Monday, April 10, 2017

TTCombat: Yu Pagoda Build Log 1

Today I received my TTCombat Yu Pagoda. Herein will rest my ongoing thoughts as I raise this beast to the sky for the glory of Clan Ito in GCT's Bushido game. Or for me, to snort. I'll explain.

First Impressions

The pagoda came in a well-sealed flat pack for the flight over the pond to the USA. Looks like everything arrived intact with no breaks.

Instructions were not included so I deduced that they are online somewhere.

Damn this thing smells terrific. Seriously. Laser cut MDF smells like your clothes after camping and I didn't realize I needed it in my life. The off cuts go immediately into a cup so my paint area smells awesome.

Sandable auto primer with Army Painter Necrotic Flesh spray
Army Painter Necrotic Flesh spray without sandable auto primer

One MDF off cut was used to test paint. I sprayed one side with Army Painter primer which the MDF drank right up. Later, I hit that side with some Krylon ultra-flat camouflage paint I had sitting around. Once dried, I coated with Army Painter Necrotic Flesh. Nope! MDF slaked it's thirst through the bottom coat. Closer but no cigar. Facing the inevitable, I ran to the store for some Rustoleum Grey sandable auto primer, same as I use on Forge World models. Sprayed on smooth, calmed to a nice coat and once dry I top coated with Army Painter necrotic flesh. Perfect!

As you can see, models fit on the floor sections well, for the most part. All Bushido models can fit on the wide ground floor level. On the second story only standard or small base models will fit. Given that this building may only see a bit of actual elevated play, I am not totally bummed about that. Seems reasonable that big models hate cardio and skip steps.

The details are good across the pieces so far.

Tomorrow I will start cleaning and laying out parts for glue. Stay tuned!


Michael Awdry said...

Can't wait to see this go up!

da Gobbo Grotto said...

i'm poised mate. good idea on the paint as I've a few WW2 mdf builds to do!

Yeti's Yell said...

Mike and Gobbo,

Yeah, I am stoked for this. Side effect of getting this together? Deciding to make a 2x3 foot board since the footprint of this model is huge. It will DOMINATE a 2x2 board, though there is a very interesting amount of space to play on across the ground floor...


JamieM said...

I'm a big fan of the TTCombat range across a lot of genres. I picked up the tori gates and bridges for Bushido and have been looking at this pagoda.... so I'm sort of hoping yours ends up not looking great or my willpower will crumble and I'll have to get one!

Yeti's Yell said...


Oh, those are great kits to have, good on you. I am about 1/3 the way through the concurrent pagoda build & paint cycle. I will update this later today or tomorrow with the next installment of the build but it isn't looking good for you I am afraid... I think this will look really sweet once done and be playable terrain to a great extent. It's honkin' BIG though on a standard 2x2 Bushido board. That will factor a lot!