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Ok, I need some advice from the big boys here....
As some of you may know I am currently unable to paint, glue, make or do anything modelling or wargaming related at all for the short term future.
No, I'm not in gaol (jail). It's worse, I'm stuck at the other halfs parents whilst we find somewhere new to live back down in Devon even though me and the better half are Northern Monkies.
Now the present situation should be short term, but it's doing my head in. Don't get me wrong, I like the in-laws and we appreciate what they've done, but I don't half miss having my man cave, or even just a dining table with paints, figs, glue and all my tools handy. Me so sad (as in bored and unhappy...ok and 'sad' as well ).
Whilst I am on this unwiling hiatus, I have been formulating new projects, including a generic town/mixed necropolis type thing for wholesome 28mm gaming. This includes a system of corridors/rooms for spaceship battles, underground military bases, etc.
It is probably the latter I will (eventually) get started on first.
I have however also found out it's A LOT cheaper making your own gear than buying it. Don't get me wrong the stuff out there is sublime and I can genuinely attest about the quality of some of the manufacturers out there as I have collected lots of mixed houses, scenery etc over the years. But by heck, some of it, well it's pricey.
My stuff, will never look as good as bought gear. Simple as. It will never look as good as Matashiki's gear, Hell, I don't mind a lot of his stuff is the benchmark. Whatever I do make will be fun however, and simple and have multiple uses (firewood possibly being one of them).
I've made stuff before, houses, rooms etc and they've been fine. I've even made a very large dolls house as a present for a family member and it really was very special and I was quite proud of it. Admitedly the latter was from a basic kit, but the basement and attic were homemade and really fitted seamlessly in.
I'm not going to be using foamcard. It's cheap, lightweight etc, but I'm not keen on the way it takes paint or how expensive it can be buying it over the counter for what it is. I am also worried about it's 'crushability'. Probably not necessary, but with two small neices around an awful lot, it may end up as 'Dolly Town'.
Thick Cork tiles are cheap and easy, but it's smooth walls I need, so not quite the right finish.
Plastic/perspex is out of question.
I love Hirst Arts but it's not quite what I'm after, weighs a lot, would take forever to cast and I only have some of the fantasy molds. No Sci-Fi styles sadly.
It looks like 3mm MDF/Hardboard floors, with 2mm walls. It's cheap and robust and readily available. No roof system, just possibly plain MDF to hide whats lurking in the rooms for PC's.
I have the hand tools, but few (small enough) power tools. I have an regular dremel which is handy, sander, glue gun etc (got to be masked up if using MDF etc) but nothing to use as a router should I need it for possible joints. I could just glue and tack the walls to floors, but I am concerned about long term rigidity without a tab and slot system. All the other bought kits I have made with MDF have incorporated this system. For the dolls house I borrowed a friends router, but that was a larger scale with thicker materials.
Friends have recommended stuff from DIY shops own brands (not like I'm using it everyday for commercial purposes so don't need Makita or Hilti) to the Proxxon range which looks out of this world and is UK based, but can I justify the prices for what I'm doing?
Also, to paint it all I need a decent air brush set up. My own is not up to large jobs and will cost a bomb using cannisters. I could just buy cheap tins of emulsion, but it will end up looking 'painted in large brushstrokes by a spider monkey'. Again friends in the know have their own favourites, Badger is recommended, as is the Revell Master series, but the prices....well my other half would have the screaming habdabs...
I have seen cheaper sets with a compressor and two airbrushes on Amazon, and am tempted but mixed reviews have me gun shy.
The 'Bunker/Starship/underground complex' will be moduler. The seperate corridors and rooms. Basic paint jobs for the most part for now. Uniform grey outside walls, lighter corridors, and med rooms/labs.
The best example of what I am aiming for is the Game Craft Spaceship system. I may even get a couple of sets of the cheaper end stuff as 'not-templates'...ahem. I know mine will not reach the professional end or become a business so I'm not worried about that, but I do want straight edges and crisp corners.
Lots of mixed length corridors, box rooms, bulk heads, some unique rooms, wards, armoury, hospital, lab, brig and kitchen but they will get the attention when they come along. Plus there's loads of accessories to be had in web land for such rooms, some of which are excellent and not too expensive.
The whole project I'd like to be able to do relatively inexpensively, but I know it won't be that cheap. It doesn't have to be mega bucks, and I can take as long as I want with it and will be a labour of love but then thats this hobby and our projects all over.
Trying to run before I can walk maybe, ambitious, you got it, realistic? May be..
So, advice please. Recommendations, advice and tips all very welcome. What tools and experiences people have had whilst trying similar stuff.