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#12644
Armorcast Buildings, Castle Roof 8 Years, 6 Months ago  
Jim,

The execution on all of this is excellent… Did you follow the floor plan provided with the Inn?

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.
Yhea, I’m hearing you. Although the scale would be correct, small rooms just don’t work with 1” square bases. Do the math…If a room is 3” x 2” (15’x10’ in 25/28 mm a normal medieval room size) that gives you six 1” squares. That’s the number of a normal adventuring party, not including the foes and accessories for rooms like here in an Inn. It gets way too cluttered---at least for any sizable combat is what I’ve found. So most of these small room skirmishes we play out with just dice and a description…

But again, I like what you’ve done here; the interior walls are great for visuals. What better description of the floor plan, and I bet you could get some cool POV photos down the central hall.

“Assassins wake from the shadows as the barbarian Morgan and his companion the squirrelly bard Blaze stager drunkenly towards their rooms…”

I’ve got to make some of these walls…=)

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#12645
Armorcast Buildings, Castle Roof 8 Years, 6 Months ago  
Mike,

Did you see the post I did about the micro-camera? They've got it in BJ's now, fer cryin' out loud! ALso in Home Depot, and in the Micro Mark catalog and on-line store.
Once I get the Temple of Trek DVD done for this year, I'm going to go get one of those cams and start playing with setups like you do; watch this space!

See ya!

Jim
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#12646
Armorcast Buildings, Castle Roof 8 Years, 6 Months ago  
Jim,

Nice find on the camera… but I’ll be honest I don’t know crap about photography or cameras for that matter…

I’ve been using a Nikon coopix 3200… Nothing special, it was around $200bucks…

I’ve been dieing to get a better camera, a few pro-photography lights, and a lesson, but that’s a pricy investment… So, it’s the coolpix for awhile…

But this sounds great, and only a bean, that’s in my budget…:cool:

I’ll look for it at the Depot.

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#12647
Armorcast Buildings, Castle Roof 8 Years, 6 Months ago  
Mike,

For someone who "don't know crap" about photography, you do a mean pic! Or, perhaps, you're right; you DON'T know crap, you know Photography!

Whatever; you give nice pictures.

See ya!

Jim
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#12648
Armorcast Buildings, Castle Roof 8 Years, 6 Months ago  
Thanks Jim,

This will be of great help to me as I have 2 sets of that Armorcast Inn yet to be finished.

The ideas of separating the two levels and building the interior walls of the inn are both inspired modifications.

After seeing the results, I will now, certainly be cutting one of the Inns -(hopefully I manage it as well as you did).
I then plan to build (fixed) interior walls for the lower levels and (removable) walls for the upper levels. Had I not seen the results (as posted here) I would not be doing these modifications. As I said earlier this post will make a HUGE difference, thanks again Jim.

I have little experience in terrain building, so if you have any further tips or advise regarding these specific modifications, I'd appreciate it.

One last question If I may, what material did you use for the base?

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#12649
Armorcast Buildings, Castle Roof 8 Years, 6 Months ago  
Steve -

The bases on the structures that HAVE bases (not all do, but they SHOULD!) is either masonite/hardboard, or .125" styrene sheet - I honestly don't remember which, and I'm at work now, instead of at home. Either way, they were attached after everything else was done, using 5-minute epoxy. Paint and texture were applied after mounting.
The lower floors on all pieces are Plastruct wood plank sheet. Plastruct is a tad bit more expensive than plain styrene, but they have an OUTRAGEOUS selection of shapes and sheet patterns; only Evergreen comes close, and they're only competitive in sheet patterns; you have to shop individual designs between the two. In structural extrusions, such as latters, steps, pipeline parts, etc., Plastruct comes out way in front - but I've heard rumors and propaganda that Evergreen IS going to be getting into the structural stuff more and more, if they see that they can compete.

IF you have a band saw, or access to one, I highly suggest you use that to cut the walls apart; I used an older model Dremel jigsaw with an embossed saw table, and it was VERY difficult to hold a straight line for the cuts. PLEASE, unless you have a steadier hand than Superman, find some way to set up an ACCURATE rip fence - but DON'T use a table saw, you'll sacrifice too much wall.

BlackHawk1 was talking about 'flying walls' further up in this thread; walls that are attached to each other, but NOT to the resin shell or to the floor. That way, they are removable for gameplay. The thought occurred to me a minute ago that doing that could give flexibility to have ONE building shell serve as multiple functions - one with lodgings, one for a meeting hall-type place, or an office building - yeah, I know, the Inn as an office building is a slight reach, but still . . .

The MOST important thing is to keep your imagination FLEXIBLE. And it sounds as if you're already doing THAT.

See ya!

Jim
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