What is the start-time? What kind of soda and chips do you prefer? Inquiring minds want to play...
Looks amazing. I agree, those 2-D figures are some of the very best I've ever seen. Really fantastic stuff. How did you do the floors with the grid? They look almost like ceramic tiles glued down, but I suspect it's really foamcore? Fantastic work. Very impressive. [Turns green with envy, hangs head, walks away muttering...] Cheers!
Thanks! The floor is just dollar store foam core. Scored (not fully cut through) into a one inch grid, then drag a ball-point pen through the score to widen the line. Base in black, go over it in Slate Gray.
The walls are three layers of double-corrugated. (...so, six corrugated layers...) with cardstock hot glued to cover the corrugation.
The bricks on top of the walls are also foam core.
The paper figures are a very time consuming process but are unbelievably durable and weighty. The construction process has taken a long time to get to, but I like to think I've perfected it.
The bases are dollar store foamcore. Remove one side's paper as usual. Score it directly in half, and then "fold" it in half. Apply a thin line of hot glue in the crevice, quickly insert the paper mini, and "unfold" the base so its flat again.
To preserve the base's flatness, and to add a lot of needed weight to the mini, hot glue a penny to the bottom. Now everything is cinched together and extremely strong.
White glue, construction sand, dry, paint.
As for the paper mini itself, getting them to look this good requires some Photoshop savvy. * I work in 300 dpi. From 200 dpi to 300 dpi, the difference is VERY noticeable. From 300 dpi to 600 dpi, not at all (in my amateur opinion). * I get pictures from Google image search. Large only. Never scale a picture UP, as you'll introduce blurring and pixelation. Always get too big an image, and scale it down. * Duplicate the layer, flip it horizontally, and then vertically to get a mirror image and move it directly upward. * I print on 60 lb weight cardstock from Michaels' (see one of my other threads). This cardstock is light enough to go through a printer, but heavy enough that two layers of it is very strong. * Fold in half, and secure with glue stick. * Apply clear packing tape. Or laminate. But I like packing tape. * Cut out the mini. * Take a black sharpie to the edge of the mini, covering the white. * Insert in to base as above.
Great terrain and a great adventure. It's the perfect combination. If I even use paper minis I will try your method, because it's the best way I've seen. They're so bright and effective, I'm tempted to set my lead aside for a game or two.
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