Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The Tavern and Tower

Here's another simple plan for some TLX buildings. I toyed with a sewer level, but I don't have any plans in the near future to build a sewer set (I'm working on streets and canals right now...) so perhaps the underground level will be done with Lost Halls pieces.

The first level shows the footprint of the buildings. The tavern is represented by the two upper structures. The tower is in the lower right. The small section of tavern on the right should contain bales, barrels, bags... whatever. Make it a store room. The door to the outside would be locked. There are stairs leading up to the second floor of the tavern. There is a trap door leading down to more fun, but it should be hidden by stuff.

On the second floor, there is more seating for general carousing. I tried to put a balcony area there - I've never made one before. What I don't know is whether I'll be able to make railings to go around the balcony or not. Seems dangerous to be selling ale and not have railings on the balcony... Well, I guess the worst case is I'll be able to make a custom railing.

The tower continues to climb. I will probably use the tower for some evil guy to inhabit - keeping watch on the area from the upper floors.

The tower keeps going up... When will it stop? I guess when you run out of TLX tiles! I didn't indicate it in the image, but I'll probably build this with a 4-way post in the center of every level. The tavern gets it's trusses. The wall behind the balcony will need a connector to make it double-height.

I wonder what will be waiting at the top...

Ok. That's far enough. Time to cap off the tower.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Harbormaster Layout Plans

I started tinkering with the TerrainlinX Planner to see what I might want to do with my random Harbormaster pieces I've created. Having a pile of half-finished walls and posts isn't any fun, so making some plans so I have a goal hopefully will get some pieces finished off.

Now, the planner doesn't have my modified tiles, so I'm using textures from the Thoumont's set for the floors. Surrounding the building are tiles from the Himmelveil Streets and Himmelveil Harbor sets. Those tiles are all printed out, but I have a lot of assembly to do...

On the first floor, I expect to pull in lots of crates and barrels, and the counter from the Thoumont's set. That'll fill the 6"x6" room. There's a back door leading out to the pier where shipments will come in.

The stairs lead into a small storage area in front of the bedroom. I'll find some props to fill in here. Then in the back room there are more stairs heading up. I'll find a way to work in the original Harbormaster props like work desks and stuff. It'd be kinda fun to see if I can't get a fireplace in this room and work the chimney up through the roof system.

The third floor is really just a platform leading out onto a deck area overlooking the harbor. I don't think the areas under the roof will be used for anything in particular.

The remainder of the layers are just infrastructure stuff:

I think I have most of the floor tiles completed, and I think the walls are at least cut if not already glued. It's been so long since I worked on this that I need to do an inventory and move on from there. But the upper floors will be all Thoumont's. I did make some custom walls that took the plaster-and-beam walls of Thoumont's and redid the plaster sections in blue and in yellow so they matched the first floor a little better. I guess I'll find out if it "works" by building it!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Edging tip

I made a mistake with my first set - I didn't edge any of the pieces. I've been able to go back over the pieces and color in most edges, but there are some things I just couldn't fix easily.

I've learned that before gluing my tiles together, I not only edge the perimeter of the tile, but also around the tab flaps and underneath the corners. On my original tiles, I didn't glue the sides so they were vertical - I glued them so they slanted in a little. This caused some overlap to show the underside of the cardstock. Coloring under the cardstock a little prevents this from happening again.

Here's another edging shot: