For club builds we have decided to use the MILS (Modular Integrated Landscaping System). The standard is described at the following website:
as well as articles in the HispaBrick Magazine (Edition 13-16).
This standard allows a large number of people to participate in our group builds and allows for a lot of flexibility in how we layout our landscaping scenes. At first, we are concentrating on basic level ground modules with pathways and rivers but as we build up more available pieces, I’m sure we’ll have more of the mountains and/or coastal areas.
Here are a couple pictures of several sections club members have already built.
MILS landscape examples by Corey
This shows how 2 modules built by different people can be combined and still look like they belong together even though the detail styles are a bit different.
MILS standard working (contributions from 2 different club members)
Our first major goal for MILS is for a castle-theme battle scene with a large number of landscape pieces in front of the castle’s curtain wall. We also will most likely have a CCC standard that is combined with MILS, similar to the following picture:
MILS and CCC standard by Nate
CactusBrick has a standard minifig scale city road module. This allows for multiple club members to add to our city/train layout. The standard is built onto of a 32×32 baseplate. The road section itself is 32 studs wide laying on the side between sidewalks on each edge. Here’s a picture of a basic road section:
City Road Module
The road section itself going from bottom to top is a full white plate layer, 5 black bricks, a striped white/black plate layer (2 studs white, 4 studs black, repeat), 5 black bricks, a yellow plate, a black plate, another yellow plate, 5 black bricks, a striped white/black plate layer (same pattern as previous striped layer), 5 black bricks and a layer of white tile for the top.
The sidewalk is 2 studs wide on one side and 3 studs wide on the other. The sidewalk is build with layer of brick on top of the baseplate with a layer of tile on top of the brick. The outer edge of the sidewalk has the standard Technic Brick with Hole at the 10th and 11th stud location from both edges.
City Road Module Edge
The edge of the sidewalk (next to the road) is Light Bluish Gray tile for both sides of the road with Dark Bluish Gray tile for the remaining sidewalk. Depending on what’s next to the road, green bricks/plates are allowed for the sidewalk as well as the entire sidewalk being Light Bluish Gray if the building next to it has Light Bluish Gray sidewalks. Optional features of the road include the studs on the side in the 3 stud wide sidewalk section to hold the road and a technic brick on the side of the road to line up with other roads. Also, there are 3-way and 4-way intersections as well as curves. The most basic additional feature is a crosswalk for some of the roads.
We have a micro city standard based on the TWINLUG Micropolis Standard. This standard is described here:
The 16×16 module (or quarter block) is the smallest module but we have 32×32 modules (a full block) and even a multi block module that we have shown at events. The key is for the sidewalks and roads to line up with it’s neighbors. We use the standard White Tile 1 x 2 for sidewalk.
Here is our microcity display shown at Phx Comicon 2014:
Micro City by Corey, Stephanie, Josh, Steve N and Clark.
We also have edging so the sides of the modules are not seen (most of the siding is using filler brick so it generally doesn’t look very good):
Micro City edging
One club member has built a freeway for the micro city:
Micro City Freeway
Other ideas for similar features are rivers or canals, expanded/wider roads, light rail or train, and elevated trains. The only catch is it needs to be integrated with the rest of the micro city. So, in general, these non standard width elements must go from one edge of the layout to the other edge. For example, the freeway goes completely through the layout with special pieces to form up to the edging for both sides.
We will be holding our March 15th meeting during our show at the Tempe History Museum. The show setup starts at 10AM, public viewing starts at Noon and breakdown starts at 8PM. Everyone is welcome anytime during those hours.
Tempe History Museum is at Southern and Rural (behind the Tempe Library).
CactusBrick show at Tempe History Museum on March 15, 2014