Monday, 16 July 2012

Stoelzel's Structures' Hospital

I've been carrying on with Stoelzel's Structures' Hospital and although it's not finished yet I thought I'd post up what I have done so far.I should say that I haven't made the building as it's designed.

Although described as a 'hospital', to me it's more of a 'clinic' - certainly you wouldn't find a hospital this small in England - so I've made it as the 'Hyde-Moreau Clinic' where Doctors Hyde and Moreau will perform any surgery that money can buy. Legal? does that really matter?

Details of the build: the walls and floors are on 5mm black foamboard, while for the internal walls I used 2mm thick artist card. I mainly used cheap glue sticks to put the prints onto the board and PVA glue for the joints. The extension was made using interiors from the hospital, while for the outside I used a brick pattern that's in Stoelzel's Structures Modular Mansion, while the stair-head is from Worldworks' Games MegaMall set which I skinned with the hospital's bricks and the extension's roof is from Stoelzel's M.U.C.K

So first of all, here's a pic of the whole building complete with the extension:
Zombie-Me is considering a course of viral-therapy to
make him an even smarter zed ...

As you can see in the above pic, I've cut out the windows on the extension, but not the main building. I intend to do so, but am going to change the narrow walls to have only one window in each room first.

Next, here are all the parts of the build laid out individually ...

Next is a shot of the main building ground floor. The signs you can see, I made and added as although each room does have a sign on the internal walls above the door in the model, as I'd re-purposed the building, I needed to change them. The black line on the floor to the left of the entrance that then angles to the left wall, marks where another room goes in the designed building. To create a waiting area, I didn't include that room, and did nothing to hide the black lines as I thought they would delineate the area for the chairs and/or benches that will eventually be there.
Mind made up, Zombie-Me enters

From the right of the entrance looking along the ground floor this time, you can see the extra door I added that leads to the extension and the pair of vending machines I made which are glued to the wall. Also, at the very bottom of the pic, you can just see the poster for 'Quantum Cola' on the external wall. (The vending machines and poster are from Tommygun's excellent free paper buildings page)
Unfortunately, body parts aren't in the vending machines ...

From directly above the entrance, you can see the stairs, which although a bit wrongly angled (see first ground floor picture) are sturdy enough to support figures. The door with a '2' on it, is from the Mega-Mall stairhead; where it leads will be something for another post in the future ...  I added the door next to the reception window as the door I had put on that room was blocked by the stairs - D'oh! that's what happens when you change somebody's design without thinking it all the way through!
Bored with the ground floor, Zombie-Me decides to
look for food on the first floor

Next is a photo of the extension looking from the front. You can see here where I have cut the windows out after having assembled the building ... I think that I've decided to be undecided about windows! However, I'm leaving the doors as they are as the internal walls are 2mm thick card which is hard enough to cut when it's flat and a straight line will be damn near impossible now the walls are all stuck together. Anyway, I added the extension to hold office space as there are none in the original design. From this side you can see the Director's office ...

errr .... but then decides to look at the extension instead!
[Continuity Alert!!]

And from this angle, looking from the back, you can see that the other offices are 'Finance', 'Personnel' and 'Records'. I'm going to make up office furniture for the Director's, Finance and Personnel offices and filling cabinets (lots of!) for the Records office - all from from Tommygun's site.
Realising the script said "1st floor" Zombie-Me leaves ...

Below is a pic of the 1st floor (or 2nd for people on the other side of the pond). I realised,(after assembling it) that the room signs in the design had "Room 201", etc above the doors - certainly not acceptable for a British medical building! ;) - hence the new signs. On the right, is the door I added that opens onto the extension roof, after all what's the point of all that roof space and no access to it?
"Spleeeeeennnn!!  Kiddd-eerrr-nneeyysss!""
Zombie-Me's essential nature re-asserts itself ...

I decided to leave out "Room 13" as I didn't think many experimental subjects patients would want to use it! and I changed "Nurses' Station" (IIRC) to "Control 1" to give a sinister feel (IMO!)
No food here, Zombie-Me carries on up

As the stairs appear in the file they look very complicated and hard to assemble, so I kept putting them off, but when I finally came to doing them, I found they were much easier than I had expected! and having no vertical bits (are they called risers? not sure ...) the gap is greating for holding a figure's base in place, as you can see in both the picture above and that below. Below is a pic of the 2nd floor and as you can see it's identical to the first
Any food here? nope, none here either ...

Again, I changed the signs otherwise it would have been rooms 31, etc. You can see at the bottom of the pic the poster I created for the clinic. I'll probably do some variations on that and put them on the other sides. As designed, there is no staircase on this floor, but I added it to give access to the roof - again why have it if you can't get up there to shoot zombies?
Eternally hungry, Zombie-Me decides to try the roof ...

And finally we have the roof. I made a bit of a bodge on this, so I edged it using plain black card, and I'm quite pleased with how it looks. As I said earlier, the stairhead is from the WorldWorks Games' MegaMall set, but I re-skinned it with bricks from this hospital model and replaced the door with one from the hospital. Apart from giving the models access to the rook, it's also a handy thing to grab to lift the roof off.
Still no food! Zombie-Me decides to try another build;
will it be the Food Market or Federal House? wait and see!

So that's the Stoelzel's Structures' Hospital, or my chopped and changed version anyway! In the set there is a bunch of furntiture, including beds, wardrobes, etc., which I intend to furnish the building with. However, when I printed the beds out, I was surprised at the size of them - they seemed quite small to me. I have no doubt that they are properly scaled , but with miniatures on thick bases, I've found that that can make things seem out of scale when they are not. Anyway, I tried printing the beds at 120% of their actual size and was pleased with the results. In the pic below you can see (on the left) the bigger bed and (on the right) the standard bed. I have no doubt that the standard bed would have looked better if I'd put the head and foot on it, but as I'm not going to use it, I couldn't be bothered tbh!
Time for a sleep? Nah! I'm a zombie!
That's it until next time. It will probably be another Stoelzel's Structures build - either my version of 'The Federal House' or the Food Market.


  1. !20% bed size looks good. I hope it gives you enough space in each room still. All in All I really like it, shame I would struggle with storage, but that does not stop me from wanting it.

    1. I've tried it out, and there is plenty of room. TBH, Clint, I'm not sure where I'm going to keep it either!! I should be moving soon, so it will ive in a box for now, and I suspect that it will stay there for a looonngg time :(

  2. wow! this looks freaking awesome!

    Great job, and I am very jealous!

  3. Beautiful job on this build. I have the Hospital pdf, too. Now I feel inspired to start it. I love the sign you made for the Hyde-Moreau Clinic, "Come in Ugly". It's a lot of fun making your own signs. Great job and thanks for sharing this.

    1. Thanks LJ! It is indeed fun making your own signs - I intend to do some more for the clinic and good luck with your build I'm certain you'll make a better job!

  4. Even without the furniture, this looks good. I can only imagine how awesome it'll be with furniture and props. I agree that this is more of a clinic than a hospital, but even so, great job.

    1. Thanks VtG - from you that means a lot. I'd better get on with the furniture now though!

  5. Fantastic looking build sir. I am quite envious. If you don't have enough space, I would be happy to store it for you at my place. Just come by when you want to use it. I'm sure you wouldn't mind if it made a cameo in some of my games in between.

    1. Well Charles, what a fantastically generous offer! If you can arrange for me to hand deliver it to you (and for me to get home afterwards!!!), then I'm sure we could arrange something!

  6. That's looks stunning mate good job so far. I need to get me a colour printer I think.

    1. Thanks Brumster. You could do what I did, and find yourself working somewhere that allows you unsupervised access to a colour laser-printer ... not that I use it for personal projects, of course! I wouldn't do that!

  7. Dang, Colin, that came out really REALLY nice. A lot of effort on your behalf and it shows through well.

    And you are 120 percent correct about the beds. Without the head/foot boards they look too small. It's probably a bit like the debate on vehicle sizes, but the re-sizing does look better next to that zombie.

    Can't wait to see what is behind door number 2.

    1. Thanks Carl. From the designer that's great praise! And I'm sure that you have a good idea what's behind door number 2 - especially if you can see my purchase history from you on Wargames Vault!!

      I'm really not 100% certain about the beds. I will use the 120% sized ones as they 'look' better

  8. Really like it!

    Good work opn it and I love that you have your zombie you to show us around!!

    1. Thanks m'lud! Zombie-Me will be going in for a new coat of paint and magic dip soon though, so not sure if he'll be around for the next build :(

  9. The clinic looks good, even the internal detailing brings it up another level.

  10. Truly speechless. So good, can't wait to see an AAR in the ospital. Well done.

  11. fantastic job, one of the best card stock structures ever