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Personal logo KimRYoung Supporting Member of TMP04 Apr 2020 7:27 p.m. PST

After playing in Tom Uhl's excellent Zulu game at Cold Wars recently, I decided to pull out my old colonial stuff from years past and start putting some gaming ideas together.

Being short on buildings, and wanting to try to do a Rorke's Drift game I took a look at options. Warlord Games has a really nice MDF set, but at $72 USD for a single building this was a bit more than I thought was worth that option. Other options were still pricey and most not even that good looking.

So, I decided to make my own. I have done other do it yourself buildings with photo realistic printing and adhered to 3/16 foam board, so I gave it a try at doing the Hospital at Rorke's Drift to see if this might be a good option.

So using some images from the internet importing to Microsoft Paint and then to an excellent simple program to make buildings, Evans Model Builder ( link ) I built this in pretty short order:





End result compared to the Warlord Games option which is again $72 USD for and un-assembled and unpainted model, mine was a cost of less than $4.00 USD in foam board, printing, adhesion, and a few other materials, no painting other than roof edges and porch posts, and a modest and simple assembly.

So, it's on to the Storeroom at Rorke's Drift next!


cavcrazy04 Apr 2020 8:35 p.m. PST

Beautifully done.

Personal logo Herkybird Supporting Member of TMP05 Apr 2020 1:32 a.m. PST

That is an excellent model, I applaud your efforts!

Durban Gamer05 Apr 2020 3:43 a.m. PST


Garryowen Supporting Member of TMP05 Apr 2020 8:40 a.m. PST

Fine looking building, Kim. When we are released from isolation you will have to run a game.


Personal logo KimRYoung Supporting Member of TMP05 Apr 2020 8:51 a.m. PST

That's the plan Tom


justBill05 Apr 2020 11:21 a.m. PST

that's excellent!

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP05 Apr 2020 11:51 a.m. PST

Great work, Kim. If it requires more than hitting the "print" button, it is outside of my computer skill set.

Lieutenant Lockwood05 Apr 2020 6:59 p.m. PST

Well done indeed, brother!

AICUSV08 Apr 2020 11:18 a.m. PST

Great looking piece. I've been printing building for a while now. Wish I know of the package software. I made up my own templates. I developed a collection of internet images of brick, stone, wood walls. Also large files of doors and windows. Using these I can print out a building and put it together rather quickly. Depending on how much detail and work I'm want to put in a building I can knock one out in under 20 minutes ( I call these my disposable houses).

I've found it great fun making these.

Personal logo Sgt Slag Supporting Member of TMP08 Apr 2020 2:10 p.m. PST

Great work! I do a similar approach with PDF fantasy buildings. I print onto full sheet label paper, using my color laser printer. I then cut the pieces out, peel and stick them to heavy cardboard from the art framing supply store (cardboard backing used for framing pictures). I cut them to fit, add some balsa wood, square dowels, glued to the inside walls, to prevent warping. It works quite well!

Here is a link to a photo showing the castle pieces, two Siege Towers, and a Battering Ram made using these techniques (the closer one; the far one was made using traditional 110# card stock).

I've made modular castle castle walls, and towers, as well as two Siege Towers, using this approach. It is quite effective, and fun. The cardboard provides some decent heft to the finished models, as well. It takes paper models to a higher level, in many ways.

Thanks for sharing your methods, and your results. Cheers!

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