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    Now it is time for the yearly marathon express build of the Las Vegas Open finals table. This years theme is an underground Cephalyx drudge factory.

    I had teased a few parts of it quite a bit earlier. Some of the noted features will be a plasma panel in the middle of the board, glowing and flickering red lights, magnet floating orbs, a Cephalyx colossal and a smoke machine....

    First up is the general layout that will be laser cut out. The smaller red square are etch patterns that will be getting drudge bio pods on them.



    Here are some of the side board panels along with some misc parts.


    And all the parts laid out to be laser cut.

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    While things are getting cut I am working on the other terrain bits that will accompany the table. First up is the Cephalyx colossal along with its' bio chamber.

    I am making the colossal by kit bashing a Skaven monstrosity with some Cephalyx monstrosity bits.



    Here it is all together with sculpting the even out the muscles and cover the skaven runes and such.


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    Now up is his bio tank.

    1. Cutting plexi panels and gluing them together to form the walls of this bio chamber.



    2. Walls glued together



    3. The base of the chamber. Made of foam core with diamond plate plasticard glued on top.



    4. Adding some pipes and vents to bottom of the bio chamber.

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    5. The bottom surround of the bio chamber assembled.



    6. The top lid of the bio chamber assembled. I plan on having lights in the bottom and top of the chamber, but those will not go in till it is pretty much finished.



    7. Painting the board I want to go for a rusty dark metal look. To achieve that I am priming everything a rust red.



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    8. After that was dry I spray painted it a dark bronze color and then hit it in spots with an aluminum color spray. Once the table is mostly complete I am going to go back and add control panel glows, oil and blood stains.





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    9. I am going to seal the gap between the plexi panels and the base with thick craft glue. It is quite a bit easier to deal with than caulking for this application.





    10. And with the exterior rim glued to it.

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    While this is drying it is time to paint the colossal! This is going to be a somewhat quick paint job as he is going to be in a somewhat clouded tank and does not need to be super fancy.

    1. Primed and ready to start painting.



    2. Base coat of dark flesh airbrushed on, then a top highlight coat with the airbrush of a medium flesh.



    3. Mixing in some bone white another airbrush highlight layer is applied.



    4. After that I went back with the dark flesh and shaded the cracks/under areas. Then taking the bone white I put some hard highlights on it. This will help it "pop" in the bio tank.

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    5. Using a a clear red color, airbrush all the stitching to make it look a little inflamed and anywhere else I wanted it a little red. Adding in a little purple in spots would look good too, though I did not do that.



    6. Fast forwarding a bit all the metal and wood is painted. The metal was painted silver, then heavily washed with GW nulin oil, then flesh wash. That is a pretty easy way to add some shading and weathering without spending a lot of time. Use a blow dryer to help keep the washes from pooling.



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    I am hitting F5 but no new posts are loading. NEED MOAR POSTS!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tekanan View Post
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    Ask and you shall receive, at least this time!
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    While things are drying with the colossal bio chamber I started working on the individual drudge bio pods.

    1. Making the master parts for the drudge bio pod bases and tops.





    2. Using silicon rubber mold material I make a master mold so I can make a bunch of bio chambers.



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    3. I am going to need a bunch more drudges, so making a mold of a few too with an umbilical cord.



    4. Painting up some more drudges for the bio pods along with Cyphon



    5. Test fitting a drudge in one of the pod chambers.

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    6. I air brushed some color to look like gunk build up in the bio tube, then glued it onto the base for the bio pod chamber



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    omg, this is going to be so awesome !

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    Holy moly! How much do you spend on these tables? This is incredible work and I'm looking forward to seeing the progress.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tapecrawler View Post
    Holy moly! How much do you spend on these tables? This is incredible work and I'm looking forward to seeing the progress.
    Quite a bit of the stuff I have if left overs from other projects. But it will probably be at least $400+ in materials before it is all done. But mostly that is because of all the electronic stuff and clear resin that is going into it.
    Something like the India themed table I did would cost quite a bit less.
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    Thanks for the quick answer! What made me think about the price was the rubber molding supplies. Those don't come cheaply and it looks like you used the whole thing. I've wanted to get into doing molding but the start up cost intimidates me.

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    You're ridiculous. And I mean that in the best possible way.

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    Absolutely amazing work. So excited to see more updates! Jealous of everyone who will be able to see it in person at LVO

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tapecrawler View Post
    Thanks for the quick answer! What made me think about the price was the rubber molding supplies. Those don't come cheaply and it looks like you used the whole thing. I've wanted to get into doing molding but the start up cost intimidates me.
    Ah. Yes getting set up for mold making takes a bit. But, fortunately I do other casting and am already set up. So doing small things like this is easy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hoppydapunk View Post
    Absolutely amazing work. So excited to see more updates! Jealous of everyone who will be able to see it in person at LVO
    Thanks! Some year you will have to come out and see them yourself.
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    Here is one of the drudges that will be going into the bio pods.



    To run the wires up to the top of the bio chamber I have hollow plastic tube.



    I painted then cut the tubing. Then fit it to the camber and figure out where to make the channel for the wire.



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    LED hot glued into the bottom of the bio pod. I have solid red LEDs and candle flicker LEDs to use on the pods/table.



    The top of the bio pod with the LED glued in and wire through the post.



    Testing out the LED with the mini inside.

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    I am using some old clear resin I have for the Bio pods. It is supposed to be clear, but it is a little old.....
    It will be perfect for dirty bio pods, and if it does not dry all the way it does not matter as it will be all contained and no one will be touching it.





    This stuff you can not degas and when you mix it get super bubbly. But they will mostly come out by the time it sets up.



    And testing turning on the light.

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    Once the resin is all set up (the next day), it is time glue on the top.
    I just used white glue to attach it. It should be strong enough and it is easy to work with vs super glue for this.



    And lit up. IRL you can see the drudge in there much better. The camera has a hard time taking a picture of it. You can see the resin cleared up quite a bit too.



    And a video of what the flicker LED looks like.



    The pile of tubes for the rest of the bio pods

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    Working on the rest of the Bio pods I have where I need to drill my holes and cut channels.







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    Working on the LEDs on the larger colossal bio tank.
    This is the lid. I am cutting into the foam core lid to embed the LEDs. The wire will run inside of tubes inside the tank to get to the bottom.



    Covered with putty.



    Then I taped off the LEDs and painted the underside.

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    Cutting the bottom of the bio tank to make room for the wires.



    LEDs glued in along with the posts for the wires from the lid.





    Added a little smudging to the walls with the airbrush.

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    Colossal glued in.



    I added just a little bid of "clear" resin to start. This way if there are any small holes they will get plugged before I will it up more. As it was starting to cure and get thick I dribbled some over the mini to there will be drips and runnels of water running down it.

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    That's looking awesome!
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    I know you're holding out on us! I know you have more pictures and updates! I need to see the colossal sloshing around in that resin!
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    I have more pics. Just need to get them edited and posted.
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    I have been getting parts cut this week, and today I was able to get some time working on the table itself.
    First are pics of stuff I was working on during the week.

    Making all the bio tanks I cut up a long piece of tube.



    All the tubes shaded some with an airbrush. This will make them look a little older and grimier.



    One of the drudges glued in and his back cable attached to him. The tooth pick is to help hold the cables as the glue dries.



    Big batch of that old resin mixed up to put into the large bio chamber and some of the bio pods.

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    Resin poured into the larger bio chamber. Most of all those bubbles will settle out of the resin by the times it cures. Though there is going to be a problem.....



    But before that here is a sneak peak at Cyphon. He is going to be suspended up above the side board overseeing operations. The colors are a quite washed out. Reds, bright light and my phone don't mix too well.



    This pictures is a little better.

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    Now back to the non-perfection that is the bio chamber. The first casting ended up tilted a little as the surface I had it on was not level....
    You can also see how the resin pulled in at the corner.
    I also poured some partially cured resin over the gargantuan. This added a nice sheen to him and some drips so he looks like he is splashing around in his tank some.





    So trying to fix it I added some more resin to level it out. But this resin (which was a different type) cured differently and pulled away from the plastic. So it looks like crap.

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    To make the waves I am using Woodland Scenics Water effects. It is a thick gel that you can sculpt into waves and shapes. It is the same stuff I used on my Guild Ball fishermen bases.
    I squeezed a bunch in there planning on spreading it around.



    Using a sculpting tool I pushed it around into something that will look like waves when it drys. It will take a few days for the water effects to dry.

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    Now back to the board itself.

    Here is some of the parts as they are getting laser cut.



    And some of the pile o parts that are left over. I should be able to find something to do with these either with this project or another in the future.





    Back at home with the parts starting to lay everything out finally!

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    Some more of the cut table parts.



    Some of the side board vertical parts.



    Here is what the basics of the main play surface will look like. Everything when done will be flat and smooth for easy play. All the terrain will be movable.



    Under this 1/8" thick top layer I will have a 1/4" mdf layer. This will stiffen it up quite a bit and help keep it from flexing as people lean on it when playing.

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    With the table laid out I drew the areas I need to cut out onto the 1/4" mdf. You would actually see any of this sub mdf, so it can be a little more messily cut.





    Everything cut out and the plasma panel set in to check the fit.

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    Now to glue it all together!

    Using wood glue I attached the top laser cut panels to the 1/4" mdf sub layer.








    One of the "hills" for the table. Having flat terrain at least for hills makes for much cleaner play on these fancy finals tables.

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    Here are some of the other parts going together for the table.







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