Cara, on 19 September 2012 - 05:42 PM, said:
I didn't see tacky, but I do see Japanese and Haunted House! I think haunted house is because of the verdana/plantation style layout.
Yeah, looking at it with fresh eyes this morning, i think the hight/width/roof pitch seems to have similar proportions as the MF haunted house, which has also been on my mind lately!
Mybe that's it. I'm glad you don't think it's tacky though! I guess i was just a bit dismayed that it looked to be progressing in a different direction than i anticipated.
NiceMarmot, on 19 September 2012 - 06:47 PM, said:
In general I love it! Here are a few small suggestions:
- Narrow the upper balcony like you suggested
- Change the colors on both balconies to something like reddish brown and/or brown. Tan and dark-tan don't say Japanese/SE-Asian/Pacific Islander to me. Maybe brown and dark-red would work?
- Try to get the roof to overhang the structure farther, perhaps even with a bit of a tilt up towards horizontal for the last few studs. That will look more Asian.
- I think the upper balcony might look better if the railing was not solid, or if it had a simple roof / canopy on it. Not sure, but worth trying.
Can't believe you got all that into 20x20! Great job; looking forward to the finished product!
Great suggestions NM, i really appreciate your feedback!
I agree with you in the main, the balcony definitely needs to either go or be revised down and the roofline could use some more exaggerated accents to get the feel i'm after.
Also, if the top balcony survives, it will definitely have a roof over it, this is still just a WIP.
Regarding the tan colours, i did actually begin with reddish brown for the back walls and railing, but it ended up looking waaay too dark. I felt that i really needed a lighter tone that still evoked natural colours, so this is how i arrived at the tan solution. Maybe it's not the best one, but unfortunately it's not something i have time to change now - the tan/dark tan walls go all the way down to the ground floor, so changing it would mean major surgery!
Oh, and i like the idea of semi-solid railings - i might try that for the upper balcony, assuming it survives.
SkaForHire, on 19 September 2012 - 07:02 PM, said:
I really kind of like it... Although, I do see a bit of old haunted mansion in there. I did something similar, yet not as beautiful and then scrapped it... I just really like the balconies you put in though, I do agree with NM, tan might not be the right color.
On another note, it turns out my collection is now almost 90% geared towards Kaliphlin colors, so trying to build outside of tan and white is really hard for me.
Thanks! Haha, yeah, i know what you mean - i have a heap of tan and dark tan too. I guess sometimes the trick is to not fall into the trap of thinking that a particular style should "own" a colour - tan is for everyone, not just Kaliphlin!
(ok, maybe not so much Nocturnus...
Axis600, on 19 September 2012 - 11:54 PM, said:
Actually, I like it. Perhaps a few brighter colors if you're not happy with the haunted house look, but that's about it, I'd say.
Cheers, thanks for the feeback! Yeah, i put in a more brightly coloured freize around the top of the ground floor, but you can't really see it in this rubbish pic.
Kai NRG, on 20 September 2012 - 12:00 AM, said:
Looking good so far, certainly haunted but that gives a nice feel to the build.
If you are going to end up making it haunted, it might be a good idea to introduce a few hanging brown 1x4 tiles or maybe a hole in the roof?
Cheers Kai, although i didn't plan the haunted house vibe and i'm not sure that i want to run with it... but thanks anyway!
Kayne, on 20 September 2012 - 01:07 AM, said:
Looks fantastic to me! The Asian influence is very evident, and that could be a great introduction to GoH
Thanks Kayne! Yeah, it seemed like an SE Asian flavour was largely missing from GoH, so it seemed a logical choice to try to introduce.