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#16808
More Moria Pillars 8 Years ago  
Hi folks,

The rubble piles need more thought. Not a great success - they looked as though they'd be okay, but I couldn't paint them well enough - too rough, and too hard to get the paint into the recesses (and yes, I did try spraying them).

So, whilst thinking about how to make the MkII version better (subconsciously), I've started work on the master pattern for a fatter pillar - 2" square this time, rather than 1". The 'base' pillar piece looks pretty much like last time, other than being fatter and having fancier architectural details. But I also want to be able to make 'suspended' walkways and stairs - a bit like the stairway the Fellowship come down before crossing the Bridge of Khazad Dum. I'll need to use 'pillars' to support these walkways and stairs, so I'm going to try to make them 'modular', and 'stackable' - maybe with a 'key' modelled into the top surface to locate one on top of another.

Anyway, it's early days as yet - I've done the drawings, and have started cutting plastic for the first 'base' pillar, but there's nothing worth showing so far! Once I get a 'finished' master done, I'll post a photo or two.

On another note, I see that the 'Mystery Set' is nearing its announcement, and that the advert has been 'leaked' by Dungeon - which means it's time for me to 'fess up:- Stefan told me what it was going to be months ago, but that he'd have to kill me if I told anyone about it. I hope that I was useful to him, having been told what it was to be, in supplying photos of 'the real thing' (living in Europe does have some advantages, even if getting hold of DF sets is rather difficult/expensive). ;) I still haven't seen the set, or the advert, but I trust it'll be well up to Stefan's usual standard.

Cheers,
Phil
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Medieval Buildings Set, Caverns x2, Cavernous Passages, Room and Passage, Deluxe Room, Octagonal Room, Narrow Passages, Advanced Builder, Wicked Additions I, Wicked Additions II, Traps I, Traps II, lots of individual pieces. I want Cavernous Rivers, and Cavernous Lakes, and Cavernous Ledges. Can you tell that I like caverns?
 
#16809
More Moria Pillars 8 Years ago  
Phil -

I've seen the ad, and I think I can say the set WILL live up to Stefan! The photography in the ad, when scanned and posted at the lower resolutions available at some non-DF forums, was less-than-thrilling, but the subject matter will carry over nicely.

See ya!

Jim
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#16810
More Moria Pillars 8 Years ago  
Hello Jim,

I just wish I could afford to buy any DF stuff. :( We're moving house in two week's time - to a much bigger place (5 bedrooms instead of 3), which will be good in some ways (I get a large share in the spare room - can set my gaming table up in there most of the time), but, with me having retired a month ago, money is exceedingly tight, and I can't afford to buy many toys - and certainly can't afford to splurge great big wodges of cash on DF stuff (for now anyway) - She Who Must Be Obeyed would probably kill me. :( :( :( :( :( :(

This is particularly upsetting, since I'd love to get my hands on the Cavernous Water sets, and now this 'Mystery' set - which would be sooooo useful to me, given the amount of time my group spend... erm, well, I'd better shut up now, before I give Stefan the excuse he needs. ;)

Cheers,
Phil
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#16811
More Moria Pillars 8 Years ago  
Retirement; wow, what a concept.
Mainly because I'm a state employee (not-so-civil-servant!) and although I've been here for 13 years, only 6 count toward retirement - and I'm almost 55 (December)!
At this rate, I'm working here until 78 years old!
Oh well; think of it as job security - if they let me stay that long!

Glad you're getting extra rooms; sad you only get PART of one for gaming.

We have GOT to get DF a Euro distributor! Before Europe gets priced and taxed out of the community.

See ya!

Jim
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#16812
More Moria Pillars 8 Years ago  
Hi folks,

The rubble piles need more thought. Not a great success - they looked as though they'd be okay, but I couldn't paint them well enough - too rough, and too hard to get the paint into the recesses (and yes, I did try spraying them).

So, whilst thinking about how to make the MkII version better (subconsciously), I've started work on the master pattern for a fatter pillar - 2" square this time, rather than 1". The 'base' pillar piece looks pretty much like last time, other than being fatter and having fancier architectural details. But I also want to be able to make 'suspended' walkways and stairs - a bit like the stairway the Fellowship come down before crossing the Bridge of Khazad Dum. I'll need to use 'pillars' to support these walkways and stairs, so I'm going to try to make them 'modular', and 'stackable' - maybe with a 'key' modelled into the top surface to locate one on top of another.

Anyway, it's early days as yet - I've done the drawings, and have started cutting plastic for the first 'base' pillar, but there's nothing worth showing so far! Once I get a 'finished' master done, I'll post a photo or two.

On another note, I see that the 'Mystery Set' is nearing its announcement, and that the advert has been 'leaked' by Dungeon - which means it's time for me to 'fess up:- Stefan told me what it was going to be months ago, but that he'd have to kill me if I told anyone about it. I hope that I was useful to him, having been told what it was to be, in supplying photos of 'the real thing' (living in Europe does have some advantages, even if getting hold of DF sets is rather difficult/expensive). ;) I still haven't seen the set, or the advert, but I trust it'll be well up to Stefan's usual standard.

Cheers,
Phil

Dear Phil!

Thanks for the pics! Much appreciated. And thanks for keeping the secret all this time!!

The hundreds of pictures I got from various sources (as well as my personal experiences in the good ol UK) definitely helped pull it all together. The Medieval Building Set was a joint project between Jeff, and the bunch of us at DF, even my dad (preservationist architect) put in his two cents...of course, for the sake of smooth game play the design is a mixture between historical and fantastical imagination condusive to miniature gaming and modularity...

Hope everyone enjoys it! We are already working on the follow up designs...

Stefan.
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#16813
More Moria Pillars 8 Years ago  
"Follow up designs..."?

Stefan, you've already got me drooling, and I haven't even ordered my 2 ex-Mystery sets yet (coupons at home, I'm at work)!

YOWZA!!!

Jim
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