Hey everyone. I have dabbled in war gaming off and on over the years. But my favorite part was always painting the figures.
One year I wanted to reenact the battle of Minas tirith so my father (a construction worker) surprisingly agreed to help me build it. Using pink foam, plastic gutter piping cut to size and a bunch of other odds and ends I built it.
It's huge, crappy, but something I treasure.
Now in my mid 20's with a few different degrees (one including illustration) I've decided to jump back into it to add life to a pathfinder game I hope to run in a month or so.
I have tons of questions, some I may lost in this post later, but I look forward to crafting some awesome stuffď
Welcome to the forum! You will find lots and lots of advice and options if you poke around in the past threads, as well as checking out DM Scotty's videos.
Be sure and check out the 2.5D Next section if you don't have a lot of storage space. 2.5D Next walls combined with mats or some kind of table cover give a quick and easily stored start while you are considering what you might like best of the other terrain options. You can easily add lots of the interesting "scatter" pieces like those that folks have posted on these forums, and those are always usable, even if you go for an elaborate, Hirst-style dungeon in the future.
Right now I'm working on coming up with the settings I'll need for the next campaign (at least the start of it) and plan to build it from there.
I work in the vinyl area of my work so my plan is to make my own mats and print them on our banner material. It's durable, can be folded/rolled, and has a nice feel to it. My plan is to make different textures (rock, grass /greenery, etc) and have a grid. Then I will place full fledged 3d objects on top of that.
My first ambitious project will be a 2 story tavern.
My goal is to make these 3d pieces generic enough to the campaign that I can re use them a few times.
I've also got some ideas that I want to try once I get underway. One is placing metal in the walls of my crafts so I can attach pieces like shelves paintings etc to it with small magnets.
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