My Project: Do It Yourself Imperial Guard Bunkers

Bunkers are a colorful and stylish way to expand numbers for an Imperial Guard force on a budget.

This finished set of bunkers shows off three weapon types. All the weapons were scratchbuilt. The only dedicated model materials needed were the 60mm bases themselves.

I started with plastic bath cups from a local grocery store.

After checking the cups on the bases, I realized they were a hair too tall so cup the cups to be lower. The cut is a little jagged, but that’s ok, it will be hidden by the end.

Then I went to work making the weapons. I started with a heavy bolter made of cast of pieces of plasticard and a few snips of plasticard rod. Then I started adding the protection plating around the firing port. These bunkers were envisioned for a battle hardened group of jungle fighters, so it’s ok if the protective plates aren’t quite perfect. They’ve been welded back on over the course of many battles.

If you want to make you own firing ports for a force that prides itself on standardization, just make sure to pre-measure the plates on all the bunkers before hand for that neat, uniform look.

I used my trusty leather punch to create some honking big rivets.

The slick sides of the cups looked like they were going to present an issue for the planned concrete texture. The classic method used by model tank hobbiests is to take some liquid poly cement and stipple it with an old brush. Lacking any liquid poly cement, I opted for a more ready at hand household item mixture using some Elmer’s white glue thinned down with water and some sand. Despite the coarse and irritating nature of sand, it does add quite a bit of texture to an otherwise slick painting surface.

While I waited on the mixture to dry I assembled the other two weapons. A lascannon and autocannon. Both made entirely of plasticard rods.

Once everything was ready, the bunker walls got a few shades of grey drybrushing. The metal portions were painted dark grey, sponged with brown, and then hit with Vallejo’s grear Rust Oxide Wash to make them suitably broken in. Then it was just getting the details on the weapons down and adding a few splashes on silver paint for the worn metal edges, and these bunkers were ready to hold the line on the tabletop.

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