Here are some of the other scratch built buildings I am making. I've got a batch of styrene coming to dress up the buildings. The big 5x5 one will be a hospital and need to think of another big building to break up the skyline before I go into building apartments and smaller stores.
I found a great deal on plastic styrene sheets and have been slowly getting these buildings looking more "building" like. Still looking for another big building idea, but now need to find a good look for smaller buildings like apartments and stores, etc. Hoping I can find some good inspiration either from the show or online somewhere.
Looking good so far. I've got tons of plastic (I used to work at a gas station, all those pump toppers and outdoor posters are varying thicknesses of sheet styrene and we'd just throw it all out every few months, sand off the glossy coat and you're good to go, built a warhound Titan out of them), I should try making some buildings...but the printable stuff is so good and already in color ;-)
No doubt, the printable stuff is great! I made some buildings as well. The one thing I didn't like was that they were all mostly the same sizes. When I was gearing up for 40k, I never got a chance to build a city board, so this is my opportunity. The one sky scraper just needs paint and I'm finishing up the hospital. Luckily these can be painted up pretty quick.
Glad you were able to find free styrene! I tried contacting local sign shops but all of them said no. Maybe they're RTT fans as well.
That is awesome!! Great build for sure. I'm hoping to find a good, free source for styrene. Thanks for the idea of the gas station. I'll check on that. In the meantime, I'm almost done with these two big buildings. I'll post pictures when the bits are all set and painting will finally start!
Looking forward to it. The pump toppers are where the best stuff is for building, they're about comparable to usual sheet styrene. The wall posters are thinner and good for detail pieces, but probably too flimsy for building
I also found that some rectangular strip styrene was perfect for reinforcing all the 90 degree joins, basically running a strip of thicker plastic upo the inside of the join to give the pieces more surface area to bond.
It's easier than it looks. I just downloaded some papercraft templates and taped them down to sheets of plastic, then cut them out ;-) The plastic was thin enough I could even use (and ruin) a pair of scisors rather than faffing about with a straightedge and excto
Thanks, Galahad! Glad to have these two done. I may skip a third big building for now and start in on some apartments and shops. I'm looking for some inspiration right now and have some good ideas. I'm hoping that the building sizes will work with the board.
I've looked through buildings, but most are very generic looking. I've found some other macross buildings that others have built that I'm going to use as inspiration. The dragon restaurant would be awesome, and someone had made one that you can order through shapeways. I may try to make one though.
That's a whole lot of 3mm strips cut for all the trim on each building. The balconies have been cut as well. Resting my hands and I'll start gluing these up tomorrow. At least, I hope I'll be able to get to them tomorrow.
You could use short strips to frame windows, or if you're doing something like the apartments above, with horizontal stips, you can scribe lines into the main wall. The horizontal strips will cover parts of that, leaving the windows framed by lines that you can easily paint.
Post by InitiatedNeophyte on Jan 27, 2015 20:57:19 GMT
just spitballing here, but for the windows, of a skyscraper (where the whole side is windows) I wonder what it would look like if you painted the whole side a dark blue, drew thin black lines with a marker to delineate the separate windows and then did a very simple "jewel effect" with white paint (maybe even mixed with a small amount of blue)...?
probably like crap, but, hey, at this scale any kind of paint job would look good (or so I keep telling myself)