Aegis Defence Line Part 2

For the second part of my Aegis Defence line project I will be blending the Defence Line and the bases together. For this I’ll be using a few simple tools of the trade and some bits from my bits box.

I have to admit I’ve been pretty pleased with my bits box for this project. I have a number of sets of plastic drawers which I keep stuff in and haven’t looked through in ages, so I had a look through and found a bunch of stuff I’d forgotten I had.

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Top left, metal sandbags (a casting experiment I did a number of years ago)

Bottom left, a seletion of modern US military accessories from Tamiya. Includes helmets, ration packs, ammo boxes and a much more.

Middle of shot, a selection of World War 2 accessories from Tamiya. Includes guns, ammo boxes, mines.

Right hand side of shot, a collection of Games Workshop ammo crates, Tamiya barrels and larger crates.

All the Tamiya items are 1/48 scale, which equates to ‘heroic’ 28mm, which is closer to 32mm scale, fairly well so I’m not worried about the disparity in scale.

My intention is to add one or two of these items to each piece of the Defence Line to ensure that they are all unique in some way.

Next thing is to build up the texture on the bases. For this I’m using All Purpose Filler (see Tools of the Trade page) which I applied with a couple of sculpting tools.

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The end result looks pretty good on the test piece.

First stage filler

Next stage is to finish the other 6 pieces in the same way and apply the accessories.

Aegis Defence Line Part 1

I bought a couple of Aegis Defence line packs when they first came out and have just got round to doing something with them.

I’ve always been slightly ‘put off’ by the fact that the defense line pieces are pretty lightweight and easy to knock over. I needed something add a little weight to them and make them look like they are proper fortifications (not merely dropped onto a battlefield and left there by the Mechanicus!).

Luckily though I ‘know a man who can’. A couple of friends of mine run http://www.blotz.co.uk/ and produce laser cut MDF bases.

A quick trip and a cup of tea later and I’m blessed with some custom bases to add the needed weight to the pieces.

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The bases have been designed to allow a figure or figures to stand on the base behind the Defence Line and to allow the pieces to ‘butt up’ against each other on the tabletop (the right angled sections on the sides of each base).

Having glued the Defence Line segments to the bases with 2 part epoxy and left it to cure, I’ve then used some simple pebble gravel and railway modelling ballast to get to this point.

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In Part 2 I’ll blend the rocks in with either liquid green stuff or polyfilla to help enforce the idea that the Defence Line has been ‘dug in’.

Practising on some terrain

Recently started on some terrain to go with the ‘Altar of Evil’ from Pegasus hobbies. It’s a nice item and I wanted to have a few pieces to go around it so it becomes a centrepiece for a Chaos inspired battlefield.

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Happily I have around a number of items I got from TSS (Total System Scenic) in the form of rock formations.

The look I’m after is one of desolation. I want the area to look as though the very ground itself has been scorched around the temple, either for ritual or from battle (or just because the chaos worshippers like burning things). These should give me the desolate look I’m after.

Painting them (after a fairly minimal cleanup) is pretty simple:

1) They start like this. Standard hard white/yellow resin. This is good quality stuff and generally pretty nice to work with.
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2) Spray them with Games Workshop Chaos black primer (or whichever primer you prefer).Touch up where the spray didn’t get into properly. The jagged rocks have plenty of underhangs and overhangs which can be difficult to get the spray into. I used the GW technical primer for this.

3) Once that stage was all dry I moved onto the main stages. The first of these is to paint all the earthen areas brown. For this I used GW Scorched Brown, undiluted.

First coat

4) Next stage was to basecoat the rocks themselves. For this I used Panzer Grey.  I’ve had this pot of paint for a while and had to ‘rescue’ it once after it partially dried out (more on that another time), so it’s only really useful for terrain painting now but as you can see, it does the job.

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5) Next stage is to darken it all down. I want it to look properly scorched and blend in with the main altar. For this gave each piece a full ‘heavy’ wash of GW Badab Black. I should point out that when I say ‘heavy’, I don’t mean a nice little shading with a wash brush….basically we’re drowning it!

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This does use a hell of a lot of Badab Black, but I had several pots lying round which needed finishing up. If you don’t want to use GW washes then I’d suggest getting some Chaos Black or Tamiya Nato Black and diluting it.

6) Now wait for it to dry…for a long time!

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7) After a quick dry brush of GW Rotting Flesh things start to look better.

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Even at this stage the results are pretty favourable and perfectly usable on the table.

I need to play about with the final coats as I want it blend in with the altar, but also retain the dark feel. I’ll post again once I figure it out.