But it doesn't feel right, I'm thinking too much in SketchUp parameters and feel that I can show the true madness of a 40k styled hive with this software. So I'm planning one something more ambitious: scratchbuilding a Hive City!
I've always been in love with the whole Necromunda design/feel. Whilst very Imperial and 40k, it didn't always seem so overly gothic, more a sort of post-apocalyptic cyberpunk kinda thing, but rather clunky. It's basically John Blanche doing cyberpunk rather than trying to emulate Hieronymus Bosch. The picture above is the original artwork from the ancient Confrontation game, I really love the madness of it all.
Now this is all still very much in my head, I'm not sure yet at what scale to build it, I'm pondering to go for BFG scale, but I've heard some contradicting views on what that is (also because the game itself uses different scales), anything from 1:25,000 to 1:33,00 to 1:50,000. Personally I'm thinking of going for something along the lines of 1:50,000, meaning a 1cm tall model would represent a 500m structure. An entire hive would be around 16km high, expanding a surface with a diameter which would be a bit more, like in the above pic, or less, like in later interpretations of Hive Primus.
Need to ponder a bit more about this, but this kinda model making has been a personal fantasy of mine for quite a while now. Not sure if I'll ever be able to pull this off, but lets see where this will take me...
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