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I have the basic form of a building, as well as a theme (a launch gantry for getting cargo into orbit, fans of DOW check out the first level on the right side of the map).
i'm actually taking my inspiration a setp further and getting ideas from russian launch gantries. but here is my question, what are the "little things" that make buildings look cool. For instance buttresses on bunkers, black and yellow caution stripes on cargo areas, as well as actual cargo.
i haven't actually attacked the gantry part yet but what can i add to make it look good. vents, utility stations, power distribution nodes, road paint, tuff like that, statues barrels. the only thing is i am wondering more about parts of the buildings rather then things added afterwards.
Stop by your local model railroad store. They usually have building kits on sale, end of a run, left overs, etc. It doesn't matter what scale they are since you are just going to use the parts to detail your buildigs. But it is a very good way to get detail parts, girders, gantries, grates, etc. 'S' and 'O' scales are the closest to GW size, but an 'HO' train bridge makes a very good GW people size factory walkway. It's also a good place to get ideas about buildings.
Make sure your base is impressive, then lots of small details makes really good scenery.
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thanks for the tips
It depends a bit on what kind of structure you're building, but rivets always look nice on factories and such.
You can punch them out of plasticard or cardboard with a belt-hole puncher.
Part of the fun in hobbying for me is to try and see other things in regular items.
There's a lot of plastics and other materials around us with cool shapes.
I recently took apart a power supply timer, for example. The main body can be used as a gun turret or something.
Inside there were small cog wheels and lots of plastic bits n pieces. All with nice shapes.
It's amazing what you can find in regular items like caps and lids, old razors, tubes and piping,
lighters, pens, packaging material, bottles, calculators, radio's, pc parts, etc. etc.
Specially keep an eye out for toy parts.
But also natural shapes like nut shells and seed pods can make stunning pieces of terrain.
Good luck on your project.
Any chance of some pics perhaps?