I started gathering materials to make the scenic base for this bad boy.
I wanted to represent a ruined imperial building and create a "Slice of life" effect. as if a giant Borg cutting laser came out of the sky and sliced a cube section of the ground away. With some advice from a friend on where I could buy a thick chunk of wood for the base, I was directed to ebay to look for "Wood Turning Blanks". These are blocks of wood that get put on lathes to make wooden salad bowls and the like. I quickly found a great hunk of Ambrosia Maple wood for $20 that once stained will have the perfect texture to simulate strata.
The sidewalk tiles are unfired porcelin blocks that I have used before in some of my Terrain Projects to simulate cracked sidewalks. The Building pieces are Shrine of the Aquila walls that I plan to super detail and I added some imperial dumpsters I made a few years ago for another project and never finished.
EDIT: A few people asked about the dumpsters. I made them from sheet styrene and Imperial Guard Aquilas. Here's some WIP's of them.
Here's a pic of other materials I will be using to complete the base. Apoxie Sculpt resin putty, Gale Force 9 Rubble chunks, Vallejo Pumice Paste & Still Water and Secret Weapon Crushed Glass Snow (Yes it will be a winter scene)
Part 6 - Assembling the Lighting
At this point in the game I'm about 75% done with the internal wiring and lighting. I've been drilling holes, running wiring, installing LEDs and running some fiber optic for the gun sights.
I used Madman Lighting's Republic Cruiser Lighting Kit as a base. Detailed Instructions can be found HERE. The Kit is super easy to use and if you've never worked with lighting before I highly recommend it. All you need is the kit and a few simple tools you can buy at Radio Shack or the like.
Stay Tuned, by the time the next update comes I should have the entire model assembled and wired and hopefully the building of the base will be underway.