Thursday, 12 March 2015

My own dollhouse (Pt. 2)

Here it is! I've finished the building! The rest of my remaining sanity has gone with it :P

I told you last week that I was attempting to build a bathroom for every apartment. Well, I was too optimistic. If I was to build a functional WC for everyone, there would be no room for a single bed or anything else. After some experiments, I took a controversial decision. I would use a limited space as a shower as well as a latrine. So there would be a shower head and just a hole on the floor (that can be conveniently covered with a grid when used as a shower). Not a perfect solution, but well, let's assume that life in this district is not a bed of roses and space is a limited resource. As a matter of fact this kind of silly, uncomfortable solutions happen to be a recurring issue in sci-fi, just think of the apartments in The Fifth Element or the Serenity cabins, so after all this was not totally out of place. Besides, I still needed some space in the building if it was going to be minimally playable!

Using other MDF rests, I also built some shelves and TVs:

Totally functional apartment, even with a tiny terrace
I had to sacrifice individual kitchens, I'm afraid. Instead of that, I designed some common areas in the central rooms. First floor would have a couple of microwave ovens (or its 40K equivalent):

These are becoming high standard apartments
And a washing machine on the second floor:

Everybody wants to move over here!
With some transparent sheets I solved the windows and terrace doors issue and that was pretty much it. I was tempted of making some clothe lines on the terraces, but I finally discarded it under the perspective of seeing myself sculpting green stuff shirts and underwear. That was too much :P

Then I payed some attention to the ground floor and the overall outside aspect of the building. Everything was so tidy and clean that I couldn't avoid to do some experiments. Of course I dirtied everything with different primer sprays, as always. But it still lacked something... Posters and signs are widely used, so no mistery I would finally end up finding some wonderful resources after some google-fu.

For me that really adds another level to the building
Besides, I finally challenged myself to paint some graffiti, something I have been considering for a long time but never dared to do before:

Some random experiments here
I think these deserve some explanation. I started with no real ideas. I just begun to apply the brush and the first thing that came to mind was an 'L'. OK. Then an 'U'. Then I thought I really needed some purpose, not only random letters. That's how I suddenly came with the idea of 'Lux Mundi'. They are considered as a dangerous heretic cult, accountable for many riots and subversive activities in the past. Arbites are always trying to get a clue on them, and they have recently called the attention of the Inquisition, as some Tzeentch taint has been suspected regarding some prominent members...
Above that one you can see a classic quis custodiet ipsos custodes? (Who watches the watchmen?, little explanation needed) and bottom left... a Golden Throne :D :D :D
Bottom right I couldn't resist a Fresh Prince tribute (if you can't read it, it says 'Fresh Emperor'). The red one on the top, 'Muelle' is just a local thing. Muelle is the Spanish for spring (the metal spiral, not the season...), and was the nickname of a famous graffiti artist back in the 80's. Lots (lots!) of streets got his signature, and somehow it looked suitable to me. 80's power!
The rest are just random stuff, some experiments I still have to develop a little more in the future :)

So this is the final aspect of the building:

Ooops. Right now I'm realizing I didn't make the floors fit together for this pic. Believe me, they do.
Still place for some action in the inside
I believe I can truly say this is a dollhouse :D Anyway, as much as I'd love to do this to every single building, I'm afraid it's a thing I cannot afford. If I'm ever to finish a functional board, I'm forced to build some hollow structures just for scenery purposes, or else I would be stuck recreating more dollhouses for the next fifteen years! :D

I guess I'll have to find my balance. In the meantime, the city is still growing!

14 comments:

  1. Qué pasote!!!
    Para jugar ahí a Infinity sería la caña :P

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    1. Creo que es lo bueno de estos kits, que son muy genéricos y valen para muchas ambientaciones. Yo estoy pensando en WH40K-RT, pero Infinity o cualquier otra le vale perfectamente :)

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  2. I'm speechless. I really need to make time to go and see you soon.

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    1. Thanks!
      Right, you really need to make some time indeed!! :D

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  3. That is absolutely amazing work. Very well done. I look forward to seeing it in action.

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    1. Thank you very much! Me too, I have some ideas for scenarios just waiting for the raw material to be ready... ;)

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  4. Very nice. Functional eye candy at its best.

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    1. Thanks! The kit is lovely, you can do so much out of it!

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  5. Awesome graffiti, especially the latin. That is one huge building, and I'm amazed at your dedication in filling it with the sorts of everyday items that are often lacking in wargaming terrain. For clothes, I think you could cut some shirts and pants out of scrap cloth (maybe even paper), you'd not need to green stuff 'em. That said, I've love to see a few stray socks on the floor! Keep up the good work . . . .

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    1. Hmmm, that's clever!! Thank you, for sure I'll try that, I still need plenty of buildings! :D
      Thanks!!

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  6. Excellent work! The graffiti came out really well :)

    Warburton

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    1. Thank you! I was terrified of screwing that wall. Not that they are great, but they do their part; being my first attempt, I declare myself satisfied. Will have to pracctice on more walls...

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  7. Contigo a uno se le acaban los adjetivos, tan sólo diré que he visto casas de muñecas con menos y peores detalles que los que tu has hecho, lo que ya es decir.
    En cualquier caso para mi el "punto de oro" / gallifante es ese trono dorado, la idea y no sólo la ejecución es buenisima!!!

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    1. ¡Jaja, muchas gracias! Me siento halagado. Lo del Trono Dorado me vino de repente, me parecía lo más irreverente que se me podía ocurrir así sobre la marcha :D

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