Thursday, November 11, 2010

Big Box Store

I started working on a big box store model.  I think I'll call it 'Stuff Mart'.  It can be anything from a Lowe's to a supermarket to a Walmart.  It is a simple enough project using foamcore, hot glue, a sharp knife and a couple of speed squares.  I need to paint and detail it but so far so good, I think...

I've built it with an integral sidewalk, about 8 scale feet wide.  Seems right to me.
The figures are there to give you an idea of scale.
Surprise!  No roof.  With it being such a big model I figured I wouldn't need a giant roof to take on and off.  Besides, the inside of the store would be a complete game table in itself - assuming a 3x3 or even 4x4 table.  Most likely I'll use these along a table edge to set a scene or establish an objective.
Second surprise!  It is modular.  Another reason not to have a roof!  I built the walls in 12" sections with a small overlapping 'support' piece to hide the crack.  This way I can use these in a variety of ways.  I'm working on an entrance section - I'll post about that as I make progress.  Once I build some corner pieces this modular big box set could be very versatile.

This next shot gives you a closer look at a section.  Very simple.
That's it for now.  I'll post more pics as I make progress.  I'm also working on some parking lot pieces using ideas from Whiteface's road sections.  I'll let you know how that turns out.  Until next time...peace.


  1. Hey PDoid, I agree with Angry - this is looking good and shows great promise! The 'supports' are a great idea and putting them every 6" looks better - imho anyway - than every 12" would.

    As an idea, how about a couple of fire exits in the external walls? if only for Ohio to wedge them open when he comes in! ;)

  2. This. Is. Big.
    Wow! Can't wait to see it painted. Armorcast has some urban graffiti decals that may be useful.

    If you do some parking lots be sure to post some details. I am thinking about this for some time now.

    Whiteface / Oliver

  3. I like your thinking, PDoid! Modular is certainly the way to go for a project this big. I look forward with great interest to see how it develops.

  4. Excellent idea .... my eyes are open, waiting for more shopping mall candy! also nice painting on your zeds in the previous post(which I missed).

  5. Just for further inspiration:

  6. Thank you, gentlemen, for your encouraging comments. Work continues. I'll post more soon.

    Awesome links, Whiteface! Thanks! I really enjoyed the batreps on a beautiful table. Different ruleset apparently but great all the same. Thanks also for the suggestions about graffiti decals. I'll have to get some of those.

  7. You're welcome!

    The Lead Adventure Forum is a really good source for inspiration. They have something for almost every type of wargames.

    AKULA has his own prominent set of rules called Total AR:SE. One of those few persons with more than 300 painted zombie miniatures.