Post by astralplaydoh on Sept 5, 2014 14:13:17 GMT
After watching DM Scott's video of his improved cavern walls, I came up with an idea of my own. I haven't had time to implement it yet, but bare with me. What if you made 1 foot long, 1 or 2 inch diameter, tube-like pillows filled with rice. People make these things all the time for heating up in the microwave and placing on your neck or face for relief.
You could even purchase and use a stone texture for the fabric, eliminating the need to paint anything. The advantage would be that these foot long tubes could be shaped, and reshaped, as needed. They would be heavy enough to stay put.
Ooh, now that's a clever idea! You could even sew it so that it has kinked pieces to look irregular! Not only that, but this idea would get you in the good graces of any fiber artists, or quilters, or sewing folks you may live with! You could even batik the stone pattern by using a light grey and painting it with a dark grey.
Post by astralplaydoh on Sept 12, 2014 0:52:28 GMT
I finished up a sample wall using this method. I took a 2' x 4" piece of fabric and created a long tube out of it. I stitched it up with a sewing machine, inverted it, then filled it 3/4 of the way with rice. I stitched the opening shut. Here are a few pictures of it in....sort of action. I don't have any terrain at this point. I just printed out a quick texture to use as the floor of a cave and put some miniatures next to it to give everyone an idea of scale. I also took a few pictures of it by itself. Then I took some snapshots of some other fabrics I was thinking of using to make more.
Now this is MODULARITY at its epic best! I've used fabric as ground cloth, for years, for mini's gaming. I even have a city-scape, for 54mm Army Men games, made with quilted gray, for streets, and mottled green for grassy blocks which I put ruined buildings on top of. I even have a mottled gray for dungeons/caves, using cut-insulation foam pieces to form the walls from. But this, is even better. Simply an astoundingly good idea... Thank you for sharing! this is sooo modular, universal, etc... Simply amazing, Just stupendous... Cheers!
Post by astralplaydoh on Sept 12, 2014 17:44:31 GMT
Thanks for the encouragement, everyone. I'm going to make a few more and see how they work. You could also use popcorn kernels, rocks, sand, etc to fill them. I would be hesitant to use fine sand because it may make a mess. I'm sure if you filter your construction sand, you could probably use the larger stuff for these as well.
Being late to the thread I saw the pictures before reading the description and was like "That would take forever to make it look that awesome" but then read it, and was like "jaw dropped" at how awesome the idea is all around.
Also, you might consider pricing out dry beans vs rice. If one of them bursts, beans would be easier to clean up.
Last Edit: Sept 15, 2014 0:35:12 GMT by ReliantLion: Moment of Clarity...
erho: I will once again rise above Lurker status if I ever get back to painting, Real life work transitions... Adulting
Jan 31, 2020 16:23:29 GMT
factoriatabletop: sgtslag...oh man! you are right about it...
Mar 3, 2020 10:13:15 GMT
Draklith: Hey everyone just a quick stop by to see if anyone is still here, hope everyone is doing ok
May 26, 2020 18:27:20 GMT
sgtslag: This forum seems to be slowing down. I hope everyone is still crafting, safely! I will be here until they turn off the power... Cheers!
May 27, 2020 13:46:43 GMT
factoriatabletop: maybe we should try to make a contest here, between us
Jun 2, 2020 8:40:08 GMT
factoriatabletop: no prizes, just proud....dont know, anyone else?
Jun 2, 2020 8:40:40 GMT
sgtslag: Still unpacking after moving in October... Too much stuff, crafting materials are mostly still in boxes. Weekends are busy with life, so little progress made. Getting the urge to push through, though, soon. I have several projects waiting...
Jun 2, 2020 20:14:39 GMT
erho: Yeah I'm down for a painting contect
Jun 8, 2020 14:28:59 GMT
sgtslag: Started working on making hills, which match my Tee-Time carpet I use for my "grass mat," on my gaming table, for big battles. Got two long chunks of open-cell foam, from a friend. Used my Proxxon Hot Wire Cutter to make terrain hills out of them.
Jul 26, 2020 20:12:40 GMT
sgtslag: Came up with around 80 hills. Covering them with the same carpet, from scraps. They will match the tabletop, perfectly. Contact Cement, is my friend. Will post on it, when I get the pictures uploaded. Some prototypes done, as proof-of-concept...
Jul 26, 2020 20:14:06 GMT
randywest: does anyone know more manufacturers for 1/72 fantasy minis besides Dark Alliance, Caesar and Elhiem?
Sept 14, 2020 14:16:19 GMT
sgtslag: 50 Hills completed, 24 left to cover the sides on. Hoping to finish this project within the week. Then I'll post a build description. For war gaming, but it can cross over to RPG sessions... They match the ground 'cloth', perfectly.
Sept 19, 2020 19:03:09 GMT
sgtslag: Sorry, randywest, the listed makers are the only ones I know.
Sept 19, 2020 19:03:34 GMT
sgtslag: Ran out of Hot Glue, with only five hills left to add a skirt to the sides of. Wal-Mart closes at 8:00 PM, thanks to COVID. GRRRrrr! Another 30 minutes of work, and I would have been done: ~77 hills, modular, perfectly matching my table's ground cloth!
Sept 23, 2020 2:50:39 GMT
sgtslag: Will post a write-up soon, or after next week's vacation. Cheers!
Sept 23, 2020 2:51:57 GMT
sgtslag: Hoping to acquire a Chop Saw within the next two weeks. Then I will cut up MDF into triangles, to form the skeleton of my d20 fantasy world globe... Posting will follow, with how-to guide. Cheers!
May 11, 2021 22:57:40 GMT
erho: I have a confession: I havnt painted a thing in months because I got a new guitar(#8!) but now that May "Megadeth month" is over I have a repaired airbrush and a early 90's Ral Partha Amethyst dragon on the table... pics to come soon!
Jun 11, 2021 17:49:58 GMT
margaret: too bad you can't post your music here =). Hadn't seen that dragon - looks like it came out when all my cash was going to raising kids. Looking forward to seeing your paint choices!
Jun 12, 2021 2:41:42 GMT