Sunday, 29 October 2017

Trash Bash competition - The outpost



Brian Roe from Roebeast's magical house of sunshine has organised a new edition of the Trash Bash competition on the Facebook page.
I have to say trash bashing has never been my forte so I thought I'd use the occasion to take part and come up with something for once !

You can read the full rules on his blog but the main points were the following :

Contestants will construct and paint a vehicle or structure inspired by the terms ASSAULT/SIEGE. Concepts do not have to be military in nature and can embody any ideas that the entrant sees as viable.

The required bit is a medicine package. From pill bottles to blister packs, any bit that once held or dispensed some sort of medicine is valid


So I tried to look in my stash for suitable pieces I could repurpose and came up with those :



You can see the potential (most of the stuff is fairly obvious if I'm being honest so I quickly came up with a basic structure (Battlemasters orc for scale duely painted by my daughter).



The next step was to add detailing like a ladder or rails so I used plastic card and rods :


As a little nod to Brian's late KS I also used one of the doors I got in the Trash Bash Bits KS (although I know ready made parts wouldn't score that well in such a competition but hey !).


A few painting sessions afterwards, I was the proud owner of this fine building which looked "OK but". A quick chat with my beloved WIPsters made me realise I needed a bit more though...


So I took a colouring pen out and some more plastic girders and worked again !


I think they were absolutely right and it really gave the whole piece another dimension it lacked before.


The final list of pieces was :

- One cardboard box (package of a modem IIRC)
- The plastic cap of a spice bottle (used to make the exhaust on top of the big tank)
- 2 greek yogurt pots (to make the tank)
- the canon of a plastic toy gun that used to shoot balls (to make the chimney)
- one door from the Trash Bash Bits part 2 KS (which although not a good way to earn points felt mandatory ^^)
- the plastic cap of an apple purée bag to do the heat radiator
- Green stuff Pcard and plastic girders to build the platform, signs, ladder and pole (late addition not visible on the first picture)
- The plastic pen cap from a colour pen (at the top of the pole)
- Green stuff and metallic wire to do the wires and pipes.
- Foamcore to do the base covered with gap filler and sand.
- The medicine bit is a tube of tablets for sore throats (Lisopaine)

So here are a few better shots of it, I know it's a nightmare to take good pictures of such pieces honestly so I tried to do as well as I could :




General Nelson had spent his whole career on the front, leading his men with a firm but just hand. His assignment in the remote Novaross system almost felt like an insult to him.

With time flying, the sting started to fade and he could almost lay the tips of his finger on a well earnt retirement.

Until that message arrived. If his last assignement was to keep the energy supplies secured in this outpost, then he would not be found at fault.



So this is it ! We've just find out the results today and guess what ! I won ! Yoohoo, first place for me ! I'm really surprised because I find the other contestants have gone far beyond what I did with their use of bits (looks like bribery does pay after all...).
I really loved taking part in this one and hope to take part in more in the future as it was the proper kick in the rear to get something done on the terrain front !
Many thanks to Brian for organising everything like a pro and kudos to the other contestants (whose trash bashing skills far exceed mine in my view).

42 comments:

  1. I really, really like this. It is easily replicable, but still looks believable. I must keep more empty pots and containers!

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    1. It will obviously never look as good as ready made scenery (your palace proving me wrong by the way) but it is very rewarding, I realise I'm really shy about this all when I should go all in !

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  2. Conga-rats on winning! ^^

    I love this; its very reminiscent of the kind of terrain GW used to build in the mid-nineties.

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    1. Yes, there's definitely a huge nostalgia factor in the charm of those builds !
      Thanks a lot !

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  3. looks brill and I love the DIY, punk, RT era vibe to the challenge where you had to make do with the stuff you had lying around.

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    1. It made me realise everyday we throw tables worth of scenery to the bin !!!

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  4. Well, I haven't seen the other contestants, but I can say this piece is inspired, I like it a lot, it has everything you can ask for (and more!), so congratulations, it's been deserved :)
    PS: I see at the background of one pic that there are more buildings to come, hmmm...

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    1. Thanks !
      The scenery you can see in the background is actually the SHadow wars scenery I painted earlier this year, it's just well hidden ! ^^

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  5. Agree with the poster above. Looks like something out of the "How to make wargames terrain" book. Very Oldhammer nineties

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    1. It definitely has an oldschool charm indeed !

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  6. I used to work in an arts & crafts store and I would bring home all sorts of strange packaging to convert into scenery. The How to Make Wargames Terrain book was a huge inspiration. This post reminds me of that time.

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    1. It's something I would not do a lot as a kid so it's quite nice to do those things like back then but with today's confidence and ability !

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  7. This makes me think of an ancient botanical testing station on Arrakis that has been fixed up by the Fremen. Lovely job!

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    1. Oh now you're talking ! That would be quite appropriate indeed !
      Thanks !

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  8. That looks fantastic. Evocative of early Rogue Trader art.

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    1. Early RT suits me fine !
      Thank you sir !

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  9. You were right, those final touches made all the difference. Nice job!

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    1. I'm thankful for my friends kicking me out of the lazy zone !

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  10. I really like this as a unique buidling.

    What would look epic is some shots taken of a model standing at the ground floor outside looking up at the models on the railings! Please make that happen!

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  11. Fantastic work! I especially love the antenna/wiring bit.
    I've been holding on to some plastic syringe packaging for a few years now because of its interesting shape, and this might be the nudge I need to do something with at least one of them!

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    1. I'm still a newbie to this trash bashing thing so I'm really bad at seeing the potential for any sort of rubbish but I bet one you get the proper mindset you see treasures everywhere !

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    2. I have an entire plastic bin in my workshop that's just materials for terrain making!
      If you drink certain types of chilled orange juice, for instance, they have very interesting plastic screw tops with detailing around the edge... I must have kept about 20 of these by now.

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    3. I don't know how many baby powdered milk cans, pringles tubes and empty coke cans I have to make a trillion tanks and towers from...

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    4. Its the only reason anyone buys Pringles, isn't it?

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    5. The little humans at home who call me dad are part responsible too...

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  12. Turned out great JB, the weathering especially. Be careful you don't fall into the "oh, that piece of rubbish looks useful" trap.....Rick Priestley warns of of this disease in RT. I have suffered from it for years :)

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    1. I've actually had it for years too but it stopped there because I had so few ideas... ^^

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  13. Nice work, and congrats! Love the rust - looks very nice.

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  14. Nice work, I like how a few strategic stripes (on the fuel tank and the plastic pen cap) add so much realism to the building.

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    1. I think that's what makes such projects work or not, I mean extra details in general, wether they're markings or added bits like the pole and wire.
      Thanks !

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  15. The texture in that cardboard is absolutely perfect! This is right up there with the deodorant hovercraft for best use of garbage.

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    1. The texture is really zenithal spray and drybrush friendly which makes it even better !

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  16. Man that is so cool. I had this idea to make terrain from old nerf guns...I like to see that you did that from an old toy ray gun.

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    1. I'm a total Nerf gun n00b but I've heard they have tremendous potential for that kind of thing indeed !

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  17. Unbelievably cool work. Something out of odds and ends. Seriously, when I eventually start doing terrain for my AFVs I hope to have even a tenth of your creativity. If inspiration ever strikes, I'm going to 'MacGyver' the heck out of almost nothing stuff and make myself a terrain worthy of a tank. If wishes were horses ...

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    1. I honestly have plenty of stuff to improve on in that field but it's fun as long as it doesn't take too much time. ^^
      Thanks !

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  18. And I just went and threw out a pile of card packing just like the one you used too...

    Really like this finished result, well done on winning sir.

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    1. No biggie, you can find those everywhere !
      Cheers !

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