Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Istvaan III Table: Bell Tower

Gday guys,

Keepy here covering off the first of six buildings that will make up the Istvaan III table, the "Bell Tower". I have gone away from using any religious naming conventions for the buildings as during the Great Crusade, He had outlawed religion and instead the Imperial Truth was practiced.

I wanted the Bell Tower to be grand, a massive building that doubled or tripled the normal scale of buildings that we normally play on for 30k to give off the feeling that you are fighting in a hive city, an area packed like the CBD of a modern day city. I started with blu-tac and test fitting pieces together and this is what I came up with:

Imperial sector parts test fitted

I made the base of the building four sections across by four sections wide made with Imperial Sector parts. I then used a piece of tiled plasticard as a floor and added another smaller level, then the tower sections.

Tower section and tiled plasticard

The completed test fit

I then made the middle floor section with two layers of tiled plasticard and filled it with "I" beams and pipes. I filled the gaps with cork board.

Plasticard sheet with "I" beams, pipe and cork board
The completed mid floor section

I was really happy with how the floor section turned out, all I had to do with it was battle damage it to take off the square cut look.

Floor section done with test fitted upper and lower sections

With the structure shape and size decided, it was time to base this behemoth of a building. Instead of having no floor section at the base of the buildings like most ruins, I wanted to have the buildings look like they were on proper foundations. I pinned and glued the completed lower wall sections onto a sheet of cork cut to the exact size of the building, and then glued another cork sheet to the bottom of this that was about 30mm bigger on all sides. This gave the illusion of a deeper foundation and also served as a tiered concrete base without having to add steps. It also makes battle damage easy as you can tear at the cork with pliers, exactly the same way as the road sections. I then added the support posts to the lower level of the cork, completing the tiered foundation look.

Two layers of cork basing create a tiered foundation

A little bit of trimming was required to get all the foundation supports to fit

The completed tiered supported foundation

Once I had the base done, I had another test fit to make sure I was on the right track and then added a couple of road sections and models to add a sense of scale. 

Test fitting with roads and models

Abaddon and Spartan take a stroll through the new precinct

Now happy with the test fitting, it was time to assemble the rest of the tower. These clamps were invaluable, and were only $10AUD from the local hardware store.

Gluing the tower together

So that is the main build done!

As you have picked up, I constantly check and recheck my progress to see if I am on track to where I envisaged to be. I do this mainly because sometimes I can get so focused on building something, I forget the context it has to be built around. It is much easier to check that it looks how you want it by testing rather than having to pull apart glued or even finished pieces. With the building assembled, it was time for another context check, but this time with multiple tiles.


Battle damage was then done to the mid floor section.

I kept the mid floor and tower separate for ease of painting and storage for once the build was completed. I got some ceramic hobby tiles from Jewella and glued them down onto the cork. The idea is you glue them all down then hit them with a ball pien hammer to give them shattered effect.

So after all that building, it was time to enjoy the fruits of my labour with a bit of a test run with a few road tiles and the Bell Tower. I put out some light posts that come with the Imperial Sector kit and some Secret Weapon Jersey Barriers for effect:

Well that was a fun building to create! As you can probably notice the Spartan on the right hand side only fits down the ramps without sponsons on. I will do some testing with how much of what you can fit on them. Really happy with how it is all turning out so far!

As always, comments and criticisms are welcome.



Istvaan III Table: Concept and Design
Istvaan III Table: Battleframe 5000 Tile Construction
Istvaan III Table: Battleframe 5000 Tile Construction Complete!
Istvaan III Table: Road Sections
Istvaan III Table: Bell Tower
Istvaan III Table: Proxy Fit 1
Istvaan III Table: Governor's Residence
Istvaan III Table: Proxy Fit 2
Istvaan III Table: Habitation Block + Back2Base-ix Promo!
Istvaan III Table: Crater Tiles
Istvaan III Table: Building and RampTiles
Istvaan III Table: Battle Damaged Roads
Istvaan III Table: Table Update
Istvaan III Table: Comms Tower


  1. Looking great!! I didn't realise how big those road sections were til I saw the pic with the Spartan!

    People underestimate how great really tall buildings are. On my urban table I've got a bunch of bulky hab-blocks which are 18" tall and 10"x10" square. Just massive edifices which have to be manoeuvred around.

  2. Thanks mate, the buildings are particularly deceiving too! Hopefully it creates a sufficiently complex terrain setup so that campers and CC armies can mix it up all the same. Glad you are enjoying the progress, stay tuned!