I was getting gas in Conroe, TX, a few weeks ago, and saw a small office building that gave me an inspiration.
So I delved into Model Builder and came up with a building with a few extra angles. This was done completely in Model Builder, and any evident mistakes are the fault of this arcitech.
It's a bit larger than I intended, having a footprint of 11" x 9". It's made of 110 lb (199 g/m) index card, laid over black foamcore. Black foamcore is much less likely to gouge out at the edges than white foamcore.
Here's an overall shot with a Star Wars miniature for scale (28mm)
The roof is just a piece of flat foamcore with a metal pattern on the top. The ends are sandwiches of card and foamcore. The entry overhangs were designed in Model Builder, and wanting to save ink (fool!) I made white squares where the overhangs were to be glued to the front of the building.
Here's a shot from a little higher angle showing the roof. The ground is a speckled matt board that my wife found, and keeps concrete from being totally boring.
Look! A little protection from incoming fire!
And around back, the cheap manufacturing of the building becomes apparent. That's either an elevator shaft or an emergency staircase, and gives yet another bit of cover to shoot around.
And the roof has some cover, thanks to the elevated ends and the elevator shaft.
The interior is spartan, basically the bottom floor has just enough to hold up the second floor, and the second floor has a notch to indicate stairs, and an "X" of foamcore walls in the center to give you a lifting handle. The roof just lays on the top of the building.
It's a little bit bigger than I intended, and the rush job is a bit apparent, but I plan on doing more buildings with nooks and crannies. Sure, the rectangular buildings are fast and give cover. But you just can't sneak up along the 8" rear of a flush wall!
As always, click on the pictures for larger shots, so you can see my mistakes better, and not repeat them yourselves.