Friday, August 4, 2017

Cardboard Terrain

Well, I'm all over the place from time to time, with this project and that project. My current project is a terrain project using cardboard taking a more topographical approach.

I saw these photos of terrain made with cardboard and sand, I gave it some thought, and wanted to have something sorta on the same line.

So making use of some moving boxes from our move to which we are still unpacking, pealing off the packing tape and cutting it down into panels of sorts.

Of course you don't have to wait to move you can pick up moving boxes most anywhere, the one in the photo from Home Depot cast about 75 Cents.

What I did first is, I come up with a sketch of what terrain I wish to build, a side view, a top view and if I can a more detailed drawing with a more of a 3D view, now keeping in mind what I draw or sketch doesn't turn out anything like as the modeled terrain 

Like this one an idea of a cave entrance.

Figures are Peter Pigs 15mm Marines.

And here is the cave entrance terrain, as you can see it didn't turn out anything like the drawing at all, this piece isn't finished I still need to add a few layers to it the cover it in tissue paper and then in extra fine sand.

Here's a top view of the cave entrance terrain

I wanted to make better use of a terrain piece other then it just sitting on the table. I wanted to be able to go up and down it. Each layer was cut and using it as a template for drawing out the next layer.

As you can see in this photos below the very small changes that were made  between the two layers dry stacking as I went along, working to give them a natural flow from layer to layer.

When I'm about half way stacking the layers I start to glue them together so as not to have so many pieces floating around.

Here's a piece I made with a cascading oasis and a natural stone bridge.

Here's a top view as you can see there are many ways to approach this terrain and be able to move across is.

These pieces all still need to be covered in tissue and sand plus of coarse to be painted. I have many other ideas of terrain that are on paper at the moment but are being transformed to cardboard.

So here is the oasis covered in blue tissue which at the time is what my wife had in her stash of gift wrapping supplies.

Okay so the tissue approach took some time little pieces at a time and the dye in the paper managed to get all over one's fingers and hands plus the tissue paper tore real easy and I was continuously covering holes I was punching through the paper wet with glue, next attempt I will try packing paper and post the results when that is done.

Next you can see the finished terrain piece, first I had to wait a few days for the glue and the tissue step to dry, once it was good and dry I started the next step to cover the whole thing with a very fine sand, I forgot to take pictures of that step, but here is the terrain piece painted. 

I hope you can see from the picture just how cool this piece turned out and is going to really work out on the gaming terrain


Now this piece above is not done with the cave but I have many other terrain ideas on paper and are making their way to cardboard, 

Each of the terrain pieces has only cost me 75 Cents each plus the cost of glue, paper, sand and paint.

These pieces are for desert terrain but I plan to make some using the same approach but will paint them in darker grays and add vegetation for more of a rocky or mountainous  terrain

Well I hope you all enjoyed this and give it a try.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Burt Gummer!

Here is Burt Gummer!

So the voting took place at "The Miniatures Page" and the Tan and Red won!

So I started with Peter Pigs heads with baseball caps.

Oh yeah and this guy From Highlanders Studios.

So I lobbed of the head of poor "Roger" the gun toting Survivalist. Bore a hole where the neck should be the make sure I had enough stem of the new head to insert into the hole with super glue.

 Add some paint and Ta Da  Burt Gummer!

Okay so it doesn't really look like Burt Gummer more like Nintendo's Mario or younger Jesse Ventura. 

This is to show that you can change figures and with the right paint work you can make any character you want for the your gaming needs. 

Have fun with your figures like I have, I hope to others and their work too.   

Monday, April 24, 2017

Tiles for Gaming

Okay I have been doing a lot of brain storming to come up with a nice looking interior for sci-fi games and zombie games, my main problem with all my experiments is the walls, they are all just in the way. You can't have hallways narrow enough to look right and yet be able to get one's fat fingers in to move your figures around.

But if you go with what is known as 2.5 dungeon tiles which is for most part just out lining a room with a strip of cardboard or foam board, to better give you an idea or illusion of walls in the example shown below. Now and advantage to these are that you can pack a lot of them in and small box. The disadvantage is they are not stack able so you can't do multi story.

 Example from Crooked Staff blog.

One could do them as space tiles, for ship deck plans as well you, you just have to give them a more of a Sci-fi feel or look as it would be.

Now the next good idea is to use the 2 wall principle, basically you use a 6x6 inch tile and put two walls up in the outer edge and no two walls will go back to back of each other. The draw back is there no narrow corridors and non stack able. I guess one could make corridors of some sorts if they really feel the need for them maybe to connect to separate sections of a port together but again you have only one level to work with.

Example from Tiny Solitary Soldiers Blog.

So I was looking forward on doing something on the same lines as these for a working spaceport.

Until I found this!

Now this is the best idea that I have seen by far is at Warchest blog he came up with a great concept by just adding an extra "L" shape wall in the opposite corner make them stack able for multi story buildings, you can see more of his stuff here . You can see just how wild you can go with this total concept.

So here you can see the basic set up

Here you can see the added corners I highlighted, you still have ease of movement with ones fat fingers like mine! You can also see the roof tops in the lower right of this photo.

Here you can see it all with the roofs on and they are stack able you can also see advertisement signs too. This is an awesome idea!

Here you can see what can be a busy down town street.

So this is the look that I'm going to shoot for, minus the printing I pretty sure My Wife will not understand the wasting of paper and ink for such a project. I am pretty much going have to paint mine all and all.

I have Foam core board, card stock and the paints I'm pretty sure I can come up with something really good. 

So I'm going to make two sets one for all my Zombie games homes and shops and one for all my Sci-Fi games mostly Spaceport stuff. I will post everything as fast as I can when I'm finished.