For a bit of nostalgia, I have decided to try my hand at a 40k Communications bunker over the weekend.
It was first featured as a terrain project in a web magazine by Games workshop USA called Black Gobbo (I miss that site!). Needless to say I managed to track down the site through the "wayback machine" internet archive, link below:-
I managed to find one or two images using the wayback machine site to get a rough idea of how to build this piece of terrain. Some of the instructions are still available within the site (link above) but most of the pictures are missing. So using any available pictures I can find and the instruction in the site as my guide, I started to build the bunker.
Refer orriginal picture
First I cut four walls (roughly 5" x 5") out of a 5mm thick foam board. Next task is to cut the buttress elements and door components. Then on all four of the walls, I cut a 45 degree angle technique on the sides. This is to allow the walls, when fixed together to “butt up” against one another.
I then cut some groves into to of the side walls for where the buttress would go in. The buttresses are cut out of thick 2 ply cardboard. It was such a chore to cut the buttresses, so I cheated by cutting less then needed. (I know the original instruction uses plastic card, but I like using card board and it’s cheaper as well!)
After attaching the buttresses, I fixed three out of four walls together with PVA glue. In order to make the roof of the building I measured the opening at the top and cut out a foam board to suit. The roof itself is held up by some extra pieces of foam board within the bunker. I only then glued the last wall to the rest after fixing the roof.
I then proceeded to cut out 4 pieces of cardboard which will be used to cover the corners of the bunker. Later I also cut out some strips of cardboard as surround piece to wrap around the top. I then glue them to the bunker as shown in picture below.
The top parapet wall was a little tricky as again I had to measure to suit and cut out the angles to have the whole parapet to mitre against one and other in a 45 degree angle. For this I used a thicker cardboard about 2ply. To finish off I glued the doors and buttresses to the side(yes i know i have been supporting a particular fast food chain during my scratch building projects; just to show any cardboard will do and I do recycle all the time! :P) .
All you need is to paint, and it's finish. I actually used a Dulux branded paint "grey with texture".
You can add other 40k icons eg the imperial eagle or chaos icons to finish off, but that is up to your own creative taste.
You can also use this as a bastion to your 40k games and add weapons to this piece of terrain as shown in picture above.
As always, good luck in your scratch building