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So I salvaged this bit of 16×20 particle board from a broken picture frame. I'll be using some of my foam core to make a city square/crossroads board with my foam rollers. Something for city games that isn't too time consuming, but is also good for a wide spread of genres with the proper buildings and scatter
The tough part will be steaming off the paper and cutting down the various bits for rolling.
Recently I acquired a model railroad house for a dollar. I didn't have a real plan for it at first but the price was right.
After sitting beside my desk for the last couple months I finally had an idea. This was a perfect starting point for an abandoned house and with just a bit of work I could add a second floor and a garage "roof". Plus with just a bit of planning I could keep it all removeable so the entire interior is playable.
So with the help of my guardsmen conscript, I found roughly the right height of the first floor. I added a framework for the second level.
With a support structure in place it was just a matter of creating a platform.
Too late I realized I could have just used craft sticks on the underside of the platform. I also opted to ignore the idea of a staircase or a ladder to keep the entire platform and lower level playable. I doubt anyone I game with is going to call me out on it.
I ended up adding the center barrel out of necessity, it works great for lifting the platform out. It also gives it a nice extra touch that pushes the idea of an abandoned building. I pushed that idea that much further with the addition of some "smoke".
For the garage I did much of the same thing. Luckily with the overhang and not being surrounded by four walls another grab barrel wasn't necessary.
Now it's just a matter of boarding up a few windows, adding some damage, and painting it up.
And so it begins... floorplans and foamcore. I couldnt find the post where I originally shared the link to floorplans, but a quick Google search turned up a version with BASEMENT! Now it all makes sense. I'll be doing a variation of the horizontal (top) layout with added stacks in the basement (and smaller lecture room). This will be the setting for my Gemma Files diorama.
I will be doing fancy paper "wallpaper" on the inside. Stained popsicle sticks wood floors on the main, and concrete on the basement (tile bathrooms) with carpet in the staff and lecture rooms. I intend for it to be playable, with separate floors (and roof). I'm debating FANCY openable windows. Brownstone, with tar roof and stone trim.
I went with the built in size constraints of the folding presentation board on purpose.
I will be building 2 custom 12*9*1 foam storage trays for my metal minis, using foam, felt, foamcore.
Yesterday I applied felt to the first side of the foamcore base. Today I will apply felt to the other side. This will give a sturdy base and something soft for the minis to rest on. Second side is so that I can layer them and worry less about scratching.
Total cost materials glue, 5$ foam, 1$ felt, 1$ foamcore.
Bonus, I have trays that will fit in my fancy Muji storage boxes.
So I'm thinking of building terrain "fronts" by taking some leftover foamcore, some photos of buildings, and creating some fold-out support ('L-shaped?) so that they will stand up.
Has anyone ever tried this?
I'm thinking of building fronts because
a) more easily stored
b) give me lots of flexibility to create mood
c) my GNL mats will be used for layouts.
d) faster than building full, playable bulidings
I'm wondering about sizing. if I do 12 ft per story, that'll fit on an 8x11 paper? I suppose I should compare it to my existing 2 floor MDF stuff, but different eras.
I still have no idea yet whether I can find enough photos at sufficient resolution to do this.
I took one from google streetview (spoilered), which is also 3 storeys. I suppose I will test something out and report back.
In the meantime, please make suggestions, refer to other similar projects/products you're aware of.
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