In an attempt to freshen my terrain collection and do some justice to the great game mats I picked up recently from gamemat.eu, I have dusted off my old box of Cities of Death buildings. The set was from GW and is now long out of print. Here are some work in progress buildings:
These are various angles of three buildings: an Administratum, Manufactorum, and Ministorum ruin. Below is a set of progress pictures of a second Administratum building which can be placed standalone or connected ot the back of the larger ruin to form one big building. This piece was a test model to prove out some techniques I have not use before.
The ruin is based on a 1/4" sheet of plywood for stability and to prevent any warping or damage over years of play and rough storage. This approach has served me well with the existing foam-board city terrain I have used for many years. A two part epoxy was used to cement the completed plastic terrain to the plywood, along with an old GW moonscape crater. Next I used super glue to attach various off-cuts from the plastic Cities of Death terrain followed by a mixed size of rocks sourced from Woodland Scenics talus. Finally I used Vallejo Black Lava to tie the elements together and add a general layer of grit to the piece indicative of the remains in a war zone. This final step really helps blend an wear the polished look of the plastic model. I should also note that I liberally hacked away at portions of the plastic ruins with my flush cutters to add extra damage and variety to the otherwise limited pieces available in the plastic kit.
Now I jump ahead to the finished piece. I used an airbrush to lay down various browns and greys to the ruin. Then set about with a dry brush to highlight and detail the piece. Finally i broke out the GW technical paints to add some corrosion and rust effects. This was my first time using these and I am very happy with the results.
Inquisitor Russ stalks the ruins in search of heretics to expose to the Light of the Emperor...
I hope to bring you more updates of the remaining pieces completed now that the test model is done. I love the look. These will sit nicely on my new mats and add a great new setting for future battles once they are complete... Waiting in the wings is a power generator (pieces sourced from Secret Weapon Miniatures) and various promethium pipeline sections!
Cheers and Happy gaming!