Tau Communications Centre

This piece of terrain was made for MiniWarGaming.com’s terrain Group Build XXV.  The theme for this group build was containers, so I decided to use a easter egg plastic container to create a Tau Communication Centre (see forum thread here).

My wife pointed out that one of the kid’s easter egg containers would make a great piece of terrain, and I threw it in the box. When this Group Build came up I was very excited to have something that I felt I could have a decent go at.

Raw material container (used to hold one big easter egg and a couple of caramello koala’s:

Top half ripped off to form the basis for the terrain, a few of the items from the kid’s craft box, some glue and a little bit of air-drying clay later and I have the main structure sorted out (the bulldog clip is in there to hold the beer bottle top while it was gluing

What I’ve done here is added a control panel next to the door, placed fire access points on the four outer column areas, and laid the electronic and electrical wiring to the antenna’s (SATCOM antenna run the cables inside the rotating joints of the mount, so no visible wires for them).

Whole of the piece on completion of these works and ready to be painted:

Close up of the control panel next to the entry hatch:

Close up of the mast with the UHF antenna:

Rear of the mast showing the cable tray:

Close up of the HF and VHF antenna:

Close up of one of the fire access points:

Undercoated:

Basecoated:

Painted

View of the whole communications centre, with space marine for scale:

From a different angle:

Top down view:

Close up of the hatch and control panel:

Close up of the VHF area of the mast:

Close up of the back of the mast:

Lessons learnt:

– The citadel spray gun doesn’t work well with the paint range I use for terrain.
– Something the size of the largest antenna is really fragile when super glued on, connect it some other way next time.
– Using thread for cables works really well, but the method of painting used didn’t bring out it’s best.

+ My wife’s scrap booking set has some small hole punches which can make some great button sized chad.
+ I think the warning signs look quite good, and they were easy to make with the computer.
+ The button satellite dishes worked well, and were very easy. Must remember them for future projects.

I hope you’ve had half as much fun reading about this as I have of doing it.

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Posted on May 24, 2011, in Terrain. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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