Monday, May 24, 2010

Quick and Easy Dollar Store Cat Bowl Outpost.



I was fumbling around the house and the new kitten would not stop crying, I followed her and she lead me to an empty bowl .

While filling it up, I realized without cat food in it, the bowl was just about the right height and size for a Space Marine squad to hide in for cover. I needed to go by the post office, and the dollar store was close, so I dropped in to grab some cheap supplies.

For just $3.00 I picked up a pair of stacked plastic bowls, the Garfield cat bowl, and a little stack of clear plastic party cake plates.

I set the cat bowl on top of an over turned plastic bowl and glued them together with hot glue. I added an old rhino side hatch for access to the observation deck.

and a Land Raider hatch and video screen from a Rhino interior, all from the bits box, then painted with black primer.

for the canopy, I masked off the outside edge to keep it clear, sanded the top and primered it also.

I sprayed a desert yellow over the primer, leaving a bit of black showing in a mottled pattern.


After everything had dried, I removed the masking tape to reveal the clear plastic edge.

I drilled three holes, and added three pegs of round plastic sprue to hold up the canopy, but didn't glue it so I can get in there to place figures.

Here a Death Guardsman looks out from the observation deck.


Next, I just hit it with a bit of wash and picked out some details on the hatches.

here is the finished glamour shot.

That was about as simple as it gets, it took only a few hours from start to finish (mostly paint drying) and a non gaming friend said it looked like a building from Mos Eisley in Star Wars, so I guess it passed muster.

Hope you like it,

John

8 comments:

  1. Really nice piece. It's amazing what you can get at the dollar store. A few more of these and you'd be ready for planetstrike.

    Keep up the great work.

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  2. Good stuff! My original drop pod models came from the dollar store.

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  3. Nice, and the fact that it can be made quickly only makes it nicer.

    IMHO, it strikes as a bit more Tau-like (or kinda-sorta Eldar-ish) than Imperial, though.

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  4. Amazing what you can put together with some cheap plastic and a great imagination!

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  5. Looks really nice, but I honestly thought that it was a piece of Tau terrain!

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  6. I sure does look Tauish,

    I was thinking kind of an organic adobe like building.

    I think I will replace the door to make it a Tau cat bowl outpost.

    John
    Santa Cruz Warhammer

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