Sunday, 4 December 2016

Hirst Arts - Started a modular village!



For a long time now I have being fighting an internal war.. I have alot of terrain, it's all modular and I can make alot of different environments out of it. It's also very functional. My buildings are all open top so that my players can interact inside. But ultimately, when I made a village, it didn't look like a village. It didn't have the right atmosphere.

This is what is looks like when I setup a village scene using my current design.



So while this didn't give the town look and feel it allowed for great game play. Buildings were represented, my players could interact with them. Deep down though I knew it was only a matter of time before work began on a real village. Something you would look at and go wow.

So I bought the following molds:

Half Timber Mold #225 - $29.00
Wood Shingle Roof Mold #240 - $29.00
Stucco Panel Mold #251 - $29.00

And work began. 

Now my terrain largely works on a 5x5 grid. So ultimately I wanted to ensure the buildings adhered to the same system. The smallest building would be on a 5x5 base and increment in units of 5 from there (10x5, 10x10, etc).

Following along with the tutorial provided over at the Hirst Arts website. '

The walls were made from the Stucco panel mold and glued to the back of some cereal box. The panels were undercoated with cream and then dry  brushed with white to bring out the detail.

I played around different layouts using the wood from the Half-Timber mold. 
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I purchased some double-sided tape and used that to stick all the wood pieces to so that I could efficiently paint it. They were spray painted black and then dry brushed brown.

The timber was glued to the stucco panels. The sections that over-lapped the edge were snapped off.
More panels with wood work added. 
I made a base from 5x5 grids using the 'Floor Tiles Various Sizes Mold #201'. From there the wall sections we're glued into place. 
Front view with the walls up.

The roof was added.

And finally, the 'nearly' finished product now slots perfectly in alongside my other 5x5 tiles. Now I just need to make alot more buildings to create a full village!