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RobA
11-05-2009, 08:01 PM
I came across this: http://bldgblog.blogspot.com/2007/01/fictional-ruins-from-fictional-worlds.html which is an artist who builds little models of big buildings and photographs them to look like big, old, empty buildings.

One of the comments in that post took me on a little journey that ended up with Albert Speer, the architect, and "Germania" which was Hitler's vision of a rebuilt Berlin.

Some of the architectural models and drawings are amazing!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Welthauptstadt_Germania
http://kunst.gymszbad.de/nationalsozialismus/architektur/speer/werk/speer-1937-germania.htm (I can't read German, but the photos are nice)

This all made me recall a book I hear about on CBC called "Unbuilt Toronto: The City that Never Was (http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/books/Unbuilt-Toronto-History-City-That-Mark-Osbaldeston/9781550028355-item.html?pticket=jrhjq2q0133pdm55xk31qg55sTz%2fkQ %2f5PnUlTAKVnUFZc1fECE8%3d)" which documents the projects that were never built and proposes what the city might have looked like!

-Rob A>

Ascension
11-05-2009, 08:48 PM
If you've ever seen the History Channel show called Lost Worlds they have an episode on Hitler's Lost Berlin and feature Speer's undone work throughout. Pretty interesting.

Imahilus
11-06-2009, 06:55 AM
They're splendid photo's, would never have geussed that they are in fact models.. (I might've suspected something like photoshop.. but still, they're done VERY well!), indeed.. quite inspirational.

For the people that prefer stuff in a more fantasy genre, my main hobby is hirst arts, fantasy architecture for games like warhammer, wargods of aegyptus, warlords, etc.
Perhaps some might find it interesting to look at such builds for inspiration.
The forum holds many, MANY photos from builds (and include some of my own somewhere).
http://hirstarts.yuku.com/bhirstarts for the forum
http://www.hirstarts.com for the main site

Figured it was in the same area as the topic, so might aswell promote another fun and addicting hobby eh =)

ravells
11-06-2009, 07:06 AM
That's a great site, Imahilus. Thanks for sharing. I would love to build fantasy architecture models - but I wouldn't know what to do with them afterwards!

icosahedron
11-06-2009, 07:34 AM
I've stumbled across Hirst Arts before. Some of the sci-fi scenery is on my long-term shopping list. :)

Imahilus, just to be clear, are you saying you're the guy behind Hirst Arts, running the business as a hobby, or are you a user/hobbyist and the site is a favourite of yours?

Ravells, you use them as scenery in face-to-face games (remember those, guys?) ;)

Imahilus
11-06-2009, 11:23 AM
Nonononono! =X (I wish I was that skilled at sculpting and modelling =P )
Definitly not the man behind hirst arts, but I have been into the hobby for years now, and posted most of my projects on the forum.
I don't really use what I build for games.. I just build for fun.

Naloomi
11-07-2009, 02:42 AM
I'm sorry, but I found the notion of Imahilus being the guy behind Hirst Arts extremely amusing (mostly cause I know Imahilus relatively well).

The actual guy behind the scenes is Bruce Hirst (Thus the name Hirst Arts). He actually designs and sells the molds full time (and at Gencon every year).

If you are looking for terrain built using Hirst Arts stuff, I do run an licensed store selling casts, kits & builds of Hirst Arts products (and a couple originals as well). Personally I mostly do D&D and Star Wars, so am a big fan of gaming terrain to bring the table top experience more 'alive' for both myself and my players.

I do also build custom pieces for people (most recent was a set of modular defensive walls that measure 4' x 2' x 1') and am willing to build/design terrain for anyone. Feel free to drop me an e-mail or stop by my site.

Naloomi's Workshop (http://nalsworkshop.com)

Naloomi

Ascension
11-07-2009, 09:23 AM
Love the SketchUp stuff. Might have to try that myself.

Spiritless
11-07-2009, 11:54 AM
Anybody has the floor plan of that world capital germania? I'd love to see that.

Ascension
11-07-2009, 03:25 PM
From the TV show that I saw it looked like The Capitol Building that the US congress works in - the thing with the big dome - but Germania was about 2 or 3 times bigger. The interior was laid out more rectangularly with a giant podium/stand/dais at one end for the loonies to stand at and soliloquize all day long.