Modern City: TT Combat's City Warehouse
It's great to be back making some scenery, although I know this is a little different to my usual scratch building with foam core and cereal packet card. I've begun work on a City Warehouse for my modern city wargames table. These boards will be used for a whole slew of games ranging from the imminent A Fistful of Kung Fu (aFoKF) through Mad Dogs with Guns (MDwG), Black Ops and the all-important-and-never-bested All Things Zombie. This particular model is made by the excellent TT Combat who produce some beautiful kits at incredible prices. `
The kit doesn't come with any instructions. Din't let this put you off though as they can be downloaded from the TT Combat website.
YouTube channel. That said...
And then came the debate over the stairs.
I decided to go ahead and assemble this before priming the model. I began by sticking the individual steps to the wall using PVA which allows you a fair bit of wriggle room. I've tried this with Sarissa kits and, well, it didn't go well. But using 3mm MDF, a TT Combat kit will go together easily and stay in place. No steps falling out because the holes are way too big. I'd like to hope sarissa would take note, but they're probably not interested in my blog anyway... (but if you want to see me lose the will with a Sarissa kit, you can read all about it here , here and particularly here! - which reminds me I need to get that one finished.) With the steps in place, I added glue to the plugs and attached the stair rail. I then did a bit of dry fitting to make sure that everything would line up as best as I could manage.
Next came the priming and sealing of the kit. Now, normally I'd do this with PVA. But after watching Mel from The Terrain Tutor and Viv at Knights of Dice, I decided t have a go with using a spray paint. I went to B&Q and purchased a large can of Rustoleum Surface Primer. My colour of choice was Matt Grey. To be honest, most of the spays were either gloss or satin. There was hardly any matt finish and certainly no black.
I laid out my trusty Spongebob Squarepants sheet, set up an area in the back garden with cereal packet card where I would do the spraying, and off I went. I decided to do the interiors first. I had originally thought I'd then paint the interior and then assemble the building to spray the exterior. However, I realised this wouldn't work. That lovely walkway couldn't be stuck in place until I have added my perspex to simulate glass in the windows. And if I have that in place before I spray the exterior, then I have one of two problems. First, painted perspex, which is awful. Second, I go slowly mad whilst trying to adequately cover all the windows. Have you seen how many there are in this kit?