Building a budget Armory – Part 1

I’ve been wanting to try the Armory ITS mission for awhile but never had the Armory piece to support it. I have a family so splurging on pre-made terrain was a no no for me as I can only just afford the models, at the moment I make do using the Mototronica terrain set, Ikube papercrafting and a bunch of 1/43 scale toy cars for scatter terrain. My friend usually brings some holo ads and another Mototronica set so between us we have a dense enough table. The Armory seemed like a distant dream…that was until I spotted a nice thick shoebox we were about to throw in the bin, suddenly…ideas!

So, with a tape measure and pen, hobby knife, ruler and PVA glue to hand I got to work on making my own Armory from a humble Clarks shoebox. I found the cardboard to be really durable as far as cardboard goes.

Stage 1 – The Initial cut

The first step was cutting out the initial Armory walls, this was really easy as it was just a case of cutting down the shoebox lid to make an 8 inch square. As you can see I cut out an 8 inch corner and then just moved it to the other corner to see what it would look like.

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Stage 2 – Finishing the cut and adding doors.

The next step was simply using a pen to mark where my 8 inch corner touched the other corner of the shoebox lid, I then used the hobby knife and a ruler to cut the other corner out. This left me with the 2 corner pieces which together form an 8 inch square.

I then used PVA glue (not diluted) to glue the corner pieces together underneath.

After this I used a ruler and pen to measure where the doors would be in the middle of each wall and cut them out with the hobby knife.

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Stage 3 – Glue, glue, glue…

Now that the Armory was taking shape I needed to make it more sturdy and secure. I basically glued every crack and crevice I could find along all the edges where the cardboard meets. Where corner walls overlapped slighlty I glued them together too.

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Stage 4- Features

The next step was to try and give the Armory some character. I looked around online for ideas and liked the way the Customeeple Armory looked. Using this for inspiration I got to work with leftover shoebox cardboard to make some varied designs on the outer walls and floor. I did 2 designs adjacent to each other all around the walls.

Some of the pieces went slightly wonky after gluing them so I need to go back and straighten them up, or pull them off and reglue them but overall I’m happy so far. I had stick some pieces underneath to try and level it but may redo this too.

After this I plan to add a few more features and then blast it with primer for painting, stay tuned!

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Feedback

Any suggestions or ideas to make this shoebox Armory even better? Do you make custom terrain or mess around with cardboard and household items? Share in the comments!

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