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PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 1:27 am 
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So there I was, browsing some of the newly released MDF scenery that I was quite looking forward to, when I realized that, honestly, it's still pretty expensive for what you get. I need something for my skirmish gaming, but I would feel silly paying GW-level prices for cut-up board with just a hint of etched detail.

So instead, I'll be updating my original Necromunda set with plasticard platforms instead of cardboard. As it turns out, 1mm plasticard slots into the bulkheads perfectly. It's actually a bit more bendy than the cardboard, so I'll be adding some support elements as well.

Props to the other bulkheads + plasticard thread on here, it was the first thing I found when I googled for inspiration.


OK, this is my first test piece, based on one of the original components. Flawless Host guy for scale.
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And a support beam underneath. Still plenty of head space.
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Just fooling around and figuring out how much stuff I can make out of one sheet of plasticard (it comes in 50x25 cm sheets here)
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I decided to keep it simple at first. What you see here is one sheet cut up. It covers a fair bit of table for just €2 worth, and there's still some left over for support beams.
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A scoring tool and a pin vice provide about as much texture as any MDF piece...
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Aaaand I'm spent. I'll make a few more interesting shapes tomorrow. What do you think, sirs?

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Cool! The bendy-ness of the plastic is kind of a bummer though. I've seen others use plasticard of a little more thickness, and supposedly that doesn't bend quite as much. Did you cut out the bulkhead tabs to allow for thicker plastic?


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I considered doing that, but it would mean that I couldn't use my original cardboard anymore, and thicker plasticard is more expensive and much harder to work with. Bendyness won't be an issue once I make some supports, anyway.

I cut up another sheet today, here's what I got:

First up, an original piece. I've probably had these coffee tins in my terrain box for a decade (best before date on them is 2004) and now they have plasticard platforms around them, yay!
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Also stackable in other configurations.
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And here is a copy of the largest Necromunda platform, just with a round hole instead of a square one.
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right thats it i want some bulkheads!

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I'm lucky to own 2 boxes' worth 8)


I made a fair bit of progress today, cutting up 1 and 1/2 sheets.

First up is an extension for the large platform.

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Two of these L-shaped platforms that are compatible with the small square ones.

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Back view.

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The big piece of the day, 3-story triangular platform.

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And from the offcuts I made these small side platforms that only slot into a bulkhead on one side. I think this is an option that was overlooked in the original Necromunda set.

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Tomorrow is game night, so I'll be giving these a test run, but I won't be making any new stuff.

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They are great !!


How thick is plasticard ?

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I really hope you take pictures of these in action.

By the way how are you getting such clean cuts? Very pro looking

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i was thinking the same thing after showing my friend these last night

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Cutting plasticard in the 0.5-1.5mm thickness range is dead easy, you just score a line with a hobby knife, bend the card and it'll snap along the line with a clear edge.

Saturday morning update!

First up, copies of the old triangular platforms.

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Original thingy.

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And some catwalks.

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I think this is it for the platforms, because I have used up pretty much all of my 60 bulkheads. So far I have used less than €10 worth of plasticard and I can cover a 4x4 table pretty well. I expect to spend about as much again for adding details like tread-plate textured plasticard, support beams, etc. I also need a few more catwalks and other connecting pieces. Still, this is a very cheap way to cover a table with decent terrain (assuming you already have the bulkheads, of course ~8) )

I'll take a picture of everything together next time I play.

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Love this, way to go!


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Well, since I'm all out of bulkheads (I would be happy to pay reasonable money for them if anyone has any spares) I have started on a few minor non-bulkhead pieces.

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Oops, forgot a miniature for scale. It's about twice as tall as a basic infantryguy. This will have an ad for Honest Stan's Wine and Cheese Emporium. It's a... homage... to a local player.

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Here, a dude could just about peek over the rectangular platform if standing on tiptoe. There will be pipes added, I own oodles of this stuff.

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thank you for the link! are all thier stuff 28mm scale? if so for $200 you can have some serious kit

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Yes. Platformer, Hexagon, Chemical Plant, Power Plant, all the plastic Gothic buildings... everything is warhammer scale and awesome. I'm surprised there's still someone playing Necromunda and not aware of these kits :P

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i mostly play 40k

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Oh hey some prety sweet looking pieces, reminds me I need to get back on my stuff, too many projects too little time.


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