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PostPosted: Thu Nov 21, 2013 7:11 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Modular Epic / Exodus Wars 6mm buildings
PostPosted: Thu Nov 21, 2013 7:29 pm 
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 21, 2013 7:37 pm 
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Ouch. I am seriously considering buying that hideousness and wear it at the management meeting tomorrow :D

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 21, 2013 9:23 pm 
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Still trying to keep an eye on this one too; there's a lot of very nice looking scenery coming out right now!

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 Post subject: Re: Modular Epic / Exodus Wars 6mm buildings
PostPosted: Thu Nov 21, 2013 9:24 pm 
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Ouch. I am seriously considering buying that hideousness and wear it at the management meeting tomorrow :D


I do wish he had it on a tee, but what can you do?

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 Post subject: Re: Modular Epic / Exodus Wars 6mm buildings
PostPosted: Sat Nov 23, 2013 3:45 pm 
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Very much intersted in the floor tiles! ;)


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 Post subject: Re: Modular Epic / Exodus Wars 6mm buildings
PostPosted: Wed Dec 11, 2013 11:03 pm 
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It's been a while! I got called away with work, which has meant my ever increasing pile of unpainted miniatures and these building designs had to take a back seat.

I've been working on the designs for both the modular buildings and floor tiles the last few days however and have some ideas to show off.

First up some examples of the floor tiles. There a few designs for drains etc, and some with curbs.
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The ones with a diagonal line through them are actually two half tiles, these can be used to 'widen' a road width, create a corner, add a diagonal road or a roundabout depending how you lay them out. Currently there is only this one pattern, but there will be others with some more interesting brickwork, and plainer ones if people like. These are designed to fit on to...

The modular board, (one section of it, as it would look put together):
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There will be 15cm and 30cm versions of this. The circles on the side are guidelines that are only on the inside, to aid in the placement of magnets to clip the boards together. There is also a 'manual' attachment system. There will also be 'flat' versions of these board sections, in case people just want something to stick their city tiles to rather than a modular board.

I have also done some designs for the modular building and think I have the basic layout cracked. I'm reluctant to show these off yet until I have had a chance to test it properly. It's about as modular as I can make them without losing all structural integrity. Here are some of the wall segment designs though. The odd shape of the segments will make sense when it all comes together:
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Additionally I have been waiting for some new materials to arrive to let me do some testing.
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This shows a standard infantry base, cavalry / large infantry base and infantry + specialist base. The one on the left has its underside made out of metal. This allows it to be stored in a tray with magnetic sheeting, without a thick coating of magnetic sheet being awkwardly stuck to the bottom of the base itself, making it overly thick and causing bases to stick to one another if placed too close.

The original reason I wanted to create these was to try them out alongside appropriately sized rare earth magnets. Stick your 6mm miniatures to the rare earth magnets and then they become removable from the infantry base. Could be used for replaceable commissars, commanders etc, or applied to war engine bases somehow to create wound trackers. Something I'm keen to try is a larger ten man base with removable infantry for games of 'Epic 30k' using the Horus Heresy rules, allowing you to properly track casualties within squads using epic miniatures without using dice or other messy things like that.

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 Post subject: Re: Modular Epic / Exodus Wars 6mm buildings
PostPosted: Wed Dec 11, 2013 11:33 pm 
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This all sounds awesome sir i can't wait to see some complete concepts.

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 Post subject: Re: Modular Epic / Exodus Wars 6mm buildings
PostPosted: Thu Dec 12, 2013 12:04 pm 
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Dakka said it! All looking right and want to see more :)

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 05, 2014 5:22 am 
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Okay, bit of a delay but here we go:

These are some examples of how the city tiles can be put together.

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A roundabout section

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An irregular T junction

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Crossroads

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And some basic steps.

These tiles are all laid out as you like on top of a 15cm square box, that clip together to create a board. Modular for your modular!

Buildings continued below...

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 Post subject: Re: Modular Epic / Exodus Wars 6mm buildings
PostPosted: Sun Jan 05, 2014 5:28 am 
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Now the buildings...

Unfortunately the materials I bought for this project are not quite the thickness as advertised. Due to this some of my prototype was unable to fit together but you should get the idea:

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Placing ground floor segments (its actually less fiddly to start with the corners, but those needed some tweaking)

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Next floor and corner segments added (ignore the corner segment markings, they're just for reference)

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More wall segments and buttresses added.

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Cheeky orks aiming through the windows, details added.

As mentioned earlier this is still a not quite complete prototype, so a lot of potential detail is still missing. However, this was pretty fiddly to put together. The buttresses seem to add a lot of support, but it still seems a little fragile, though this may change when all the walls are complete. Considering a purchaser would have to buy set floors anyway, I may put this modular building idea on hold for the moment, and instead concentrate on the city tiles and set buildings with pre-determined walls etc. Whilst it hasn't been a waste of time, the effort required to get this modular idea working properly would be better spent making loads of variant buildings instead so the modular bit isn't such an issue anyway!

With the city tiles, I may remove the kerb detailing from the tiles and make it separately. This allows more freedom for someone to buy a set of tiles and then decide how they would be set out, rather than pre-planning it all out to not have random kerb tiles not next to roads. These optional kerb bits would be attached to the road rather than the pavement tile.

What do you think?

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 05, 2014 9:38 am 
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In ahurry now but those look verery nice ( understatement). You have a certain customer here :)

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 05, 2014 9:56 am 
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Dude, your selling this or I'll send my russian friends to kidnap you and put you in a Epic-sweatshop in my basement!

Awesome!

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 05, 2014 11:31 am 
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Wonderful stuff here this should be awesome to say the least.

How do the tiles stay on the base box during use, do you permanently glue them to the box to make finished modules or can they be removed again?

Just considering storage issues here. Any way can't wait to see more.

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