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SoB/Redemptionist chapel Update! *New Update 04.11.2011*

 Post subject: SoB/Redemptionist chapel Update! *New Update 04.11.2011*
PostPosted: Thu Feb 17, 2011 5:59 am 
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So, this is the first time I can present a piece of terrain, although it is not finished, yet. The idea was to complement my 2nd ed. Sisters of Battle army by adding some theme onto the board. Of course the chapel may also be used for a game of Necromunda as a base for a Redemptionist or Cawdor gang.

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I began by cutting the walls from a 20mm XPS (styrodur) plate. Then I cut out the windows in one piece each. I added the cuts for the stones and the rim of the windows with a simple cutter blade. Then the cutting lines were widened with a pencil.

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Very late I thought of a base for the chapel, so it was the last part to be produced. I decided I would go for a strong icon on the floor, which of course had to be the fleur de lys. The circle was drawn only by measuring from the center(indicated by the blue markings on the left), then cut out. The fleur de lys is a free hand drawing, which then was also just cut out in different angles to give some parts more attention.

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I thought over the case of the windows for quite a while, being unsure as if to go for colourful glass windows or pillars. Finally the pillars made the race, because of playability reasons. I wanted the minis inside to be able to interact with those outside (like blast them... ;) )

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That's really good. Carving the entire piece from styro is a different approach than I'm used to seeing, did it take a lot of time?

Looking forwards to the paint.

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really nice piece mate :)

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Thanks!

@feeder: It took most of one afternoon to cut the walls including the "stonecutting". The base was done in aprox. 2-3 hours, only because of the fleur de lys. The window-pillars took again some time to get them right, because the first ones were a bit too small.

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I took the opposite approach on painting and started with the floor. I wanted an overall dark and medieval atmosphere with the ornament on the floor in a stark contrast.

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From the beginning I wanted the model to be playable, so I had to make both the inside and the outside. Also I wanted the doors to open etc. At the stage presented above, I was really tempted to keep it a diorama base for the army. More so, after taking some shots for lighting effects.

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The interior arch above the altar was actually the first piece I did cut from the styro to try the actual "gothic" form for the windows/doors. It came out very well putting it together with the altar(which was also a mere try out), so I decided to install it into the chapel.

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that last shot....wow that looks so good with the lighting

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 18, 2011 3:40 pm 
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Ok, for the love of it! :wink:

I call it: "sundown in the chapel"

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more pics coming up soon.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 21, 2011 5:31 am 
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So here are the latest pics of the chapel thus far.

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As planned the doors are fully functionable.

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I am still thinking about how I should approach the roof. My first thought was to set a square plate upon the walls (I want it to be removable), then build some superstructure on it. I want a high pitched roof, maybe with the addition on some balconies to the sides and the front/rear (not both). To the rear there will be a rosette window, if I can manage that.
Also I am thinking of adding some kind of gothic fence around to offer some cover.

Any suggestions?

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before you mentioned roof i actually imagined it with a very plain roof. sounds boring though for what you have in mind! a simple bell tower would be cool though, make a nice sniper hidey hole.

how you make such good looking stone walls anyway? they are great, i wouldnt mind something like that for fantasy battles

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looking back on the first picks..did you actually make that brick by brick?

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 22, 2011 3:40 am 
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I agree it would also fit in a fantasy setting, Bretons perhaps?

The walls are made of a solid foamplate. first the windows are cut out, then you cut the rim for the rimstones for windows into the plate. Then shallowy cut the horizontal lines to keep the stones "in line". Then you make the vertical cuts to define the stones. Both procedures are repeated on the backside. Try to match the cuts in front.
Then all the lines are broadened with a pen. Finally I use a crude and etchy stone and press it onto the foam, which creates the irregular features of the surface. This gives the whole thing a more realistic look.
The pillars in the windows are made of a roundbar from a do-it-yourself market cut into a fitting size, then crowned with the topstones made from the cutout windows, halfed and given some decoration.
So I had 4 walls to be put together: 1rear section, two sides, one front with the door.

The walls were based with black colour and drybrushed lightly with grey, as I wanted to preserve a dark tone.

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WOW! That's some awesome terrain Shadowseer. The stone work looks fantastic and totally fits the feel of the army. I particularly like the fleur de lys in the floor, the painting totally brings it to life too.

I'm really not sure what you should be doing with the roof, I would definitely go with high pitched but I'm not 100% sure on what the proportions would look like with balconies and I think putting access to the balconies could cause problems too (if you intend to model any access that is).

Keep up the good work and keep those pics coming.


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This is seriously impressive, I'm floored by the quality of this, especially the picture with the awesome lighting. Well done!


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Shadow, just breath taking mate

i havent been on the forum for a while so i missed it at the start
when i first started reading and scrolling i thought the perfect colours for the floor would be-
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then i scrolled down, looks like you summed that up perfectly 8)


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awesome! :eek: great job!


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Thank you all, I'm totally flattered! :D

So, since I am currently pausing the work on the chapel, because I am building my first 3 piece gaming board, I thought you might be interested in my very first try at building a chapel for 40k years ago.

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Built of styropor and cardboard (quite bad for building!) it has never been finished. It would not have any interior built or openable doors.
Also I had to pause 40k for some years, because my playing buddies all stopped playing or moved away. And there aren't too many 2nd ed only players around as you all will know... :cry:

So to compare both pieces:

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I promise to put more shots up as soon as I manage to built the chapel on!

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