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By IMAHILUS - Dec. 31, 1969The Strong Ales Brewery is a dwarven brewery, they produce the more 'dwarfish' types of ale. This business has established quite a honourable reputation as they guarentee that a keg of their extra strong finest is able to down even the most stalwart of dwarven drinkers, and they havent been wrong yet!
To create their ales they use a big distilation vat where they distill their alcohol, or as the owner likes to call it.. 'dwarven holy water', they simply keep the furnace running all day and all night to maximise alcohol production. The alcohol damp is then funneled into the tower where it is cooled down so the damp condenses again, this then slowly drips into a glass tub. In case of a dire emergency, that the local greenskins attack again.. they could even use this glass tub in the same way as boiling oil, but well.. considering their dwarves.. this would really be the utmost last resort. From this glass tub they can drain alcohol into either one of the 2 brewing vats in the back of the brewery. When they are busy draining one vat of its precious (and finished!) ale (offcourse.. the owner loves to check the quality of their products!) they are allready working on the next batch in the other.
Dwarf traders come in with a bull drawn wagon to the 'loading bay' (which is on the right side of the marble pillar), where they will load up the kart with the barrels of finely brewed ale. Because they raised up the floor for the loading bay, not even a halfling would have trouble loading up a cart with the barrels!
On request, they can even supply what they like to call 'Soggy human grogg'.. which basicly is ale with a regular (yuck!) alcohol percentage.
This 'soggy human grogg' is thicker then regular ale, a thin soup perhaps. They simply drain off a portion out of the bottom of their distillation tank, add just enough alcohol and you got a very hearty ale with lots of flavour.
#40 gothic basic mold (extensively!!)
#41 gothic accessory mold (for the marble pillar)
#44 gothic secret door mold (for the door)
#45 gothic dungeonbuilder (many pieces)
#50 wizard tower (well, custom mold of the small arch.. for the attic windows)
#52 gothic 4" tower (for its intended purpose =P aswell as the marble portion of the marble pillar)
#53 gothic bridge mold (the big arches, triangle piece)
#71 fieldstone accessory mold (for the balcony door)
#74 fieldstone bridge mold (for the tower rooftop, the face and pillar base)
#80 dragons teeth mold (the metal hatch)
#201 gothic 1" floortiles (for the balcony floor)
#220 wooden plank mold (lots of things)
#240 wood shingle roof mold (for the roofs)
Other materials/items used:
Plastic icecream tub and lid
Sink part (? or its from something else..)
Tealight metal shell.
Mist maker and adapter (yes! this project contains real water and real fog spills out of the big destillation vat!)
Cap of a parfume bottle or so
Dimensions:15"x19"x12" = 46" total
Whew! I made it! Its done! In time for the HADD!! =D
Hehe, okey okey.. so let me share a bit of the designing stage, since this IS a 'design' derby =)
Quite some time before the HADD I intended to build a brewery for my mist maker, not quite sure anymore how I got to that idea.. but that doesnt matter.
The distillation vat was quickly born after I found a suitable plastic tub, since I didnt want to go through the mess with the laquer like I had to do for my sewer entry in HADD5. The planks were glued together first, when I decided it may be fun to add a little window to it. I looked at how high the stone beneath the planks would have to be, and the 'stone base' which houses the furnace. I started thinking on a splashgaurd.. since it needs a gap for it to spill the fog, and the fog doesnt really like on going over the splashgaurd, it had to go over the tub. I found a lid, scavanged around and found another bit.. im not sure if its a spare part for the sink or if its a part of something else, but it added extra height, thought it would look nice (and dwarfish) when painted in metal, and most importantly: it provided a oppertunity to put something like a piece of PVC piping against it for the wire to run through. Ironicly, after a week or so of searching.. a small tealight I had sitting on the table next to my workspace fitted the top of it perfectly.. so bye went the candle and the cap was completed! Some greenstuff to fill in the gaps and some epoxy glue to make sure it would stay together.
Some plaster got poured over the tub lid to make it look more solid and 1 piece.
Then more then a month went by, HADD was just a week or less away.. before I finally sprouted a idea for the main building. Not having to worry about a interior helps =P as the mist maker adapter would be hidden in the building.. so slowly it came together.. A cooling tower, 2 big arches with a recess behind it looked good on my chess set, so I figured it would look good on a brewery aswell. A brewing vat on the back like the Ambrosia Ales brewery wouldnt quite work, but soon the idea of a big pipe leaing into it popped into my mind (creative juices flow strong when there is a deadline!) which would make it look like it belonged there, but this eventualy became 2 vats because of the vast amount of space on the back.
The idea of having a regular door as a 'office entrance' and a big door as loading bay came to mind and the idea got accepted fairly quickly.
But then I thought it might not look so good if another floor would be added on top of it, I figured it might look like it had a weak base or that it simply wouldnt fit. The balcony idea was born, one reason being that I havent finished a building with one before. During these lower levels I knew I wanted this to be dwarven establishment, seeing as it had a distillation vat and the dwarves craving for alcohol it fitted together perfectly. This is the reason why the building has a lack of windows, dwarves prefer to work underground.. and that is their way of getting that feeling in their workspace (got to keep your employee's happy!).
By the time I reached the roof level I finally noticed what a challenge it would be to make the roofs look good, but the balcony was missing something aswell.. The glass tub idea slowly grew on me while I took a couple hour break to think about projects using some envirotex.. When uncolored, it is colorless.. alcohol.. is colorless...
After an hour or so I finally decided to add a collection tub of alcohol.
The balcony, the brazier.. a mountain troll. Yeah, my brewery needed defense! And alcohol burns! WELL! If those pesky greenskins or trolls stop by, you can toss in a lit match and dunk it over their heads and say bye bye to your problems! muahahaha!
The roof went pretty smoothly, apart from the usual collapsing that is.
The roof of the tower was slightly awkward, I calculated the measurements.. for a octagon roof. I started cutting, 8 triangles..
So I thought about dry fitting them together, the roof looked very flat and with a awfully big base. 2 of the triangles kept falling down, so I removed them, the hexagon was born.. and the dimensions looked perfect.
At the top I noticed the regular roof top bit didnt really fit, but whatta ya know, my new shipment of molds with the fieldstone bridge had a piece fitting it perfectly.. and it gave me a valid excuse to use that neato head! =D
So that was a nice fix, and giving a nice chimney aswell, airducts channel all the smoke out of the brewery, and piping channels the smoke from the furnace underground to the tower. Somehow the owner likes those faces to breathe out lots of fumes.. Perhaps the years of heavy drinking messed around with his mind?
And that was pretty much the story of how this design came together.. at the very last possible moment *rolls eyes*
Fact is, I love it! It looks awsome and the fog, allthough very hard to take pictures off.. looks so amazing with the darkish colors of the buildings.
I hope you enjoy looking at it as much as I do =)
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