Port Warehouse baked from Scratch

I’m rather busy working this week so I won’t get the chance to work on that bandau building but I can share some work done earlier this year.
I wanted to add a warehouse to the pirate town. I didn’t find any suitable mdf buildings so I went for plan “B”. Plan “B” was to build a warehouse completely from scratch.image
I transferred the plan to a sheet of mdf board and broke out the scroll saw.imageimage
I guess I didn’t take any assembly photos but here it a shot of the assembled building with windows and doors. The stucco is also done. I have been using the Liquitex brand of model stucco.image
A few coats of paint and some roofing and we have a warehouse ready for cargo.image



One thing I wish I had done with this building is to have created more elevated areas that miniatures could use. Looking back, I could have turned the lower front roof into a balcony. I also could have added an upper balcony area on the back of the building just below the rear window. I try keep this in mind as I continue to work on other projects. But for now, this is it.
As soon as I get a chance to work on the Bandau building I’ll try to post more specific step by step posts if there is any interest.

Bandua Small Building and a Plan

While eating lunch, I was struck with a plan. Napkins are wonderful notepads. That wasn’t my plan. I’m just saying… Never mind.
The plan. Right. I can turn the small building from Bandua into a workshop and give it a Spanish look. So, here’s my plan in all its napkin glory.image
I’ll add a second story to the structure and attach a workshop/blacksmith structure next to it. Adding of course the appropriate Spanish details as I go.
To the scroll saw!
Quickly trial fitting the pieces together, I think it should work.image


Now, comes the slow part. Details and stucco. I was tempted to scrap a couple of the walls and replace them with walls of my own, but decided to keep them. They do add a little extra dimension. We will see how they look after stucco.
So far so good.

Q-Buildings from Bandua

Previously I have built CNC Workshop’s Sand Buildings and those are awesome models. (The third one is technically done. It just needs… something… Another post though…) These buildings have become my standard of excellence for MDF models. They are sound models. They have character. They are playable. And they look darn awesome! Sadly, there are only the three of them. Also they come from Oz and with no American retailer that I have been able to find, getting them is a little on the expensive/inconvenient side. So the search for other models began.
I picked up a couple buildings from Bandua’s Q-Building line for Infinity. Having never seen these in person before, I did not know how they would line up next to the Sand Buildings but I thought I’d give them a try. The XL size one was out of stock when I ordered so I only ordered the small and large buildings.
My first thought was “Wow! There are much smaller than the Sand Buildings.” The packaging may be a bit deceiving though. Opening them up, what I found was that the parts had already been removed from their sheets. The only punching that needed to be done was on the small sheet with the parts for the stairs and the holes in the walls for assembly. The parts are very compactly packaged.
Assembly was pretty easy although the stairs were more fiddly than those of CNC Workshop. Again, the surprising part was how large the large building really was. Granted, it’s only a one story building but it is quite sizable.
Similarly, the assembled small building was larger than it appeared in the package. Assembly was the same. Literally. They are the same building just different sizes.
Variety? These have none. Okay. They are stackable in that the small building will fit on the upper deck of the large building but other than that they sort of lack imagination. Another option I suppose is that they can be assembled inside out to create a mirror image of the original building. But, if you want them to each be unique, then you’re on your own.
As models go, these are tight fitting mdf models. They will definitely require glue to hold together but the tolerances are good. In fact, the fit of the stairs is incredibly tight and assembly is a bit challenging. One concern I have is with the width of the stairways. The stairs are narrower than those on the CNC models. A 30mm base will fit on the steps but it is darn close. Couple this with my usual habit of adding stucco to the walls of my buildings to give them a Caribbean feel and those stairs may become tighter still.
Overall, the buildings are good. Pricewise, the small was $12 and the large was $18. To me, that’s quite a bit given that they are only a single story and they posses the personality of.. well… an empty box. Let’s face it. It’s a box with stairs. They will take quite a bit of imagination to finish if you’re looking for something different. But they do seem to be sound models to start with. I don’t see any reason for anyone getting a whole lot of them unless you’re building a bland track home neighborhood. I am not really sure what I’ll do with these. We will both just have to wait to see what I can up with…

New Minis Up

Well it has been a while but you know how it is. You get busy and pretty soon Baammm! Six month and you haven’t posted anything. Oh! Maybe that’s just me then.

I have not been completely away from things though. I did manage to release a few new pirate minis!


28082 Katherine “Katt” Cruz (in the center).

28083 Red Tom (on the right in green and black).

28084 Rot Gut (bleeding out as we speak on the left).

Each one filled to the gunwale with piratey goodness. They’re available in the store.

I’ll need to put together a game so they can test their mettle, prove their worth, sew their wild pirate oats in saltwater and blood… Okay. I may have just gone too far.

I’ve also been looking around for more mdf terrain that I can shanghai into respectable pirate fair. But, more on that next time.