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  • 2018 2017 '16

    I finally got my set in the mail from Shapeways. The pictures certainly don’t do the pieces justice. I can’t believe how much nicer they are than the original set of capital cities that I already had. Great job E-Bard!!

    Here is the video;

  • Thanks for making the video, that was great! I’ll try to answer a few of your questions that came up in the video below:

    Q: Why are there two pieces for Paris?
    A: When I made the first set of capital pieces there were people who wanted the Eiffel Tower and others who wanted the Arch de Triumph. Since the Eiffel Tower is a civilian landmark while the Arch de Triumph has a military background (commemorating the French who fought and died in the revolution and Napoleonic wars) I thought both landmarks had a strong case to be included. The real reason there are two is that the Eiffel Tower was easy to make, so I added it in as an extra.
    Bonus answer: The Arch de Triumph can also be used to represent the Arcul de Triumf in Bucharest if you play with that victory city.

    Q: Why are there two pieces for Hong Kong?
    A: The Queen’s Building represents British rule of Hong Kong while the Wong Tai Sin temple represents a native Chinese landmark. I also tried to keep the Queen’s building smaller, for people who were tight on board space, while the temple is larger for the crowd that prefers bigger pieces. Finally, I figured that the Wong Tai Sin temple could easily be used as a victory city for any other Chinese city in the event that was desirable.

    I also want to clarify for anyone late to the thread that the sculpts for Leningrad, Cairo, and Ottawa were scaled down in the “Large” set of victory cities from what you saw in the video. The Honolulu Aloha Tower sculpt was scaled up for the “Small” set of victory cities so that it is closer in size to the one in the video (video was of the “Large” set).

    The difference in size between the “Small” and “Large” sets is about 30-40% – put differently, it’s about 5mm different for any given piece. So if you are worried about board space, look at the smaller set; whereas if you are most interested in visible detail and pieces that stand out on the board, you may like the larger set.

  • so when do you make the neutral  nations capitols set ? Istanbul, Madrid, Stockholm, or for the A&A WWI, Wien, etc etc, If there is a marked, you dont lose your investment, I hope…

    BTW, my copies are coming in the mail 6 days from now, cant wait

  • I am planning to continue on and make additional cities. I’m hoping to get one or two sets done over the next 8 weeks during my time off around the holidays. As soon as I get a set done, it will be released. Here’s my current list of cities and buildings and a very tentative breakdown into sets (#1 and #3 may trade some pieces).

    Set 1:
    Helsinki - Central Railway Station
    Belgrade - St. Mark’s Church
    Kiev - Saint Sophia Cathedral
    Libya - Marble Arch

    Set 2:
    Peking - Temple of Heaven
    Singapore - Raffles Hotel
    Vladivostok - Trans-Siberian Rail Station
    Novosibirsk - Railway Station

    Set 3:
    Istanbul - Hagia Sofia
    Algiers - Basilica of Algiers
    Cape Town  - City Hall
    Stockholm - City Hall

    Set 4:
    Rio de Janeiro - Christ the Redeemer statue
    Buenos Aires - Kavanagh building or Casa Rosada?
    New York City - Empire State Building
    Chicago - The Stevens Hotel or Navy Pier? Navy Pier?

    At the moment I don’t have any plans to make any additional pieces beyond these. But if you have suggestions for cities or buildings, please do send them to me and I’ll write them down. I do like the way these pieces look on the board, and it’s been fun to see how others are using them to spice up their games; so if there is a compelling set 5 or set 6 to make, I am definitely open to making them. A “capitals of Europe” set with Madrid, Vienna, Budapest, Bucharest, Sofia, and Prague seems like a decent possibility eventually.

  • '16

    At the moment, the Arc de Triomphe could probably do double duty as the Marble Arch in Libya if one is content to keep the Eiffel Tower on the board.

  • Got my victory cities in today and LOVE them! Thank you soooo much EBard! Fantastic work!

  • Thanks for sharing the video! That’s great to be able to see the two sets side by side…

    … But something doesn’t add up with the sizes of the buildings. Manilla, San Fran, and Calcutta temple are NOT the same between the two sets. They are 5-7 mm different. I just went back and double checked all of my measurements and verified that I uploaded the correct sizes to the larger and smaller sets and everything looks correct. I wonder if Shapeways made a mistake and sent you two copies of the large pieces for those three sculpts? They were printing a bunch of copies of the sets at the same time, maybe a large and a small set got mixed up during the printing process and their staff put the wrong pieces into your’s and someone else’s order… I’m just speculating but that’s the only thing that I can think of to explain why your pieces don’t seem to be the right size.

    Manilla should be 21mm and 26mm lengthwise. San Fran should be 29mm and 37mm long. Calcutta should be 14mm and 18mm wide. Queen’s building should be 12mm and 15mm wide across the middle.

    I’ll also clarify again: Cairo, Leningrad, and Ottawa are identical between the two sets. And Aloha Tower happens to be nearly identical (1mm difference after my last-minute tweaks… didn’t realize it ended up so close).

  • Me too have now got my large sets. They are all very good looking and of high quality. Maybe a bit too large ? There were no middle road, either too small or too large ? But, never mind, I wont start a nag over that, man.

    One issue I want to share here, man, is my problem to see the rational of a bridge, or a church, or a statue, or a railway station, or a pier, to represent the place that the national leader is living. I love the White House, the Reichstag, any kind of City Halls, and buildings that represent places where the national leaders sat in armchairs, smoking sigars and drinking wine while making great decisions. All that makes sense to me. I cant imagine a national leader living under a bridge, like an average hobo, or living in a railway station like a hiker, or even worse, making the grand decisions on a pier like he was a common sailor. The Eifel tower is OK, I have no problem imagine Gamelin and Reynauld leading France from the top of that tower. I guess a temple is OK too, they say God loves the infantry, at least what they told me when I was doing my duty, so no question to that. Butt please, no more bridges …… No nation was ever run by a hobo living under a bridge, man. Just my 2 cents

  • I can see your point on capitals, but its all perspective. Try this angle…
    You win the game by capturing victory cities. These pieces represent the VCs and therefore depict a famous land mark of the specific VC.

  • EBard,

    First-thanks for watching the video! Love your pieces.

    Second - That’s Interesting. I went back and checked my order to make sure I didn’t make a mistake on my end. I confirmed that I did order a large AND small as of each Pacific annd Europe victory city sets. So I guess your assumption is correct - they must have accidentally mixed up a few pieces. No worries. Turns out I like the large better anyway:-)

  • Hello All- For the Anniversary Edition (OOB) board, would you recommend Ebard’s small or large sets?  Thx!

  • I recommend the Large.

  • EBard
    Excellent collection. Do you have a A&A 1914 set in the works? I know a lot of the Capitals are in the original A&A, but the biggest difference is Vienna the capital of Austria. Any thoughts there?

  • '16 '15

    Any possibillty to share the stl files?
    I have access to a really nice DLP printer and would love to print them.

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