DRAGONSHIRE Building Expansion Set I
38.29 MB/42 PDF pages, including 8 page Beginner’s Guide to Card Modeling and 9 page Building Expansion Set I instructions.
Remember how great it was to build with Legos? You could just stack and stack all day, and make neat new things. That’s sort of how this set works! Like, the Legos of card terrain. Created for Fat Dragon’s Dragonshire line of urban medieval/fantasy buildings, this expansion set is designed to add near-infinite variety to the existing structures. Best of all, the various parts make a nice bunch of models all by themselves. Need an old New England shantytown? How about a murder mystery at the renaissance faire? This is just a very versatile set of parts that may be combined to build single story, two story, and two-story extended townhouse. Of course, stacking more levels on top, one could theoretically build an apartment complex. I sort of wish my apartment was like that. The textures match the original Dragonshire set, and new roads have been included. To retrofit, there are also two new tiles for use with the church.
This floor is similar to City Interiors, being wooden slats, but these come with studs. Sizes for the extended 4x8 and standard 4x5 upper floors are included. Each features four slats per inch. Once a 1’ based miniature is in place, it is easy to see the measurements.
Ground Floor A-4”, B-5”, C-4”, D-5” w/ Door, each has a window. These are to be folded in half, and include tabs intended to secure the floor pieces. These also have side tabs meant to slide between the walls of its adjoining neighbor. I prefer these over the older bent-corner method. Just easier to deal with, and they line up much nicer.
Stairs, and Stove with Window Box. Stairs include a special support piece intended to hold a 1” based miniature on the stairs without tipping off, a very cool idea. There are three of these supports. The page with the stove and window box has nice details – Rust on the stove pieces, and cracking of the plaster on the sides of the window box.
The road tiles are 8x8”. Included are five road pieces and two church floors. The first church floor includes a 5” stone stairway leading down into the basement of a church. Did someone say ‘Esoteric Order of Dagon’? The stairway stops at a door leading into a larger 6x2.5” room, with another door 1” away from the stairway door. It leads into a 4.5 x 3” room. Church Floor 2 is intended to be attached to the first. It is also 5” wide, and extends 3.5” before reaching stairs to a dais with altar. Surrounding both are the nice new textures of bricklike construction. The inner floors are a pitted version of the ones in Necropolis Dark Temple, resembling a nice dark marble, seen in the original Dragonshire set.
Road 1 is composed completely of the new brickwork, and four of them together would make a nice town square. The coloring of all this brickwork is the same at the Cthulhu statue from Kingdom of Cthulhu’s Shrine of Cthulhu.
Roads 2-5 are composed of the same, with the roads themselves being irregular cobbles, and jut a shade darker than the walkways. Also, in the cobbles and walkways, stray sprays of grasses have broken through, and sprout up here and there. Road 2 is a thin (4”) street angling into a wider (6”) street. There is a drain opposite where it joins the wider street. Road 3 is a 4” narrow straightaway, with a drain on either side, about in the center. Road 4 is a T-Intersection of two 4” roads with a drain at the end. Road 5 is an intersection of two 4” roads.
Roofs come in 5” and 8” lengths for extended or short builds. They are nicely wood-shingled, and realistically textured. Both the 5” and 8” support beams are all on the third sheet, but it’s composed of very thin lines, and won’t waste much ink. Save the beams you’re not going to use; you’ll find a use for them somewhere, even if it just building the shorter version of the model. Roof Ends consists of one identical pair, and also two square chimneys. Again, the plaster is realistically cracked and aged, but there is no variation, and it is cracked in the same places on both pieces. -- a very small oversight that only you will ever notice. Roof Windows allow more variation and are meant to be glued to the roof.
4x5 for the non-overhanging build of the townhouse, and 4x8 to allow for the overhang.
Both sheets are textured with the nice cracking and aged plaster-on-wood architecture.
Sheet A contains a 4” wall section and two 4” supports. Unless you’re building Crazytown, the candle holders belong on the inside. Sheet B is a 5” section with a window. You’ll need to print two of each.
There are three sheets for the upper overhang build. Sheet 4x8 A appears identical to 4x5a, including the supports. This time, you’ll only need one of these sheets printed. It was included here to save you from having to switch back to the other folder, and unintentionally print off sheets by mistake. 4x8 B needs to be printed twice, and is a longer version of 4x5B. 4X8 C contains another 4” section, but with the bottom of the floor attached, and two taller supports. Again the cracking plaster is very beautiful, but if you’re putting the candlesticks outside, you’ll have to tweak the floor a bit.
Stone Upper Floor -- Printing off one extra Ground Floor B can make a stone upper floor. Just put the ivy trailings inside, then put some furniture against them to keep them out of sight.
Extended Wood and Plaster – build two 4x8 Upper Floors, and glue some spare doors on.
HiRise – build like six extended Upper Floors, and stack them.
See how versatile this set is? You need it!
Five out of five victims for Versatility, MultiGenre, Execution, Artistry, and Usability.