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#65369
Re:Modern Palaces VIII 6 Months ago  
Back on the ground floor of the main lobby, there are doors. This is one I was allowed to take a camera through. Without getting tackled.


For some reason, the furniture was French. So were the bathrooms, for that matter. (Not pictured. You're welcome.)


This is actually a little waiting room, with an engraving on one wall. (Still don't read the lingo.)


This is a little light fixture. Again, plastic beads and fishing line and cheap brass (or painted tin).


That fixture, on a wall in the conference room beyond the waiting room.
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#65370
Re:Modern Palaces VIII 6 Months ago  
Inside one of the main conference rooms, looking back through the waiting room to the main lobby.


A shot of that U-shaped conference table.


A close up of the table. See? French!


Rectangular double doors under an arch, plus angled column with interesting decoration.
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#65371
Re:Modern Palaces VIII 6 Months ago  
Same column, by a window.


This was the most angular, stark decoration I encountered in any of the palaces. But interesting thing, the white chevron shape inside the black marble border is covered in curling scrollwork. And the the two white columns beneath, with the two home plate shaped bases? The designs in those are actually cutouts for large ventilation ducts behind the column.


The top of the design on the column.


The cutouts for ventilation. In a fantasy game, there would be a passage back there for characters to spy from.


And the base of the vent.


A shot of the decorative bits above some of the windows.


Close up of same.
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#65372
Re:Modern Palaces VIII 6 Months ago  
The ceiling was divided into several recessed areas, mostly surrounding chandeliers. In some cases there were five decorative bands around them. (And some air vents.)


Detail.


Detail. Note the texture.


Three bands and a vent, and a round chandelier mount (lower right).


Detail.


One of the round chandelier mounts and surrounding decoration.


Closer in.


Even closer, showing more of the texture.


Detail of the outer edge.
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#65373
Re:Modern Palaces VIII 6 Months ago  
Some more ceilings, from miscellaneous hallways in the palace.











A square recess and light fixture.


Detail.


An unusual wavy pattern.
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#65374
Re:Modern Palaces VIII 6 Months ago  
From one of the balcony levels, looking away from the main lobby.


Same place, taken from the rail.


The end of one of those continuous ceiling recesses, with requisite decoration.


A chandelier between two columns, possibly above the door out of the lobby to the main entrance.


A place where the decorative accent on the ceiling continued onto the wall. (That's a wire on the left, not a crack.)


A random wall, with square accents at the bottom of the ceiling arch.


Another wall, but a darn good looking one. Give anybody any ideas for a future DF set?
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#65375
Re:Modern Palaces VIII 6 Months ago  
A square column on the edge of the forbidden zone. I think there might have been better columns further in, but I didn't want to get tackled.


Three interesting things (to me, anyway). The colors and design of the column are very simple compared with almost everything else in this or any other palace. The walls and ceiling aren't decorated at all. And the curved top on the risers ending at a square post with a flat top, which is very typical of the little design and construction flaws found throughout all of the palaces.


A nice double column.


Two double columns at a corner.
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#65376
Re:Modern Palaces VIII 6 Months ago  
There were two spiral stairs off the main lobby, each going from the ground floor to the third.

At the top of each spiral stair, a chandelier with a little dome. This one was missing an entire tier of hanging bead strands.


Yet another incredibly detailed ceiling.


Detail of the dome.


More of the ceiling work.


Each chandeliers extended all the way to the floor below.


Which left the bottom hanging a full story above the ground floor.


What is it about looking over the rail of a spiral stairwell?


Down we go...
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#65377
Re:Modern Palaces VIII 6 Months ago  
The same chandelier from one level below.


It looks so much better from the side.


Not the small light fixtures on the walls at upper right and low/middle left.


Overlapping railings.


And a shot of the whole effect.
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#65378
Re:Modern Palaces VIII 6 Months ago  
The chandelier from two levels down.


Like being in a nautilus shell.


More of same.


The base of the stairs.


Still at the bottom of the stairs.


And a shot that captures the nook created under the lowest riser.
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#65379
Re:Modern Palaces VIII 6 Months ago  
That's mostly it. There was a ton of stuff I couldn't photograph due to restricted access. There were places where stone tiles had fallen away from the wall, leaving 12" gaps behind them. There were cavernous rooms with balcony overlooks supported by graceful columns, and ceilings so detailed they might actually hypnotize you. I hope all of this is preserved -- I think this palace would make a terrific museum.

And that's it. I promise.

Except...
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#65380
Re:Modern Palaces VIII 6 Months ago  
This palace had a throne. That's an oversize coffee pot in the corner.


Yes, I do know what it says.
No, I'm not going to translate.
Yes, I did take my picture seated on the throne.
No, I'm not going to show it to you.


This is the Phantom Warrior, mascot of III Company. They had it shipped out for the duration.


It was modeled after "The Death Bringer", and commissioned with Frank Frazetta's permission.


You can tell he appreciated being under two ventilation ducts...
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