So, having planned that out I decided to leap straight in. I was originally going to build the loading bay from mounting board, but I soon realised that blue polystyrene would be easier. A few slices with the kitchen knife and we had the basic structure ready.
I then used a 4.5″ boning knife to cut the steps. You don’t need any special tools for these jobs, just make sure the wife isn’t looking!
Next I cut up a cornflake packet and made some bricks which I then applied with PVA. I went for a slightly longer brick than those on the building. I wanted to get the look of a blue Engineering brick which would be used where heavy load bearing ramps were being built. It also meant that they were easier and quicker to stick on. This is never going to look pretty; I am not a bricklayer and cardboard bricks are buggers to get straight, but the important thing to remember that it is an overall effect we’re looking at. You’re not competing for the “Golden Trowel”!
With that done I added some signage, again in artists mounting board. You can use cornflake packets for this, but I prefer a heavier look to industrial signs. In the picture above, you can also see the loading bay doors I am making from cornflake packet. You’ll also note that on the single story building I have removed the lugs which held on the roof. We have crossed the roof Rubicon, there is no going back!
For the main brewery building I am planning a corporate logo of large crown above the name of the brewery.
Next I got out the hot glue gun and added an MDF base, a top to the loading bay, the doors to the loading bay and a set of pretty gates. The brewery is a modular set up, so the gates can but up against anything we fancy in future. As you can see, the draymen are at work already. It’s not breakfast time yet and my thoughts are already turning to beer. And the wife is out all day…
Eagle eyed readers will notice that the gate is a Warbases puiece which had previously graced the entrance to the churchyard at Le Port. Bloody Nazi’s will nick anything!
And finally, here’s a view of what my brain is seeing when the whole thing is complete. There’ll be a bloody great chimney at the back of the main building and me rolling past on top of my T34-85. Up the workers, the bar is open!
Right, time for some egg and bacon to celebrate a good day’s work before breakfast…
We’ve been so busy on Lard Island since we published Chain of Command that my ant-sized brain forgot to post a few downloadable game aids here that make your gaming preparation a bit easier. Firstly we have the Patrol Markers. Frankly you can use anything as Patrol markers, I have resorted to using plain old