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Friday, July 31, 2009

Warhammer 40k Advanced Projects: How to Add a Fire Escape/Balcony & Stairs

by Mathew Glanfield

Every multilevel buildings must have a fire escape, so that it can save life in case of emergency. Not just saving lives but also adding some beauty into the building. Not just in real life buildings that we have to place a fire escape but also in Wargaming. Every Warhammer 40k multilevel buildings must have a fire escape attach into it so that it will look more realistic.

By creating a fire escape or balcony and stairs and attaching it into a building that would perfectly fit the fire escape

Nothing makes your Warhammer 40k multilevel buildings more realistic looking than a fire escape. You can pretty much add it to any building you make and just think of how cool it would look. This is an article for more advanced Warhammer terrain builders. So�if you�re up to the challenge, let�s get to it shall we.

Materials list

-Popsicle sticks


-utility knife

-metal mesh (refer to the step 2 for more details)

-PVA glue (white glue)


-blood red

-graveyard earth

-bolt gun metal

Step 1 Prepare the steel frames

Okay, to build a house or any structure it is already understood that you must have a frame or a steel frame. So regarding this matter we have to gather all the Popsicle stick that will be needed in creating the steel frame. This will all be used for creating the frames of the platforms, balconies , wall support and stairs. After gathering the needed Popsicle stick cut off all the ends.

To save some time try to cut the Popsicle stick by group or bundle so that they will be equally cut. After cutting the ends paint all the Popsicle stick with blood red paint.

And then dry brush with graveyard earth color. But do not over paint the blood red paint, just let a portion of the blood red bleed be seen through after doing all this to all the stick its time to dry brush some bolt metal gun for the finishing color on the Popsicle sticks. This is where you will be at your free will for how much or how heavy or light metal/rust you what showing. It is better to have a 50/50 blend.

Step 2 Prepare metal mesh

There are many materials which can actually be used as a steel metal platform but since a screener which is more cheaper and can be brought in any store. This will be our item to be used for this step simply remove the screen from its handle. After detaching the screen try to flat the screen for this will work later.

Then cut off some of the strips of your mesh. Just use scissors for this cutting. For the measurement of the mesh, for the width just measure a space marine and a half

Step 3 Glue mesh to framing

After cutting off some strips, glue down the Popsicle sticks framing to the strips of mesh. Better sure that the mesh is completely flat if you did well in flattening it in second step and not bent or curled. I like to use gravity while waiting for the glue to dry. To bring order just simply place the Popsicle sticks in between to paint tubes on top of the mesh. For one good reason, it is much simpler this way. It is a very nice idea to outline your platform onto a piece of cardboard or anything that is hard but light to handle that is why we choose the cardboard. Then use the cardboard as a template. Simply put the cardboard on top of your mesh and cut out your platform.

Step 4 Glue platforms to building

Glue all the cut out platforms to the already finished buildings using PVA glue (white glue). Just turn the building horizontal for this project, then place again 2 tubes of paints on either side of the platform to hold it in place while drying.

Step 5 Make your steps

In creating the steps or the stairs, start by cutting strips of mesh the width you want your stairs to be. Same as the platforms, we used a space marine as a reference to know how wide we wanted our stair be.

After determining the width of the steps, cut the strips into step sized pieces. And then cut up some Popsicle sticks for the framing. Finally glue the pieces to your mesh like so.

Step 6 Make your Railings

Get some straws and then paint the straws the same rust color as the steel frames so that it will co inside with the color of the frames.

Next, cut and glue them to the platform. Just like what we did in the early part in measuring, use a Space Marine in determining how high or low you want your railing.

Step 7 Glue staircase to platform

After all the procedures it comes down to the final step, glue the staircase to the platform and wait till it dries up.

And there you have it!

Matthew Glanfield is the webmaster for MiniWarGaming.com, a site that strives to provide useful resources to players of the Games Workshop Warhammer Fantasy, Warhammer 40K, and Lord of the Rings Strategy Battle Game. You can visit his website at http://www.miniwargaming.com



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