Monday, 5 April 2010

Modular Medieval Town Buildings

My latest project is a group of generic and interchangeable Medieval Town Buildings, a brief that came about after discussions with Dave at Grand Manner who was at the time in the process of building a range of Medieval Farm Buildings. The idea was to produce a set of shop fronts that could be used inside a castle or to line a street. The initial idea developed to be interchangeable, with ground floor shops having the option of different first floor dwellings and even different roof styles. This further developed in to some of the casting being reversible (front to back).

This simple sketch was produced by me as a visual reference - and when Dave saw it he said "That's it - now go away and produce each of these buildings!"

The construction has taken longer than expected as each of the casting needed to be checked against each other to ensure the inter-changing can occur. The tower model was produced as a corner piece, however it can also be reversed, both the tower, and the ground floor.

As well as what you see here, there are two additional buildings, the first is a porch way or entrance with a simple dwelling above, the second is a grander building which will be a 'feature' building. All buildings have lift off roofs and all have some internal detailing, however this is simplified as the modular design makes full internal detail difficult.

This photo shows work-in-progress and helps to show the different materials used in the construction.

These next photos show the buildings about 90% complete. There was still some detailing and checking needed.

Finally - this shot shows the main batch of masters finished, Please note; that there is still two additional building to be added to the final set.

You can also see the 'extras', pieces to customise your own street scene.

I would expect all castings to be finished and available via Grand Manner by mid - April, 2010.