One of the things I liked about Cities of Death was the large Ork “town” which was there alongside the ruined Imperial Cities.
I also really liked the Ork Shanty Town which was the new Forge World display at GamesDay 2009. Some great scenery in there too.
I know I will never have the time, space or resources to make something similar, but I did like the concept and thought it would be nice to have some buildings for my Ork Airfield, well at least something that could be used alongside my Ork Bommer.
So I took an old DVD-R spindle tub I had, these are available in various sizes depending on how many disks there are, I used a 25 disk tub. The first thing I did was cut up some plasticard, wooden sticks and Starbucks™ wooden stirrers into similar lengths. I also delved into my bitz box to get some parts, in the main from Imperial vehicles, ie Rhino and Land Raider doors. Then using a hot glue gun I stuck these to the side of the DVD tub. A hot glue gun is perfect for this kind of thing, as both plastic and super glues are unsuitable for this kind of model. When I thought about the floor of the fort, I did initially think about adding a series of wooden planks or metal sheets, however in the end I went with using modelling sand, which I think will look quite effective when painted and somewhat Orky. The next stage was to add rivets using cut plastic rod and plastic sprue. I used both strips of plastic rod and hexagonal rod. Using the hexagonal rod to make nuts and bolts.
Having got far as I wanted to with the scrap, I gave the model a black undercoat.
This was really to ensure that when painted there would be an even tone over the model due to the diverse nature of the materials used in its construction.
See the full workbench pages for the fort.