I liked the buildings, but for me they needed a lot of extra work. I based this one on a rectangle of MDF which I carved sidewalk panels into using a craft knife and straightedge. The idea is I arrange my city terrain on top of my Zuzzy "broken blacktop" mat so I don't need individual road pieces. this allows the flexibility to create layout of any shape without unsightly seams.
The open windows were the first eyesore. After the painting was done, I glued in foil covered card to try to make the finished piece look more like a city building than semi-built structure. Next, I pulled out all the interior walls. The spaces they created were too small and fiddly for gaming IMO. I split each of my buildings into 2 or less distinct areas and put in some semi-obstructing simple walls instead.
I printed out a bunch of tiny posters and placards to look more lived-in.
|Top floor detail... Wallpaper!|
Finally, I used clump foliage to try to break up the great grey expanses with planters.
Overall, I like the buildings and they were a great price. No complaints. When I bought them I had the vague idea of using them for both modern and Sci-fi... This was a big mistake on my part. By trying to paint them to work in both situations, I came up with something that I found really dreary. To be honest I still think they are too much on the 'boxy' side, but maybe I can keep gluing bits on until I'm happy. More to come, I've got more of these than will fit on a 2x2 all done.