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Hirst Arts Ruin on a CD

Although most readers will be aware of Hirst Arts products we've not seen much of them (to date) here on TerraGenesis. This is probably because the use of their moulds, for the projects for which they were created, is so well covered by Bruce Hirst's articles on his own site. However, the potential for using these moulds to make smaller pieces is largely overlooked. This superb example by c0d3monk33 uses only a handful of cast blocks, and would have been significantly more time consuming to make, especially with this amount of detail, by any other means.

Hirst Arts Ruin on a CD

c0d3monk33 tells us: I've seen some lovely examples of 'CD' terrain (ie. terrain based on an old CD) so I was inspired to try my hand at it. This is also my first piece of 40k City Fight terrain built mainly from bad casts of Hirst Arts gothic blocks (spot the air bubbles) cast in Ultracal 30. Some were ruined after drying by attacking them with a small hammer.

Hirst Arts Ruin on a CDThe CD has been covered with DAS air drying clay with the walls and flagstones being pushed into that.

The 'floral' decoration blocks come from the Gothic Tomb mold which I've been furiously casting to make the Gothic Cathedral. I was planning NOT to use the floral blocks for the Cathedral...but now I see them in this terrain piece I'm not so sure...

Two pieces of Games Workshop plastic kit attached to the walls come from the Tank Accessory sprue (a spotlight mount and the end of a hunter killer missile tube) and are meant to represent a 'door intercom' and viewing screen. The barrel is from the Games Workshop barricades set.

The painting was something of an experiment as I wanted to duplicate a scheme I'd seen for 'washing' gothic blocks that gives a realistic looking effect but had yet to figure out how to do it with my current supplies. It's based with a creme interior house paint, washed with a mix of sponge on brown shoe polish and floor wax and then drybrushed a slightly lighter shade. Although not quite the effect I was after, it works.

Hirst Arts Ruin on a CD Hirst Arts Ruin on a CD

c0d3monk33 tells us that the piece took half a week to finish and at that rate we reckon that it wouldn't take very long at all to populate a gaming table with a collection of well detailed ruins.

For more of c0d3monk33's excellent work check out http://www.tabletop-terrain.com

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