Update #5 – Hard Plastic – Dynamic Walls, an original MHW concept

Hi to all.

When MHW first created the concept of dynamic walls some years ago, it was the result of years of brainstorming. Something simple, yet elegant.
Dynamic Walls are called like that because they can be inserted and swapped into our real walls to create an infinity of combinations.
This means you don’t need to buy a lot of different walls. You need usually to buy only 1, and if you want to have different walls, just swap the insert (“Dynamic Wall”) inside, and you’re good.
Easy, and cheap.

Here is a short video about 6 different dynamic walls that we have created, and which will be available for our Kickstarter.

Did you notice also our dynamic wall with the door ?
Yes, the door is open there, but not fixed. All our doors, in our dynamic walls, will be able to be opened and closed easily, allowing you to open passages without having to take out the dynamic wall in itself!
It doesn’t stop to wooden doors. A good number of our dynamic walls can have such a feature, it’s quite simple, really.

What are our 6 dynamic walls ?

Plain wall: the overall result is a very gothic-like plain wall.
Door: you can open and close this door without having to swap the dynamic wall. It is very important when you have another floor/wall on top of it, else you would need to unbuild a whole upper floor section just to take out the dynamic wall so as to “open” the door.
Grate: very straightforward. Can also be created with a “door grate” version, similar to our “Door” dynamic wall, for more versatility.
Window & Gothic Balcony: those versions aren’t seen in other videos yet, but they are a sneak peek of what to come. They will allow you to have breathtaking upper floors, in full gothic architecture, starting from balconies, and moving to whole structures and churches/cathedrals.
Arch: it is not a typo, there is a dynamic wall which shows an arch … inside another arch …
But why ?
First of all, it’s beautiful, and brings out the full power of the gothic architecture. We love beautiful things.
Secondly, while you can keep a walled arch without a dynamic wall inside (and it would just show an arch), if you don’t add a cover or a dynamic wall inside, then it won’t look perfect overall, because you will see the slit/slot on the top of the wall, empty, like a hole, because there is no dynamic wall inside.
The same slits could be seen also from the inside, if you look closely at the insides of the arches.
We at MHW aim for perfection.

Does it stop there ?
No it doesn’t.
There are many more to come, and all of our dynamic walls have been thought so as to be used in a plethora of different situations, making them the most modular (and useful) walls you’ll ever see.

Regards from Lorenzo and David

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Update #4 – Hard Plastic – Forgotten Halls & Dwarven Forge

Hi to all.
In all our projects, we always show videos and images on how they are compatible with Dwarven Forge, another great product which showed its worth throughout the years.

So, let’s see how Forgotten Halls fits with Dwarven Forge, with this video:

We are using the caverns of Dwarven Forge for actually showing how well painted terrains from both companies look very great (and fit perfectly) together!

In this video, you see how the caverns, filled with water, reach a building subterranean structure, with an underground sewer entrance ..
Everything is blending perfectly.
Inside, demons & monsters are fighting heroes, while one of them is running away for his life on a wooden barge. 🙂

The same pieces of Forgotten Halls, in our second video, have been reassembled in a different pattern to create not anymore a big room, but a long corridor .

Again, you can see that from an entrance, the corridor follows a long and tortuous path, where a Marilith (D&D demon) blocks the way, up to a more and more foggy corridor which reaches into the sewer area, where all Dwarven Forge pieces connect and blend perfectly.

Miniatures Reaper Miniatures and items Dwarven Forge. Kindly provide by Francesco Endar” Bellina

Regards from Lorenzo and David

Update #3 – Hard Plastic – The innovative modular floors of Forgotten Halls

Hi to all.

After last udpate on the Walls (which still show only part of all their full potential), it’s time for another article, this time about our floors.

Let’s start with a small video, which speaks about another innovative idea of MHW : the Floor Inserts.

As you see, our floors have a main structure, in which you can add our “Floor Inserts” to create a lot of different floors and patterns.
Each floor is 10x10cm, and has some Floors Inserts already included.
Here, it is the “Stone Floor inserts”.
If you take those out, you have already another floor ready: the Sewers (because we painted them that way, but they can be empty canals, painted with lava, or anything you wish).
This is already a concept of “2 Floors in 1” : with every Floor you’ll buy, you get 2.
But as you see, the inserts can be put back in a different pattern, to create anything you wish, so it’s way more than that.

Do you need 4 straight sewer floors, 2 curve, 1 T-section, and 1 cross-section ?
You don’t need to buy 8 NEW sewer floors. You have already those floors with FH, you just need to take out the inserts and compose them in the way you wish!

As you see in our video, it gets even better with a simple other “Floor Insert”: the Grates.
Just swap the stone inserts with the grate inserts, and you can change the floors very easily and in a lot of ways!

Does it stop here ?
Of course not. This is just part of what you will be able to do, and the innovative ideas, we have developed.
Check this next video for another example, just with the grate inserts, and with multiple floors:

The ease of taking out the inserts and locking them back in place is amazing, and the possibilities endless. Imagine what you would be able to do with some more inserts than just those 2!

Lastly, all our floors and inserts are built in such a way as to have “2,5cm” tiles/patterns, to help with boardgame, RPG and skirmish movements.

At Manorhouse Workshop, our motto is Quality, Affordability, and Modularity.
Our Walls and Floors are just another example of us working in this direction.

Miniatures Reaper Miniatures. Kindly provide by Francesco Endar” Bellina

Regards from Lorenzo and David

Update #02 – Hard Plastic – The innovative modular walls of Forgotten Halls.

Hi to all.

So you’ve seen a (very small, we assure you) sneak peek of Forgotten Halls, with our last video.
The big questions will be “how does FH works ?” and “when will it be available ?”

Let’s start the with the later.
Forgotten Halls will be presented on the Kickstarter platform at the end of 2016, once all 3D bases pledges will have been sent to all our backers.
You understood right, there are just some few months to wait!

Let’s speak now about how Forgotten Hall works. There is a TON of hidden gems in our product, and most are not yet seen.
But we can start with the walls, on this video:

As you see, all of our pillars have round inserts where to connect our dynamic walls (all concepts created by MHW), where other inserts (here you see our columns but torches and much more will be seen) can be added.
From there on, it’s just a question of “flooring up” if you want to make higher walls … be it because you want them higher, or because you want to make a building with multiple floors.
These higher floors will be reachable with an innovative stair system.

Now, again, we’re barely scrapping the surface of what can be done with our walls … Just to give you an example, here is what can be done, with yet another of our ideas, the Wall Inserts, yet another innovative idea of MHW.

The Wall Inserts system

Wall Inserts are walls pieces that insert themselves into existing walls, allowing you to create completely different (and modular) walls with a simple gesture, without having to change and detach the previous existing walls which build up your whole structure.

This gives you two huge benefits:
– It is very good for your wallet: if you have 30 walls with arches, and you want also plains walls, thicker, you don’t need to buy some other 30 more walls. Just buy some wall inserts (only on FH), and you’re good to go!
– plug and play, very speedily: if you have built a big dungeon or castle interior, but want to change some of the walls, you can do it very quickly without have to tear down / detach most of your walls and pillars. Just add a wall insert and you’re done!

Our video shows only the 2 different wall inserts, with amazing results. Imagine what you could do with way more : the possibilities are endless … and they will be.

Regards from Lorenzo and David

 

Update #1 – Hard Plastic – From 3D Bases to Forgotten Halls!

Hi to all.

Manorhouse Workshop, the creator of 3D Bases, MUP, and of his endless modular buildings and creations, is proud to present our new project: Forgotten Halls! This project started exactly a year ago, in October 2015. The first concept drawings were shown to the public on our blog here, in January 2016:

Links to Forgotten Halls original concept:

https://manorhouseworkshop.com/2016/01/13/2-forgotten-halls-first-glance-behind-the-scenes/
https://manorhouseworkshop.com/2016/01/15/3-forgotten-halls-about-the-floors/
https://manorhouseworkshop.com/2016/01/17/4-forgotten-halls-about-the-stairs-and-flooring-up/
https://manorhouseworkshop.com/2016/01/20/5-forgotten-halls-the-upper-floor-inserts-in-details/

Now, some months later, with the 3D Bases production nearly over and the first deliveries already on their way, we are presenting something more than drawings (or 3D computer grafic): you will see the REAL pieces of Forgotten Halls.
Creating the real pieces and checking them first hand is a basic rule from any modeler, to check that everything works and correct/improve the concept, which allows to give a customer a final product which works not only in theory, but in practice (an approach used in all MHW’s projects, from his buildings to 3D Bases, and also the MUP).

What you will see in the following video is just the tip of the iceberg of our project.

Miniatures Reaper Miniatures. Kindly provide by Francesco Endar” Bellina

As you see, on our 3D Base Abbey base, the secret passage under the Altar did HINT at something more. This “something more” is Forgotten Halls.

Forgotten Halls is THE most advanced modular construction system existing, and will be made of hard plastic. We always had in mind a world where 3D Bases could merge and complete a modular interior & exterior building system, with the quality and attention to details for which MHW is known around the world.

The 3D Bases project is in its infancy, and will grow tenfold. Forgotten Halls will be following the same path, like brother and sister. A long series of articles (complete with pictures and videos) will show you its true potential and its unique and original technical solutions.

This is just the beginning.

Regards. Lorenzo and David

 

Update #11 – 3D Bases – Modular Terrain – W.I.P. 6th base of the abbey

Salve a tutti,
Illustriamo in questo articolo il primo basotto semplice (acciottolato) e anche la 6° base dell’abbazia; con quest’ultima base (ancora in work in progress) completeremo la struttura con chiostro e convento.

Hi everybody,
Here we are showing you the first “simple” base (cobblestones) and also the 6th base of the abbey (still in work in progress), which will complete the overall structure of the cloister and convent.

Ora possiamo entrare più in dettaglio rispetto al progetto, parlando del KS e di come sarà organizzato!
Prima di tutto abbiamo deciso di suddividere in fasce di costo i vari items.
– Fascia A (6,00 € solo per il KS): prezzo di un singolo basotto piano e/o semplice (sterrato o acciottolato).
– Fascia B (8,00 € solo per il KS): prezzo di un singolo basotto con rilievi medio bassi (fiumi o strade con minimi rialzi)
– Fascia C (15,00 € solo per il KS): prezzo di un singolo basotto complesso con forti rilievi che raggiungono i 7-8 cm. di altezza (come le strutture dell’abbazia)
Ogni fascia di prezzo avrà un suo pledge di riferimento.
Inoltre apriremo l’anteprima della pagina KS per avere i vostri feedback a riguardo di come potranno essere preparati i vari pledges.
Qui sotto vedete già uno dei basotti “semplici” (acciottolato), mischiato con un basotto dell’abbazia per darvi una prima idea, ma è solo l’inizio dei basotti di Fascia A e B che andremo a sviluppare.

Now let’s speak more in details about the project, about the KS and how it will be organized!
All the items will be divided into 3 different price ranges:
– Range A (6,00 € only for the KS): price of a single base, if plain and/or very low heights (like cobblestones or earth).
– Range B (8,00 € only for the KS): price for a single base, if with some light heights (river or roads)
– Fascia C (15,00 € only for the KS): price for a single complex base with high details/heights which can reach 7-8 cm high (like the building structures of the abbey)
Every price range will have its own pledge.

Also we will open the preview of the KS page to get your feedbacks so as to prepare best all the pledges.
Here you can see one of the “simple” base (cobblestones), mixed with a base of the abbey to give you a first impression, but we’re only just at the beginning of the bases of Range A and B that we will create.

Naturalmente ci saranno anche pledges dedicati solo allo skirmish come le 6 basi dedicate all’abbazia…
Chiaramente si potranno acquistare i basotti singolarmente e/o in numero variabile, permettendo di creare un infinità di campi di battaglia o terreni diversi!
Per il momento è tutto. nel prossimo articolo entreremo in dettaglio sulle tipologie di miniature che si adattano alle nostre 3D bases.

Of course, there will be also pledges focusing on Skirmish like the 6 bases of the abbey…
Also, every base will be able to be purchased singularly and/or in various number, allowing you to create an infinite plethora of different terrain and battlegrounds!
This is all for now. In our next article we will focus more onto how different gaming miniatures look and fit on our 3D bases.

All the best. Lorenzo

 

 

 

 

Update #10 – 3D Bases – Modular Terrain

Salve a tutti!
Abbiamo deciso di accelerare sul progetto 3D Bases.
Eccovi a voi il 5° basotto completato e dipinto.
Potete notare come abbiamo lasciato ampio margine per il gioco, grazie ai vari dislivelli, mura, e passaggi presenti ovunque!
Qualche pezzo, ancora integro, si può ammirare tra le rovine.

Hi everybody!
We are increasing our commitment to the completion of the 3D Bases project, and this will continue for the next weeks up to its completion.
Here is the 5th base, completed and painted.
You can see how we left a lot of room for gaming, thanks to the differences in heights, walls, and passages mixing all over this base.
In this ruined land, some few things are still unscathed, open for discovery.

Stiamo già lavorando sul 6°, e ultimo basotto che completerà il quadro dell’abbazia!
Ecco una visione d’insieme dei 5 basotti ideati finora.

We are already working on the 6th base, which will complete the abbey!
Here is the overall view of the 5 bases created up to now.

Dopo il completamento dell’abbazia (prossimo articolo) svilupperemo altri basotti relativi ai paesaggi circostanti : fiumi, colline, e altro ancora!
Vi lasciamo con le immagini del basotto esplorato da alcuni soldati, per darvi un idea delle dimensioni e delle possibilità.

Once the abbey will be completed (in the next article) we will develop other bases related to the surrounding land: rivers, hills, and much more!
To let you understand better the dimensions and gaming possibilities, we are giving you more pictures, this time with some soldiers exploring the ruin.

All the best. Lorenzo

#5 – Forgotten Halls: the upper floor inserts in details

Salve a tutti
Eccoci di nuovo con un altro episodio di Forgotten Halls. Che illustra il metodo ideato e usato da Manorhouse Workshop per impilare le mura una sopra l’altra, permettendovi così di creare interni di edifici a più livelli.
Il sistema illustra perfettamente la stabilità dei pezzi. E come la modularità del sistema Forgotten Halls non intacchi in alcun modo lo spettacolo finale, visto che nasconde intelligentemente qualsiasi buco ed incastro!

Hallo everyone.
Here we are again with another episode of Forgotten Halls.
We will show you the idea created and used by Manorhouse Workshop to pile up walls upon one another, thus allowing you to create building interiors on multiple levels.
This shows perfectly the stability of our pieces, and how the modularity of Forgotten Halls doesn’t come at the price of the overall visual result, since it does hide in a clever manner any hole or insert!

Come potete vedere, l’inserto di copertura del muro si incastra nelle mura sottostanti e sovrastanti, in maniera elegante.
Noterete poi le sporgenze che permettono di fare da supporto ai pavimenti dei piani sovrastanti.
Questi pavimenti saranno più sottili (2 mm di spessore) ma con una doppia faccia: da una parte ci sarà una pavimentazione di pietra, e dall’altra una pavimentazione di legno, permettendovi una versatilità ancora più spinta, a secondo del tipo di edificio che vorrete costruire!

As you can see, the cover add-on of the wall connects and inserts with the upper and lower wall in an elegant manner.
You can note also how the “supports for the upper floor” are used to add easily the upper flooring.
Those upper floor pieces will be slimmer (2 mm) but double-faced: one side will be about a stone floor, while the other will be about a wooden floor. This will allow you to build an even wider variety of building with only a few pieces!

Until next! Lorenzo

#4 – Forgotten Halls: about the stairs and flooring up!

Salve a tutti,
Eccoci qui per un altra puntata di FH (Forgotten Halls).
Oggi parliamo delle scale e del loro sistema innovativo che vi permetterà di posizionarci miniature del vostro gioco preferito senza problemi, per massimizzare il potenziale delle giocate.
Le scale permettono di passare ai piani superiori (e inferiori), ai quali potrete aggiungere altri muri e pavimenti di FH, per creare il vostro castello, maniero o altra struttura e rappresentarlo nella sua interezza.
Ma un disegno vale più di mille parole, quindi vediamo di cosa stiamo parlando:

Hi everybody.
Here we are again in another episode of FH (Forgotten Halls).
Today we are talking about the stairs, and their innovative system which will allow you to position miniatures of your preferred game on their steps, without any issues, to maximise the potential of your gaming experience!
Stairs allow to connect the upper with the lower floors (and viceversa), and you will be able to add other FH walls and floors, to build your caste, manor, or other building, in all its glory.
But a drawing is worth more than a thousand words, so here is it what we’re speaking about:

Come potete vedere i piani e le mura si incastrano l’uno sopra l’altro ; questo avviene tramite un inserto simile a quello che copre i muri (inserto di copertura), ma con un pin aggiuntivo che permette l’incastro alle mura sovrastanti, mantenendole in posizione.

Le scale sono un pezzo particolare. Possono essere montate in due maniere, una per un migliore risultato visivo, e un altro che lascia un apertura tra gli scalini, permettendovi di inserirvi le basette delle vostre miniature in modo completamente stabile!

As you can see, the walls fit perfectly into one another, creating another floor: this happens thanks to a system of add-on similar to the “cover add-on” which covers the top of the walls, but with an additional pin with enters the bottom of the walls on top of them, fixing them in position.

The stairs are worth mentioning. They can be built in two different ways. The first allows for the best visual result, while the second leaves some space open between each step, allowing you to insert the bases of your gaming miniatures inside them in a very stable manner!

Disegni tecnici realizzati da Michele Bottalico.

Technical drawings by Michele Bottalico.

Prossimamente pubblicheremo un articolo dedicato alle scale e ai pavimenti dei piani superiori, che spiegherà il tutto più in dettaglio.

Qualsiasi sia la mappatura del vostro edificio, vi promettiamo un risultato aldilà delle vostre aspettative: una versatilità, stabilità e modularità incredibile, senza che siano visibili incastri e/o buchi di qualsiasi sorta!

Soon you will see on this blog an article focused on those stairs and on the floors of the additional floors, which will go more into detail.

Whatever will be the mapping of your building, we promise you an exciting and baffling result: a versatility and modularity without bounds, without any inserts and/or holes to be seen in any way.

Until next. Lorenzo

#3 – Forgotten Halls: about the floors.

Salve a tutti,
Ora vi illustriamo i pavimenti del progetto.
I pavimenti hanno anche un sistema di pin e agganci, sotto di loro, per fissare i pavimenti tra di loro, creando un tavolo da gioco che si può spostare con un unico movimento.
Il pavimento è diviso in 2 sezioni: il corpo centrale e 3 inserti (2 piccoli, 1 grande) che possono essere aggiunti per creare un pavimento pieno.

Hi everybody!
It’s time to talk about floors.
Forgotten Halls’ floors have a system of pins and attachments, under them, that allows the floor panels to be attached together, creating a game board that can be moved easily all together.
The floor is divided into 2 sections: the main body and the 3 inserts (2 big, 1 small) which can be added to the main section to create a plain floor.

Ognuno di questi 3 inserti possono essere tolti permettendovi di fare sezioni di scoli d’acqua a croce, a curve, diritte, in tutte le combinazioni possibili.
Ovviamente, l’immaginazione è senza limiti, non per forza deve esserci dell’acqua nei canali!
D’altronde, il sistema di inserti scelto da Manorhouse Workshop permette un passo avanti ulteriore:

Each of those 3 inserts can be taken out, allowing you to create sections of water canals of various shapes: a cross, a turn, straight, in multiple combinations.
Of course, it doesn’t have be water there, it can be whatever you wish!
Moreover, the insert system developed by Manorhouse Workshop allows something even more interesting:

Come potete vedere, il sistema permette di aggiungere altri tipi di inserti, come quello della grata, che si amalgamano perfettamente con quelli del pavimento classico.
Anche gli inserti sulle mura non sono limitate a torce, ma ad una varietà di oggettistica a secondo delle situazioni!
Per ora ci limitiamo a mostrarvi una lanterna, ma chi ci dice che non potrebbe esserci al suo posto un armatura completa da cavaliere, o altro abbellimento?

As you can see, this system allows you to add other types of inserts, like the grate shown on the drawing, which fits perfectly with the rest of the floor and inserts.
Also the wall inserts aren’t limited to simple torches, but can be dressed with various accessories, depending on what you need!
As of now, we are just showing you another example, like a lantern, but who is to say that there couldn’t be a medieval standing suit of armor there instead, or any other accessory of your liking?

Aggiungiamo sul finale i disegni CAD fatti da Michele Bottalico, a completare il quadro.

We are also showing you the CAD drawings made by Michele Bottalico, to complete this article.

Until next! Lorenzo