...so one day last week I woke up at the crack of dawn on my day off for a doctor's appointment, and right before I was getting ready to leave the house, they called and canceled. Grrr. Since I was up and had a morning to kill, I decided to crank out some objective markers - the last few times that lars4life & I have played at our FLGS, we've been using plastic tokens or dice as objective markers - not very immersive.
Back around the time GW published Planetstrike, they released this set of mines, bombs, & booby traps:
...I bought a set, threw it in the giant box that contains my terrain "to do" pile, and promptly forgot about it. After digging through the closet for a while, I dug it out and decided to see what we had to work with:
...a bunch of 40mm bases, and four tubs labeled "resin mines", "resin bombs", "resin mine field signs", and "resin traps". I decided to use the 40mm bases, as it's my understanding that it's a pretty common requirement for a lot of tournaments for players to bring objective markers that are built on 40mm bases. I don't have any plans to play in any tournaments, but if I ever do, at least that's one less thing I'll need to worry about.
I just dug around in the bits until I saw some pieces that caught my eye (there are several different styles on each type in the tubs), and glued them down to the bases:
For the marker with the mine on it, I wanted to make my own sign, but I needed a signpost - I started by gluing together a couple of wooden craft sticks, using my small clamps to hold them while they dried:
Next, I printed out a .pdf file I had saved on my computer of some 40K-themed signs & placards - I think somebody posted these on WarSeer at some point:
I picked the "Entry Forbidden" sign, glued it to a piece of thin cardboard, and cut it out:
I glued it to my signpost and cut the bottom of the post at an angle so it would look like it was leaning, and glued it to the base with a blob of thick superglue. Then I primed the markers with a brush-on primer:
Next, I coated the bases with PVA glue and dipped them in my tub of basing sand, and left them to dry a while:
After the sand had dried, I basecoated the sand with Bestial Brown:
...then I drybrushed them with Tausept Ochre:
Then I started painting:
(I painted the lips of the bases with Orkhide Shade, since the gaming tables at my local store are carpeted dark green).
This is what I came up with after a while:
Not bad, but they still needed a little something - I went to my terrain box and found this miniature razor wire that I bought a while ago:
To get the shape of the "coil" right, I cut a section and wrapped it around the barrel of a pencil:
Then I adjusted the shape and glued it down to the markers:
The one marker felt like it had a lot of "dead space" in the front, so I dug out a bag of assorted dried moss (available with the dried flowers in most any craft store) and tore off a few pieces:
Then I glued them down:
...I added a bit of flocking around the bombs, and some other weathering here and there. Overall I think they look pretty good, and will definitely add a nice element to my games!