Update. I ran out of poinsetta leaves for my palm trees so I had to make a trek back to the Dollar Tree (darn!). I bought one more gold set and I also bought a silver set (silver glitter could come in handy, you know). After scraping off 6 poinsettas worth of glitter I came up with this much.
That's a lot of glitter. Oh yeah, I also bought those small holders at the store as well (they come in packs of 8).
Awhile back I was digging through some of my "stuff" (my wife calls it junk) and came across an old digital camera from back in the '90's. It still had the hard 3.5 disc still in it. I took that out and will find a video place that could see if there are any old digital photos on it. However, the camera is old, old technology and would normally be thrown away. But I had better plans for it. I was going to deconstruct it and see what I could get out of it. Turns out, quite a bit.
For all you youngin's out there. That's an old school battery.
An out of focus shot of what the insides look like when first opening the camera. Ah, the potential.
Where the battery lived. Inside this hole is quite a bit of material, from screws to springs to odd and cool shaped plastic and metal frames.
Tons of those tiny screws and metallic rods.
That clear plastic piece is what I am eyeing.
The piece on the left is one of many such lenses that can be found on this camera.
This is a cool piece. It looks like a thin layer of copper laid over a plastic sheet. It's too thin to separate and it is bendable. So I was thinking this would make a really cool floor tile or door panel if you want that metallic look.
Circuit boards. Not sure if anything can be done with those.
A prism/lense inside the camera. This is beautiful to look at, a true gem of the project.
These are just two of the four lenses found inside this camera. They are beautiful as well. But they are attached to these really weird pieces of plastic. I would like to separate them from the plastic but not sure how to do that yet. So they sit there.
Like I said, lots of tiny metallic screws and rods and springs.
The outside image viewer. It's a nice (polarized?) screen that would work perfect for some SF build.
The inside image viewer, this looks cooler than the outside screen above.
I finally was able to separate this piece from the body (argh those tiny stripped screws). That wheel is taunting me, though. It has eluded my attempts to detach it from the circuit board.
This is what the camera looks like exploded. This was a fun night.
Rouseau, I might try that just to see how it works. I did look up the screwdriver and supposedly my local Ace Hardware has them for under two dollars. I've been under the weather the past few days or I would have already been down there and bought the thing.
As for the burning of plastic. I've bought one of those click n' flame lighters that you usually use for BBQ's at the dollar store. If I ever use it, it will be outside (I don't need to explain to my wife how I burned down the house trying to create a temporary screwdriver).
by the components, thats not at all old, at least i think. its late 90ies then. numeric cameras didn't appear until like the end of the 90ies ! i'll show you my cameras from the 80ies and the 90ies... now those are old !
druid:"Do you need healing ?"
knight:"i still have half of my health, so im fine."
DM:"the boss, crits, max damage which does 20 damage !"
I am not talking old in terms of years but in terms of usage. Nobody would use this stuff anymore. Therefore it's old.
And I still have my old Minolta X-100 that I bartered from my friend back in the late 80's early 90's. It's from the early 80's and there is nothing on it that is automatic. But it takes some of the best pictures I've ever seen. But the early digital stuff, nobody can use it since the memory card, that 3.5 disc, isn't used anymore. I didn't feel bad vivisecting it.
About two months ago I was at the Dollar Tree and came across a box of crayons. I have been wondering how to make pools of water and other liquid types for cheap and crayons came to mind. I bought a pack. Tonight I made a small experiment.
Took a cardboard test piece and tore out the corrugation. Sorry for the OOF shot, didn't see that until now.
And here are my other tools. One purple crayon and a lighter you use for BBQs.
Basically, I took the lighter and held the flame under the crayon so it would melt. As it dripped, I guided it into the "pool" on the cardboard.
This is what it came out as.
A close up
It does create a stain on the back, so be careful.
On the whole, I don't think I have found a good water medium. Perhaps if you were to make a dark still pool in the Underdark somewhere, this might suffice. I haven't tried it for other colors yet, so not sure how the red will simulate blood. However, purple looks awesome if you have some tar pits to create (or some other viscous material).
Yeah, I was wondering how some varnish would work. I would only think to use it for stationary things like pools or tar pits. Something that characters wouldn't really want to go into in the first place. And it would have to be small as well. Something large would only crack under the strain.
The other day my wife cleaned house on some of our Christmas decorations. Stuff she didn't want went straight to the recycle bin, which meant it was only a short matter of time until I happened upon them
She threw out quite a lot of Christmas bulbs. I thought about saving them, but they are the fragile glass stuff and I can't think of what I want to do with them. Having them sitting out while I figure out something isn't a good option, as they are fragile. But they have those metal tops that are so cool, I scavenged those.
She also threw out this hard plastic cherub that would be a perfect statue, once painted up. What was she thinking??? (Of course, when I pull this stuff out, she asks me that same question)
erho: Too many minis, not enough time... Am I right?
Oct 29, 2019 21:28:01 GMT
sgtslag: If we could just do away with this whole "work" thing, and supporting ourselves, financially, and otherwise... Life always seems to get in the way of gaming. AHHH!!!...
Nov 6, 2019 18:32:16 GMT
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