OK, I’m in the process of building the 4″ tower. I guess it’s not technically a wizard tower, but that’s how I’m viewing it anyway. I’ve got teh first four rows of blocks laid out and glued together, waiting for them to dry.
Here’s the thing though… I don’t like the building plans that are published for the mold. I have decided to modify them substantially. There are three things I am doing.
1. I am getting rid of the solid column that is used to anchor the steps. I felt it used up too much of the internal space. Of course that means I need some other way to stabilize the steps, so I created my own custom blocks to do that. It will be interesting to see how that turns out…
2. I don’t like the layout of the arrow slits. I think there should be two layers of arrow slits instead of just one layer. That means I have to rearrange the tower to have more floors. Since I’ve already redone the stairs, that means I’ve basically redesigned the stairs and floor layout, which is pretty much the whole interior of the tower… It will be interesting to see how that turns out.
3. I don’t like the stairs. I generally don’t like the stairs that are used in any 28mm RPG or wargaming layout. They are designed to “look right” for the terrain, but they are unusable by even a standard 28mm miniature figure. I’ve always that that was stupid. So instead of the staggered stairs which you can’t put a miniature on, I am doing the stairs the way I intend to do all stairs in my terrain from now on. That is pretty much a 1″ tread standard, which means the rise is twice as much as normal. In effect my stairs will look like giant sized stairs compared to the building, but they will WORK, meaning you can put your character on a step and leave it there. It will be interesting to see how that turns out.
I won’t say I’ve totally redesigned the tower… But I’ve redesigned a whole bunch of it. As I said above, it will be interesting to see how it all turns out.