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I'm just wondering if anyone here has tried converted any fisher price playsets into terrain? I know it sounds crazy but I have a large castle sitting in the basement that I've been wanted to work on for a while and was wondering if I wasn't alone in this thought. I'll post some pictures one I get around to taking some to show you exactly what I'm talking about.
We've (my club) contemplated things like that for a long time now. Though it works in theory, it's fairly labor intensive, and the painting/converting can be a task - but these factors are heavily dependant on the size and scope of the project.
I use a few things as an example though:
One of my guys has been working on a 40k gargant for over 2 years now. It has changed in both size and despcription various times and uses multiple toy-components. But the task is so big that it overwhelms him from time to time, and no progress is made for months at a time.
You also have to really consider the scope of the model - the practical applications. The gargant is a great concept peice, but it's practical applications are very limited. It's becoming more of a detailed army center-peice and a impressive terrain peice than something that could actually be used in a game.
How big is the castle you intend to use?
How do you intend to use it?
Will it only be an external peice? or will it have functioning internal sections as well? (things like balconies, stairs and stables)
The answers to these questions will decide how useful the peice is, and should tell you if you should try it out or not.
I find I must constantly ask myself if a new terrain peice will work right for a game, or if I just want to build it because I think it looks cool. I fondly remember back in 3rd edition 40k, they constantly showed pictures of a very cool jungle themed landing pad, it was so big it could hold a thunderhawk with room to spare, it had an elevator and a tower and all the trimmings.
Then I went to build it......though really cool in concept, it was rediculous in game play. It took up far more table space than was appreciated, and was akward to work around, and it couldn't be stored away easily. In the end I scrapped the whole thing. Though it was a very visually cool concept, it played out all wrong.
But that doesn't mean your concept won't work. You just have to know it's uses before you start.
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For the love of god, DON'T HARM THAT CASTLE!!!! That thing is a childhood relic, and anyone who openly destroys one of those goes to a special hell. The kind of hell reserved for molesters and people who talk in theaters.You have been warned
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okkkk... someone is a little attached to fisher price stuff
but i dont think it would work all that well... the overly rounded edges and other kidlike things would make it a rather weird looking pice of scenery.
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Sounds fun, cheap and easy which is a neat combo. I need to see some pictures!
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That sounds like a pretty cool idea. Have you thought about giving it soem texture, like textured spray paint or even cover it in like tissue paper mache, then you could almost sculpt it to look less kiddie and more killie.
And I was one of the kids who always wanted one of those sweet castles but never got one:cry:
I had one of those that I used to use for terrain sometimes. It worked out pretty well except that so many of those games wound up degenerating into massed combats on the castle roof. I don't think I did much converting at all, just stuck in a couple of lego ladders for movement purposes. Not very pretty nor display worthy, but it was good for use in games.
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