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Personal logo Pictors Studio Sponsoring Member of TMP18 Jan 2018 9:56 p.m. PST

If you have a lot of time or a really big budget.

Artilleryman19 Jan 2018 4:21 a.m. PST

My computer has given me a security warning about this link. Is there another avenue of approach?

Personal logo Pictors Studio Sponsoring Member of TMP19 Jan 2018 6:26 a.m. PST

It is an imgur link. I think your computer is oversensitive.

Personal logo Saber6 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian19 Jan 2018 7:05 a.m. PST

I'd love to have Weta build m terrain. Once I win the Lotto…

Borathan19 Jan 2018 7:06 a.m. PST

It's Weta for the recent Blade Runner movie…beautiful pieces as usual from them, but as a mini film set piece, likely to be only partially done (Most don't really bother as much with sides and sections that aren't going to be filmed) and would crumble on use in gaming.

Even railroad boards tend to be less finicky than set terrain like that.

However, it is extremely detailed on the parts for the movies with a lot of intricate pieces and other details. It's just not made to last because it only has to look perfect for the filming unless there are major plans for other movies using it.

A lot of full film sets are exactly the same…only the props intended to be manhandled tend to have a lot of work in order to make them durable…and most of those are because they cast the original in a hard rubber.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP19 Jan 2018 8:06 a.m. PST

Nice looking. But as Borathan says, I don't need terrain to look spectacular from one angle once. I need terrain which looks good--and which can be tossed back into the bin after the game.

Dynaman878919 Jan 2018 10:12 a.m. PST

Ditto – lovely lovely stuff, zero actual gaming application.

Darkest Star Games Sponsoring Member of TMP19 Jan 2018 1:56 p.m. PST

They are the weathering masters. Lovely work.

Lion in the Stars19 Jan 2018 10:31 p.m. PST

No warning on my machine, but I run Adblock, Noscript, and Privacy Badger in addition to Avast antivirus. Blocks almost everything but what I want to see.

Yeah, that'd be awesome to own (it's all laser-cut MDF, by the way!), but storage for buildings that large is challenging.

I'm working on lighting up some smaller buildings for Infinity gaming.

The H Man22 Jan 2018 3:09 p.m. PST

Film models do have to be durable, at least on the big budget hollywood productions.

Keeping Scott or Spielberg waiting while you fix a broken building would not be good for your career.

This does happen, but every effort would be being made to prevent it.

Weta made the kong and lotr models pretty strong. Kneeling out front of helms deep (or the dog in helms deep!), moving minas tirith down the street. Peter Jackson did also not want to be kept waiting. Did happen, but again, they made things so they should not break. Would not, on the other hand?..

On low budget films, things may be, and are, slightly different.

Personal logo Lost Wolf Supporting Member of TMP23 Jan 2018 8:09 p.m. PST

I wonder what happened to the terrain pieces after the movie was shot?

The H Man23 Jan 2018 8:46 p.m. PST

It depends on the film production.

You can bet some LOTR stuff was kept with the hobbit in mind.

Many times production staff get them. Or the studios/effects houses.

They can be salvaged by fans. Remember Kramer and the talk show set in Seinfield? Yeah, like that. Much of the best doctor who came from a bin!

Many times, they can be stored and reused. The last star fighter car in back to the future 2. Star trek films bridge for tngs auxiliary bridge. Starship troopers in fire fly. Godzilla 98 had loads of buildings from other films. Star wars bounty hunter in yellow doctor who space suit. IT came from beneath the sea tentacles used for dinosaur tails. Creature from the black lagoon river lot used for african queen?. Silent running agri ships used in battle star galactica (in footage only, as the actual models did not survive well). So on.

These are from memory, check them out for your self.

Often though, they may be junked, especially sets. Its a rotten shame, but is the nature of the industry.

Some studios hoard things, then run an auction to clear room.

Also, of course, actors nick things. Not to mention the crew and passers by. Even equipment and other items.

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