Post by lightning on Sept 15, 2016 23:48:46 GMT -9
I have been working on the next iteration of improving the unfold of the homestead.
I was able to break it into modules to allow for a little choice in how to build (add some variety). The walls and arch/door segments are connected on the sides to form the connected structure of the walls. A dome can then be place and removed as required for interior gaming or showcasing.
After completing this I just thought another approach to connect would be to vertically slide/connect them, maybe with the things I learnt with fold-flat tabs or so... have to experiment further.
Post by Christopher Roe on Sept 17, 2016 12:47:31 GMT -9
I like where this is going. I have a soft spot for domes, and I like the fact that these have removable tops and usable interiors. I was thinking just now that if you added plug connectors to the doorways, I could see a bunch of those being linked together into some sort of moonbase-like space habitat.
Working on the dome bloopers ... I thought the registration marks would make this impossible, but I had to laugh when I saw this!
After a no-lines test build (wanted to see how it looks without the distracting lines) I found the dome is sleightly too small! After checking I found that the Blender export reduced the size of the large part to make it fit to a page. So after making the export page larger and splitting the part better I now have double measure checked correct unfold to build :-)
I compiled a couple of pics I found to focus on the different looks. I see two major color versions, probably due to time of day of the shoot and also color grading effects.
The one version is leaning more towards a saturated yellow with reddish color patterns. The other shows more natural sand color tone with variations of lighter and darker shades.
I will try to make these two version for the set.
First test of a better texture for the dome. I found it makes a big difference with this model what type of paper I use. The first test above was on a slightly "shiny" surface, very white paper. This version was printed on a little coarse, very matte and structured paper.
Post by lightning on Sept 26, 2016 23:47:55 GMT -9
Ok, so here comes the first proper test build with the reddish texture variation. I have not added the smaller texture details like the "switches" panel on the front but just wanted to get the overall look right. Also I wanted to see how the dome looks when I build it carefully. And I am very pleased with the look! The edges almost disappear on the dome if you take your time with the build. I have highlighted the edges on the outside so I don't need to edge and it still looks good.
Can't wait to print the other texture but have to wait until end of the week when the new ink cartridges arrive ...
Are there any vaporator models out there? I think it would cool next to the house.
Last Edit: Sept 27, 2016 0:14:01 GMT -9 by lightning
Post by lightning on Sept 28, 2016 22:06:01 GMT -9
While waiting on the new printer cartridges I tried to squeeze one more page out of the printer. Vermin King used a Landspeeder model in his diorama and I thought this would go well with the homestead.
After successfully printing Dave Winfield's Landspeeder (how many more pages can you print when the printer says it's out of ink?!?) I had a blast assembling this piece of beauty.
It's definitely not a beginners model. The turbines are glued edge to edge. Some parts I reinforced with added tabs under the edges. And some parts are REALLY small :-) But when finished, it's all worth the effort.
I love the stand that makes it look like it's really hovering. Doesn't it look great next to the homestead?
Last Edit: Sept 28, 2016 22:08:05 GMT -9 by lightning
Made the removable door, an easy door version (just printed on the flat wall) and built the remaining walls for the sand version.
Now all I need is to finish the instructions and do the file check.
I'll probably do a moisture vaporator some day but just not now. I have started working on the geometry on the weekend but I want to get back to the Japans and finish the castle keep.
Looking back I have to thank Vermin King for inspiring me to do this. Esp. designing the dome was a very nice new challenge and I think the way I build it works quite well. Hope it will make a couple of Star Wars fans happy :-) I have also included a layer with just plain wooden doors, in case one wants to use it in a non Sci-Fi setting.
Last Edit: Oct 4, 2016 2:08:35 GMT -9 by lightning
I see that you have that door and door surround texture that Lucas used everywhere in the original movie. In your research, did you ever see how they did it? My guess is that they had rolls of wallpaper that they applied to all sorts of stuff.
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