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I'd like to ask you for some help on my current project, a random Imperial building.
Now, what I'd like to have some help with is twofold:
Multiple stories need stairs. Does anybody have a suggestion on how to make some custom stairs that'll look good?
What would look good here?
Thank you in advance. Any help will be appreciated.
1. Staris can be made from fome core card cut into sections and laid flat on top of each other with a shift 10mm for each step. Considder making a sqare stair well to go up the middle of the buildiong with sections of dammaged floor jutting out from them are different levels. Ladders made out of balsa wood or cofee stiring sticks can also add to the effect.
2. Detail. Simple things like cutting strips out of thick card with a craft knife can be used to put a bit of trim to the building. Very few buildings are just straight up & down. Even dull office blocks have ledges and indentations to break up the monotiny. Cut a shallow
isosceles triangle out of thin card to go above each window and cut a rectangular one to go below each window to look like window sils. Add some battle dammage with a craft knife and use plastic or balsa girders/beams to put in some internal structure. Add corner stonework using additional layers of card scored with a knife to look like reinforced corner stone blocks.
Last edited by Mad Cat; November 26th, 2008 at 12:26.
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Pretty much what madcat said.
Stairs are easily made from foam-board, although depending on how ruined you are going to make this building i.e. how much floor is left they are not totally necessary if they prove to be a pain.
Window ledges made of another strip of card glued under the windows are quick and effective (as would be a door frame of sorts.
If you could print a large imperial eagle shape onto thick card, cut it out and stick it above the door it may look good too.
What sort of building will this be? if its a factory of sorts piping and venting can look good (just small sized pipe from a DIY shop.
Remains of the internal walls on the ground floor could look good, as would at least some remaining part of the floors above. Floors look good when supported by some sort of girder, I've seen hangers with an I shaped cross section used well for that (somewhere on this very forum).
If you're feeling adventurous a balcony under one of the windows, maybe above the door could look nice.
If it was not such a horrible job I'd suggest making the walls thicker with a second layer of card. I't make the building look more realistic and may make it stand up better to the beating that it will take in a game/transport/storage.
You could also texture the outside wall with textured paint/ PVA and sand etc. That may look good when its painted and highlighted.
If you do end up with any ruined sections bits of wire sticking out to look like concrete reinforcement looks effective.
Oh one last Idea could be glass for the windows made out of clear plastic from some packaging.
Matus and Mad Cat covered the subject in full... Firstly it needs of floors. Now it is like a building with a base floor and a very high ceiling... So floors are needed (even destroyed ones) on which the steps will be on!
After that maybe the awuila that was suggested on the front... or even a poster, a small one, on the base floor with recruitment subject... maybe some blood on the walls...
Also you can try in some windows what GW has done. Take the plastic of the blister packs and cut small pieces and stick them to windows... they will be looking as been broken! Oh and rubble on the base floor...
Thanks to all the people showing faith in me
I sometimes feel that everyone will leave me and they will be on their own...
Great start. You want to know what will make it better? Everything everyone told you will increase the aesthetic look of your scenery.
but sometimes being told what is needed doesn't help..
I had another post like this here before, and helped someone else. I think my visual aides will help you
Let me show you.
Hab block buildings, have layers, ridges, sills, depressions, angles, frames, borders, corner supports,
a square with some window holes is a GREAT base.. you just need to study some images of actual buildings online ((Google images mate)) and look what layers and details buildings have...this should give you some ideas.
Good luck..and bring back Photos of your update!
Rome wasn't built in a day, Either should good scenery.