While I realize that this doesn't look like the series of buildings I promised you, I have been hard at work!
|Test section of the Zagros Pipeline to New Herat|
Okay, so I got sidetracked in the hardware store! (It can happen to all of us!)
While looking for some small piping or valves in the irrigation section, I made the mistake of looking over at the 1/2" pipe fittings section. Once I dug through a few bins I suddenly NEEDED to build a Promethium Pipe network for my table. (Not really... but it is as good an excuse as any!)
|Sanding off the lettering|
|completed and sprayed long sections|
- 3 sections - 7 inches long
- 5 sections - 2 inches long
So when I set out to build mine, I decided to make the entire pipe, including the fitting heading into the ground 7 inches long. Instead of 4 short sections, I opted to make one longer 8 inch part to take the place of the 4 2-inch sections. Unless most people are building a pipeline with strange branches, etc, I decided that one long section to replace the 4 smaller ones would be acceptable.
I broke up some of the trimmed-off cork and attempted to build up chunks of dried out earth around the places where pipes entered the "ground". This at least covered up the junction with the bottom of the base, but I'm not sure how good it will look at the end. The pipes were sprayed with a Hammered Iron spray paint that gives a pretty good look overall. Next time I'll spray the pipes separately! (oops!) Color scheme for the base was the same as the cork house I just built last week. Craft paints in the following layers:
|Base showing Brown Oxide and Territorial Beige drybrush|
- Base of Brown Oxide
- Drybrush Territorial Beige
- Drybrush Khaki
|Base showing Territorial Beige drybrush and Khaki drybrush|
And I'll remind you that these are craft paints, so it is probably worth it to thin the base coat so it soaks into the crevices well. This will mean two coats of the Brown Oxide, but it will make a more even basecoat (without silver showing through to much!). Drybrushing the layers of Territorial Beige and Khaki over the base gave it a lot more depth, but it still is lacking something. I may put some short dry grass tufts in places as this is supposed to be terrain from a high desert plateau.
Overall, the first test piece has come out great as it was designed to be a CHEAP way to get a Promethium Pipe network on the board. The pipes and fittings probably cost $5 total, and I used one sheet of cork for the bases. Not bad instead of $32 for the GW ones... and who wants spikes and gothic details on their pipelines, anyway??
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