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#12639
Armorcast Buildings, Castle Roof 8 Years, 3 Months ago  
As promised to M. Tom and to Wereweasel.

The Armorcast Inn was my first try at customizing a building. It shipped as 4 walls, 2-piece roof, a floor between storeys, and a staircase. I added room partitions on each storey, the floor to the first storey, and cut the walls to make it separate storeys for gaming (it's actually rather crowded in there, but hey...). The partitions are .040 sheet styrene with Evergreen planked sheet laminated both sides, then channel around the doorframes, with mitered corners - and I'll never do that again unless it's for a display only show piece. Definitely NOT for a gaming unit!
The twin storefront was a bit different, because the overhung front came as two walls. Using them as a guide, I laid out the cut for the other three walls. I also added the floor for first storey and the dormers, and cut the hatch from 1 to 2. I decided to add the loft after starting the build, and had to use a Dremel to cut the grooves in the front and rear walls for the loft floor. The loft floor is laminated plank sheet over .040, .010 strip over .080 on the wall as half-timbers, and 3/32"-square tube for floor beams. The paint job is less-than-great because it was done - by hand - the night before the convention! That's another 'never again'!

The castle Keep roof was done with .010 plank sheet over .010 plain, and then the Plastruct tile sheet on the other side. Next time, I'll follow my own advice and use .080 for the substrate! Cutting the compound angles for the peak was an unholy PitA, but somehow it works!

All in all, I'm rather proud of the job.

See ya!

Jim
















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#12640
Armorcast Buildings, Castle Roof 8 Years, 3 Months ago  
Jim -

Absolutely gorgeous work! And who hasn't had a major plot device go down in an inn? ( I mean, c'mon, if your players don't insist on sharing a room so they can post a watch, they just aren't paying enough attention. ) A work of art, and a piece a dungeon master could use again and again for as long as games are played.

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#12641
Armorcast Buildings, Castle Roof 8 Years, 3 Months ago  
Thanks, Stoat.
The Inn was my first attempt at customizing a building to that extent, and yeah, I'm proud of everything about it except the size of rooms and passages. It's awfully tight in there; can't place a figure on a base in corridors, and not in rooms if there's any furniture in the room (even bunks!).
I'm tempted to rip out all the walls and try again, but I'm also a basically lazy guy, and don't want to go through all the effort to redo it!
Oh, well. For that matter, I had originally intended to split the storefront in two, with a doorway between them behind a counter, and have a storeroom, and a kitchen upstairs, with the loft for sleeping quarters. THAT never happened either, for the same reason as redoing the Inn!

See ya!

Jim
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#12642
Armorcast Buildings, Castle Roof 8 Years, 3 Months ago  
Very nice!

In the future you may want to consider "flying walls", basically you glue the walls to each other but NOT to the building. Then take them out as required for gaming.

My buildings have flying walls and I also used masking tape to put the wall outlines on the floor. That way when the walls come out you still have a floorplan that the mini's can fight/move around.
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#12643
Armorcast Buildings, Castle Roof 8 Years, 3 Months ago  
Damn, why didn't I think of that?

Great Idea, Blackhawk1! I'll probably adapt that to this monster, and others as well (I have plans, I have plans . . .).

Thanks!

See ya!

Jim
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