Saturday, March 17, 2012

"Want something from the shop?" Stoelzel's Structures Market finished.

Hi friends. Thanks for stopping by. Just finished my second Stoelzel's Structure. This time I did the Market. This is a great little model. I was captivated when I first saw this model by the cool looking merchandise shelves, which are cleverly designed to also hold up the second floor, besides being chock-full of goodies for your Survivors. :) All of the buildings in this series are designed to be printed out on cardstock and then mounted on foamcore. For my last build I used full page printing labels to print the graphics on. This time I used cardstock, but because my printer is acting up, I took them to the UPS Store where they were having a sale on color printing. The pages were printed on a color laser printer and came out great, really showing off the quality of the artwork Carl Stoelzel, the owner has made for these. I got a great deal at the UPS Store, they were very helpful and friendly and it only cost me 51 cents per page. Staples wanted $1.09 per page, after making me wait like 10 minutes for someone finally coming to help me. Bastiches. So, $12 later I was ready to start on this project.
Pic above shows "The Village Shoppe", using one of 4 different signs provided in the pdf. The name reminded me of Hot Fuzz, hence "Want something from the Shoppe?" I have a Hasslefree Nicholas and Danny from Hot Fuzz in the paint line. Guess I better hurry them up. For this build I decided to glaze windows with more of that clear plastic I used in the Gunshop build. The crosspieces in the upper windows are matchstick. The front door is a little scratch-build with the frame made from matte board ala Vampifan, using the same plastic for the glass. I was debating whether to add the awning or not, playability concerns mainly. Finally went with it because I love the way it looks. Naturally I glued it on too low. :(
Pic above shows the rooftop. I used a couple of the very nice rooftop elements provided in the pdf, and added a couple of Hirst Arts vents. The roof top elements are mounted onto solid blocks of Hirst Arts bricks for durability and strength.
Side view of the building. I think with the better quality print-outs I got from the UPS Store, it really shows off the excellent brick texture Carl was able to achieve. I'll add some signs to the building but wanted to use a pretty much unadulterated version for this post.
Rear of building. There's a nice Fire Escape as part of the pdf. All of the rest of the doors other than the scratch-built glass door are made using original pdf texture on matte board. They have cardstock hinges under the texture which extend into slots cut into the foamcore.
An interior view of the upstairs. 
Another 2nd floor interior shot. I glued some foamcore offcuts into the corners of the rooms to help level off the rooftop. Like a dumbass, I forgot that they would prevent me from being able to remove the second floor. :(
An interior shot of the ground floor from the front. There's 3 of the 4 shelf units, a fruit stand, sales counter and cash register. On the upper left the white spot is where I damaged the texture when I removed the foamcore supports pictured in the last shot. I'll have to go back and fix that later. Hey, it's St. Patrick's Day, guess what I've been drinking while finishing off this project? :)
Ground floor shot from a different angle. Note the glaring white evidence of my stupidity. Oh, well, easy to fix. I'll use this as a cautionary tale. If you drink beer, don't build terrain...
Last view of the ground floor interior. 
A not very good shot through the front door and windows. 

This was a very nice model to make, great detail and a cool design, with lots of nice elements. There are 3 pages of very nice crates I didn't include because I'm lazy and already have a bunch of resin Christmas Village crates and boxes. There's also a very cool Ooops page that has extra, slightly oversized doors and windows to print out in case the interior and exterior sides of the print-outs didn't line up correctly. I've never seen anyone do that before and I think that's a great idea. If I had one suggestion for improvement, it would be to add a little more instruction for the fire escape and the cash register construction. But's a really minor point, I think. This model is great value for 3 or 4 times the cost.

Thanks for looking. 

25 comments:

Anne said...

That's value for money for sure. I like the awning and am glad you kept it on the building. Your figures look great with the building too and your pimp survivor is still my favorite, he looks so cool standing by that alley!

Jay said...

Great building, Joe. You have quite a knack for building buildings! There is a lot of practical love which has gone into the structures).

Brummie said...

A very nice build Joe. The awning looks fine. Its one of those stores that gets you on the way in if your too tall.

lrqan said...

Very, very good build. I like the work you put in to the interiors. The figures look great in and around it.

Lord Siwoc said...

This is pretty cool!!!

Well done indeed.

Mecha Ace said...

That's a very cool looking building so it is. There's some very nice stuff going on in scenery these days between paper scenery and the new lines of laser cut MDF stuff coming out.

Good to see you got a sale to print it off as well, I've never been sure of paper scenery for that reason. It's nice and cheap and then uses up half an ink cartridge in printing it (or that's my opinion).

Dr. Willett's Workshop said...

The possibilities with it seem endless, great model!

Zerloon said...

Beautiful stuff, really good looking and gaming-wise!

Vampifan said...

I like this a lot. I must agree with you that the pages of furniture and interior props are very welcome and for me, will see use in more than just this building.

Sean said...

That building is quite something, I'll have to take more of a look at Stoelzel products. Nice blog by the way, I don't know what took me so long to get here.

Kobayachimaru said...

Great work!

Ray Rousell said...

Excellent work Joe!!!! Very cool indeed!!!

Luckyjoe said...

@Anne: Hi. Thanks very much. I'm glad you like the awning. It adds some variety to the board. The pimp "LJ" (Lloyd Jefferson, not LuckyJoe) is my current favorite now, too. :)

@Jay: Thanks. I think building terrain is something I really like. I can't scratch-build a robot like you, though.

@Brummie: Thanks. And you're right. I've been in a few of those myself. That makes me feel a little better. I can claim it was intentional. :)

@Irqan: Thanks. I always prefer playable interiors, and between your recent layouts and Vampifan's PD, I've been inspired to do more with my interiors.

@Lord Siwoc: Thanks very much. I've enjoyed building it.

@Mecha Ace: Thanks. There is a lot of great paper and mdf stuff out there now. And you're right about the paper terrain, it's the ink that gets you. I bought my old printer when I was heavily into paper modeling. I chose it because the ink was cheap. Now it's starting to fail, though. I may just start paying for my print-outs from now on if I can't fix it economically.

@Dr. Willett: Thanks. Yeah, it can have a lot of different purposes, a nice general purpose building.

@Zerloon: Thanks. Yes, that's one of the things I like about his designs. They are very playable.

@Vampifan: Thanks. I'm building up a very broad collection of props from his sets, that can be used in a lot of different builds. Have you seen the Modular Lair and Modular Lair 2?

@Sean: Thanks very much, and welcome to the blog. :)

@Kobayachimaru: Thanks very much.

@Ray: Thanks. I actually added another 2x4 street section to accommodate these new Stoelzel Structures.

Zabadak said...

Another exceellent looking building, with just the right amount of detail for effect. Awning could have been a little higher, but doesn't matter in the least, still sets of the building well. I must have alook at the "Stoelzel's" range.

Baconfat said...

Your buildings and streets are always so amazing.

Luckyjoe said...

@Zabadak: Thanks very much. I always struggle to get the right amount of detail, my natural inclination is too much detail, laziness makes me want to underdo it. :) The SS buildings are well worth a look. I think you'll like them.

@Baconfat: Thanks you. I'm glad you like them. The Stoelzel designs are making it easy.

Lead Legion said...

Gorgeous Lucky Joe. Simply gorgeous.

Noel said...

Very cool stuff.

Carl Stoelzel said...

@LuckyJoe, another great build. You really do take your buildings (all of them) to another level. I just wanted to let you know, I saw your comments about expanding the instructions for the fire escape and the cash register and I have added to more pages, with 15 new pictures to do just that. Swing by Wargames Vault and update your file when you get a chance. I'm hopeful that others will find that useful, and want to thank you for the suggestion. And again, thank you for sharing such a lovely build. I have a bunch of new city projects coming, so hopefully you find something else to add to your new table section.

Luckyjoe said...

Lead Legion: Thanks very much. It does look good, especially with the better printer.

@Noel: Thanks. It has a lot of cool features.

@Carl Stoelzel: Thank you very much. I'm glad you like it. I used a color laser printer for the print-outs and it made a world of difference in the quality, it really shows off your work. And thanks very much for listening and adding the instructions. Not many artists would do that, and especially not so quickly. I'm excited to hear about the new projects and look forward to be able to get more to populate the cityboard.

Zombie Ad said...

Very nice and fantastic interior, well done sir!

Luckyjoe said...

@Zombie Ad: Thanks very much. I really like the interiors on these kits, too.

EinarOlafson said...

Looking good!!

Mathyoo said...

Looks great, and sales makes it better!

peter said...

That's really a very nice piece of art. Just like the fire department in one of your previous posts!

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Peter
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