During some problems I ran into with the add on roofs I found that my model looks more like a stave church than a Japanese castle. So right now I am in the process of redesigning the roof angles so that it looks more like it should.
Isn't it weird how you can find blueprints of any (not real) Star Trek and Star Wars spaceship but hardly anything accurate or readable for the castle?
Have been trying if I can get the roof looking more Asian and came up with this. It's without the ornaments so it will be looking better with them but I think it's looking better, no? As it is a little more effort to build it this way I will make this optional.
Due to some problems I have with the analysis of existing castle elements I thought I am going to build the free Himeji castle model by Canon Papercraft. I want to have something on my desk that I can look at and get a feel of all the dimensions and proportions.
After completing the top most level I wanted to share what the Canon version looks like compared to mine
Except for the few problems that I hope to solve soon, I am very happy that my solution so far is turning out very good compared to this other model. The biggest difference will be that I simplify the rounded roof sections for easy of building.
... I think Let's see what the Canon version reveals once completed!
The little temple at the top left was fiddly due to the number of small pieces, but it went together easily. It seemed strange at the time, but on the Himeji model, the curved pieces were awkward. The big problem with curved surfaces is that they have a tendency to lean to one side or get creases. I didn't have to finesse it too much to get it 'acceptable', but your comment brought back the memory (something that becomes more common as I age). I think that you and your customers will be more happy with your solution
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While I like Asian Series project very much - what brings my attention is a Greek (Partenon-like colonnade?) temple visible in the photo background. Is it finished, released or just a work-in-progress stage?
mesper: Haha, forgot to hide that one. Not released but almost finished. I need to add some texturing, add some stabilizers to the roof and make the floor cover parts. Right now it's showing the naked floor modules (in case one does want to make it paper only. Of course you could also use corrugated cardboard or styrofoam). It's one of the things I have been working on last year. The special thing about it is that is, well not fold flat, but separatable and the columns are super sturdy. I also have designs for a round temple!
I have planned to do it at a later stage but if there is much interest I could move that one to the top?
Vermin King: What I am learning from the Canon Model is that you should not tight fit the design. Unfortunately the model is warping already due to that. But for me the reason for this exercise is to see what the building complex is looking like, how the proportions work etc. My model will stay more simple for fast building with the option of the curved edges if one is prepared to take a little longer to build (very worth it I think )
The "Matsumoto" style textures for the walls are coming along. I also have the "black" roof wall but have not come around to build a new roof yet.
I am focusing on the tower now. I will split the whole castle into subsets in order to be able to publish smaller chunks earlier. The entire castle would probably take a little while longer.
I am thinking Tower, Walls, Gate, Building and finally the XL extensions. With that the ones interested can start building and not be overwhelmed with a huge castle set. I think it will be right to call this the "Samurai Castle Builder" series. What do you think?
Last Edit: Apr 16, 2016 22:18:48 GMT -9 by lightning
I like it lots! BTW could be have some paper catwalks that hook onto the detail that runs down each corner?.
I am not sure what catwalks are. I only know them from the model shows and I don't think you plan to have samurai and ninjas parade down them sporting the latest fashion in war kimonos
I plan to do walls and smaller buildings connecting each other. I also want to make the raised stone/wall foundations in a way that allows to form a "spiral" of walls, gates and towers as the real castles usually are (but maybe in a simpler fashion).
Do you have pictures of what you are referring to?
Something that allows a mini to sit on the roof where there would not be a flat place in real life, but would aid in play to allow for the daring do of characters scampering all about. I thought that the detail might allow a "rail" of paper to be strung across so that a base could sit on it and the roof.
Vermin King: His eyes must not be as old as mine
May 21, 2020 11:12:39 GMT -9
cowboyleland: I always thought Tirick was a little mad.
May 21, 2020 7:11:40 GMT -9
Vermin King: Really worn out tonight, so when I'm like that I just look for things I used to have, but don't any more. I got the Zippy models and am rebuilding my Tirick/TCF Gaming folder. How the heck would anyone build his 1/1000 Battletech mechs without enlarging
May 20, 2020 17:12:58 GMT -9
Toman: yea I have been. pretty cool project. I've done a few scratch builds like that but not as large. cutting individual stones or carving stones in foam sucks.
May 19, 2020 16:50:41 GMT -9
Vermin King: Anybody else following Mauther's home-made Playmobile castle build? Looks really good so far
May 18, 2020 18:13:38 GMT -9
cowboyleland: Good point. Maybe make the wing feathers seperately so that the wind could get through them?
May 14, 2020 6:10:23 GMT -9
squirmydad: We had two operators for the hawk though, one to carry the weight and the other to flap the wings.
May 13, 2020 11:02:25 GMT -9
squirmydad: Probably silk and dowels. I assisted in the construction of a giant hawk puppet for an indoor show, probably about the same size as that pegasus.
May 13, 2020 11:01:49 GMT -9
Vermin King: It's got to be really light. The article dealt with parade puppets. I don't think I'd want to be trying to control that in a stiff wind
May 13, 2020 4:21:20 GMT -9
lightning: that's a nice pegasus!
May 13, 2020 4:10:32 GMT -9
shep: Will it fly, if you move the wings fast enough?
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