooth fore ground (that could be completed in time for the event). I considered adding craters and such to the front portion of the board but decided against rough areas as it may make it difficult to stand and carry models.
The base is 18″x18″ square, built of 1 inch pink foam on quarter inch MDF, with a 6 inch riser at the back. Elmer’s Wood glue is used to hold the foam together & a night of compression under heavy books guarantees a warp free board. Finally, a layer of spackle is applied to hide the joints between the various elements.
Detail on the bunker is provided by plaster castings. The hex like columns are a Hirst Arts piece from the Station Builder mold. Using this small brick as a column was an idea first presented by Dan Stamford way back in 2003 – I’ve been looking for good places to use the idea ever since. The firing slits are cast from a craft foam mold. The original instructions for this process call for spray adhesive, substituting white Elmer’s glue can (and did) result in glue bubbles poking into the casting area. These molds are good for a one shot deal like this being fast and cheap to create- but rapidly decline in quality as the foam/glue are bent out of shape by the demold.
The rest of the bunker area is floor tile and a few Imperial Eagles from the IG tank sprue. The dragons teeth are castings from my tank obstacle, broken apart from the strip & placed in a triangle formation.
Texture is supplied by a combination of Foam Coat and sand, using the same methods from the Blast Wall project. The bunker area is covered with a mix of 2 parts plaster and 1 part fine play sand. The fore ground is coated with a mix of 1 part plaster and 1 part rough sand with a bit of Elmer’s added for strength.