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    28mm Modern Cityscape



    This is the companion thread to my 28mm Modern Urban Adventures in Carnage project log.

    Welcome to Carnegie City (or as it is known locally - Carnage City) the city of opportunity. This is a long term project I've been planning off an on for over 10 years but 2014 is going to be the year it all happend chiefly on account of the Games & Gears Battle Boards Kickstarter which ran last year. For the sum of 62 I will be getting a set of 6x4 pre-painted urban boards specifically their "28mm Hawk Wargames Urban Battlefield Battle Boards".

    Here is a sample layout for the boards:-


    And here is a glimpse of how they should look (this is the version scaled for 10mm but the 28mm one will look similar):-


    The big problem of course is that I don't yet have terrain to cover all that area so this project log is going to follow my progress as I try and build the mean streets of Carnage City and give its citizens something to struggle over. The boards are due to ship in May (I say due - this is a Kickstarter - they may be some slippage) and hopefully I will have a decent amount of terrain done by the time they arrive.
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    The Junkyard

    Carnage City's junkyard has always had a bit of a shady reputation partially due to their car crusher running at odd times day or night and partly because the cars being crushed are often quite new and in good working order apart from the occasional bullet hole.

    These pieces are resin and come from Ainsty Castings. They were all nice and crisp with no visible air bubbles. I will probably place another order with them later in the project as there catalogue is full of useful details.







    I had a lot of fun with these learning how to paint rusty metal and I'm quite pleased with the results. I've used Boltgun Metal, and Scorched Brown for the scuffed areas and then drybrushed on Ryza Rust. By varying the quantities of each and also adding in some Devlan Mud you can create a variety of aged looks quite quickly.
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    As we all know, refuse disposal is no laughing matter in today's urban environment. Acme Waste Management Services proudly supports Carnage city by keeping the filth off the streets. AWMS is the place in Carnage to dispose of hazardous waste such as used plastic barrels of Hydrofluoric Acid or any quantities of Methylamine. Carnage's citizens, so used to the belching black smoke, hardly seem to notice the occasional chemical smell which emanates from the building a few times a week.

    This is the Industrial Building kit from Amera. Its is a cheap and cheerful vacuum formed plastic kit which is easy to build and paint up. I have added some extra details like the ladder from my bits box as it would otherwise be a little plain. The chimney is a bit of a pain to assemble and trim but fortunately I was aiming for the worn and weathered look so I didn't need to be too neat.







    And here's a shot of the base the model sits on.

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    Peach Trees and The Towers*.

    These are 28mm City Buildings from Gamecraft Miniatures. The were dirt cheap at around 11 each but shipping bumped that up a bit - the came all the way from Palm Springs California!

    The kits just build the shells of the buildings so there are no usable interior floors as there are with some of the other buildings in this project. Some cheap silver card provided the windows and doors are either printed on to clear acetate (Peach Trees) or trimmed from model railway window frames (The Towers). For the colour scheme I was aiming to recreate the stained concrete look of the Tricorn Centre - a building I remember seeing a lot when I was growing up.





    * The Towers is the name of one of the largest office buildings in my home town - this is not a 9/11 reference.
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    Re: 28mm Modern Cityscape

    Nice stuff, looks like it'll be a blast to play on.

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    Re: 28mm Modern Cityscape

    this looks promising so far

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    I love what you are doing but everything is way too clean! What I suggest is get a bottle of Typhus Corrosion technical paint from GW. It is really nice. Don't use your favourite brush, because it has the tendency to destroy your brush, because it has little bits of... sandy stuff in it, but you can dirty up your city with the easiest of ease.
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    I've considered getting some of that but not got round to it so far. Is it a lot better than just adding devlan mud?

    Peach Trees and The Towers are a bit dirtier than they look in those shots (it was a sunny day and the colours were bleached out a bit). I am planning to have another go at detailing some of the buildings later on when I can get hold of some graffiti decals and print some flyer posters to dot about. I also have some roof mounted AC units on their way too.

    Thanks for the feedback.
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    Here's the latest addition to Carnage, the convenience store that the city's low life attempt to use as their own personal piggy bank. The graffiti decals arrived this week. They are sold for model railways but that's not going to stop me using them. I will be revisiting some of the previous buildings and adding some graffiti to them in the next week or two.







    The 7 Eleven is almost finished - I will go back and add some flyers and some AC units at a later date.
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    Brilliant! I love the arms-race of graffitti evidenced on this piece! YOu can see where old graffitti has been painted over/sandblasted, but there is more added back on. So very realistic!

    The windows of the 7-11's entrance need some advertising and an "Hours of Operation". I've never seen blank windows in a 7-11.
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    Thanks for the comments - I'm considering what to do with the windows. I have some clear plastic which would do the trick but it might make it more difficult to see an miniatures placed inside the building.

    I have now started a separate thread for the miniatures for the game.

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    I spent part of Saturday adding more grime and graffiti to some of the buildings and hopefully they are now looking suitably distressed. The occasional streak of Tamiya clear yellow against the walls also helps.













    Unfortunately I screwed up when applying the decals and put matt varnish underneath then instead of the satin I had been intending to use. The end result is that I still need to do a bit more work to blend the decals into the background on some of the walls.
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    But that's not all I got up to this weekend. I have also made a start on some details to add to the roofs of the buildings which are currently looking a bit plain.

    The first lot are air con units from S&S Models and some roof hatches to mark which roofs can be accessed from below.


    The second lot are for the roofs of Peach Trees, The towers and the 7-11 respectively.


    And finally here are some mobile phone masts to add to the tops of the taller buildings. (And yes, some of the components did come with free pizza)


    So it looks like it was worth hoarding all those bits of old rhino kits after all.
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    And here's the latest addition to Carnage - a 28mm Scale Public House from Timeline Miniatures. This is a fantastic kit with a lot of details. At 25 + P&P it is probably the most expensive building I have bought for the project so far but I am really happy with it.

    Exterior view:-


    From above;-


    With the roof lifted off to reveal the upper floor:-


    With the upper floor lifted out to reveal the ground floor:-


    It is going to take a lot of effort to get this one painted but I think it will look really nice when it is done.
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    I have finally finished a couple of Brownstones from Sarissa Precison which I bought early on in the project. For some reason it has taken me until now to complete them.



    These are really nice kits and the interiors are fully usable too.
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    Looks great! Could I ask how wide those streets are?
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    According to G&G the streets will be 6 inches wide. So far they've only shared the photos of the prototype boards but we should get some shots of the production boards pretty soon.

    I should be receiving my boards in about a month if the Kickstarter keeps to time which means I have a looming deadline for completing the remaining buildings.
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    I am watching this and you figure thread with interest. Great work so far.

    I have also pledged for that terrain board, and am collecting various MDF buildings. What are you using for vehicles? I have some resin trucks from Old Crow, and a die cast Police Spinner car from the Blade Runner DVD boxed set.
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    Thanks. I suppose I should add my latest progress to the updates then.

    I've bought cars from various places over the years, most recently from the pound shop (local currency equivalent of the dollar store). Whenever I am in a toy shop with my daughters I always keep an eye out for suitable vehicles. Scale wise 1/43 and 1/48 tend to work best but some 1/32 look okay as well - the scales seem to be less exact with toys than they are with model kits. You can see a few that I scavenged in this test layout I knocked up to see how much room I would have for buildings (The cardboard buildings are from 10 years ago and have all been replaced now!).



    I got some police cars from Proxie models. Getting modern US police cars in the UK is more difficult than I had thought - I can see loads for sale on ebay.com buy the shipping is horrible.

    http://www.proxiemodels.com/store2/i...ory&path=25_30

    At some point I want to get hold of a Bearcat for my SWAT team - the one from Company B looks great. They also do an RV to act as a mobile meth lab.

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    The issue I have with some of the toy cars is that I'm not sure whether to try and paint them or not. If I could reliably disassemble them to keep the "glass" safe then I might attempt it but for now I'm too busy with the figures and buildings.
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    Okay time for a quick update on my progress. Progress on the scenery has been a little slow for a bit for various reasons but I have managed to fit in a bit of work on one other building for the city. When I bought the police cars from Proxie Models I also bought one of these:-

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    I bought it mainly for the Robocop model and car but I decided that the gas station part of it would be worth keeping too. The problem with the model is that there's only half a building and it comes on a stand. Much hacking later and through the magic of plasticard and filler I had this:-





    The model now fits a lot better with the other buildings on the layout. My problem is now to work out how to paint it. Parts of the model already have paint on so should take another layer fine but the plain parts of the building itself are raw plastic. Added to that I don't want to much up the windows if I can avoid it so spray primer is out. I'm planning to remove the decals before painting and then see if I can add them back on afterwards - if not then I will have to make my own signs again.
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