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PostSubject: Re: An Arabyan Building   Sun 11 Aug 2013 - 10:41

Love it! Also love those shots with the jungle plants and lizardmen. Somehow everything blends in soooo well!

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PostSubject: Re: An Arabyan Building   Mon 12 Aug 2013 - 5:12

Thank you very much for the kind words gentlemen. I am pretty pleased with the new look.
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PostSubject: Re: An Arabyan Building   Sun 1 Sep 2013 - 20:39

Minor updates:

The interior of a small building (the other half of the ruined building shown previously)--



The rear of the same building during a game--


A quick photo of the pile o' carpets from Grendel.  (Donated to the cause by Deafnala, paint by me.)
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PostSubject: Re: An Arabyan Building   Mon 2 Sep 2013 - 0:41

Ah, great updates! I really love your buildings, the textures and shapes look super realistic.

Also, great to see the Grendel carpets fully painted. I have a set of those (and even a model that will go as a carpet seller), so this is good motivation to get mine painted too!

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PostSubject: Re: An Arabyan Building   Mon 2 Sep 2013 - 6:04

The Little Building looks GREAT...especially in the OUTSTANDING Neighborhood. VERY WELL DONE! thumbsup 

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Also, great to see the Grendel carpets fully painted. I have a set of those (and even a model that will go as a carpet seller), so this is good motivation to get mine painted too!
SPLENDID! That makes donating to The Cause even better. Have FUN with the painting, JoaoS! What a Face 
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PostSubject: Re: An Arabyan Building   Mon 2 Sep 2013 - 6:45

So sweet!

These action-pictures really make your buildings come to life.
I'm very impressed

**off to google Grendel-carpets**
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PostSubject: Re: An Arabyan Building   Mon 2 Sep 2013 - 7:32

Hey Quase, I'm glad you like them. More photos here--

http://boringmordheimforum.forumieren.com/t7296-pyrates-of-ye-karribean-iii-dead-man-s-chest

The carpets are part of an old terrain set called the Fantasy Bazaar.

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Also, great to see the Grendel carpets fully painted. I have a set of those (and even a model that will go as a carpet seller), so this is good motivation to get mine painted too!
Which mini are you using? I saw another Arabian Merchant type the other day, but now I can't remember where...

@Alan--Thanks again. Next I think I will attempt the fountain.
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PostSubject: Re: An Arabyan Building   Fri 6 Sep 2013 - 8:01

Do you mind if I steal some of your ideas Wink ?
A friend just started to play Warmachine (Protectorate of menoth) and asked me for help to build a desert themed board, especially with buildings...
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PostSubject: Re: An Arabyan Building   Fri 6 Sep 2013 - 17:07

Of course you may! Steal away pirat 
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PostSubject: Re: An Arabyan Building   Tue 19 Nov 2013 - 18:46

Kobblestone Miniatures has new buildings for the Mideast!

http://www.kobblestone.ca/new.htm
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PostSubject: Re: An Arabyan Building   Tue 19 Nov 2013 - 18:59

They are BEAUTIES...I love the Mosque. GREAT FIND!  thumbsup
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PostSubject: Re: An Arabyan Building   Thu 17 Apr 2014 - 22:00

A little update on a new building:





Top view of the various levels.


The basic building is packaging foam with a foamcore poster for roofs and pink foam stairs. I have been adding brown paper to the interior walls to give a bit more stability. I also covered the base with paper to keep the foam from chipping.

Photos by playtable.
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PostSubject: Re: An Arabyan Building   Fri 18 Apr 2014 - 2:01

Lot of nice buildings you have got here. Where did you get the carpet pile?
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PostSubject: Re: An Arabyan Building   Fri 18 Apr 2014 - 4:35

That is going to be yet another UBERCOOL piece to grace the Arabian scene. Making something that FANTASTIC from things most folks trash is the height of creativity to moi. Keep up the SPLENDID WORK!   thumbsup 

@Alex: the carpets are by Scotia Grendel; you can get them here:

http://www.scotiagrendel.com/Products/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=227_41&products_id=2680

They have quite a line of scenery & minis to check out.   What a Face
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PostSubject: Re: An Arabyan Building   Fri 18 Apr 2014 - 4:52

I have those Grendel carpets, they came with some market scenery. Really cool.

You know where you can also get some more carpets if need be! Wink

http://fistful-minis.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/carpet-wonderland.html

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PostSubject: Re: An Arabyan Building   Fri 18 Apr 2014 - 17:20

@Alex--I got them from Deafnala!

@Deafnala--Thanks so much for the kind comment.

@Joao--love the blog  thumbsup 
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PostSubject: Re: An Arabyan Building   Fri 18 Apr 2014 - 18:17

Thanks for the kind words VK! I hope I can keep it updated. Smile

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PostSubject: Re: An Arabyan Building   Thu 1 May 2014 - 22:03

Another update!

Instead of finishing the most recent project, I restarted another.  Back in 2010 I decided to have a campaign span the settings of Sartosa, Relics and Khemri.  And the part of Araby we were going to need to represent was the city of Al-Haikk.  

So I started unpacking the white packaging foam I had collected with an eye to things that could become an Arabian city.  I wanted one of those covered walkways between houses. So I took a big piece of packaging (roughly 2' by 1'-6").  I started with two separate buildings with an wall on three sides and a walkway between the buildings. Naturally I didn't wait for it to be finished before dragging it to games:


Playtable complained because the unpainted styrofoam ruined his photos.  So I coated it with some acrylic paint mixed with artists gesso.




The building stayed like this for several years.  It was hard to transport, hard to play with and hard to store for that matter.  I had big plans, but I was always waiting for a bit or some more glue or something.  At some point players complained about the high wall, so I cut it down and added two more gates.  The piece also got a coat of light gray elastomeric after the alterations.  More time passed...

Anyway lately I have been renovating the collection and playtable suggested I do SOMETHING with the monstrosity.  So I did some cutting and pasting and stuff.

I cut it nearly in half.




Thrown into games unfinished, again!


The other half.


The word for this week is mashrabiya .


**Bonus points for folks who can identify the WIP versions and previous incarnations of scenery posted on the previous pages.  Cool
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PostSubject: Re: An Arabyan Building   Fri 2 May 2014 - 5:56

The packaging foam really makes for some EXCELLENT pieces...with a healthy dose of imagination & talent that is. Even the underlying texture enhances the Arabian motif. GREAT WORK on a WONDERFUL setting!   thumbsup
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PostSubject: Re: An Arabyan Building   Fri 2 May 2014 - 7:22

Thanks for the kind comments Al. I'm having a great time, although I'm not sure if I'll ever finish a piece completely. Last night I was looking at the buildings thinking that if I carved a tunnel through the wall that supports the stairs, it would look more interesting and I could avoid extending the base to add a small set of stairs on one end... What a Face 
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PostSubject: Re: An Arabyan Building   Fri 2 May 2014 - 8:18

While something inside me says that planning is a necessary part of the creative process, I've found that "going with the flow" spontaneity works the best for moi. AND interesting is the way to go!   What a Face


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PostSubject: Re: An Arabyan Building   Fri 2 May 2014 - 12:20

I cannot believe that your buildings are coming from the packing foam! Excellent work!
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PostSubject: Re: An Arabyan Building   Sun 4 May 2014 - 18:28

The buildings look great. The architecture lends itself very well for gaming.
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PostSubject: Re: An Arabyan Building   Sun 4 May 2014 - 20:55

Thank you for the kind words gents.

@Deafnala--I went for interesting. And while the texture was drying another building caught my eye... So now I have experimented with magnetic tape and have my first minaret in progress.

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The architecture lends itself very well for gaming.

Yes it does. With flat roofs, parapets and lots of exterior stairs, the buildings are pretty playable even without the option to explore the interiors.
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PostSubject: Re: An Arabyan Building   Sun 4 May 2014 - 21:08

Looks great I could imagine a large fabric dyeing operation on one of the roofs. I think a little row of balsa wood supports would look good.

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