Friday, February 14, 2014

Heroclix City 2 - Industrial Wasteland Map

A year or two ago my friend John and I worked on making our own Heroclix map (seen here).

The map was great and we enjoyed a long heroclix game one afternoon.  Recently I moved in with my friend for a few months while trying to find a new place to live.  John has a vacant barn which he allowed me to make into a little workshop (Thanks John!!!!)

With such a nice work space, it would be a shame not to use it.  So as a thanks to my friend, I decided to build a better Heroclix city for us to play with.  I made my initial templates using Sketchup.

My original map was simply card stock taped together.

For this new map, the streets were to be made of insulation foam, while the sidewalks would be foam core.

 I had some insulation foam hanging around at work, so I made a wrecked building with it based on my above plans.

I brought it home to place next to other buildings we had made.

The scale was correct so I made some sidewalk textures in Photoshop, printed it, and glued it to foam core.

I tested out the sidewalks with the buildings.

Everything looked good, so for the streets/base I used some MDF board I also had hanging around.

I glued the foam core sidewalks to the MDF board.

While the sidewalks and streets dried, I used some black and gray primer to paint the foam building I made.

I was going for an industrial building that looked like it had burned down or been in an explosion.  The aerosol from the spray paint eats away insulation foam - which added to the look of a burned down building.

I also had a large empty pretzel container which I painted to match the burned down building.  To me this looked like some sort of tanker.

I made a catwalk for this 'tanker' out of foam core.

The tanker and building look great together.

I glued some flexible plastic straws and painted them to make it look like pipes coming out of the tanker.

Next I decided to make a few more matching industrial-looking buildings.  These were made but cutting and gluing insulation foam.

Followed by more spray paint.

The next building was a much smaller one.

Even more buildings were made.....

One shelled-out building incorporated an empty Vitamin bottle.

...and then I painted them.

The next day I decided that this map needed some stone walls.  So I simply made them out of more foam, with cardboard glued to the bottom for support.

I also decided that this industrial area should have some sort of smoke stack - which I plan on using a PVC pipe for.  But next to it will be a tall building to help support the weight of the PVC pipe.

I glued on the pipe and painted the building.

I also painted the walls.

Next I made one more building - a hanger with a curved roof.

And painted that as well.

With this last building complete I arranged my little industrial city.

These photos do not do justice to the grandeur of the whole piece.  Later, I transferred all the streets, sidewalks and buildings to my work table and placed some of my figures on it.

Next I added more wear-n-tear to all the buildings and walls.  This was mostly done by sanding away pieces of foam with a course sanding block.

After all the sanding I repainted and also added more elements to make the buildings look better such as toothpicks to represent metal bars inside concrete walls, and more flexible straws as pipes.

After all the new elements were glued on I painted them to match the rest of the burned-out buildings they were attached to.

Next I constructed a new table using 2x4's and rigid corner brackets.  I attached the MDF boards to the table and set up the city.

It looks great, but now it's time to start adding more detail to the buildings.  I printed up several signs onto paper.

I then cut them up and applied them to the buildings.

So far so good!  The only thing that remains is some touch up paint.  

And I'm done!  This has been another fun project!  I can't wait to play an actual Heroclix game on it!
Thanks for reading!


  1. Great to see you back on line. Man, have you been busy! Great work as always, Timbo.