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 Post subject: Re: The Orochi Colonies - Brood Nest [UPDATED 25/02/10]
PostPosted: Thu Feb 25, 2010 7:13 pm 
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Very, very cool terrain!

I had simmilar thoughts on using the lotus pod, would you mind sharing those certain techniques that Wormwood gave you :lol: ?

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 Post subject: Re: The Orochi Colonies - Brood Nest [UPDATED 25/02/10]
PostPosted: Fri Feb 26, 2010 9:46 am 
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Reinforcing lotus seed pods, for Tyranid terrain projects
Get some baking soda,
a cheap brush you really don't care about,
and some cheap super glue (cyanoacrylate).

Hold the pod by the stem, to avoid getting glue on your fingers.
Drizzle super glue onto the outside of the seed pod.
Brush the glue over the visible surfaces of the seed pod.
This will be absorbed by the papery pod material, and stiffen it some.

After it has dried, you can trim the underside to lower the top of the pod to the desired level for terrain building.
From the underside of the pod add more glue, followed by baking soda to fill in the weak spots.
Repeat as necessary.

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 Post subject: Re: Tyranid Terrain - Big Update: Trees, Spores, & Brood Towers
PostPosted: Mon Mar 15, 2010 3:20 pm 
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Evening folks,

A big update this time 'round. I've finished off a couple of things that have been sat around for a while, and also put together some new pieces.

First up is the fifth piece of Tyranid infested area terrain. The tree armatures are removable; each piece of area terrain has at least one mounting point for these additional trees.

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Then there's a set of Embryonic Pods - these were quickly thrown together to use up some spare basing material I had lying around. They're not quite finished yet as they need 'sliming'. Not the best but they'll do for a collection of left overs.

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Another set of Flesh/Spore Pods. These are mounted on a CD so the piece is pretty limited in terms of area terrain, but it is pretty tall and can block line of sight... a rarity on my swamp terrain. This was made from the cannibalised remains of some the older, brown pods that appear earlier in this thread.

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A small cluster of dead trees; made using floral wire and masking tape. Has a very small footprint and will likely be sat on top of the big area terrain pieces for a bit of variety.

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A second large tree to go with the earlier one made from the dead lavender bush. This one is made from the skeletal remains of my bonsai tree and mounted on a CD. Along with the other large tree, and the armatures that slot into place, it gives that decaying bog feel without overpowering the blighted look of the set.
I generally dislike the scale of the GW/model railway tree sets I always see - far too small. These are pretty large specimens in comparison and make very nice centre pieces.

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Finally a set of two Brood Towers.
These are made from a toy from the Heroscape range. I saw a fuzzy photo of one of these over at TTH. A chap was using one straight from the box as a generic terrain piece. I picked up a couple for fairly cheap off EBay.
Mounted them on a base; applied some of the ever useful mud mix, broken slate, small stones and gravel; sprayed with black primer to cover up the shiny plastic, and got to painting.

These Brood Towers are Tyranid bio-structures that develop in heavily Blighted areas. They grow above a network of womb-like chambers wherein clutches of embryonic sacs develop. Once incubated, these sacs are forced upwards into the Brood Tower by muscular contractions. Once they emerge from the flesh and corded muscle, the sacs split apart to reveal a mature Tyranid organism. Dripping in afterbirth and ready to kill, the Tyranids move off into the choked wetlands of the Colony.

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FINISHED
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Hope you all like the update - I certainly enjoyed making the pieces :).

-Fox-

Ah - also... a quick shot of what I'm making next for the terrain set. It's going to be another 'line of sight' blocker using spore pods.
I found these seed pods today in the recycling warehouse down at the local tip.
They're bloody huge! I have three of them, and they'll be combined with some regular sized pods and some Tyranid parts to create a mammoth cluster of Tyranid Pods.

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OK, I really am going now...


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 Post subject: Re: Tyranid Terrain - Big Update: Trees, Spores, & Brood Towers
PostPosted: Mon Mar 15, 2010 6:13 pm 
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Amazing! The gooooys are awesome too! When you got a load done you should display them all together and take some scenic shots.

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 Post subject: Re: Tyranid Terrain - Big Update: Trees, Spores, & Brood Towers
PostPosted: Tue Mar 16, 2010 10:21 am 
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Dusty, your work is very nice, and I always look forward to what you'll bring us next.
Any chance you could throw a Gaunt into the photos along side the terrain pieces to give us a sense of scale?

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 Post subject: Re: Tyranid Terrain - Big Update: Trees, Spores, & Brood Towers
PostPosted: Thu Mar 25, 2010 7:20 am 
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KrewL RaiN wrote:
Amazing! The gooooys are awesome too! When you got a load done you should display them all together and take some scenic shots.


Cheers Krewl.
I need to do a little updating on my gaming boards (just the colours really), but then I'll set up my Tyranid infested swamp for some gratuitous photo's :D

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Dusty, your work is very nice, and I always look forward to what you'll bring us next.
Any chance you could throw a Gaunt into the photos along side the terrain pieces to give us a sense of scale?


Thanks again Wormwood - you've given me some really helpful advice on a few occasions; I really appreciate it.
I'll sort those scale shots when I set up the board with the terrain set.

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 Post subject: Re: Tyranid Terrain - Big Update: Trees, Spores, & Brood Towers
PostPosted: Sun Apr 11, 2010 11:36 pm 
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Hmm, I'm usually against home-made capillary towers/spore chimnies, but those are cool. They look like the front plate of the old Armorcast Exocrine's. Which definately makes them cool

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 Post subject: Re: Tyranid Terrain - Big Update: Trees, Spores, & Brood Towers
PostPosted: Sun Jun 27, 2010 3:58 pm 
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Evening folks,

Super quick update on this thread to show the next few pieces of terrain I've started. A few weeks ago my fiance headed off to Ikea to pick up a few bits and pieces. After an hour or so she phoned to let me know that she'd found a tray of dead bonsai trees they were selling off, and would I like them (I have no idea why they were doing this :)).

Anyway - having already made some terrain from a dead bonsai already I immediately leapt at the chance.
So... for the mighty sum of £3.50 I ended up with no less than 7 of the most realistic looking scale trees going!

Just a few photo's of them at the start of this project - more to follow over the next few days.

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With all the soil pulled off (very messy business) and the roots/branches clipped as needed.

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With special thanks to my dearest for suffering the odd looks she must have received when buying a tray of dead plants :D.

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 Post subject: Re: Tyranid Terrain - Starting a few more trees [27/06/10]
PostPosted: Sun Jun 27, 2010 7:17 pm 
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Nice trees.
Glad to hear your fiancee is supportive of your hobby.
I'd been missing your updates.

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 Post subject: Re: Tyranid Terrain - Starting a few more trees [27/06/10]
PostPosted: Mon Jun 28, 2010 12:00 pm 
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Nice trees.
Glad to hear your fiancee is supportive of your hobby.
I'd been missing your updates.


totally copy that!

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 Post subject: Re: Tyranid Terrain - Starting a few more trees [27/06/10]
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Guessing you have to dry those out so they don't rot.

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 Post subject: Re: Tyranid Terrain - Starting a few more trees [27/06/10]
PostPosted: Tue Jun 29, 2010 2:47 am 
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Morning all - day off work today so I have time to show a bit of progress on these trees.
All mounted on CD's for placement flexibility.

You'll see a Termagant and a Warrior in there to give you a sense of scale - much larger than the GW/railway trees.

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Just waiting for everything to dry before I can go any further on these.

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 Post subject: Re: Tyranid Terrain - Progress on the trees [29/06/10]
PostPosted: Tue Jun 29, 2010 8:12 pm 
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Those remind me of the giant trees you see growing on the old temple ruins in Cambodia.

I'd be sorely tempted to get some nice imperial 40K scenery pieces like the statue from the honored Imperium set to make ruins from, and greenstuff additional roots down over them.

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 Post subject: Re: Tyranid Terrain - Progress on the trees [29/06/10]
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some of this scenery looks amazing, you've definetly inspired me to go out ang get some terrain happening, cheers!

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 Post subject: Re: Tyranid Terrain - Finally! Photo's of the trees [04.09.11]
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Long time since I've updated this one!

Thought it was probably time I got up some photo's of the giant swamp trees I made from bonsais (over a year since I got the initial WIP pictures up :shock: ).

There's a wee Hormagaunt in there for an idea of scale too.

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Also considering adding some droopy foliage to them all; below is the test piece.
Very messy to do :).
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Hope you like 'em.

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