|It struck me as appropriately ridiculous to build a stone smoke-stack/cooling tower out in the middle of the ocean|
|As with the Gun Tower featured last week, the Derrick is made from various resin drop-ons over a base of plasticard, detailed with parts from various model railway kits|
|The Derrick is heavily weathered, with scattered "clean" areas offering contrasting flashes of colour|
|The smaller platform features two gun towers, for limited protection|
|Adding clockwork and cogs in random places makes everything look more "steampunk"|
|Far larger cogwheels on these platforms were taken from a model railway set|
|The Manticore lurks in the cover of a rig as the Reapers finish off their prey|
|Chinese Destroyers fire their flame-throwers perilously close to two Oil Rigs|
|The FSA Airship patrols close|
|Airships liking flying past these, it seems|
|The Sturmbringer sails close to an abandoned fort|
|The collection as it stands so far - with some Merchant ships for scale|
Most of the resin buildings, gun towers, smoke stacks and cranes were taken from two kits - the Industrial Complex kit and the Military Installation set. The plasticard and random supports, struts, cogs and clockwork pieces were found in a model railway shop - I cannot remember which kits in particular, as I literally walked around looking for stuff that fit the vision in my head, regardless of how inappropriate the source seemed.
Building the platforms was more a case of stick it down and hope rather than any grand plan - who knows what could be achieved with some prior planning!
I hope this inspires you in making your own platforms, derricks and oil rigs! The hobby does not end with what Spartan have released, though they have done a marvellous job so far.
Thanks for reading,