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Offline Suber

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Re: Mining town
« Reply #15 on: April 09, 2019, 12:53:41 PM »
Here we go!

The broader idea beyond the spaceport is, as told above, a whole new board. My old urban boards were made of plywood (I got those like a decade ago, I didn't even know mdf existed!) and foam.



But after these years I'm after a totally different setting, a desert town. However, I'd like to try an experiment. I'm aiming for a true 3D board, i.e., not a regular board with some buildings where the minis can climb to shoot. I'll try to make a board that has as much height as it has depth. Or even more, if possible.
For the setting, I'd like a backwater world, something in the mood of old Rogue Trader example Logan's World. That means to me a mix between the Anasazi cliff palace:



But with the density of Santorini:



Of course I cannot achieve that with my old boards. So I finally got a 120x60cm mdf board and will build the rest using foamboard, for weight issues.

The spaceport is 30cm diameter, so its building will have to be the largest all over the board. I didn't want it to be at ground level, but as high as I could get it to be. So I insist, the building is going to be huge...





Here it is:





50cm high, all I can do given my storage restrictions. Once on the board:



The structure is pretty firm, I reinforced every square without compromising its weight, so this could resist a tornado...



So OK, this is going smoothly, I like the aspect and the way it's turning out, lalala I'm so happy... Oh, by the way, I haven't tried to get it into the wardrobe, let's see how it...

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...

ARE YOU %$#@ KIDDING ME!!??



It doesn't fit. Just a matter of milimeters. The space on the wardrobe is slightly more than 50cm, but... I didn't take into account the door. When opening it, it is impossible for the building to fit into the wardrobe. Silly me. :'(

After going through the five stages of grief, I finally made a decision. I couldn't cut the upper part, the spaceport makes it totally impossible. I had to cut out 2cm from below. Yup, the part with every square reinforced, which could resist a tornado... That one. :-X

Long story short, the building is 48cm high now and everything is in order :D

Of course what you have seen is but the most basic shape of what's to come. I have to add secondary structures and buildings, stairs, bridges and stuff. Just an example of what I'm talking about:



So this is the true beginning! A lot of work ahead, but I hope it will look nice when finished.

https://oldschoolworkshop.blogspot.com/2019/04/a-new-board-story-of-overcoming.html

BTW, I hadn't shown a pic of the spaceport with a ship in it!



I'll keep on building stuff and explain what's in my mind for the whole board.


Offline OSHIROmodels

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Re: Mining town
« Reply #16 on: April 09, 2019, 01:02:25 PM »
Brill  8)

I like the concept and I also struggle with building stuff that doesn’t fit where I’d like to store it  lol

Offline Hawkeye

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Re: Mining town
« Reply #17 on: April 09, 2019, 01:53:33 PM »
Jawdropping.

For years I've toyed with the idea of building a Mega City board, and now I know where most of my questions will be answered! Looking forward to more of this - it's superb!

So, let's see. Start with some circles, then...
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Offline Anselm van Helsing

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Re: Mining town
« Reply #18 on: April 09, 2019, 06:27:39 PM »
Astonishing. How long did it take to build these?

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Re: Mining town
« Reply #19 on: April 10, 2019, 01:26:17 PM »
Beautiful  :-*
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Re: Mining town
« Reply #20 on: April 10, 2019, 01:33:34 PM »
That's just excellent!

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Re: Mining town
« Reply #21 on: April 10, 2019, 02:12:18 PM »
Wonderful, mate!
 8) 8)

You are gonna need a bigger house!
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Offline AWu

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Re: Mining town
« Reply #22 on: April 11, 2019, 09:53:28 PM »
This have vibe of Corsair planet in Freelancer video game.
Great idea.

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Re: Mining town
« Reply #23 on: April 12, 2019, 09:27:21 AM »
This will look epic when finished.


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Re: Mining town
« Reply #24 on: April 13, 2019, 02:06:02 PM »
Ambitious, looking forward to seeing it evolve.

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Re: Mining town
« Reply #25 on: April 28, 2019, 10:42:01 PM »
Thank you, gentlemen! Due to real life issues I've been mostly off forum, but I'd like to post a little update on this.

The front of the spaceport building needs something, of course. My first idea was a huge service elevator from the spaceport door to the floor level. Once discarded, my second idea was a series of ascending slopes adjacent to the building. My third idea (ahem) involves the same slopes, but all over the whole board, being the town main street. That's what I'm currently executing, so, as I was telling, the building needed some stuff there! I'll put some adobe buildings in front of it, so I begin to get familiar with the basics of it.

At some point I found myself with these: a finished duct tape and a plastic sphere from some toy vending machine. I cut it in half:



And thought about some kind of tower:



A little Jabba-esque maybe, but one gets the inspiration from wherever it comes from...



Instead of building a proper door, I thought of leaving it open:





This might be getting out of reach, but I have to try...



Worse than desired, but still better than expected ;D



The overall aspect so far:



Lots of work to do, but I think I'm on the right pace...

Offline AKULA

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Re: Mining town
« Reply #26 on: April 28, 2019, 11:03:16 PM »
I felt your pain with the wardrobe, but it’s coming together really well

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Re: Mining town
« Reply #27 on: April 29, 2019, 05:30:16 AM »
Absolutely fantastic. The painting effort is very characterful and the building itself is inspiring :)

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Re: Mining town
« Reply #28 on: April 29, 2019, 05:58:59 AM »
Wow this is looking ace!

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Re: Mining town
« Reply #29 on: April 29, 2019, 06:52:42 AM »
Looking really good so far, mate.
 8) 8)

I would be tempted to add another building on that balcony area....
 ;)