I firmly believe that complexity can be mitigated by efficient production in hobby projects. The assembly line is your best friend.
A while ago I started tinkering with a system to create a series of urban buildings for Flames of War for city, or more dense sub-urban areas of Europe (perhaps including smallish cities such as Carentan, ect. ). The premise of this terrain building methodology was to use foam-core to create the general form of the buildings (think a box with door, and window holes in it) and then add layers of applique detail as needed to achieve the results I wanted.
Today I stumbled across this article on TTGN. I need to look into these buildings to see if they would fill the role that the foam-core would as described above. They certainly would be more expensive, but would also be more sturdy, and would take a laborious step out of the process.
I am very interested in the laser-cut trend that is happening right now in gaming accessories. These buildings may be a must have for my future terrain collection, or they may simply be the motivator for me to get off my ass and make my own buildings.