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SIT DOWN WALL-DO!

Posted: November 10, 2010 in Batcave Walls

It doesn't hurt...

Okay, that was a throw back to the eighties…those of you phonetically struggling with the “do” at the end of that should know that it’s a play on words for a music video featuring a character named Waldo.  Classic stuff…but I’m not here to reminisce about the eighties.  I’m here to tell you that the walls are now painted.  Maybe now you get my joke… Nevermind.

First off, the weather was getting friggin cold with a blustery North Wind coming in (apparently from the North) so my workshop was colder than Freeze’s safehouse.  So, I started modeling a little in warmer climes.  The model that I was most excited about was the Robin case.  Batman has never been known for his touchy feely side, but occasionally, he lets it show that he’s not such a hard-nose as he appears.  After falling out with Dick Grayson, Batman simply displayed the costume in a case in the Batcave.  I know that it’s Jason Todd’s originally, but like Back to the Future’s Marty McFly in the Prom scene, he kinda never happened in the animated universe, so you’re just gonna have to control yourself from geeking out on me.  The other day I figured out how to float the mask part of the costume, so that’s probably going to be on it’s way soon.  Anyways, here is the costume that Batman displays to show he’s not hurt at all by Dick’s leaving the team…

The walls were a bit of a time sucker.  Wait, what am I talking about?  I just built a 4×4 foot Batcave…the whole thing is a time sucker.  There were some parts that took longer than others.  In all the walls took longer than anything else.  Not just constructing them, but painting them.  In particular the edgest had to be sealed with glue for the or else, in the case of the sheet-rock, they would crumble; or in the case of the foam board, the paint would simply absorb into the foam.  Either way, the edges had to be sealed with glue.  Again, Nigel obliged me with slave labor doing the bits that sucked to do.  Perhaps that’s what really happened between Bruce and Dick, but all I know is that it’s not time to put Nigel’s paint brush in an illuminated case just yet.  He seemed to like it…but maybe that’s what Batman thought. 

Eat your heart out Smurf-town!

I’m displaying a before and after picture.  Keep in mind that there is no illusionary manipulation going on in these like the diet photos.  These photos demonstrate the cartoon effect that we were going for.  In doing these, we were using both the BTAS and TNBA as a template.  In the end, I think it was modeled more on the BTAS cave mixed in with some TNBA elements (like the Robin case).

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ROCKY

Posted: September 9, 2010 in Batcave Walls

Masonry est Macho!

Now that my wires and electric routes were in place, the next step was to texture the walls.  I felt like Two-face on this one.  On the one hand, it had to be strong and sturdy so I used dry-wall (sheet rock to the Brits).  On the other hand,  using dry-wall added considerably to the weight.  Therefore, I needed to use some foam board as well.  Rather than flipping a coin with one side scratched out to settle the matter, I decided to take the sane middle road of compromise and use both.  Being a dual-personalitied murderous psychopath is highly over-rated.

I have the Batman Animated book that serves as a tribute to the Animated series.  It also served as a template for me.  I literally copied the exact texture of the paintings of the batcave rock surfaces line by line, crack by crack.  I wanted it to look like the batcave.  Although Matt Cauley over at Iron Cow did an amazing job of making a Batcave diorama (lite), I didn’t want to do it out of paper.  Although I have to say, if anyone could do it out of pape card and make it look amazing, it’s Matt.  He’s a personal hero of mine.

Iron Cow's fantastic diorama

In order to provide depth, this meant drilling back props at times for the dry wall, or the foam-board to stick out a bit.  You’ll notice the steps going up to Wayne manor up top, that meant that a false wall had to be built.

In addition, the exit to the batcave was also going to need to provide some depth.  Therefore, I decided that the really big peices needed to be dry-wall, and the smaller ones foam-board…are you bored?