As part of my grand plan to design and build a 3 foot by 3 foot playable participation game of Zombie goodness at PAW 2018, I have constructed "Nash Road". This is of course a vanity and it could have been called anything else but in fact there is actually a Nash Road in Thanet so its has uses for my ATZ campaign based in Thanet.
To start the road then, I took a large piece (18"x17") of 6mm blue foam and designed the layout of one side of the road. As I wanted my buildings to be of a good size and totally playable, I only put three buildings on and because a lot of houses and roads in the UK have been added to towns haphazardly over many decades, sometimes centuries, I have placed them in a curve. Each side of the building is 6" long and they consist of an open plan ground floor with a patio entrance to a tiny back/side yard.
On the foam I also carved paving slabs for a pavement, with some tarmac filling in for missing slabs as well as some drains and manhole covers.
I also, on this set of buildings wanted to experiment with proper windows as opposed to the painted on versions I did for the "Winchester". This is a new thing for me and I was quite worried about how they would come out. As it turns out they're a bit wonky! but do you know what? I really like how they've come out. I used coffee stirrers cut to length, split down the middle and painted white to form the frames. I then glued these to a clear plastic blister pack to form the glass. I then added another frame on to the other side of the plastic to give it some thickness/strength.
Added to my blue foam walls, they look like this - yes they are wonky aren't they!
I then made up some coffee stirrer front doors and blue foam stairs as well as decorating the inner surface of the walls with scrapbook paper.
One back yard I "crazy-paved", another had a path going to a shed (which I built out of coffee stirrers) and the last one will be an unkempt lawn.
For the boundary walls I decided they would be a bit more decorative and made the middle of each wall section a flint type wall, quite common in these parts, as is the grafitti.... That was painted using Neon Acrylics that I got from HobbyCraft for 89p each!
I used a poundshop version of "no-nails" to stick the walls to the base. When I'm building these projects I tend to work on different aspects of it at any given time, so a lot of these WiPs won't form any particularly logical progression....sorry :-)
Anyway, I went on line and printed off loads of random portraits and wedding photos as well as mingling in a couple of my own, including my fave pic of the Nerd Herd! Once shrunk down and printed off, I used a gold Sharpie and drew a simple frame on each pic.
When added to my "wallpapered" walls, represent the various framed photos that families have in their homes and add another quick win/small detail layer for these buildings. I also added some paper curtains to the windows to hide some bad joins and add another detail.
One purchase that I made for this project is some plastic street lamps from China, these are really good value at £3.42 for 20pcs (I bought two packs). They can be hooked up to a power source and made to work but I'm not that technical and not having any real need for the lights to work cut the wires off...
|starting to come together!|
|Stacking music centre - showing my age!|
And so I've managed to get some of the stuff painted up and finish the downstairs on all three properties...
|Nash Road - evens side|
|number 2 with its "crazy paving" garden|
|open plan ground floor - lounge area|
|number 4 is a bit more smashed up!|
|i'm a bit proud of the garden shed in the back yard|
|broken down front door at number 4|
|you can see through the window, April Nillson is hiding!|
|blurry shot through the patio doors|
|the smashed patio doors of number 4|
So thats the ground floors and most of the work done for Nash Road. Extra detail will flow when I start getting street furniture and signs onto the pieces and of course the upper floors of the properties.
hope you enjoy
hope you enjoy