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#24013
MBS Manor (with nearby ruins) 7 Years, 7 Months ago  
OK, I just can't get these ruins out of my system.... once you take out the narrow passage elements, they're just so FUN (hint, hint, DF folks...)

ANYHOO, here's a large single structure, two level, with a nice little entrance foyer and so on. I'd need many more railings to make this work, but I just can't find room for four more MBE sets, as much as I'd like them. That lake expansion set is gonna need shelf space, after all.

Still, I REALLY like what the diagonal walls allow you to do -- gives this place a nice "stately Wayne manor" kind of feeling. It's amazing what the little touches from the MBE can do -- diagonal walls, railings, shutters, stairs... small, but extremely effective...


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#24014
MBS Manor (with nearby ruins) 7 Years, 7 Months ago  
That's really cool. I really like the way you mix the MBS and regular DF sets; mixing sets makes the pieces really stand out and adds visual interest.

It would be nice to get more railing pieces as individual pieces. Four isn't enough to enclose all the balconies, lofts, and elevated corridors you can make with the MBS.
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#24015
MBS Manor (with nearby ruins) 7 Years, 7 Months ago  
L,

Great setup!! You keep knocking them out of the park.

You have done it.... You have broken my piggy bank. I started last night putting together a multi level setup as you have been doing. I have 3 MBS, 2 mbs addons and many old school dungeon pieces. However for what I wanted to do I did not have enough sets. I am waiting until may now and I will be buying a couple more of the MBS stes and most likely 1 more addon to do what I want to do. And of course I am blaming all this on your great setups not my addiction to DF. At least that is what I told my wife for the justification before the other new sets come out to which she replied "can you not wait until the new sets come out and order them all together?" I repllied "No we have a game in a couple of weeks that I want to use this for" Now where did I put all the phone numbers of those players that I can call to have a game in a couple of weeks....

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#24016
MBS Manor (with nearby ruins) 7 Years, 7 Months ago  
Great job! Man...they just keep getting better.

I have this dream some day of having a big gameroom where I can set up a permanent MBS set-up which represents the village the campaign is based on. It would be so sweet to add more 4' x 8' tables as nearby dungeons/caverns are discovered. It would feel so cool to have this miniature little world to inhabit every week with my players.

(Time to go buy a lotto ticket!)
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#24017
MBS Manor (with nearby ruins) 7 Years, 7 Months ago  
As everyone has said. Looks great. Originally I was critical of the MBS, but I picked up an acesssory set with my DOE Rooms set and completely changed my mind. MBS is a great set. Now I need to buy the basic MBS set. So what do you do with these set ups L? Do you game on them before they get dismantled, or are all of these just for photography?
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#24018
MBS Manor (with nearby ruins) 7 Years, 7 Months ago  
Also - how many MBS sets and how many add-on MBS sets do you have L? How many are typically used in your pictures?
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#24019
MBS Manor (with nearby ruins) 7 Years, 7 Months ago  
Wow, thanks for all the kind words everyone.

To answer some questions:

Well, I'd LIKE to game on these, but lately I've been so busy with work that I've only had time to play around with setups and then dismantle them. It says something about how great DF is that even without actually GAMING there is still a lot to be done with and enjoyed about these products! Now if only I had time to use them as they were meant to be used....!

As for what I use -- well, lately my pictures have been pretty much drawn from this:

2 MBS sets
1 MB expansion set
1 Narrow passage set
and an assortment of dungeon pieces -- like 2 corner pieces, 1 wall, and a ton of floor pieces.

I tend to use the entirety of the expansion set (minus some accessories and the large floor pieces) and narrow passage set, but probably about 60-75% of the MBS regular set pieces that I own. At times I've managed to get most of it used, with only some floor pieces left out. If I use the large floor pieces, one or both of them, they eat up my wall pieces and I'm left with very little I can build beyond one large chamber. If I use all the walls and corners to make recognizable rooms, I don't have room for the large floors.

In my experience, the MBS stuff works really well with this ratio -- two regular sets, one expansion. The sets are well-designed enough that if you had an equal amount of each you'd probably find a great use for it all, and with only 1 basic set you can still do a lot -- but if you want to do stuff like what I've been doing, you're going to want the flexibility that 2 sets gives you. Aside from giving you more basic elements (corners, walls, floors), it also gives you more options ("Oh, I really prefer THIS wall piece to THAT one..."). I haven't felt the need for another expansion set yet, aside from the occasional small accessory (another set of railings, another diagonal wall, etc)

I can't wait for that tavern accessory set....

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#24020
MBS Manor (with nearby ruins) 7 Years, 7 Months ago  
Ummm...the votes are all in and have been counted!

L, is the winner of the MBS layout photo contest!

*applause*
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#24021
MBS Manor (with nearby ruins) 7 Years, 7 Months ago  
I love the setup! I bet it would be a blast to play in. Might be fun to add a lower level cellar/dungeon that would need to be "cleaned" out and that portcullus looks like the perfect entrance to it! Also...I noticed you had some Heroscape trees...Do you collect Heroscape stuff too?

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#24022
MBS Manor (with nearby ruins) 7 Years, 7 Months ago  
Thanks!

As for the cellar: Yes, that was one of the first things I wanted to do with MBS stuff -- my secret goal is to make a massive layout with caverns at the lowest levels, dungeon catacombs above them, and the MBS sets at the top. From one large tavern, you go through a trapdoor to explore the town sewers/catacombs, and from there you enter the caverns below....

For now, I have made a layout that uses the dungeon sets to make a sort of cellar below. My problem has been that while I love the idea of making a cellar, in the end it winds up less photogenic simply because so many people are familiar with the dungeon sets, photos of the cellar are a little less flashy. They're indistinguishable from any random dungeon setup -- it's the MBS that's new and the MBS that gets the glory... at least until we see some new dungeon updates....

As for Heroscape -- yes, there are some Heroscape sets that it'd be a sin to pass up. The bridge/tree set is great, even though I already have lots of flocked trees that work really well and have a more "real" feel to them -- these trees are nice and low-effort. The best Heroscape stuff, for me, is the ice set -- those ice walls are fantastic, and there's pretty much nothing else like them. Plus, they are somewhat transparent, and you can encase figures in them -- how cool is that?!

But I try to keep the collection to a minimum -- there's so much DF to collect, I have to be careful about how much room I have for other products....

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