Firstly I'd like to say I wouldn't have even started this project had it not been for Warseer. I've found the painting logs part of the forum inspirational on many occasions, but particularly the terrain logs, and much of what I've done here owes something to the fab ideas and pics of other cities that I've seen on Warseer and elsewhere. Thank you all for being inspirational.
Now before we all get caught up in a circle-jerk, here's an explanation of what I've been working on the last couple of months.
Ok so around the time Cities of Death came out I went and bought one of those huge Imperial City boxed sets and it's been sitting in my cupboard ever since. So I decided that before the end of the year I would finally do something with it.
The plan is to construct enough pieces for a fully-modular cities of death table, with all the terrain built on modular square tiles. I want to have more than enough pieces to fill a 6' by 4' table, and for each building I want to have a ruined and rubble version so that I can swap them out if they get damaged by siege shells/wrecking stratgems/ whatever. I also want to have several smaller rubble piles as scatter terrain, and stratagem markers for all the stratagems that need them.
To this end, I've split the project into two phases - phase 1 is to build and paint all the ruin versions of the buildings, and all the basic road sections. Phase two is to build the rubble versions of the buildings, the rubble scatter terrain, and the strategem markers. So off I go!
Typically, not even a huge box like the Imperial City set was enough so I added an Imperial sector and some other bits, and bought some CNC city street tiles from a friend who used to stock them in his ebay store before some douche went and signed an exlusive deal with CNC workshop and effectively put my friend out of business. If you've not seen the CNC stuff before it's pretty cool -
They're an australian company who make great stuff out of wood, stocked in the UK by only one company who I refuse to buy from for aforementioned reasons. He doesn't carry all their stock anyway, and there were some bits only available from australia that my friend didn't have so I also put in an order direct from them - only took a couple of weeks to arrive and with P&P was only slightly more than I would have paid in buying it from the english stockist anyway.
So, armed with a whole stack of floor tiles and a mountain of sprues I set to work. Sadly, I didn't take many pictures of the early stages, but here's what I do have of mostly-built, unpainted buildings. Some of them are a bit blurry and they're generally not that well lit - mainly because I was snapping off pics quick whilst in the full grip of hobby madness.
Firstly, the obligatory Cathedral. The first thing on my build-list, and also the largest building I planned on constructing. I can't take the credit for the design on this one, I stole the idea from Nezalhualixtlan and just adapted it to my needs. You can find his original version here:
*Cathedral from other side*
Next up, the Promethium refinery.
This piece is actually quite close to being finished - it just needs some of it's rubble and sandbags painting.