Wednesday, 17 June 2020

The Shop on the Corner - A Necromundan Trading Post

Hopefully you're not bored of seeing buildings constructed from old Necromunda bulkheads, as I've finished a couple more!

This time I've delved into the world of commerce with a general store topped by another hab unit (a mixed commercial and residential unit if you like!).


The new building is also modular, allowing me to set up as a two-storey building, or two separate structures. I can even combine them with my smaller habs and create some ramshackle multi-level buildings!
 



The smaller habs can be stacked on two different planes.



Like the other buildings to date, red denotes a commercial property, and yellow a residential property.

The store is covered with plenty of posters and adverts, whilst I kept the 2nd level free of them.

A staff-only entrance at the rear!

The construction of this pair followed the same approach as the other habs - in essence just using the bulkheads for walls and adding a plasticard roof. I then detailed with styrene strip and some bits from other kits.

The porch is made from cut down bulkheads.

The balcony sides are 3D prints I got from ebay.

The enclosed roof access was fun to make. I originally had it on one of the smaller habs, but it looked better here.


I even made an internal staircase to match up to the roof access, although 99% of the time it turns out it can't be seen!


The two buildings look pretty cool as separate structures, although I like them best as a two-storey building.





I'm putting the finishing touches to my last Necromunda building - a little mechanic's workshop. After that I probably need to take a break, but I've got a board's worth of terrain out of the project!

21 comments:

  1. That's all sorts of wonderful Jon, you've unleashed he full potential of those bulkheads and got everyone to look at theirs (and for more)

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    1. I'm fully hoping and expecting to see a wave of bulkhead buildings over the next couple of months! And if they're used rather than gathering dust or sat in a box, everyone's a winner!

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  2. These are so great. You've managed to make them look lived-in and detailed without being so cluttered and fragile they'll be useless to game on.

    I especially like the 'zoat for hire' poster - did you make these, or find them on the Inter-Net?

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    1. Thanks! There is a real temptation to hyper-detail these, but I keep telling myself that they're gaming pieces, not diorama pieces. Any tiny detail won't be seen during a game, so there's no value in sticking it on. A couple of large pieces of set-dressing and scatter terrain are about all that's needed I think!

      The posters are from various sources. There are some decent pdf's you can download, some fan-made and one Imperial-themed sheet that was made available through GW's website a few years back. I also plundered the images from the official Necromunda and Warhammer 40k Facebook pages. There's been quite a few wanted posters and the like that have been used as product teasers. That's where the zoat poster came from :)

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  3. Superb work - love all the weathering which is never as easy as it looks! I've often stared longingly at the shopfronts available from Ainsty with an idea to make some 20th Century style buildings for Dr Who gaming. Their sci fi stuff is very nice too but then I'm always a sucker for buying more miniatures instead! About time I looked in to providing them with some habitation and this is very inspirational stuff!

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    1. The weathering is all quick cheaty stuff really. No faffing about with technical paints or weathering powders, but it does the job!

      I'm fully signed up to the premise that terrain is as important as the miniatures. I reckon you should make your Whovian sets :)

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  4. The colour coding really adds a layer of realism to the project. Love all of the rooftop details. Building that rooftop access out of plasticard must have been finicky as hell!

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    1. The colour coding wasn't part of a masterplan, but once I'd painted the diner red and the first residential hab yellow, it suddenly was codified ;)

      And yes, the rooftop access was a bit fiddly!

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  5. That looks stunning Jon! I just love all the little details and the posters of course, especially that back entrance. I think that buff colour works really well.

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    1. Thanks Ned! I think a few posters and the odd sign just helps to look it all more lived in :)

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    2. I like your back entrance too, Jon.

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  6. Very nice indeed! The bulkheads look excellent, especially when piled up like that. Really good work!

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    1. Cheers Toby. That crowded-in look is exactly what I'm aiming for :)

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  7. Seriously, how could I possibly get bored of this?? I could be watching you building a whole hive this way!

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    1. Cheers Suber! That's the next 20 years of building sorted then :)

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  8. Cracking build once more mate. The modular aspect is really amazing - you think far too ahead on these things! LOL

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    1. Thanks Dai! In reality I should have thought about modularisation right a the start! Half-way through is better than never though!

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  9. The posters, ads and signage all add to the realism of the terrain piece, with the weathering the cherry on top. :)

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    1. Thanks. The posters are my favourite addition really - they add so much detail for the sake of a few minutes of cutting and sticking!

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  10. Such a great series of buildings. Really dig these!

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