After many years of playing Flames of War a few months ago I decided that I needed some 15mm scale buildings. I have played on great tables both at tournaments, FLGs, and friends places but i decided i would like to have a few for when I host games at my place.
I looked at buying some buildings and found the price a bit steep, and I also looked at building some houses out of foam core. After a few attempts I just couldn’t make the foam core work so I decided to look at other options. I have seen a few really nice pieces of laser-cut terrain and have a bit of design experience so I though designing some laser-cut buildings would be the way to go.
I looked at a few online designs for inspiration, and then dove right in. There are a lot of great resources online like this one from FunElements.com:
After seeing a few designs I had all I needed to get started on designing a few buildings. I decided I should design my own buildings. I wanted the buildings to be stackable and to fit Flames of War bases.
My first buildings were:
- A narrow house;
- A wide house; and,
- A rectangular house.
After that I looked at:
- A church;
- A garage;
- An office building; and,
- A large office building.
I also designed a few extra pieces:
- A small bridge;
- A large bridge;
- A culvert; and,
- Curved road segments.
As you can see, it proved to be a bit addictive...
While I was designing, I also get certified to use the laser-cutter at my local library and started burning. I took some photos of me assembling one of my buildings below. I am quite pleased with how it turned out.
The design is burned on an 12x24 inch sheet, using .pdf file. I create the file using a free program called Inkscape. Then you send the file to the laser-cuter just like if it were a printer.
Here is the product right out of the cutter:
All you do is punch the pieces out and glue them together; I like to use white glue because it dries clear:
Below if a video of all my buildings, still have a few more of the square office buildings to assemble. Next step is to paint them..