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TOPIC: MBS Storefronts
#18720
MBS Storefronts 8 Years, 2 Months ago  
This may be anachronistic, but two things I'd like to see in the Medieval Building line are long windows and corner doors.

A Long Window would be a 4" long piece with a single window running almost the entire length of the piece, resulting in a window two or three times as long as usual. It might have a wider sill than a usual window, and might be a skosh taller, but I leave that up to others to decide. This could represent a store's display window, a counter over which a merchant does business with pedestrians, or a picture window in a residence.

I'd also like to see a piece that would allow us to put a door in a corner, at a 45-degree angle. This is a corner piece with the "joint" or "apex" of the corner cut off, and a pair of beams set at an angle to accomodate a standard door. This allows us to create a genuine corner store, or the corner house in an urban setting.

I toyed with the idea of a recessed door, or a door in an alcove, but we can already to that. Just put two corners on either side of a floor tile, with two walls positioned as if to create a passage. Place a door at the end of the passage away from the apexes (apices?) of the corner pieces, and there it is.

Thoughts? Additions?
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#18721
MBS Storefronts 8 Years, 2 Months ago  
That's an excellent idea that would play right into my request awhile back for customizable signs to "hang" outside of the facade. I also love the idea of a "cut corner" door as you described. I have one building like this and I think it looks fantastic.
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#18722
MBS Storefronts 8 Years, 2 Months ago  
Good ideas. I'd also like to see windows (and long windows) in the 'classic' DF, for use in making stone buildings...

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#18723
MBS Storefronts 8 Years, 2 Months ago  
Phil--definitely. I know that's a topic that we keep beating into the ground as it has come up so frequently here, but it's a grand idea.

On a semi-related note, I noticed that you're from the UK. I'm not sure where Lancaster is, but my wife's mother is from Broughton-in-Furness--Broughton Mills up in the Lake District, to be precise. I had the opportunity to go there just before my wife and I were married. Absolutely wonderful place. I had the chance to see several very old stone cottages and half-timber and stucco(?) storefronts. Talk about leaving an impression on me! When I got my MBS set I was having wonderful flashbacks of some of the architecture I saw while visiting.

One of the coolest things that I don't even think I've shared with the folks here is that my my wife's granny owned a a 17th-century cottage called "Mill Cottage". The beams on the ceiling in the front room of the cottage were from a shipwreck that happened somewhere around 1645. Likewise, the local pub (The Blacksmith's Arms) had a table carried away from a ship. The pub (if I understand the history correctly) was essentially built around the table because it was so massive. The table was eventually sold to a collector. They had to cut it in half to get it out of the doorway. The coolest thing about it is that it had hand-carved graffitti in is as far back as the 1600's!

How cool is that? ;-}~
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#18724
MBS Storefronts 8 Years, 2 Months ago  
Hey, while we're talking about British architectural history, if any of you Brits are ever in Scotland, head up to Peebles and check out the tiny little pile of rock from my ancestral home. Horsburgh Castle! When visiting family, my parents and sister and I used to go there when I was younger, take a little pebble from our Castle and look at miles and miles of sheep.

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#18725
MBS Storefronts 8 Years, 2 Months ago  
L, that's awesome! Now if you only *put* them back into the pile you might have a whole castle! ;-}P~
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#18726
MBS Storefronts 8 Years, 2 Months ago  
I'm not sure where Lancaster is, but my wife's mother is from Broughton-in-Furness--Broughton Mills up in the Lake District, to be precise.
I know Broughton Mills - Lancaster is not a million miles away, just the other side of Morecambe Bay (probably 30 miles as the sea-gull flies, nearly twice that as the car drives). I've always lived near the Lake District - I was born and grew up near the northern fells, and have spent my adult life in sight of the southernmost ones.
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#18727
MBS Storefronts 8 Years, 1 Month ago  
Excellent idea about the corner door!

I don't own any MBS yet, but it looks like i may get into that after i get all the caverns i need...
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