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North Gate Paper Model
Publisher: Dave Graffam Models
by Jonathan S. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 06/01/2016 07:11:24

North Gate = Gaming Great.!

See what I did with that ryhme there?

Anyway, I downloaded this product because I am in the planning/writing stages of running a D&D game for my friends that happens in a small town on the outskirts of the Sword Coast. The entire adventure will only take part in the town and outlining areas so I had the idea of creating the entire town using 3D buildings. To create an entire town with models made from MDF, wood, plastic or resin would have been too expensive and would have required a lof of modelling/painting/crafting etc, so I decide to download this kit as I needed a gate for the towns outer walls.

Now, before I go on I will say that I have already bought a number of other 28/30mm buildings but I needed to supplement these with cheaper options that still looked good. As always I wasn't disappointed by the selection of products on DriveThru RPG and I have to say this gate kit was the best. Looks wise the kit is stunning and once I downloaded my copy I was very happy with the added options you get and the sizing scale for printing the gate for different size games was excellent. As well as this the instructions for how to print, cut and build the gate are very straight forward and the price is very reasonable.

I'll be posting pictures on my blog of the gate once I have finished putting it all together. Which should hopefully be in the next 2 weeks or so, you can follow the link below to have a gander at the finished product.

Regards, J the DM blog: http://dungeonjaeger.blogspot.co.uk/



Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
North Gate Paper Model
Publisher: Dave Graffam Models
by Rob N. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 03/27/2015 13:51:52

I bought this to have a complex model on the table and was not disappointed. The construction took a little while (I am slow) but was not difficult. Fits in well with everything from medieval to modern terrain.

I would have loved to see different textures for the side rooms, but considering this is one of 3-4 unique gates that dave makes, I don't think those big layering options are as critical as they are on some other models.

The balconies are a great addition, but I noticed for me that the support beams are too short to line up with the metal plate textures they are supposed to be attached to. Likewise the front rail of the balcony was not quite wide enough, but maybe that's just a problem with my printer. Nevertheless I highly recommend building this with the balconies, it adds a whole other level of play ability to the model.



Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
North Gate Paper Model
Publisher: Dave Graffam Models
by Walter W. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 08/02/2014 04:59:48

Great model of medium complexity. Took me multiple hours to build, but very rewarding. So far one of the best looking models I've built. 4 dollars is a good price for a model of this size and quality without interiors.



Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
North Gate Paper Model
Publisher: Dave Graffam Models
by Bob H. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 01/24/2014 12:47:19

I found this model a bit harder to construct! It might be me, but I could certainly have done with some instructions for this one as I still haven't totally completed it yet. joining the left small house onto the North Gate was a problem. Overall the building looks great and will certainly come in handy for my German towns in the 7 Years War period.



Rating:
[3 of 5 Stars!]
North Gate Paper Model
Publisher: Dave Graffam Models
by Joshua B. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 03/23/2012 12:33:34

I absolutely love how this one looks. It went together relatively easily. I was confused on how the balcony's went together. I had to look at another model to figure it out. My other issue is that my printer would not print all the way to the edge but it still went together and aligned correctly.



Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
North Gate Paper Model
Publisher: Dave Graffam Models
by Steven P. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 08/11/2010 22:34:27

This is my first model by Dave G, and I am very impressed with his graphics, layout, and most pf all, his attention to designing a structure that can stand up to wargaming. I printed the model at 6:00 pm, and was through building it by eleven, even with time out to eat and walk the dog. The price is impressive as well. This download produces a first class piece of scenery for the price of a pewter figure! 100% recommended!



Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
North Gate Paper Model
Publisher: Dave Graffam Models
by Dennis O. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 04/27/2010 14:09:48

A very nice piece for wargaming - the gate makes a nice choke point. The North and West Gate models are very similar in construction, and work well together when flanking an enclosed or semi enclosed area, such as a marketplace. Because the two buildings are so similar I am going to review them together. (Both are also very similar to a model I built years ago using foamcore and spackle. I would be willing to bet that for the North Gate Dave Graffam used the exact same building for a model as the photograph I used as my model. It is a very nice building.)

The North Gate model would have benefited from the layers that Dave Graffam has used on other models - if I could do the whole thing in brick then I could use it for a manufactory in my steampunk setting. The textures are excellent, but the lack of layers limits the usefulness to from late mediaeval to Elizabethan settings. A good match for the Tudor buildings in this series. Since steampunk is still very much a niche market, I cannot really blame Mr. Graffam for not catering to my specific needs. Even so it has a somewhat industrial look, perhaps a workshop of some variety.

The West Gate model is much closer to the German market gate building that I used as a model - half timber and stucco construction, excellent for the Empire in Warhammer. I can picture it being one of the main routes into the marketplace, perhaps part of it serving to house the local city watch, who would stand in the gate to collect the entry fees and tolls.

Construction is simple - each of the buildings is essentially a series of boxes that glue to one another. There are no interiors, which limits use in roleplaying games, but are excellent for tabletop wargaming. Either model would look right at home in a game of Warhammer Fantasy Battle, for example. The resulting models are sturdy, and if an ogre could fit on the balcony I have no doubt that the building could support him, as it is, the balconies serve as good places to put marksmen, be they archers or handgunners.

I use several of Dave Graffam's models to flesh out a city by another company, with the gates straddling a canal in one case and a road in the other.

Because of the lack of interiors I am giving this model four stars, but if you do not need interiors then it would easily get a fifth star. (Call it four point five.)



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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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