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Thrift shop find - instant city!
« on: 04 November 2018, 04:19:48 »
So we're taking some donations to a non-local op shop (short for opportunity shop, equivalent to US "thrift shop"). Has to be non-local, so my wife won't change her mind & buy things back ...

Anyway, I see this set of Lego road plates for $10, and thinks "I might find a use for that". And I did.



 Seen here with some of the foam-core buildings I've already made up. Pretty good fit, no? A couple more - Buckingham Palace, the Empire State building, and a cathedral, plus some DropZone Commander buildings, and I'll have a pretty good city layout to do my first game of Alpha Strike in!



Seen here, a Word of Blake Militia Level II moves cautiously into the Embassy District in the International Zone of Solaris City. Unknown to them, a band of resistance fighters from different stables are waiting to ambush them in the shadow of the Steiner Embassy ...

A bit of fun! Looks like I a great deal, some great inspiration, and I'll keep my eyes open. With different dressing/buildings, I reckon I could come up with a good drop-port too!

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Re: Thrift shop find - instant city!
« Reply #1 on: 04 November 2018, 12:20:09 »
Excellent find, Worktroll! My gaming group has been using similar lego plates for our city fights and they work great. Happy gaming!

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Re: Thrift shop find - instant city!
« Reply #2 on: 04 November 2018, 14:12:00 »
That looks quite awesome there WT.  Great idea and find! :thumbsup: 

And I think you are going to enjoy Alpha Strike.  It should be right up your alley. ;)
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Re: Thrift shop find - instant city!
« Reply #3 on: 04 November 2018, 20:28:17 »
Glad I'm not the only one to buy those foam buildings from the rama of dollar.
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Re: Thrift shop find - instant city!
« Reply #4 on: 05 November 2018, 16:16:18 »
I have Big Ben that way . . . but what is the brown one the Lyrans are hiding next to?
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Re: Thrift shop find - instant city!
« Reply #5 on: 05 November 2018, 17:27:17 »
St Peter's Basilica, Rome.

I figured the Lyrans would go for something understated ... ;)

And as for the Marik embassy:



Now I'd love it if Cubicfun (the company making a lot of these) would do "ordinary buildings", but may have to hit up for some DropZone Commander sets. They've got a range of stadiums that could double as 'Mech bays, Solaris Arenas, or drop port buildings:



And some skyscrapers for that City feel



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Re: Thrift shop find - instant city!
« Reply #6 on: 05 November 2018, 17:32:27 »
Hm, not the same company but . . . yeah, that looked really familiar though I was thinking Venice for some reason.

The Taipei tower looks interesting, guess I will need to add that to my Christmas list.
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Re: Thrift shop find - instant city!
« Reply #7 on: 08 November 2018, 11:19:25 »
You know those LEGO studs might be a great way to pin down a string for line of sight calculations. And I imagine making light/heavy woods is going to be a lot easier now since LEGO makes one-piece trees.

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Re: Thrift shop find - instant city!
« Reply #8 on: 08 November 2018, 11:49:35 »
They made 1 pieces since the 80s IIRC . . . now, those street plates are from that time as well IIRC.
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Re: Thrift shop find - instant city!
« Reply #9 on: 08 November 2018, 22:33:47 »
St Peter's Basilica, Rome.

I figured the Lyrans would go for something understated ... ;)

And as for the Marik embassy:




Oooh that looks interesting...
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Re: Thrift shop find - instant city!
« Reply #10 on: 09 November 2018, 22:34:42 »
They made 1 pieces since the 80s IIRC . . . now, those street plates are from that time as well IIRC.

They’re the newer City series. The 80s road plates were a lighter grey. The good news is you can get what WT has reliably instead of hoping to price something together on eBay

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Re: Thrift shop find - instant city!
« Reply #11 on: 09 November 2018, 23:33:20 »
Huh, I could never find them as a kid and only saw them in the big City/Space/Castle book from the early 80s I had that gave instructions . . . you know, way back before they made horses.

I DO thank you for the CubicFun reminder WT, it let me add some easy stuff to my Christmas list and I hope its some stuff I can build as the kid watches- he is too young to help.  He has watched me build styrofoam buildings for terrain already, lol.
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Re: Thrift shop find - instant city!
« Reply #12 on: 29 November 2018, 13:44:27 »
worktroll, have you built buildings out of both the C and MC series?  How different are they for you to put together?
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Re: Thrift shop find - instant city!
« Reply #13 on: 29 November 2018, 20:27:25 »
I've only done the MC series - they scale well enough to BT.

The C are smaller, but might work. The S look too tiny.

The MC series can be fiddly, and there are lots of pieces, but once you're in the groove they're fine.

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Re: Thrift shop find - instant city!
« Reply #14 on: 29 November 2018, 20:41:23 »
I have a C-series Big Ben and have plopped it down on the table once . . . I think I will stick with the C series to keep them in scale.  I am working on being able to put together a 6x8 board using 1.75" hexes and trying to get it for a good urban set up.
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