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Offline Loft Full Of Lead

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Designing MDF Ruins
« on: April 07, 2018, 02:35:15 PM »
(New user ID due to my old one (Coronasan) won't let me log in).

I have been lucky enough to have access to a laser cutter and have been designing some bits and pieces that I want to use in various games.



I have had a go at some ruins, they still need a bit of work, but I am pleased with them.



I have some plain walls to finish and some more basic corner pieces.

The artist formerly known as Coronasan, but can't log in as that anymore no matter how many times I request a new password...

Offline Codsticker

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Re: Designing MDF Ruins
« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2018, 03:44:19 PM »
That looks like good work. I have used Sarissa Precision and Warbases mdf  buildings for ruins. I usually find I have to add some texture to them to really liven them up .

Offline DintheDin

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Re: Designing MDF Ruins
« Reply #2 on: April 07, 2018, 09:28:41 PM »
That looks like good work. I have used Sarissa Precision and Warbases mdf  buildings for ruins. I usually find I have to add some texture to them to really liven them up .

It is great to have access to a laser cutter, then it is great to skillfully add some texture. The overall final effect is more than satisfactory!
Nice job you did there, eager to see it finished! Cheers!
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Offline Fitz

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Re: Designing MDF Ruins
« Reply #3 on: April 08, 2018, 02:40:15 AM »
I like your use of multiple layers to render broken brickwork. Much more convincing than a single ragged edge.

Offline Codsticker

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Re: Designing MDF Ruins
« Reply #4 on: April 08, 2018, 05:02:36 PM »
I like your use of multiple layers to render broken brickwork. Much more convincing than a single ragged edge.
I agree. Another thing I like is the battens extending from the roof.

Offline fred

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Re: Designing MDF Ruins
« Reply #5 on: April 08, 2018, 05:26:00 PM »
These look really good. I like the way you have made most of the holes in the walls brick shaped, lots of MDF ruins have 'blob' shaped holes, which don't really look like they are holes made in brick structures. The same with using two layers for the roof, if makes the beams stand-out nicely from the slates.

A couple of suggestions, above doorway and windows there is nearly always a lintel - basically a big rectangular piece of stone or concrete, a little wider than the doorway (or window) to hold the bricks up above the hole. These can be added by scribing the MDF with the cutter, or you can add a little 3d by making them in card.

Also on the roof, you probably want to offset the tiles, rather than having them in rows.

Offline Ultravanillasmurf

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Re: Designing MDF Ruins
« Reply #6 on: April 10, 2018, 08:44:01 AM »
Wow, they are a good start.
Also on the roof, you probably want to offset the tiles, rather than having them in rows.
Similarly, the tiles appear a bit "long/deep", there is usually quite a lot of overlap of the row below (probably there are regional variations).
It might be worth cutting tile/slate sheets from card and adding that over your roof beams.

Offline Codsticker

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Re: Designing MDF Ruins
« Reply #7 on: April 11, 2018, 03:19:47 AM »
On the subject of roof tiles, perhaps follow the method Warbases uses. The tiles are cut in strips that can be overlaid for a realistic profile.

Offline Rich H

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Re: Designing MDF Ruins
« Reply #8 on: April 11, 2018, 07:22:20 AM »
Looks good.  The two layers look great.

I'd tile over the roof using strip of card tiles. 
I've given up using engraved texture as it's too uniform IMO.  I use brick paper now as it adds more texture.
Glue it onto the MDF before cutting.  I'll get a pic in a bit. 

Offline Rich H

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Re: Designing MDF Ruins
« Reply #9 on: April 11, 2018, 07:34:32 AM »
Textured brick paper. Not perfect but makes for much quicker builds!

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Re: Designing MDF Ruins
« Reply #10 on: May 03, 2018, 09:28:30 PM »
Textured brick paper. Not perfect but makes for much quicker builds!

Where do you get your's from?  Looks great!


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Re: Designing MDF Ruins
« Reply #12 on: May 04, 2018, 03:14:46 AM »
If you are in the States (or Canada for that matter...) you could order a similar product from Scenic Express.