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PostSubject: Coaching Inn   Wed 25 Aug 2010 - 16:16

I was getting frustrated on some aspects of my Festhaus, so I decided to step back for a project or two. I wanted to create a roadside coaching inn - a fairly rural structure that the Empire's coaches could stop at, and so on. This is the main structure with two things I wanted to try out. First, the coach stops in a covered area - six inches long, 3 inches high. It rains often, so wouldn't they want to be dry if they could? Laughing Second, on a recent trip, I liked the way that freight was lifted up two to three stories. So, the coaching in has the hay loft / storage above the carraigeway.

I was looking through Playtable's great Tortuga style board and I read Goomba's post about making posterboard structures - and that was what I was getting frustrated with. My method was FAR too flimsy, and his suggestion to use push pins while glue dried was one of those "Duh! Why have I NOT been doing this??" moments.

So it's three sections from front to rear Empire cannon crewman for scale.

Upper level ................hay, general storage.............storage of goods/sleeping?.........none
Lower level................open / coach path................."office" / storage?........................stable for 2-3 beasts.




Side view



Front View - the wooden posts are NOT installed yet! Just to get an idea of what they'll look like.



Now a bird's eye view - the winch system is also not yet anchored, just placed for lining up the shaft. Obviously floors are not yet in place - probably a variation on the chopped and weathered popsicle sticks, particularly on the upper floors. The crewman is standing on a removable floor above the main office.



Now viewing from the rear - the roof above the office has been removed, crewman is standing in the office. The doors are 3 layers of sandwiched styrene, carved to look like a door, on pins/hinges so they may open or close. Very Happy



Final view, looking from the rear of the structure. Crewman is standing above the carraigeway, looking out above the office. I wanted to have a subtle elevation difference. I chose to go with a complete wall there to keep things simple - I'd toyed with having it more open and putting in a wooden skeleton and framing then my betrer sense took hold (for once).



On a final note, most of the texturing was done with lightweight spackling, then brushed over with a pva mix. On the other side, I did one panel, and the winch area with wood filler. It's quite a bit more sturdy, but it's also rougher texture. I'll see how they compare on paint.
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PostSubject: Re: Coaching Inn   Wed 25 Aug 2010 - 16:39

EXCELLENT LOOKING PIECE! This has the potential of being a multi-building project, if you get carried away..AND who doesn't? Keep up the FINE WORK! thumbsup
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PostSubject: Re: Coaching Inn   Wed 25 Aug 2010 - 17:27

I think this is a very original shaped building. It is also well balanced and doesn't look front heavy even though it is cleverly sloped to the front.

This could be the start of an excellent Empire way-post, a safe haven along dangerous trade routes. If a gatehouse, stable and repair shed are arranged in a square you would have a little fort. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Coaching Inn   Wed 25 Aug 2010 - 22:16

Wonderful concept! I love the covered area.
Will the 2nd floor have a balcony overlooking the back room?

Too late now, but I would only suggest to go lighter with the spackle next time.
I mix mine up fairly thin in a dixie cup and use a small (1/2" diam. or so) paint brush to put in on with.

Can't wait to see it completed.
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PostSubject: Roof framing, chimney, hoist   Thu 26 Aug 2010 - 13:12

I've made the superstructure for the roof (removable) and added the fireplace area. It will have a small open hearth on each level. I'm also openly stealing the idea of a railing/balcony above the open rear room.




I ended up finding a way to have the hoist go directly into the far wall. I'm adding other small wood to 'pretend' to be the rear support area.

And now for a slightly silly look...



A view through a window - "Who put out me fire???"
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PostSubject: Re: Coaching Inn   Tue 28 Dec 2010 - 13:48

I stepped away from this one for a bit and worked on some smaller projects. Now that it's winter break, I'm getting more stuff done. ;-) There are still many things that I don't like about this, but I take them as "Now I know not to..." and such. I'd call this at the 75% mark for being done. It's not glued down, the bottom floors aren't completed, the doors don't have hinges yet (pins holding them in approximate postion), and so on. This is still the 'over-textured' problem I had previously, and newer models have improved some.

Without further ado...

Exterior Shot


Front View


With both shed and main roof removed. You're looking at the storage (above coachway) at top, the loft for the coachhouse owner, and at the bottom is a room that I'm not sure if I'm going to use as a bunking area, more mundane storage, or whatnot.


Closeup of Loft (removable)


Bottom floors - Flooring incomplete, etc.


Office view - map of Empire on the wall. ;-)


I'd intended to make a coach 'style' to make copies of. This one ended up a bit small, but I'm going to finish it off as a gypsy's cart, or something. Shown with a light horse and model for scale.


Not pictured - the kennels for the guard dogs (far side, not even close to complete), privies, signage, exterior torches. The corral, stable, and small cottages for other workers is separate.

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PostSubject: Re: Coaching Inn   Tue 28 Dec 2010 - 14:09

VERY IMPRESSIVE! One of the problems with coming back to a project after working on other things is spotting all the little things that you'd now do differently; however, it's never too late to do a bit of a revision. The Beasty has SO MUCH potential, I'm sure it will turn out TERRIFIC. Keep the Faith, Bro! thumbsup
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PostSubject: Re: Coaching Inn   Wed 29 Dec 2010 - 13:01

Great! I really like the winch, it adds alot of character. One thing I would like to see though is dirt! It seems way too clean for a warhammer building. Get some filth on those walls and you have a winner!
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PostSubject: Re: Coaching Inn   Wed 29 Dec 2010 - 14:49

Exterior details like the woodwork, flocking, dirt and debris, and most of the detail painting are just now coming around. The rest was first.

TY on the winch - I got the idea from some traveling this summer.

BTW - the winch works. I've drilled a small hole in the loft for some hemp bracelet 'rope' to go through.

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