Sunday, December 4, 2016

The Weekly Update - Sunday, December 4th, 2016 - Sakbe Road Tower Work

Big tower to the fore, interval towers to the rear

It's been a pleasant afternoon, here at the Workbench, with a bit of work on the Sakbe road towers now done and waiting for the glue to dry. The big tower has the little watchtowers all glued on, the external facing on the outer face done, and the upper parapets in place. Next up will be the inner parapets. The two interval towers now have their lowest roadway sections glued on, and their parapets started. Lots more to do of course, including a session on the table saw to make MDF bases for all of the sections; that will probably have to wait for warmer weather, as I'll have to do it in the back yard due to the sheer size of the sheets being cut.

So far, all of this work has been in extruded styrene foam, available in from the 'big-box' DIY stores as 4' x 8' sheets. I used a lot of salvaged pink foam from a very unsuccessful set of game scenery, cut down as needed; the blue foam is part of a full sheet that I had in stock. Lots of razor knives, lots of glue, lots of right-angle try-squares, and the very handy picture-framing saw that we have. This has preset detents for all of the usual angles, and so cuts the time needed for a project like this in half - and makes accurate angled cuts very easy. Have a look:

Working in foam also makes this a very easy - and light-weight! - project. If we'd tried this back in the old days, the thing would have been made out of wood and we'd still be cutting and gluing the thing to this day.

The question has been asked,  by a great many people over the years about my projects, "Why do something like this?" My answer is, as it always has been, "Why not?"

If I had a dollar for every time I've heard somebody say, "Oh, we can't do that! It's too hard!" I could retire to a life of luxury. I freely admit that I do big projects, but then I also point to the great response that I get from gamers who walk into the game room and stop dead in astonishment at the game they are about to play.

My Scots cousins - Macdougal of Lorne, to be precise - like to quote a popular (in some circles) toast:

"He either fears his fate too much, or his desserts are small, 
who dares not put it to the touch, to win or lose it all!"

Or, as those men - like the late and very lamented Sir Christopher Lee - who wear the wings of the goddess Isis like to put it:

"Who dares, wins!"

Dare to dream. Your games will be a lot more fun, if you do...


  1. Gaming projects like yours are works of art. Here's another artist's project that you'll find interesting: The KCS Mary Shelly, a space battleship/carrier in 28mm scale.

    1. Thank you for the kind words! Loved the battle-carrier!!! Wonderful!!!

  2. Yep! That's why I am channeling Tony Bath's Hyborea!

    1. As well you should! His campaign is truly inspirational!