Current ProgressYesterday I got some reprieve from reality and decided to update my scratch-build project. Here's what they currently look like. I've experienced some technical issues that I want to share with you. I knew that I wanted to have some nice doors and windows. As you can see from Part 1 it appears that carved in those portal shapes. I had been following Matakashi's Tea House procedure at this time. In the meanwhile I placed some orders to Rusty Stump's Scale Models site to get some of their door and window kits.
This proved to be problematic. The first issue was that the portals I carved were of the wrong shape and size. I had to re-carve the foam-core for the doors and then cut out some card-stock as window and door trims to cover any portal that was too big. The second problem is that I wanted the interiors of the buildings to be navigable. As such - and this is me being a completist - I need to have the inside view of the buildings to have door artwork as well. Well, by the time I determined this, I had already glued the walls of the buildings together which made it difficult to get that second door face positioned properly. In many cases, because of my earlier sizing problem, I need to carve out a different shape on the internal face of the foam-core walls; that is hard to do when there is little room for leveraging an X-acto knife.
So I learned some lessons. In the future I'll get the door and windows cut out after I determine the specs of the kit elements. And, I'll assemble the building walls only after I've affixed the window and doors. I have another idea that I want to try as well. I thought it may be useful to set up magnetic fasteners on pairs of walls so that I could disassemble a building during game-play. This is a crucial factor if you've got big hands and you want to have the floor navigable; by cutting away the walls there's more room to move about the minis.
|Large Building A - back entrace with a "Dutch" door.|
|Large Building A - front entrance.|
|Large Building B - front entrance is boarded-up.|
|Large Building B - back entrance. |
An abandoned building.
|Small Building A - front corner. |
This shows two doors.
|Small Building A - deck easement entry.|
|Small Building B - sole entrance.|
|Small Building B - boarded window to allow two faces|
during layout depending on scenario mood.
|The wood flooring within Small Building B.|
You can see the interior door at the top right.
|Interior of Large Building A.|
I'll lay down some wood flooring here as well.
|Small Building A; frame and foundation.|
All of the step-ways I'll need to building some
railings for them using toothpicks or bobby-pins.