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Space Station


This enormous space station was masterminded by Aaron Isaac and sees regular use, usually with modified Space Hulk rules, at FlatCon in Illinois.

Space Station

Leslie Pratt, one of the people involved in the construction, tells us:

Because of the hexagonal shape, we don't use a grid for movement and had to modify the Space Hulk rules so that you measure movement instead. It's also great for the new Starship Troopers game, skirmish battles of Warhammer 40k and also for Star Wars Miniatures, but again you have to modify the rules to use measuring instead of grid squares.

Space StationConstruction took place over a period of four months in 2004 and was a team effort by Aaron Isaac, Leslie Pratt, Harry Pratt, Dave Ross, Anita Ross, Gigi Isaac and Jess Ray.

The first step was the cut out the boards from 25mm MDF. It was essential that the piece could be taken apart for transportation and storage, and it can in fact be taken apart or assembled by two people in the space of about five to ten minutes. The legs on which the station stands are made from rectangles of MDF with slots in them. Two rectangles slot together to make each leg. The trapezoid panels that form the outer ring of the station sit on top of the legs. A hexagonal board then sits on top of a central leg with three rectangular walkways connecting it to the outer ring.

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The pictures above show the way in which the walls between board sections are fixed to one board only but are positioned such that they overlap the adjacent board. Also note that the construction of these walls, by sandwiching three pieces of MDF together, allows for the insertion of rectangular pieces of MDF to function as doors which can be open, closed, or even blown off their hinges!

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The next step was detailing of the walls. For this we used a product called 'Wild Walls' from SF Supply. At the time of writing up this article (January 2006), they still have a <a href="http://www.netwide.net/users/itchy/sfsupply/wild.htm">website</a> but recent attempts to contact them have failed and we suspect that they are no longer trading. (Please let us know if you know different.)

The 'Wild Walls' were supplied as vacuum formed plastic sheets, each with three or four wall sections which are cut up before being glued into place. With all of the wall detailing in place, the whole station was sprayed black and drybrushed with silver using a big brush. We then went in with a smaller brush to paint additional details on some of the walls.

Space StationThe photo to the right shows a pair of removable doors as described earlier. The yellow stripes on the floor were achieved by marking them out with masking tape and applying a coat of white paint followed by 2 coats of yellow. By contrast, the doors were sprayed yellow before black stripes were added.

A number of moveable details are used inside the space station. The picture below shows plant beds in the foreground. In the top right of the picture is a plasma ball and just if front of that is the hangar bay complete with Mechwarrior drop-ship. The hangar bay is used as the starting point for most games.

Space Station

More pictures of this awesome space station can be seen at http://www.flatcon.com.


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