Grekwood Miniatures

Sunday, 19 August 2012

Hospital WIP and Zombie Figure News

Hello there :)

Figure News:
I believe a parcel has been sent my way containing the production figures of the zombie nurses, Mutants with guns (known as Bioblytes) and the demonic guys with no arms! They should hopefully arrive tomorrow. I have sorted out the website ready for upload, so as soon as they arrive I will post it all online. So be on the look out tomorrow!

I struggled to come up with a name for the mutants, but I ended up with "Bioblytes". The first part of the name (Bio) was used because they are biologically enhanced beings (unless you decide that they are aliens from another planet). The "blytes" part comes from a combo of things. I play "Dragon Age" on the xbox360 where a "blight" is known as something evil, and darkness is spawned to pretty much take over the world, and the work is done by loads of evil beings. So I wanted to use this, but I wanted to incorporate technology  (as they are sci-fi based and some have circuit boards built in). So the second half became a combo of "blight" and "byte" (as in bit, byte,megabyte). It can also represent the fact that if they get too close they will bite you (hence the mouths being large and open). Kinda like a play-on word...bite/blyte...yeah..

Anyway, that's the logic behind the name!!

Hospital:
I decided to go back to the hospital and try and sort out a basic hallway to link the wards together, so here are some WIP photos:




I am building the hospital hallway in 3 sections, all partitioned off by double doors. I thought by partitioning it off, it would make gaming more interesting as you have to clear one area to move on to the next. Or you can have different barricaded rooms and move back as they are overrun. The last image is a diagram to show how the different sections are put together to accommodate a different number of  wards. 

As for doorways, I have decided to do the basic "printed on" doors, which people can imagine that they open close. However, I will provide a solution/easy way to make the doors look open. It's all done using 5mm foam card, but the doors will be made with thin card (like that paper card) to give them a more sturdy feel. All will be explained in another blog when I have put together a prototype.

That's all for now. Stay tuned, spread the news, and leave comments. Thanking you all!! :)

16 comments:

  1. I envy you this hospital mate! I have strugled so goddamn much with mine! This is looking really good!!!

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    1. Thanks! Although this is a total pain to build too, making sure everything fits. The number of things I have printed, then re-adjusted and so forth is crazy lol

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  2. That's good news on the figure front, Carl.

    Opening/closing doors are very easy to make. I first cut the doors out of the walls. Next glue both sides of the door to a piece of thin card. Before you glue your wall to the foamboard, decide which side you want the door to open. Glue the wall piece which you want furthest away from the hinge to the foamboard. Using masking tape cut to the height of the door, attach half of it to the reverse of the front side or back side of your doors and the other half to the wall by the door opening. This is the side that is just blank foamboard. The masking tape is your hinge. Next, glue the other door piece to the side of the door with the masking tape on. Finally, stick the wall piece with the door opening on to the foamboard, so the masking tape is now totally obscured.

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    1. That sounds like a great technique! It's similar to the idea we had, apart from we were going to use paper and glue rather than masking tape, but I think masking tape is far more robust and makes more sense (self adhesive) so it shouldn't break. So cheers for that idea, I think I shall go with that :)

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  3. This may well sound daft, if so forgive me. BUT I think you are making work for yourself. I like what you have done with the hospital, but I think it can be improved and make your life easier at the same time. I would loose the Blue coidor sections and alternate the wards left and right of the main coridor spine. Traditionally in the UK hospitals do use a central coridor with wards coming of on both sides. So unless you are showing a specific hospital it would cut slop (Space Left On PLan) and thus fit more wards in a smaller site. Your choice of course, and not ment in any negative way. But it would cut out the need for those extra corridors, in my experience Nurses do enough walking..... just a though. All the best Clint

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    1. I see what you mean. But no worries, all design work has been done pretty much, it's just a matter of finding time to fit in building it. The blue corridors are to make space between each ward as the "day room" part at the end of the ward widens to provide more space. In the blue section, I am going to make an alternate wall paper where there are lift doors and a stair way to get to the next floor (as it's meant to be a two story building..ground/1st floor).
      In the future I plan to make "alternate" layouts, to be released at another time, which would indeed have wards popping out left and right of the green sections. Also I'll be creating a proper concourse/entrance which would connect to the blue sections (if that makes sense?

      I'll lay it out properly later (it's still on the table)and take some pics of how it will be, and possible layouts planned. I plan to write a quick blog tomorrow letting people know the figures are online, so I'll post the pics as well :)

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    2. Don't forget the beds in the corridor NHS afterall!!!

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    3. haha I was thinking that when making the hallways! I put one of the beds I made against the wall and made sure there was room to walk past it hehe

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  4. Thats a really cool layout mate

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    1. Thank Brummie! I'll be doing a blog soon to show some other layouts :)

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  5. That is a fantastic looking hospital. It's going to be the perfect setting to display all your great casted models.

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  6. Wow ! This project is coming on in leaps and bounds - it looks great !

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  7. Come along really nicely Rovanite, it looks good.

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