Wednesday, 29 July 2009

WWG Semi-detached Houses


Of all the WWG buildings that I have made so far this is the one that has attracted the most comments. It first appeared in my Zombie Rescue Mission battle report but did not feature very prominently. People were curious to know what they were. I made two sets of semi-detached houses that are predominantly based on the WWG Shellendrak Manor set. From the outside both sets look identical but on the inside all four houses are very different, although the room layouts remain the same, as you'll see below.

Shellendrak Manor does not come with the sloped roofs that I've used here. However, WWG does sell the sloped roofs as a kitbash for the manor. It was this kitbash that inspired me to make these buildings.

The side doors are a WWG kitbash called appropriately enough Side Doors. They are available for Shellendrak Manor and Return to Shellendrak Manor. I use both sets so that they can match my interiors. Oddly enough, my front doors are also from the Side Doors kitbashes. The difference with my side doors is that I've removed the arched windows above the doors. Outside the side door I've added a dustbin, which comes from the WWG Bits of Mayhem set.

At the back of the houses I trimmed the ivy down so that it didn't obscure the windows, except for house 4. You'll see why below, as house 4 is a bit... special!

I added the paving around three sides for two reasons. First is because of the dormer windows at the front of the houses and second is to give it a 7" by 14" footprint as most Mayhem buildings have a 7" square footprint or some multiple of 7". This makes it easier to fit on my modular gaming boards. The paving came from the WWG Mayhem Police set.

Here we see an overhead view of the ground floor of house 1 (to the right) and house 2 (to the left). The floors and interior walls came from either the Shellendrak Manor set or the Return to Shellendrak Manor expansion set. The stairs are from the Shellendrak Manor set, as is most of the furniture. The front rooms are combination dining room and lounge, whilst the back rooms are kitchens.
The two dining tables are kitbashed from the tables in the Shellendrak Manor set. Those tables were twice as long so I scanned them into my computer and cut and pasted the images to make them seat four people. The posh sofas and all the chairs you see are from the Shellendrak Manor set. In the kitchen, the sink unit and cooker comes from the WWG Mayhem Armoury set. The cupboards above the sink are from the WWG Mayhem Police set, cut so as to make them the same width as the sink unit. In the corner of both kitchens by the external doors is a washing machine. This comes from a very interesting website called Jim's Printable Minis, which can be found at http://www.printmini.com/printables/pq.shtml This website concentrates on doll's house furniture in a variety of scales (1/6, 1/12, 1/24 and 1/48) 1/48 scale is roughly the same scale as used by WWG. The best thing about this site is that all of the downloads are free. I've used it a few times to add extra furniture items and bits and pieces to my interiors. Well worth a browse in my opinion. You have the option for top loader or front loader washing machines. I chose top loaders, as that is what I have at home. The circular kitchen tables are part of the Shellendrak Manor set.

In house 1 against the side wall right at the top of the photo are four pieces of furniture in the lounge. The glass-fronted cabinet and grandfather clock are from the Shellendrak Manor set. The TV comes from the Mayhem Armoury set, although I've changed the picture to show a scene from Doctor Who. The cabinet it sits on is the wall unit from Mayhem Police, cut in half. In the kitchen by the outer door is the fridge from the Mayhem Armoury set.
To the right of the front door in house 2 is another TV atop the same cabinet as in house 1. The wall cabinets that come with the Mayhem Police set are very versatile and don't have to be mounted on the wall. As you can see, they work just as well on the floor. The TV set that comes with the Mayhem Armoury sets shows a totally naff picture of a WWG model. I went into My Pictures folder and took about 20 pictures I liked and scaled them down to use as screen images for the TV set. I'd recommend doing the same thing for your own TV sets. Incidentally, far better TV pictures and more high-tech TV sets can be found in the WWG Mayhem Mega Mall set. That set was not available when I made these houses, otherwise, I'd have probably used some of them instead.

In house 2, which you can see in the top half of this photo, note the two pieces of furniture in the lounge against the side wall at the very top of the photo. First is a light grey chest of drawers that comes from the Mayhem Police set. Next to it is a large bookcase. This is one third of the bookcase that comes with Shellendrak Manor. That particular bookcase is very long and far too big to fit in this house.

And so we move from the ground floor to the upper floor, with an overhead shot showing all eight rooms. Each house contains a landing, bathroom, master bedroom and guest bedroom. Once again, the walls and floors come from either Shellendrak Manor or Return to Shellendrak Manor.
The beds that appear in the two master bedrooms come from the Shellendrak Manor set but have been reduced in size. The double bed in that set is enormous, and in my opinion, far too big. I did a simple kitbash on it by scanning it into my computer. I reduced it in size so that it was 2" in length and I played about with the colour balance to produce four beds of differing colours. The two cupboards were also kitbashes that I made. They are based on the Shellendrak Manor bookcase, with the two sides duplicated to make the front and the door handles cut and pasted from the lower drawers that come with the bookcase. I was able to fit nine of them on an A4 sheet and they were used a lot in all four houses. Next to them is a bedside chest of drawers taken from the Shellendrak Manor set. There is another one in the guest bedroom of house 2 just next to the door.

The master bedroom of house 2 shows a chest by the window that came from Shellendrak Manor. In the guest bedrooms the single beds come from the Mayhem Police set. The guest bedroom in house 1 shows a small bookcase, which also comes from Mayhem Police and a foot locker that is from the Ebbles Ambient Elements - Storeroom set. I made use of quite a few Ebbles pieces in my Armoury building. Here, there is not so many.

Both guest bedrooms feature a desk, chair and laptop computer, all of which come from the Ebbles Ambient Elements - Barracks set.

The bathrooms contain a bath, a sink and a toilet from the Shellendrak Manor set. You could just as easily replace the sink and toilet with those found in the Mayhem Police set.

Now we come to house 3 (to the right above) and house 4 (to the left above). As with my previous two houses all interior walls and floors come from Shellendrak Manor and Return to Shellendrak Manor. House 3 is very similar to house 1 and 2 but for house 4, I decided to have a bit of fun. This property is owned by the neighbours from Hell. First thing you'll notice about it is the dilapidated state of repair it's in. Second thing you'll notice (or maybe it was the first!) is the blood stains on the kitchen floor. These are not good signs, are they?

The main difference in house 3 to houses 1 and 2 is that the two tables come from the WWG Castles and Keeps set. Again, I had to greatly reduce the dining room table in size so that it fit in the dining room/lounge. Houses 3 and 4 make use of the black leather sofa that comes with the Mayhem Armoury set. In house 4, I've taken a second sofa and cut it in half to make a comfy chair. The drinks cabinet in the lounge of house 4 is the liquor cabinet that is supplied with the WWG Pubs and Inns set. What's your poison?
At the top of the photo in the lounge of house 4 are a bookcase, half-size wall cabinet and filing cabinet from the Mayhem Police set and another Mayhem Armoury TV. In the kitchen of house 4, next to the stairs is the "torture" table from the Shellendrak Manor set with a variety of blood stained instruments on its work surface.

The lounge of house 4 contains the blue heater that is part of the garage furniture in the Mayhem Armoury set. In house 3, in the alcove by the three windows, I placed a cabinet, trimmed to fit, that came from the Shellendrak Manor kitchen furniture.

The small table in the lounge of house 4 came from the Castles and Keeps set. On the table in the kitchen of house 3 is a tray of bread and cheese that came from the Pubs and Inns set. The rather creepy picture on the side wall of the lounge of house 4 is a motivational poster that says "Wounded. It ain't a build unless you bleed." Hmm, not a sentiment I share! It can be found on the Mayhem Police Bonus Add-Ons set, which is a free download.

Moving upstairs we see that things are no better in house 4. As before, all walls and floors are from either Shellendrak Manor or Return to Shellendrak Manor. Return was great for the badly kept floors and walls of house 4. It seemed such a shame not to use them and so the idea of a house where psycopaths live was born. Most of what I said about houses 1 and 2 apply here, so I'll just mention the differences.

The big cabinet in the master bedroom of house 3 comes from the master bedroom of the Castles and Keeps set. I suppose you could use that in place of the cupboards that I kitbashed but be aware that it is slightly wider. The guest bedroom of house 4 contains just one piece of furniture - the blood-stained bed from Shellendrak Manor. Or is it an autopsy table?

The master bedroom of house 4 contains the two single beds found in the Mayhem Police set. The bath, sink and toilet of house 4 are all from the Shellendrak Manor set but none of them are the clean versions. The sink is splattered with blood, the bath is rust coloured and let's not talk about the toilet!
In the guest bedroom of house 3, I've placed the TV on a triangular shaped shelf (simply an offcut of mounting board painted light blue). The TV is showing Scooby Doo. Perhaps Scooby and the gang could investigate what's going on next door!

ItalicIn the guest bedroom of house 3 I used a set of bunk beds from the Ebbles Ambient Elements - Barracks set for that family's kids to sleep in. As you can imagine there was an awful lot of work involved in getting these four houses completed. I made houses 3 and 4 straight after the first two, as I knew what was involved, plus I was keen to get to work on house 4. All told, I reckon there is about three months work here, working at a couple of hours per day. What they do show is the sheer versatility of the Shellendrak Manor set and its expansion, Return to Shellendrak Manor.

1 comment:

  1. These houses are truly inspirational. Amazing how much variation you got from the same starting product.

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