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PostSubject: Re: The Empire Wasn't Built in a Day...   Fri 4 Jul 2008 - 4:19

that's lookng pretty impressivfe already.

i used to cut up icy pole sticks like you seem to have done to make boards, but i have since switched to balsa. I've managed to source sheets of it and precut planks which make it modelling so much easier.

make sure you texture and detail your bases too where they are large and protruding, they can bring so much more interest to your gaming boards. Street signs, crates and fences are excellent points of detail and the latter two can serve as cover.

terrific work so far
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PostSubject: Re: The Empire Wasn't Built in a Day...   Fri 4 Jul 2008 - 10:03

Found some nicely inspirational pics of some terrain a guy over on CMoN has put together.

Check them out

On the buildings base:

This building is purely for my small table here at the house. It won't be for use on a 'proper' mordheim table. Any buildings I do on that level will most likely still have a base of some type though so I can model things like sidewalks and accessory details.
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PostSubject: Re: The Empire Wasn't Built in a Day...   Sat 5 Jul 2008 - 13:51

Some more work done on my building:





Still some more little stuff to add to the front. But it's pretty much finished. I'll probably move on to the sides next.
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PostSubject: Re: The Empire Wasn't Built in a Day...   Sat 5 Jul 2008 - 14:59

very nice! looks great Smile
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PostSubject: Re: The Empire Wasn't Built in a Day...   Sat 5 Jul 2008 - 15:14

Looking good Very Happy

Surely a source of inspiration Smile
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PostSubject: Re: The Empire Wasn't Built in a Day...   Sun 6 Jul 2008 - 2:33

VERY NICE! thumbsup

I LOVE the window, & the shingles/tiles, nice piece of work.
I haven't done much with making buildings for the last year, when I completed my Mordheim commission, so getting a few new ideas is a motivator to start on something new. Thanks for the push.
Keep up the good work, AND post your work.
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PostSubject: Re: The Empire Wasn't Built in a Day...   Sun 6 Jul 2008 - 2:42

This looks really really good! I love the "makeshift" style of the building wich fits so well to my vision of Mordheim. Great job!

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PostSubject: Re: The Empire Wasn't Built in a Day...   Sun 6 Jul 2008 - 16:52

Very nice! Very Happy
As Cianty said, the "makeshift" style is really cool. It's not your square run of the mill buidling. It's got this little skew roof and the tiny narrow stairs stuck to its side... well done Grey Smile
I'll be watching this WIP with great interest.

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PostSubject: Re: The Empire Wasn't Built in a Day...   Mon 7 Jul 2008 - 23:14

Some more work done on the sides of the building. As well as a bit of additional detailing. Check it out:





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PostSubject: Re: The Empire Wasn't Built in a Day...   Mon 7 Jul 2008 - 23:24

I hate you and your amazing balsa detailing skills. But I love you for sharing them Wink

So you're okay in my book...

Great details btw. I love that windowsill type thing you made. Great idea. What do you cut your wood with, again?
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PostSubject: Re: The Empire Wasn't Built in a Day...   Tue 8 Jul 2008 - 1:10

Impressive! thumbsup Can't think of anything else to say.

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PostSubject: Re: The Empire Wasn't Built in a Day...   Tue 8 Jul 2008 - 1:58

ashton you and grey_death got together. balsa wood and foam skills combined

*points* noone make a captain planet joke.
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PostSubject: Re: The Empire Wasn't Built in a Day...   Tue 8 Jul 2008 - 2:50

Wow!

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PostSubject: Re: The Empire Wasn't Built in a Day...   Tue 8 Jul 2008 - 4:05

Admin Tom wrote:
Wow!

Well, I guess that about says it all. Suspect No, huh?

LOVE The wire/leaden glass window; they're pretty sturdy & would have a beter than average chance of surviving a Supernatural disaster [I knew someone who was thrown through one & survived...barely]. The shop sign is COOL! As is that little basement window.

GREAT WORK! It's fantastic to see what talent & imagination can produce. thumbsup
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PostSubject: Re: The Empire Wasn't Built in a Day...   Tue 8 Jul 2008 - 8:21

Thanks for all of the replies folks. I'm sort of overwhelmed with the response ^_^.

As for cutting my balsa wood, I either use my hobby knife or a pair of clippers. Both are able to make a nice perpendicular cut. Although the clippers do bend the cut into itself making it a bit of a point.

Lots of work left to do on this still. A small roof job for the addition. A Roof! The back side needs final detailing. Basing. Detailing. And Finally, Painting.
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PostSubject: Re: The Empire Wasn't Built in a Day...   Tue 8 Jul 2008 - 22:54

Final side balsa detailed. Also added spackle (filler) to all of the open spaces between the wood framing. Some is smoothed out and detailed already some is still drying.

Here is a shot of final details on the newly finished side:



Added some basing material as well.

Next up: Roof
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PostSubject: Re: The Empire Wasn't Built in a Day...   Wed 9 Jul 2008 - 0:26

Impressive. Did you carve those cracks yourself or did it dry that way? Very realistic
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PostSubject: Re: The Empire Wasn't Built in a Day...   Wed 9 Jul 2008 - 1:49

Very nice, cannot w8 to see the roof
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PostSubject: Re: The Empire Wasn't Built in a Day...   Wed 9 Jul 2008 - 2:21

It is awesome. Freaking awesome.

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PostSubject: Re: The Empire Wasn't Built in a Day...   Wed 9 Jul 2008 - 11:17

The cracks were cut in after the spackle/filler/plaster (depending on where you're from!) was dry.

I'm thinking I might go ahead and seal it all up with a light watered down pva glue to keep it from cracking for real ^_^. Just enough to hold it all together and give it some added strength. But not enough to obscure the details.
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PostSubject: Re: The Empire Wasn't Built in a Day...   Thu 10 Jul 2008 - 4:54

good thinking with the spackle. what sort of mesh did you use for the windows? I've been unsure what to do for mine for ages, so i've left them as empty frames. You seem to have a good thing going with the mesh, consider it stolen.
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PostSubject: Re: The Empire Wasn't Built in a Day...   Tue 15 Jul 2008 - 5:23

thatirwinfella: The mesh is just from an old window screen that my dog ripped out x.x...I saved it and found a use for it soon after ^_-.

More WIP for the building:





And just for some fun:



The roof is going to be a pain. Lots of tiles to cut. But it's really capping everything off nicely so far.
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PostSubject: Re: The Empire Wasn't Built in a Day...   Tue 15 Jul 2008 - 20:34

Wow!
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PostSubject: Re: The Empire Wasn't Built in a Day...   Tue 15 Jul 2008 - 22:21

I love the chimney. Great idea!

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Wow!

Well said.
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PostSubject: Re: The Empire Wasn't Built in a Day...   Wed 16 Jul 2008 - 2:31

WOW!
That's a very different roof style, different in a good sort of way. As Ash said the chimney is really cool, very Dave Andrews in style with the bend & bracing look; LOVE IT! thumbsup
This is going to be spectacular once you paint it up. WELL DONE! cheers
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