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Well, I had started Hirst Arts ruined field stone tower in an attempt to build terrain for Frostgrave.  After building some of the wall section, I had a bit of a Cat-trastophy with them.  My cat decided those pieces would look better on a cement floor... in pieces.  Since I posted in the September goals thread that I want to try and finish the building of the tower this month I thought I would post where I was in my progress.  Be warned, my skill are very lacking, as there are several uneven level, but it is a ruined tower.

 

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There are going to be three level inside the tower that are being pressed in an attempt to keep them level. Here is a shot of the pieces apart.

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I'll be more than happy to take any advice.

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If you are casting the molds yourself, look at the last few pages of directions...you basically take busted up pieces of stone and randomly attach them to the tops of the sections to look like damage debris. This step really sells the ruined castle aspect. 

 

I did the build last fall and have several wip pictures in my WIP on cmon.  My kid loves using it for scooby doo adventures. 

 

Edit: this entry shows how I assembledmy tower without fixing it solid...really important when a four year old shoves minis through the door. 

 

http://www.coolminiornot.com/forums/showthread.php?50056-KruleBear-s-WIP-WIP&p=831624&viewfull=1#post831624

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@KruleBear Awesome work on that! I did indeed cast all the pieces myself.   I've been debating if I want to go snow or green.  Still undecided.  I'm waiting till I get the piece together to put on the broken blocks on top of the almost finished pieces.  Your color choice is similar to my mage knight dungeon I started.  I'll see if I can dig it out and post some of them later if any one is interested.  I also want to keep the piece able to be removed for, options. 

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I tried keeping the scheme close to my Dwarven Forge stuff. Like you I struggled with adding snow as I would like to try Frostgrave...but that will probably never happen, so I went with a more universal scheme. 

 

If the cat destroyed some of the pieces, you could probably smash them up and use them for debris piles.  

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That is a WONDERFUL ruin. The unevenness adds to the charm. AND  it is one of the few cast buildings I've seen that isn't stiff looking or Lego like.

The painting, detailing, & scenery work is the really enjoyable part. Have FUN with it all!

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Look(ed) awesome!

 

Is the Cat properly punished ( given treats, and a comfy bed)?

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1 hour ago, malefactus said:

That is a WONDERFUL ruin. The unevenness adds to the charm. AND  it is one of the few cast buildings I've seen that isn't stiff looking or Lego like.

The painting, detailing, & scenery work is the really enjoyable part. Have FUN with it all!

Thanks, I've found the Lego look a problem with other projects I've done.  I hope the painting and detailing Will help with that.

24 minutes ago, Glitterwolf said:

Look(ed) awesome!

 

Is the Cat properly punished ( given treats, and a comfy bed)?

Of course, she is old and frankly I was surprised she got up there.  So she must have been really important to her at that moment.

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I haven't played with Hirst Arts stuff, so can't give any advice, but I like what you're doing and think it's looking great so far!

 

Also, I would be interested in seeing that Mage Knight dungeon you started, if it's not too much hassle.

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Often thought about trying out the Hirst Arts things but was always turned off by the amount of work. I did plaster cast stuff when I was a kid and still do a little bit of resin casting so I've got a decent idea about the time it takes. Like what you're doing and look forward to seeing more.

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54 minutes ago, Chaoswolf said:

I haven't played with Hirst Arts stuff, so can't give any advice, but I like what you're doing and think it's looking great so far!

 

Also, I would be interested in seeing that Mage Knight dungeon you started, if it's not too much hassle.

Sure, can do.  I was planning on an update later today.  So I'll post a shot of what I've made.

22 minutes ago, Zink said:

Often thought about trying out the Hirst Arts things but was always turned off by the amount of work. I did plaster cast stuff when I was a kid and still do a little bit of resin casting so I've got a decent idea about the time it takes. Like what you're doing and look forward to seeing more.

Never worked with resin.  But I've thought about it.  Only problem is it degrades the molds.  I've recently started using Merlin's magic and its the best I've used so far.

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Merlin's magic is pretty forgiving on making good casts and creates a hard product....light years improved over the standard plaster I first started with...dang I think I will head downstairs and cast some more molds. 

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While the glue dries on tonight's progress, I thought I post a shot of the 2nd floor.  The original plans called for a solid floor held up by pieces.  I decided to try and experiment with a broken floor for the second floor that could be assembled for the full floor. Here was the result.

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I'll take photo's tomorrow of the look of the result.

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