Wednesday 23 February 2011

Model Making: Laser Cut Mobile Fort

Taking my inspiration from the Klendathu base in the movie Starship Troopers, I evolved the ideas I had developed in my the Gantry system to create a temporary military base.


As you can see from the photos, the watch towers are based on a similar design to that used as the look-out post in the gantry system. In fact the whole wall system is based on a scaled up version of the look-out post.


As such the work to develop the walls was very simple. It got more interesting when I moved on to designing the door. I decided I would make it a movable door so that a player could have  it open, closed or indeed open and close it during a game (as the patrol makes a dash for the door while the horde of bugs advances on the fort).


The door frame is build up of three layers, the outside, the inside and a spacer layer between. The doors have simple runner attachments at the top that sits over the inside wall. So that the door always closes in the correct position I have included a small stop in the middle at the top of the inside wall, which stops the doors passing the halfway mark.

Most of the fort is built in 3mm MDF, however, the look-out posts on top of the watch towers, the wall walkways and the stairs are 2mm MDF and the spacer in the door wall is 4mm (to allow the door to be painted without jamming).



Just as a little extra, a friend of mine is working on a 28mm scale Ork Gargant and asked me to knock up a circular saw for him, this was the result:-



Note: The minis in these photos are the the 28mm figures I sculpted for Defiance: Vital Ground!


  1. Will you be releasing these commercially?

    Incredible work. Fun designs :)

    Thanks for taking the time to share.

    Happy Gaming,


  2. I wont be releasing them myself, but I am looking around for a company that may be prepared to take them on!

  3. Have you thought of trying Back to Base-Ix ?

    They do some nice work in mdf with a laser cutter amongst other things.

    I bought some of their mdf movement trays an magnetic bases and wa very happy with the.

    Keep updating as I am really enjoying the progress.

    Happy gaming,


  4. www.miniaturewargaminggeek.com26 February 2011 at 09:13

    I think you did a really good job on this and hope it does get picked up.

    I think it appeals to a variety of sci fi genres. Nice work.


  5. Great stuff, I like the way you did the opening doors. :)

  6. Hi there, can you recommend a laser cutter? been thinking of making my own scenery and would love to have it laser based. I play so many games and resin scenery is really expensive! Plus I run a gaming shop so if I can get the skills down I'll sell the products :)

    let me know, cheers

    1. I have been using a Universal Laser Systems Versalaser VLS4.60 for a couple of year and I have just started using a new Trotec Speedy400. Both ULS and Trotec are very good quality machines and I can't recommend them enough!

      However they are also very expensive machines. You will certainly find that you can get cheaper ones, but for quality, simplicity of use and reliability I would stick with Trotec or ULS...

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