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Scratch Built Batcave

Building (another) Batman Miniature Game Batcave

My fellow contributor Ian Alcock had made a Batcave last year. I really thought it looked awesome but wanted to do a Batcave so I could run demo games.

I first found some scrap plywood and made a corner board using two walls. Its two foot square to allow for smaller games of 150-200 rep and could be used to showcase the game. Using polystyrene and some insulation foam I had in the garage.

 

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I built the cave walls by using pva glue to stick the foam to the walls.I then used polyfilla to fill in any gaps. I had bought a mould from woodland scenics to help build the outcrop which mounts the platforms in the corner. I used fibreglass mat and a product which is similar to resin but is water based called Jesmonite.

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I then purchased some walkways and a landing platform from TT Combat. I used the landing platform to then build two more platforms to give it a multi-tiered board.

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Here I’m working out where the platforms should go. The two circular platforms were from a craftshop and a very fine plywood.

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This was my final set-up with additional foam board platforms and a Bat-computer kit from Multiverse Gaming. See the Arkham Asylum Batmobile for scale. Once happy with the layout, I first base coated everything in black acrylic paint. I then drybrushed it with a dark grey. Then highlighted with light grey which was dry brushed on. On reflection I should have painted the walls and outcrops before I glue the walkaways and platforms in.

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I then used some dry powder to create a rust effect on the platforms and added a dinosaur. I also cut two Bat symbols from sandpaper and glued them onto the foamboard using pva.Batcave

I then used a Multiverse Gaming mdf kit for the Bat computer. I googled some Bat computer images and then glued them on. Finally I found a Joker playing card and glued that onto some plasticard.

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So that is how I made my Batcave and will be using it for some demo games later this year. It took  while to make but that was more because I often have lots of projects on the go at the same time.

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Crispian Woolford

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