This is the next building for my Gangs of Rome table. It is the last one I have at hand so there will be a short break in the build until some more kits arrive.
The kit is Sarissa's Lower Rank Shops and depicts four separate ground floor tabernas with living quarters above. You could easily remove one of the ground floor internal walls and make a shop with a larger space although and I may try that on a future build.
The tabernae from left to right are a grocer, fishmonger, glassware merchant and a small wine bar (popina/thermopolium). I have read that of the excavated portion of Pompeii there are around 89 popinae in total, so I can safely assume they are a fairly common occurrence within a city. The glassware seller is obviously doing well enough to have poured a little money back into his taberna.
While detailing this build I realised that many of the accessories I put into the shops won't be seen from the street, making them a little superfluous. The images below with the dark interiors were obviously shot with the upper floor on and this is the typical way you will view the buildings. Anything beyond the threshold is lost in total darkness. I fully detailed the grocer but as you can see all of the extra accessories beyond the counter will rarely be seen. I think I've come to the conclusion to only detail what will be seen from the street and resist detailing the interiors.
Apologies for repeating myself - these are great. I really like how you manage to make them look aged - not the easiest thing with MDF. I look forward to the next lot!ReplyDelete
Not at all Jeremy your comments are appreciated.Delete
You don't need me to tell you how splendif these are. I understand the pragmatism of your decision about the interiors but what you show does look good. I suppose it would create the wrong effect to introduce some interior low lighting?ReplyDelete
The details outside the front of the shops make it look like a living scene.
I haven't really considered lighting but I think it may take too much effort Stephen.Delete
Wonderful, simply wonderful. Great additions to the basic mdf models and with all the trae goods on showit truly makes a great scenic item. Your painting and ageing processes work well too,ReplyDelete
Thanks Joe - it is fun to do but very time consuming.Delete
Furt those are fantastic, a great piece of terrain to fight over. Cheers StuReplyDelete
Thanks Stu - I am looking forward to seeing some figures set up on it.Delete
Lovely work Furt!ReplyDelete
Your attention to detail is superb you really have brought these and the other Sarissa building you've previewed to life. Looking forward to seeing some figures frequenting them...
Thank you Captain. Yes totally agree - this is the next stage - adding some figures!Delete