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Steve Patterson's Space Marine Bunker

Space Marine bunker frontThis was a project made for the Space Marine bunker contest last summer. It won at the store level here in London and got sent on to the Nationals, where it didn't do quite as well.

The walls are made from sheets of foamcore board cut with a common utility knife and a steel ruler. The sandbags on top are resin castings from Crusader29, glued down with white glue. (However, it's a bit fragile and for my next one I'll use a hot glue gun instead.)

The spikes along the roofline are cut from three leftover brushcutters in the original Rhino model kits. The Imperial eagle is from a Citadel transfer sheet.

To the right is the rear face of the bunker. Again the transfer sheet came in handy for over the gunslit and the door. The door is made of two layers of polystyrene glued together and then the peephole cut in. The door handle is the bottom piece of a metal snap fastener, like you see in winter jackets. Ladder rungs come from Mark 1 Rhino kits. (I think I'll miss those when they're gone.)

The bunker roof is a single piece of foamcore left unglued, so that it can be removed during play. I used pieces of cork glued in each corner, trimmed to fit, in order to keep it secure when fitted on. The roof will accomodate about 10 models with 25mm bases, though fitting large heavy weapons may be difficult. It is, however, ideal for Marine scouts or Imperial Guard weapons squads.

Space Marine bunker rear
The interior is big enough to fit a squad of 10 Marines or Imperial Guard with one heavy weapon, or 12 figures on 25mm circular bases without too much protruding over the base. The ceiling is high enough that Terminators with Cyclone launchers will still fit inside with the roof on.

Bunker interior, frontThis is an interior shot of the front of the bunker. Note the texturing on the floor; this is nylon window screening trimmed to fit (poorly, I was in a hurry), glued down with white glue, and then dry-brushed with chestnut-coloured craft paint to simulate rust.

The poster is from an actual WW2 poster (on the duties of a sentry, of course) reduced in my photo editing suite and printed out on regular typing paper. Trimmed down to size and then glued on the wall, all it needed was a bit of chestnut ink brushed on to age it in order to look perfect.

No Imperial bunker would be complete without a small shrine; here it's an Epic-scale Space Marine glued onto a piece of sprue, stuck onto the rear wall with white glue. The devotional message ("The fate of humanity is in the Emperor's hands. Praise the Emperor!") was made in a word processor, printed out on typing paper, and aged just like the other poster.

Note the door interior, with the other piece of the metal snap closure as the locking wheel and yet another Rhino rung as the pull handle.

Bunker interior, rear

Created by Steven Patterson, last updated January 25, 2003
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