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#BlackMagicCraft #Episode153 #Modern

In this video I build some 28mm scale shipping containers for modern and futuristic wargaming like Kill Team, Warhammer 40k, or Necromunda.

Special shoutout to my friend Mel (The Terrain Tutor) who’s video I used for reference while building these: https://youtu.be/ak6f4sOlpj0

Some key items used in this build:
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SPAGHETTI
(USA) Check your kitchen cabinets fool!
(Canada) ….do you really want to buy spaghetti online?
(UK) I mean really? Just ask yer mum!
(Germany)…..Italy is not far….just take a vacay and grab some fresh!

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  1. Special shoutout to my friend Mel (The Terrain Tutor) who's video I used for reference while building these: https://youtu.be/ak6f4sOlpj0
    A few of the special items I used to complete this project (As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases):

    CORRUGATED PAPER
    (USA) https://amzn.to/2J3WhxY
    (Canada) https://amzn.to/2X3MVw2
    (UK) https://amzn.to/2NdNYFg
    (Germany) https://amzn.to/2IM7XGN

    X-TREME GLUE STICK
    (USA) https://amzn.to/2LVcdq3
    (Canada) https://amzn.to/31dN91l
    (UK) https://amzn.to/2Yytc3z
    (Germany) https://amzn.to/2YEN353

    SUPER GLUE ACCELERANT
    (USA) https://amzn.to/2EFxGxn
    (Canada) https://amzn.to/2ERu5gS
    (UK) https://amzn.to/2H1XkzT
    (Germany) https://amzn.to/2EQFCNy

    SPAGHETTI
    (USA) Check your kitchen cabinets fool!
    (Canada) ….do you really want to buy spaghetti online?
    (UK) I mean really? Just ask yer mum!
    (Germany)…..Italy is not far….just take a vacay and grab some fresh!

  2. One realistic touch you could also try are overpainted logos. You see them on containers a lot, where old stenciled on company names have been painted over with a shade that almost but not quite matches the original (or one that's just much less weather-faded than the rest of the container). It's an easy trick to add another kind of visual interest.

  3. Card stock might be a better material for your stencil, since it's heavier than regular paper you shouldn't have as much trouble with it billowing and overspraying. I think this may be where I start with building my own scatter terrain!

  4. So…
    Metric for precision small scale applications
    Imperial for less-precise large scale applications.
    I never really considered that before and I’ve worked in carpentry/woodworking and light construction off and on for years.

  5. As an australian who is taught metric from all but birth, and taught to shun imperial as a poor imitation. I too am a carpenter and can concur that in building we predominately use imperial. However as a furniture carpenter i use metric as its better on the smaller scale.

  6. I love the use of the shipping containers as terrain because Iove the real world use of shipping containers as buildings. I want to build a house from them, a workshop from them, etc.
    I also want to build a makerspace/co-working workshop space from them as a business.
    Tip for the corrugated sides is to save several coffee cup sleeves until you have enough of them. The most common pattern looks just like corrugated steel.
    I do question the look of modern day shipping containers in a futuristic (year 40,000) setting though. I would recommend adding futuristic accoutrement to the outside, so they will look like they fit the setting.
    Tip 2: leave about half of them with the doors open with enough room for at least a single model to stand inside. It makes them much more playable.
    A good replacement for the spaghetti would be the appropriate gauge of wire.

  7. Cool! But, I would've skipped the foam and use double corrugated cardboard while stripping one side. Mine may be weaker, but simpler to build. Keep doin what you do!

  8. Both imperial and metric systems are perfectly logical. For example:

    A kilometer is a thousand meters.

    A mile is a distance a wet cow can travel in one night if it's full moon and a one eyed crow is flying over it screaming "I need more opioids!".

  9. for broken through rust I apply a bit of some kind of gel where I want the rust to "eat through" and apply my paint, then wipe away the gel, leaving the base layer. I use some acryllic paint to make the edge of the paint thicker and then apply "rust" paint by brush in the space.

  10. Had to explain to my 7 year old the ohter day why we Canadians use both Imperial and Metric. Is a shame they only teach Metric in schools, because as you said, real world application is almost always in Imperial (how tall are you, how much do you weight, etc.).

  11. Hey! We've watched you make a bunch of really cool sci fi terrain, but it feels like unlike with your fantasy stuff, we don't often see all these pieces together and how they look in a bigger tabletop setting. Think it'd be really fun if you did a short video sometime where you just showed off a kill team board with all your new sci fi stuff together on it so we could see what it might look like when we finished all these cool projects. Cheers, thanks for the tutorial 🙂

  12. I've been around shipping containers in real life, yours look great. Not all containers have a logo because it takes time and money so they skip it a lot. A lot of times, you'll see even containers with big splotches of paint covering up the logo for the second hand market, so you could pretend the logo was covered by a random, big splot of immaculate paint done by the second hand owners. The only problem I would have is the fragility of the spaghetti when the container is dropped or stored.

  13. So an alternative weathering technique for doing rust effects is also "salt" weathering

    Basically you prime, then do the rust undercoat.
    Dampen the surface with water and ssprinkle table salt onto it.

    After it dries the salt will "stick" to the surface, then do yer color over it.

    Once the main color is dry, you can use a good stiff brush to knock off the salt, leaving awesome organic rust spots
    Sure theres a bit more nuance and skill to it, but its a pretty cool basic way to do rust effects. (not sure how well that would work on paper tho)

  14. This will probably get lost in the comment sea: but might I recommend a paper crimper? I think they're pretty cheap, you just roll card stock through it and bam, free crimped paper

  15. Ok add a new career Jeremy, comedian. That halfway comment of I got to go cook diner and it will probably be spaghetti made me bust out laughing… great build and genius use of material on hand! Thanks for the laugh!

  16. Looks great but they need some graffiti for hyper realism. Every time I paint I run into struggles. Things never seem to work out perfectly and watching those other tubers whose work is always so perfectly edited had me feeling like I suck but after you explain your own struggles it really keeps it real. Thanks man.

  17. I know most professional builders on YouTube build twice and cut edit around repairs to a project.
    As a beginner I like to see the pros have to fight with getting it right. because sometimes square corners just wont line up.

  18. woah they look awesome, and i like the format of not being "perfect crafts", i tend to improvise materials and techniques and found my self learning from the mistakes i make.
    i think is less frustating when you watch videos of people you look Up to and found out that they strugle too at some point, it encourage me to keep it Up.
    thank you very much, i have being following your videos since the end of 2017 and it have been an awesome path to start treading.

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