It's been a while ...but I seem to have caught the crafting bug again...
Note that I've already posted these over on the FB page ...but I thought I'd post pics here too
Anyway ...here's a bunch of WIP pictures for those of you that may be interested:
The main structure of the stalagmites is kitchen towel soaked in watered down PVA/white glue.
They've then been based on pieces of vinyl floor tile (you know the sort - 12" square tiles for bathroom/kitchen floors), and had some ready mixed wall filler (spackle in the US?) rubbed over each piece (just to fill in any large cracks/holes/joins). The base has then be decorated with a bit of sand and gravel.
Then all that was left to do was to paint them (I've gone for a dark basecoat, followed by a heavy drybrush in a lighter shade, and finally a light drybrush with a cream colour)
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For the crystal clusters I've simply glued several pieces of aquarium gravel to a small piece of vinyl floor tile that has been cut to shape.
Then, once dry, just the 'crystals' have had a coat of gloss varnish (though to be honest I'm not 100% happy with these).
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The treasure pile is pretty much self explanatory...
...though it looks a lot betting in person.
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And finally my favorite piece...
...these mushrooms are made out of a couple of different size brads (mine are roughly 1/4" and 1/8" in diameter) - but I'm guessing thumb-tacks/drawing-pins would also do the job.
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And that's pretty much it. Everything here is pretty cheap and easy to make - though there is quite a bit of drying time between some of the stages :S
Awesome stuff, absolutely great. That pond is stunning! You know, stalagmites were one of my entry drugs into terrain crafting. I have made a large box full of them and thought I'm through with this thing. But seeing your designs, I'll probably make some more.
And the crystals of course... Must. Make. Some.
Aaaand another way of making mushrooms. Simply can't resist. Every time someone shares a new way of making funghi, I positively have to try it. I have a couple of hundreds of these clips (15 years of buying books on ebay...), so I fear for the worst.
If someone tells you that you have enough craft suplies and you don't need anymore, stop talking to them. You don't need that kind of negativity in your life.
Sorry I didn't reply sooner to this, but I've been without an internet connection for over two weeks (thanks to the workmen down the road digging through a whole bunch of cables again!), and I'm still playing catch-up.
Anyway, the drider and the elf were from some of the old D&D pre-painted ranges (I can't remember which) - but the half-orc paladin is from the new Rage of Demons set.
So ...I've been making a few more underdark/cave pieces...
ROCKS & STONES
These are made in a similar way to the stalagmites - except that I've used a polystyrene core...
...then covered them in small strips of kitchen towel soaked in watered down white/PVA glue, and filled in any obvious holes/cracks/joins with cheap ready-mixed filler.
Bits of grit & gravel have then been added...
...and painted them to match my existing pieces (here they are with Roderick for scale):
SPIDER WEBS & EGG SACKS
The eggs are just small polystyrene 'beads' (salvaged from the off-cuts of the rocks & stones)...
...and the web is made from a dried out baby wipe (that's been pulled apart to make a web-like texture) soaked in white/PVA glue.
For the ribcage I've used pieces cut from a piece of 'oven mesh' (the same stuff I used to make some chainlink fences I posted previously) and glued them (in an offset position) two high. For the skull, I've used another 'bead' of polystyrene, and the misc. bones are nothing more than a piece of twine*
*note that I've pulled the twine apart into two pieces (as shown on the very right of the photograph) and then soaked it in PVA/white glue while twisting it tight (shown to the left of the twine). It was then a simple matter of cutting these 'bones' to size (once the glue had dried), and adding a few small pieces of polystyrene and grit to act as bits of other bones.
These are made from cocktail sticks (for the hafts), some cotton (for the wraps), and thin plastic card for the blades (in this instance I've used one of those pretend credit cards they send out as junk mail from time to time).
And for the shields I've used drawing pins (thumb tacks) with the 'pin' clipped off.
Obviously, if you have some spare multi-part plastic skeleton miniatures and/or misc. weapon sprues lying around, they would be a better (and faster) option for some of these pieces - but if you don't, I think that making them this way is a viable option (especially if you want to make lots of 'em cheaply).
SKULLS or FUNGI or EGGS
This next piece is fairly generic, and can be used to represent any of the above...
...and as you can see, it's just a matter of pulling a few 'beads' from a sheet of polystyrene, and basing/painting them.
POTS / VASES
These pots were made from a notice board pin and a plastic bead...
...and while these could be left empty, or filled with glitter & gems, or similar - I've used the end of a cotton bud to simulate smoke.
Unfortunately, I don't have any WIP pictures of this one - but, as you can (hopefully) see, I've taken a tea light apart, and built up an area around it (to hide the electronic gubbins) in a similar way to how I made the rocks and stalagmites.
I've then added some mushrooms (made from 'brads'), and used a (dissolvable) packing peanut as the 'glowstone' itself. And once it's turned on, the flickering LED from the tea light makes it look rather cool (much cooler than it looks in this picture).
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So, if I take all the pieces I've made here, and combine them with the previous lot, I've got quite a collection
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