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#18607
Ah, Venice 7 Years, 10 Months ago  
L--been swamped working on the next installment of "The Further Adventures of Malachai's Cohort" but I wanted to say, great pics! Venice and City of Mystery are simply awesome. Very inspiring. Damn near made me scrap the photo shoot I just did to re-arrange my tavern setup! Too late in the process for that however.

Now I'm going to have to look up your old post with your castle pics to see how you did the roofs (rooves? hoofs? hooves? nevermind).
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#18608
Ah, Venice 7 Years, 10 Months ago  
Another great setup L. I need to purchase a few more set's before I can start posting some layouts of my own...all in due time I suppose.
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#18609
Ah, Venice 7 Years, 10 Months ago  
WOW! More fantastic every time - really a job well done - and extremely well photographed. Just a couple of questions - what mm room/hallway pieces do you use for your 1st level supports for the two level timber buildings? I just got my MBsets and tried to put a few together using narrow passage set - but I only have one - which is somewhat limting...and I really like the look..second - the wood stairs - perfect...where did they come from - scratch built? And the roofs look great - I missed the part where you told us where you got them - and I still need to check J Kratzer's post about it in another thread - but yeah IMO - for layouts such as yours (diorama like - not just for gaming) - they are necessary...and even for gaming - to keep inquiring minds guessing...anyway - your set up is most impressive - kudos! and Rivers...yeah...they're great!
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#18610
Ah, Venice 7 Years, 10 Months ago  
Thanks for the kind words!

The wood stairs are made from Hirst Arts molds -- the Wood Plank mold, to be precise.

The supports are mostly narrow passage pieces, but some are just regular wall pieces and every column I own, which is why some pics reveal SF columns in the buildings. Just think of it as Disneyland.

The roofs are Plasticard sections cut out and glued together -- very light, very portable. Not overwhelmingly sturdy, though. They're so light that they're fine if you drop them, but if you drop sometihng heavy ON them.. yeah, that'd kill 'em.

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#18611
Ah, Venice 7 Years, 10 Months ago  
L -

There is NOTHING wrong with those roofs - except that, as you say, drop something on them, and that roof is history.
But hey, does it work for you? If so, then rock 'n' roll! It's just that with me, because I frequently have t oahul stuff twenty miles to the convention, I tend to build a little more - solidly. Besides, as I may have said before, as a member of the International Plastic Modelers' Society, I DO have to uphold and image.

IF you want to further "authenticize" those tile roofs, take a piece of the tile as wide as the height ofthe roof, slice ONE strip (or 'column') of tiles off it, and glue them down directly over the joint between the two sides of the roof. Do that for each corner, and it will almost INSTANTLY make the roof look 100% more authentic!
I know; when I built mine, it looked FAKE! - until I did that, and as a result, I got MUCHO compliments on it, in the game room at Shore Leave, AND when I took it to an IPMS meeting for 'show and tell'!
So I must have done SOMETHING right, to get complimented on it at THOSE two widely divergent venues.

Your call, I'm just an incurable buttinsky. Either way, have fun.

See ya!

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#18612
Ah, Venice 7 Years, 10 Months ago  
Way ahead of you, jk! It's too late for the blue roof -- I just used wooden dowels there, and I'm happy enough with the result. But the other two I've done, I've already cut out the strips of tile to cover the joints.

Right now, though, my "workshop" is put away -- I'm accumulating a LOT of projects! Reaper figures (like the amazing Scorpion-Man!) and pre-painted plastics requiring conversions (including those seated figures) and the Colossal Red Dragon which needs repainting, and now these roof pieces -- whoo, am I gonna be busy!

But it has to wait, sadly, so for now the roofs are bare-bones. When I have the time, I'm going to give them a little more stability by strategic placement of cardstock, and then coat them in black primer and drybrush some color onto them. Well, the blue one in the pics, the original one, has already had that treatment. But I have ANOTHER roof like that, and the red spanish tile roof, and they both need painting...

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