Wednesday, November 11, 2009

28mm Scratch-built Tavern


Last week I started building a tavern for my 28mm villager models. She's not interested in gaming, but I think my 7-yr-old daughter and I will like playing with this "doll house." The top and front will remain open to allow access to the rooms (although I am leaving space for a possible front wall in the future). I'll scratch-build a bar, but I think we'll be buying metal 28mm furniture, barrels, etc. from Mega Miniatures. I already own a 28mm Medieval/Fantasy barkeep, inn keeper, cook waitresses, drinking patrons, etc.

Apart from the hardboard base, the materials have all been free! I picked up a discarded blue insulation sheet from a home renovation a few years ago (I drew in flagstones with a pen to create indentations for when I paint). Knowing that my family is craftsy, my neighbor gave us a few unwanted sheets of foam board. The half-timbers are stir sticks from a coffee shop. I have been collecting these stir sticks whenever we go out for coffee. I pocket the sticks after use instead of throwing it in the trash! Obviously, this takes a good while to build up enough materials. Re-using this garbage is good for the environment too!

I have been measuring and cutting all the complicated pieces ahead of time, and my daughter will helped glue and assemble. We'll be painting the finished construction together.

Check this out: When I cut out the whole for the door it was randomly the right width for 5 stir sticks! So, the door fits perfectly. I'm thinking about how to handle the windows. Either I'll do something complicated with cut holes and plastic "glass," or I'll just glue on a bunch of closed shutters.

The inspiration for the floor plan comes from an old PC game, Ultima VII. "The Modest Damsel" on the island of New Magincia had a simple square layout I like. You can see from this screenshot where I will be placing the bar. The bedroom in this image can also be a store room in my model.

12 comments:

BigLee said...

This looks very good, especially for something made from recycled waste! I look forward to seeing the finished model.

Eli Arndt said...

I love it. You are going to bring the whole world of Ultima to life.

-Eli

Andrew said...

Thanks, fellas. We need to get painting!

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Andrew said...

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Very Top Five said...

Brilliant! I have loads of warhammer miniatures (28mm, of course) and love webresources like this, and posts about making your own terrain (for less money than buying them) are always welcome :D with me.

I do the same with the stir sticks! Free balsa wood for modelling is great.

So is that floor just penned in, or did you also paint it to obtain that effect? What's the material?

Andrew said...

Yes. I forgot to mention that I penned in the flagstones and hardwood floor. The indentation in the foam will allow watered-down paint to fill the recesses and define the texture.

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captain said...

Very good design.. very cretive

Captain Portal

The Lord of Excess said...

Wow ... doing a RPG set in the old Ultima world would be great ... very inspired!!