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Made in ca
God-like Imperator Titan Commander


It's a good point about the design principles of having primary and secondary features (gribbles) to make them more visually interesting. I'll have to fiddle around and see what I can do. I was trying a big satellite-style dish for a Comms/Sensors top, but something in between that, your mock-up, and the original masts-and-bunkers thing may work too.

Thanks, by the way, it's really great having your input here.

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Decrepit Dakkanaut

SoCal, USA!

Glad to help!

As far as satellite dishes go, they want to have negative space underneath them, which creates a challenge if you want plastic cast using metal tool & die. It is for that reason that I went with antenna towers, knowing that they could be sturdy enough and still be produced using hard tooling.

WRT the masts-and-bunkers, it was a good start for concept.

It may be helpful put a 2mm tall x 1mm diameter cylinder on the corner of whatever topper you are working on, as a visual reference of how big (small) a person is. It's helpful to ensure that whatever you sculpt "makes sense" visually, so that any gribbles are "in scale".

Also, completing my set, here's my take on a Shield Generator - reworked:

And a rework of the Turret:

Completing the entire set together:

Power Generator

Comms / Sensors


I updated the Shield to have what is visually an elevated sphere as counterpoint to the Power Plant.

Mostly, it gives the player a "handle" for the rooftop.

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Made in ca
God-like Imperator Titan Commander


Apparently 1:1000 scale is known as "Architectural Scale" according to a grognard of my acquaintance.

Cool design pointers about making visually-pleasing pieces.

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Okay, finally managed to some work in on the building tops.

Updating the Shield Generator

Updating the Power Generator:

Updating the Comms/Sensors:

The printed versions, for QA:

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Decrepit Dakkanaut

SoCal, USA!

I like the updates!


* Shield Generator is fine, but the generator itself is a bit to blobby - I'd "deflate" it by about 20%, give it more space to breathe on the top.

* Power Generator is the best of the 3 designs; however, those 4 tall stacks are super fragile-looking. I'm guessing that they're 1mm diameter, but 15mm tall? If your material isn't rubber-like, they're going to snap off in play. Also, as your antennae can be fine, then the tower wall can be a *lot* thinner - you can push a bigger parabaloid into it. In the real world, a cooling tower's walls are like an eggshell in proportion.

* Sensors is not quite right. To me, the main building looks like the Taj Mahal, and I'm pretty sure that wasn't what you were going for. Aside from the super-think minarets, everything seems chunky, where comms and sensors should be lighter and more airy, aetherial. To me, it feels more like a military command post / bunker, which might also be a thing.

Question: is there a conceptual reason why some connectors are pitched roof vs rounded? You can have lots of 1mm "pipes" on the ground (or walls) for surface detail/texture.

Finally, think about how human fingers are going to pick the item up and handle it. The Taj Mahal is going to have the minarets broken off immediately, because the natural action will be to pick it up as the handle.

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Made in ca
God-like Imperator Titan Commander


Thanks for the feedback John!

Interesting point about the Shield Generator. I can see that.

Regarding the Power Generator: The stacks are 2mm diameter at their base, I think. The material is supposed to be a tough vinyl plastic. It'll be interesting to see how the printed versions survive play. The cooling tower is supposed to be a bit more ST:TNG warp-core that than, and I've been toying with the idea of filling in the middle with concentric rings or something. The cooling tower shape screams 'power plant' but I'm trying for something more Transformers (1984) futuristic.

The Sensor Station is supposed to look like a bit of a bunker, and the Taj Mahal looking bit is supposed to look more like a radar installation, although the masts around it may confused getting that across. The masts haven't broken off yet, but again we'll see.

Some connectors I was thinking of as armoured conduits for cabling/pipes/etc, and the pitched roofs as hallways connecting bunkers.

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Decrepit Dakkanaut

SoCal, USA!

All good, glad to help.

 Nurglitch wrote:
The cooling tower shape screams 'power plant' but I'm trying for something more Transformers (1984) futuristic.

There is nothing wrong with stealing existing visuals for faster player identification of pieces a la GW WYSIWYG. Just be aware that you're stealing it, and make it your own.

OTOH, there are issues when nothing is identifiable. If you went with abstract circle - triangle - square - hexagon shapes, and told people to guess which was which, they'd not remember so clearly. Importing existing elements is very helpful to forestall players having to stop and wonder "what is a hexagon, again?"

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