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PostSubject: The Marienburg School of Martial Arts   Tue 24 May 2016 - 19:44

In parallel with my Marienburg sword school themed warband, I'm building some terrain for them - starting with the sword school itself. My Hirst Arts moulds arrived today, so I've been casting away and hope to start construction soon(TM). In the meantime, here are some bits and bobs that I made/painted while waiting for the moulds' delivery:



A still (for the brewery that will be nearby, of course)



Assorted tables/workbenches.



Sword racks: the classy storage solution, for all your weapon storage needs.



A case.



Buckets, etc etc





Buildings coming soon(ish)!
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PostSubject: Re: The Marienburg School of Martial Arts   Wed 25 May 2016 - 0:09

WOW! Pretty awesome
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PostSubject: Re: The Marienburg School of Martial Arts   Wed 25 May 2016 - 14:38

These small pieces do have a distinct Empire Flavour... I like it!
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PostSubject: Re: The Marienburg School of Martial Arts   Wed 25 May 2016 - 15:07

Very clean, nice work.
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PostSubject: Re: The Marienburg School of Martial Arts   Thu 26 May 2016 - 5:40

Thanks, they're mostly Empire plastic bits so I can't claim credit for that Wink
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PostSubject: Re: The Marienburg School of Martial Arts   Thu 26 May 2016 - 7:28

You have some FINE LOOKING accessory pieces for you Academy & Brewery. GREAT WORK!   thumbsup
Are you planning on ruined buildings or intact?
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PostSubject: Re: The Marienburg School of Martial Arts   Sat 28 May 2016 - 10:47

@DeafNala, thank you! I'm planning a mixture of ruined and intact buildings, although I suspect I'll damage/weather them all to a degree. For my sword school complex, I'm planning it as if debris from the comet's impact hit one side of the complex and damaged several buildings on that side while the buildings on the other side remain more or less intact.

I have cast enough bricks to get started, and decided to jump in at the deep end with the Great Hall and Gymnasium - two almost identical buildings and the largest on the site. The Great Hall will have sustained quite a lot of damage to it's left side, while the Gym will be completely intact.



This is the Great Hall as it stands, with Hans Pegnitzer standing inside for scale. As you can see, the right side is intact, while the left side will be built up a little with the broken remains of a matching set of arched windows.



I went for a tiling pattern centred in the middle of the room.



Here's a closer look at the windows. I blame the slightly crooked construction on the comet's impact...



This is a slightly more up to date shot showing how the front will look. The gable is removable and will eventually be attached to the rest of the roof.



The Gymnasium is virtually identical to the Great Hall, but has a wooden floor and will have slightly different decoration once finished. I'm waiting for more arch blocks to dry so I can start on the walls.



The floor is made from coffee stirrer sticks, cut to length and then glued to a thin piece of foamboard to bring it up the correct level.



Because the bottleneck for both of the main buildings is a lack of arch blocks, I decided to make a start on the watch tower which requires only a single doorway arch.



The tower splits at each storey, and will have a floor supported by the beams in the above picture. The floor assembly will then be attached to the bottom of the storey above to allow access to all the levels. On top of the two stories picture will be a crenellated upper storey, with a wooden roof above holding a bell.

In case anyone is interested, I'm planning on including the following buildings in the sword school:

Great Hall
Gymnasium
Watch Tower
Kitchen (annexe to the Great Hall)
Common Room (again, attached to the Great Hall)
Armoury (annex to the Gymnasium)
Powder Store (probably underground)
Master's Quarters
Staff's Quarters
Student's Quarters
Workshop/Forge
Various basement storage areas
A shooting gallery with targets, and training space out in the yard
Toilets (which seem to often get left out)

Plus a few bits and bobs such as a well and tree inside the compound's walls.
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PostSubject: Re: The Marienburg School of Martial Arts   Sun 29 May 2016 - 4:46

EXCELLENT START! Have FUN with the Hirst Arts stuff!   What a Face
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PostSubject: Re: The Marienburg School of Martial Arts   Sun 29 May 2016 - 7:34

+1 to what Al said! thumbsup

Any scenery building process has its frustrations and joys. Whenever I see Hirst Arts threads I am so glad I build with polystyrene and wood. clown
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PostSubject: Re: The Marienburg School of Martial Arts   Mon 30 May 2016 - 17:14

@DeafNala, I am doing. Assembling the buildings very much reminds me of playing with Lego as a child.

@Von Kurst, Actually, I am using all three materials - HA blocks for stonework, balsa wood for the timbers and polystyrene for the plastered walls. I'll also likely end up using card for the shingles when I get round to that job.

Interestingly, the stonework has been much easier to get right than the wooden framing - you'll see what I mean when I post some pictures in the next couple of days. The only somewhat dull bit is the casting itself.
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PostSubject: Re: The Marienburg School of Martial Arts   Tue 21 Jun 2016 - 18:10

I'm in the middle of a hectic 4-8 weeks (still not sure exactly how long it will be), but I've continued slowly making progress on my Mordheim board. The main buildings have been going up as fast as I can cast arches, so in the meantime I've got started on the first (semi) timber-framed building. It's going to be a cottage for the school's groundsman/nightwatchman/handyman so will be small but not decrepit.



More pictures to follow as and when I get time - I've taken lots throughout the whole build process showing the assembly of the ground floor, cutting of what feels like a thousand half-lap joints for the frame and a million card shingles for the roof.
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PostSubject: Re: The Marienburg School of Martial Arts   Tue 21 Jun 2016 - 18:57

Going through hectic periods with little free time is something I can relate with...it does pass eventually. 
That looks SPLENDID...nice woodwork! Keep up the GREAT WORK as time permits.   thumbsup
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PostSubject: Re: The Marienburg School of Martial Arts   Wed 22 Jun 2016 - 10:55

Nice joinery there mate! I really like mixed media house models. thumbsup
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PostSubject: Re: The Marienburg School of Martial Arts   Wed 27 Jul 2016 - 6:15

@DeafNala and VonKurst, thanks!

Work continues, albeit slowly. I've now finished filling in all the gaps in the walls and just have to coat the non-wooden bits with plaster, then I can begin painting.

No pictures because it's much the same to look at as last time, but progress is happening!
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PostSubject: Re: The Marienburg School of Martial Arts   Thu 1 Sep 2016 - 6:55

That 'hectic six to eight weeks' is starting to look like a hectic six to eight months... Rolling Eyes

Over the last couple of weeks i finished filling in gaps and coated the foam with plaster.

I met up with a friend for a painting session and was able to break out the airbrush to start blocking in base colours on the groundskeeper's house.







The floors come off so that the interior is accessible for gameplay.





Now that the basic colours are blocked in I can get to work with washes and add shading and colour variation. Once the painting is done I'll add windows using theomar's method and add some flock, plus some more furniture. Then it will be on to the next building. Wink
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PostSubject: Re: The Marienburg School of Martial Arts   Thu 1 Sep 2016 - 7:13

I'll take your word on the progress. The photos don't show up for moi.   Sad
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PostSubject: Re: The Marienburg School of Martial Arts   Mon 5 Sep 2016 - 10:01

Apologies, it seems they're set to be private and there is no simple way to change that. This should work:









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PostSubject: Re: The Marienburg School of Martial Arts   Mon 5 Sep 2016 - 12:25

That was semi-successful; i.e., all but the top two are visible...AND LOOKING GOOD!  thumbsup
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PostSubject: Re: The Marienburg School of Martial Arts   Thu 8 Sep 2016 - 15:04

Thanks for the edit. At least we can see the bottom three.
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PostSubject: Re: The Marienburg School of Martial Arts   Thu 8 Sep 2016 - 23:13

Maybe a small commoner's house like this would have a wooden stairway instead of this massive one but it's still a really cool house.
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