These medieval cart designs have taken off quite well in the last 14 hours. Nice to see a decent acceptance in such a short time. Here are sets of components that can be used to make a variety of hay carts both small and large size miniatures. You have a pretty detailed hay pile and hay piles that can be fit in the carts to make it look pretty realistic. Hay piles have hidden places for adding to your role playing games as well. As always for free on Thingiverse. What the hay?
I am up to it again. I haven't been on for a while and noticed there hasn't been a lot of activity so I guess I will present two of my more aggressive designs, the last of which was a couple weeks ago and both of these designs were featured as one of the best of the week on Thingiverse. So obviously my hours of work are available for free with only a like being appreciated. One also has a paper copy that you can print out and make as well by bending and pasting.
search on melabam and lots more is available for free, because I can.
I don't post everything I make here in the forum, but when I get motivated I drop a new design and pictures in. Here is my latest inspired by looking at Medieval time period pictures. A small kiln with all the accessories. Obviously available for free.
The price per figure is a lot less if you don't count the investment in the printer and anything you need to hook it up with a computer. I think there is a price estimate somewhere in the postings in the 3D printing subdivision of the forum. There are a lot of 3D print files available free for D&D stuff - links are in the postings in that forum section, and you can download free programs that will help you process the files, such as Cura. Also discussed in that forum section.
Note that the quality of the detail on the figures you can print with a low-cost 3D print is not comparable with commercial figures. People often like to get commercial figures or commissioned figures printed by a higher-quality printer for player-character figures, and just print their NPCs/monsters.
If you want a bunch of representational figures without going down the 3D print rabbit hole, paper figures laminated with a laminator, clear contact paper, or clear packing tape is a good option. There are posts about that approach on this forum.
Or you can make tokens with pictures, which is what I made for my grandson. One approach to minimize the total number of tokens needed is explained at newbiedm.com/2017/09/22/changing-the-way-i-use-tokens/. That's a follow-up to the author's original article on making tokens at: newbiedm.com/2008/11/22/newbiedm-tutorial-counters-tokens-or-pogs/. If you use metal washers for the token base, get the kind with the smallest hole in the center. I chose to use metal washers to give the tokens some weight so they stay in place better when I made them for my grandson. I printed the descriptions for the bottom of the bases on sticker paper. Used gluestick to attach the images, ModPodge to coat the surfaces for protection and a light coat of clear matte Krylon spray to seal the ModPodge so it doesn't get sticky. They have held up very well.
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The 2008 link to making tokens was posted prior to D&D 5. The bloodied condition stuff is just for D&D 4 and can be ignored by anyone not playing that version. I just put the names of the NPCs and monsters on the back. If you print with an inkjet printer and plan to use ModPodge, you should lightly spray the printed sheets with clear Krylon to prevent the ink from running. Not an issue if printed on a laser printer or photo-printed by Walgreens, etc. Lots of D&D monster images already done in circles out there on the Internet.
There is also a rather steep learning curve for 3D printers, on top of the printer cost.
For inexpensive mini's, you can look at the 1/72 scale (true 25mm figures, not 20mm, as most falsely believe) plastic fantasy figures: Red Box's Light and Dark Alliance sets (Dwarves, Elves, Orcs, Goblins, Trolls, Balrogs, and other LotR knock-off's), as well as Caesar's fantasy sets (Elves, Dwarves, Goblins, Orcs, and even an Adventurer set, with a Troll). Generally speaking, you can get 35-48 figures, delivered to your door, for around $17! They paint well, if you prime them with Artist's Gesso, a brush-on acrylic primer. Gesso goes on thick, but it shrinks, as it dries, sucking down into every recess. Search for them on e-Bay, sellers in both China, and Ukraine.
There are also pre-painted D&D mini's, as well as Pathfinder pre-paints, which can be had for reasonable prices -- they are fully painted, ready to use, out of the box! Buying monsters as pre-paints, is probably the best route, if you only need a few of any given type. However, for the horde types (Goblins and Orcs, especially), the 1/72 scale plastics are your friend.
The Caesar Goblins are wearing loin cloths. That means that the figure is mostly painted one color, the color of their skin! These mini's paint up very quickly, and easily. Anyway, you have plenty to consider, already. Cheers!
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