I'm working on making some 28mm North African or Middle Eastern buildings. Why? Because they'll be useful for Pulp games - specifically, for the 3rd instalment of my Pulp Alley "Perilous Island" campaign. Technically, the 3rd scenario as written is set in a large warehouse, but I figure that it will work just as well in amongst buildings. I've never been afraid to change a scenario's setting before!
Before I get to the buildings themselves, I thought that I'd need some furnishings. If they have playable interiors then I don't like my wargames buildings to be completely empty, though any furniture is strictly representational and will leave plenty of room for figures or other models.
Low TablesNow I don't know a whole lot about North African buildings or their furnishings. Nevertheless, it seemed to me that some tables would show that the places were inhabited. They should be easy enough to make as well, right?
I started with the table tops. Now I could have just cut out some rectangles of thick card or plastic. Instead, I found some unused rectangular bases from Renedra. These worked just fine; I took one of the longer bases and cut it into 2 pieces.
For legs, I raided an old sprue from a Wargames Factory kit. These were designed with legs on one side and cups on the other, so that the sprues could be stacked with each other to make a block that was easily packaged (seemed like a neat idea to me).
Each of my sprues had eight cylindrical spacers of about 1cm in length; pretty good for a 28mm coffee table, though rather too short for a full-height table.
To make them a bit more interesting, I added some baskets and pots to the tables. These metal items come from Steve Barber Models, from his "28mm Market" range. Roughly speaking, one table has food on it (bread and fruit), whilst the other has drink (3 cups/goblets/small jugs and a larger vessel)
Finally, here's a (rather gloomy) picture of the finished items. I've also included some larger pots that also came from Steve Barber Models.
These tables were easy to make and cheap. I do wonder if they'll be enough, though - even if my goal is to have very sparsely-furnished buildings.
They are brilliant! What a great idea.ReplyDelete
The idea came to me very quickly, after many days of agonising over how to build some cheap, simple furniture :-) .Delete
Very quick models to make I'd have thought , but very effective with all the bits and pieces you've added.ReplyDelete
For other building why not have debris in one or two and making crates/sacks (or similar) in another one or two?
Yes, very quick to build. Possibly the longest part (and even that wasn't much) was cutting all the table legs to the same length as each other :-) .Delete
Excellent bit of "up-cycling" and very nicely finished off with the details!ReplyDelete
I reckon the compromise of having less furnishings to allow for figure bases is perfectly sound, especially when what IS used has as much character as you've created with these. Top job!
Up-cycling? Yes, I suppose it is - though I hadn't thought of it in those terms. I was just pleased to be able to build the tables out of spare parts that I had lying around!Delete
a well thought through solution.ReplyDelete
Well, it was a sudden idea, followed by swift implementation. I'm not sure there was a whole lot of deep thought involved :-) .Delete
Those are neat!ReplyDelete
excellent recycling! well doneReplyDelete
Hmm - I'm now wishing that I had built a whole load more. I suppose that I could, but some other forms of furnishings might be better (bed rolls?)Delete
Simple but efficient !ReplyDelete
Great job !
Thanks, Eric. They look much better now that they're painted - nothing like figure bases at all!Delete
Excellent finished items.ReplyDelete
Those buildings will now have an authentic "lived in" look.
Thanks, Steve. I'm still feeling my way between too little evidence of habitation and over-cluttering a building.Delete
Very nice. I don't usually have a lot of furniture/fixtures in my buildings. They look nice, but I think they get in the way when playing.ReplyDelete
I wonder if some stools would add the missing piece, to finish off the lived in look.
Stools are good, as would be beds or maybe storage boxes/jars/trunks. Hmm, I wonder what else would work?Delete
They look really good. Great job on making them and bringing them to life. I think lots of patterned rugs and cushions made from putty could help add more flavour.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Simon. I've got a number of rugs printed out already, but I hadn't considered cushions. Good idea.Delete