Sunday, January 15, 2012

28mm Modern Cityboard Update

Hi, everyone. I managed to get a few more things done for the 28mm Modern table for All Things Zombie gaming. I got modeling paste on the bases for 8 Studio Miniatures Zombies, scratchbuilt a dumpster, and finished my Steakhouse made from a GameCraft Miniatures Old West building.

Here's the dumpster.
It was made from plastic from a set of plantation blinds. The slats were extra ones which my wife cut off when she sized them. I ended up with several 3 foot long slats of 3mm plastic that's 2 inches wide. It has a wood grain. I've been using it for flooring in some of my Mordheim builds. I wanted to use it for this dumpster because I wanted it to be sturdy. The trim on the edges is cardstock and the lids are from corrugated paper. The pick up slides on the side are made from pieces of craft stick. R&B Hauling is the company that picks up my trash IRL.

The lids for the dumpster are held on with a piece of black duct tape. I wanted to have access to the interior. I painted on some chainmail to show where the paint has worn off and gave the dumpster a dusting of rusty red weathering powder.

Dumpsters seem like a good thing to jump up on when zombies are coming. Plus I used the mini to hold the lids down. They kept trying to close. :)

Next up is the 28mm GameCraft Miniatures Old West building. I'm using it for a modern day old west themed steakhouse. I really like this model.  GameCraft Minis did a great job on this building. Beautiful job on the etching. The only thing I didn't like was that GCM doesn't include the floor with the building. You have to buy it separately. I ended up using a piece of Sintra for the floor. I was afraid that spray paint might warp the wood, or obscure the etching of the planks, however, I read where others had used spray paint without any ill effect, si I gave it a shot. I used a light coating of Krylon white spray primer. It did fine. There were a couple of places where I sprayed too heavily and lost the gap between the boards, but I was able to clean that out with a toothpick. There was no warping at all. I did not have the foresight to paint the green trim pieces first before applying them to the building, so that added a lot to my painting time. Still worked out okay, though.

I didn't build the model the way it was intended. It has a very nice front porch railing that I left off. I wanted more room for the models. The front canopy is designed to be horizontal. I mounted it at an angle instead and raised it up to allow more room for minis. I also cut out part of the doorframe to allow more mini head room, like CAPT Jake from TMP did, on his build of this model. The sign was a mixture of google fu and Paint mounted on matt board.

Pic above features the ubiquitous Haloclix mini for size comparison. Haloclix are on the big side, so if he can fit, most other brands should be okay.

Pic above shows a side view. The doorway is a little small, probably more suited to true 25mm than 28-32mm moderns. I added a sign from one of the Microtactix City Streets sets. I used some weathering powders on the base of the building. The roof has a Hirst Arts air conditioning unit to modernize the building. I weathered it with a rusty red weathering powder. Note the lift of the roof at the back of the building. It's not from warping of the roof piece.

Pic above is the back view of the building. More signs from Microtactix. The gap between the building and the roof piece is especially noticeable at the left back corner.

Other side view. Another Microtactix sign. The signs are mounted on matt board and held in place with double-sided removable tape.

PIc above shows the interior. The walls are textured from Fat Dragon's Rio Draco set, and the floors are from WorldWorks Games' Mayhem Armory. The tables are either scratchbuilt (rectangles) or 1/4 scale dollhouse furniture, as are the chairs. The counter separating the room is made from balsa and popsicle sticks. The grill and refrigerator unit are from WWG's Mayhem Mall set. The refrigerator is too tall and is causing the roof to raise up.

Pic above is another interior view from the rear. It's hard to tell in this pic, but the WWG refrigerator unit is a little too for this building. It keeps the roof piece from seating correctly. I'll have to cut it down a little.

Here's a perspective view through the front. Pic below shows a couple of menu boards I made from what I guess are supposed to be door pieces from the GCM building.

I did the signs to go within the frame on Paint and printed them out. They're also held in place with removable double-sided tape.

Here's another side shot of the building with the WWG refrigerator removed. As you can see, the roof fits much better. I don't want people to think it's a problem with the GCM parts. They were perfect. It's a very nice building at a great price. I will definitely be getting more of these.

That's it for now. Tomorrow I hope to start painting one of the Sarissa Precision CityBlock28mm buildings, and maybe my first Studio Miniatures Zombie. I think I'll do the chicken mascot. :)

Thanks for looking. 


Ray Rousell said...

Love the way you made and painted the dumpster, it looks as though Its seen a lot of rubbish. Spot on with the weathered look. And a great new building too!!!!!

The Angry Lurker said...

I'd eat there, damn good work all round sir......

Brummie said...

Very nice. The scratchbuilt dumpster is really good. The steakhouse and interior is just pure awesome. Can't wait to see these in a game

lrqan said...

I like that diner a lot, well done!

Vampifan said...

Great work on the dumpster and the steakhouse is so good that i wish I had one in my collection. You've done real good, Joe!

Zombie Ad said...

Wow Joe, amazing job on this model. Love what you've done with the combination of materials , fantastic!

The Extraordinarii said...

very nice work....interior detail is nice, and so is the photography

Dangerous Brian said...

Looking good again Joe

Luckyjoe said...

@Ray: Thanks. I've used the weathering powders before but I like the results more this time.

@Fran: Thanks. That GCM building was joy to work with.

@Brummie: Thanks. It'll probably be a while before they see use in a game, I have six more buildings to complete and a bunch of minis to paint.

@Irqan: Thanks very much. I think it does add a little to the table.

@Vampifan: Thanks! It was inspiration from your builds that got me to use all of the little detail bits.

@Zombie Ad: Thanks. I'm lucky to have all of those paper sets and dollhose furniture. It really makes detailing a lot easier.

@The Extraodinarii: Thanks. I could probably add more interior detail, but I hope I have enough, without getting in the way. And thanks for the positive comment on the pics. I used a light box, tripod, picture timer and took multiple pics, with and w/o flash, edited them in Picassa, and picked the best I could come up with.

@Dangerous Brian: Thanks. I really want to start on one of the Sarissa Precision buildings, but I've got a bunch of other stuff going on today.

Jay said...

Great stuff, Joe. The dumpster is a work of trash!

Brother Joseph said...

Now do it all again, but in 15MM!

Luckyjoe said...

@Jay: LOL, ain't that the truth?

@Brother Joseph: I already have a bunch done in 15mm, and hope to do some more soon. BTW, I've been having trouble when I go to your blog. It won't let me post comments?

Lord Siwoc said...

That dumpster is brilliant!

Allow me to try and steal the idea!!

Well done indeed mate!!

Luckyjoe said...

@Lord Siwoc: Thanks. Please do. I'm looking forward to seeing your take on it.