Shogan

Western Town

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Hey guys! Just wanted to show off my western town that I ordered from Aetherworks. It came in the mail today and I have to say it's pretty terrific. The detail is amazing and it was a blast to put together. Its extremely simple and it only took about half an hour to get it all together. I took some pics with the few western minis that Ive painted. As soon as I finished all my figs I hope to run a game of Cowboys and Gunslingers at my FLGS. Let me know what you think. I'm looking forward to adding some bits here and there. A wagon or two, some horses, a few cows in a fence, just a bit of flavor.

 

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Dang. I'm impressed.

 

The only nitpick I can think to make is that the signs are too uniform; need some variety, there. But that's a pretty minor gripe. Are they disassemblable afterwards?

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Those are cool. Put different mini in front of the outhouse next time lol.

 

Great scenery for a shootout.

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Here's a pic showing all of the signs I have, you couldnt see them all in the original pictures. It would be neat to see a little more variety. I do like the General Store though. I didn't pick up the undertaker which would be pretty neat. They also had a brick building that was out of stock and a building under construction that I kind of wish I had picked up now that I see how cool they are. They did throw in an extra building because I picked up so many which I have to say was really cool of them.

 

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Are the roof parts removable (can you use the interiors)?

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Yes they are. They have floors that look like the wooden slats. I would like to get some tables a stuff to put in. They are really nice. All the pieces are slotted and fit together really nicely. None of this is glued and I would say doesn't really need to be with the exception of one roof that is a little loose.

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Very nice! The doors look a bit flat, but I suppose some paint would go a way toward fixing that. What I'm really wondering about, though, is what you do about storage? It looks as if those buildings would take up quite a bit of space, and just sticking them together in a box would seem to be asking for breakage (especially with the outer balcony railing and supporting posts on the hotel).

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If they're disassemblable, pulling them apart and laying the pieces flat, now...

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Those are cool. Put different mini in front of the outhouse next time lol.

 

Great scenery for a shootout.

And I always thought Crazy Pete was showing off the nugget of gold he found. It was actually joy over finally passing that kidney stone........

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Those are nice, I would still recommend gluing them together at some point, leaving the roofs removable. Assembling and dissembling them will wear out the points where the walls slot together. Storage of any kind of building is always an issue. I use plastic tubs that I have sectioned off with mat board along with a few pieces of foam to prevent jostling. My repair issues usually are because of game play rather than storage and transportation problems.

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I feel bad for gringing it up, even if pete feels good about bringing it up.

 

So these are cardstock with plastic brackets?

 

Those are cool. Put different mini in front of the outhouse next time lol.

 

Great scenery for a shootout.

And I always thought Crazy Pete was showing off the nugget of gold he found. It was actually joy over finally passing that kidney stone........

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They appear to be laser-cut wood, from the pictures.

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They are laser cut wood. I'm a little worried about painting them as the detail is very shallow and I suspect it would be easily covered up. I do plan on gluing the roofs as a couple of them tend to slip. I dont think Ill need to take them apart much. They actually dont take up too much room and I think Ill be able to fit them into a couple of tubs that we have and I can store them in the garage.

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Paint them up! If you thin your paints a little bit you will be just fine. Please remember to paint the interiors as well to help avoid warping of the wood. I'll dig up some old model railroad tricks for painting "unpainted" wood which will add a lot of character.

 

The internet is easier:

http://tjstrains.com/568/chemically-staining-wood/

 

And this PDF has a lot of good information on it:

http://www.junctionwestsub.ca/pdf/20090416JGNews.pdf

Edited by Heisler

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Hm. The staining wood link at top is cool! Although it provides more of a "creosote soaked" look, like you'd want for trestles, phone poles, and like that.

 

In real life, businesses in the wild west tended to get that "silvery" look that unpainted wood picks up through sun. Either that, or whitewash, since that was the cheapest and most easily available paint. Note also that you tended to get grayer and dirtier as you got closer to the ground, due to dust and dirt kicked up by people and horses.

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