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Shooting Gallery

The Fun Fair continues, with the latest addition of a Shooting Gallery!

View along the Shooting Gallery

The Shooting Range

Da Boyz can choose between using the old, rusty las-gunz, or trying their luck with Da Big Shoota (Customised Terminator Assault Cannon)

View of three guns

Choose your Weapon!

As can be seen from this view along the Range, someone has already had a go with the Big Shoota:

View along the Range, with one destroyed Target

New Target Please!

Partly to avoid “bowling green syndrome”, and partly due to my first layer of flock going horribly wrong, the range is covered in three types of flock; dark grass, light grass and sand. I only added one mushroom this time. I find that just by varying the shades of flock, and adding minor fauna and flora you can turn a piece from OK to Impressive.

For those of you interested in technical details, the fence is made from cocktail sticks, while the bench and Banner are wood-textured plasticard. The Struts holding up the banner are pre-made plastic struts set into milliput “concrete securing sections”. The targets are plasticard with a Beakie silhouette PVA’d on.

A rear view of the targets, with mushroom


So now, even if the Beakies refuse to play ball, Da Boyz will always have something to shoot at! And may even win a Prize!

Christmas Presents!

Actual presents included an MP3 player, converter to play it in the tape deck in the car, chocolates and fragrances. But more importantly, I got PACKAGING! 🙂

MP3 packaging

Clear plastic from MP3 packaging.

This clear plastic can either be used for windows, or cut and painted to make any flat surface. If I was still making Epic Scale scenery, it might make the basis for a building.

Walnut Whip Packaging

Walnut Whip packaging

This walnut whip packing is far too flimsy to use as-is, but I’ve got some ideas for padding the insides to firm it up. I’m currently considering paper mache, or a sand/PVA mix. I’m not sure yet what to build from it, but it will be used for something!

Quality Scenery!

Quality Scenery!

Now this, I have ideas for! Turned upside down, it will make a fine building. The base has a 2-3mm recess, about an inch in, and I may build a second storey on it. Quick spray of rough-coat, paint it up, add a few doors/windows/etc, should be a nice centerpiece to fight over!

EDIT: New idea for Quality scenery!

Quality CD Building

Quality CD Building

Current though is to make it an Imperial Bastion, taken by Orks.

The more observant of you may have noticed that in the last photo, Barry has a new Staff! Well, it’s the same old cocktail stick, but I’ve been promising him that I’d paint it up in Inch-markers for years. Now that 40k-6th allows pre-measuring, I have no need to sneak a measuring stick onto the battlefield, and so can keep him on the workbench for scaling models!

One Step At A Time …

The Main Site now has a step by step guide to building cocktail stick barricades, with detailed instructions on each technique!

Aimed at those people newer to modelling and scratch-building, it walks you through each stage, explaining the techniques, and reasons behind them, so that you will end up with a useable piece of scenery, and the skills to build your own!

You Will Need

Things you will need

Barry and the Barricade

Checking the height of the barricade

Nearly done

Nearly done …


Finished Piece

Finished Piece