In this project log series, we're taking a look at the Wild West Exodus harbor table that I'm building for Warcradle Studios. Previously, I finished the table frame, streets, and harbor walls. This time I tackle a few of the details around the harbor and begin construction on some of the larger elements.
The drain pipes in the walls were made from PVC pipe. To build the water dripping out, I cut a piece of styrene card, and attached it to an I-beam, which was glued under the pipe. I coated the inside of the pipe and the card with hot glue to give it a suitably "watery" texture. The whole thing will be painted, and the water covered with Envirotex Lite, which will give it a hard glossy sheen– but that will be in the final stages of the construction.
There will be a large ship in the harbor. Warcradle sent me a concept to work from, which I've blown up to scale. Using this as a template, I traced the shapes onto 2-inch insulation foam.
I used a scroll saw to cut out the pieces, and stacked them to build the two tiers of the ship. I need to shape them a little more, and then the foam will serve as the structural core over which I will add all of the surface details.
The Pink Panther approves!