Tuesday, January 28, 2014

The Big Red Brick Factory - a manufactorium themed BUA for Volley and Bayonet

As promised in the last post, this one will feature an industrial themed BUA. The original plan was for this BUA to represent a nice red brick church, but having been playing a little bit of Total War: Empire lately, I decided to go with something else, something more industrial.

A stand of Airfix French troops  stand guard.


I also thought that having a nice cannon foundry on the table top would be a nice homage to RTS computer games that I have played over the years that have players stick factories down on the virtual battlefield.

The view from above - I was very tempted to add smoke coming out of the stack using pillow stuffing.

The rear view.

I did some basic research on what 18th century factories and foundries looked like, and on the processes used to create cannon. Given the constraints of the 4 inch by 6 inch BUA template, and my desire to have a 3 inch by 3 inch lift off section, I tried to create something that gave the suggestion of a 18th century foundry, rather than a detailed model of one.

The front yard, complete with conical furnace.

The cone also makes a convenient handle.

I still have a number of BUAs to finish for V&B, but I have also been working on making various teeth and tail elements for my 18th century forces. Hopefully I should have enough finished soon to be able to make a posting about them.

8 comments:

  1. another excellent building !
    home-made ?
    What did you use for the door of the chimney ?
    I like the idea of the removable base !

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    1. Thanks Sam! the brick pattern was laser cut into mdf, and then the gables and walls were cut out. The door of the furnace was made out of a box like bit of plastic, which then had plastic card put on it. all of this was made by me - even the laser cut bits.

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  2. I am very impressed with these BUAs you have been making Brian! Great work.

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    1. Thanks Rodger! I am inspired by seeing the work made by the likes of yourself and Adrian.

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    1. Thanks Jacksarge! It was one of those ideas that just seemed to come together perfectly!

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  4. I was very curious about this sort of thing when you mentioned it the other day. I reckon your impressionistic approach is really on the money - it works very well for V-and-B, and the piece can be used with other rule set designs as well. This one I may nick for my Army Men project (I needs an airfield, too).

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    1. Thanks Ion, I thought I had replied to all the comments here - but hadn't - opps! I have been thinking about airfields since you mentioned it the other day. I may have to build one, since clearly some are needed!

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