Hello all, I'm new to this forum, I have seen a lot of DM Scotty's videos that have peaked my interest in making my own tiles, décor, and other landscape features.
I hope that I will be as good on my projects as I have seen a few of the other projects that some of you have posted. If any of you could share some insight as to what the best material to get for crafting.
I will keep you all posted on how my projects are going, as well I will share in new items that I find that could be used for projects to come. Best of luck on all your project, find all the loot that you can.
Which materials depends on what you want to make, how sturdy it has to be, and how much storage space you have. Both DM Scotty and the DMG have videos about tools and materials, which you may have already seen, that are more detailed than my remarks here.
Mostly folks here use cardboard, cardstock, the cheap foamcore from the dollar stores [which you can peel the paper off of more easily than the more expensive stuff], hot glue, white glue, cheap acrylic paint, cheap builder's sand, and popsicle sticks. You can buy regular popsicle sticks and sometimes the smaller popsicle sticks at dollar stores, too. The wider tongue depressor-sized sticks have to be purchased at a craft store, which makes them more expensive. But many people never use those at all.
If you are planning on more elaborate terrain, leaning towards the war-gaming side of terrain-building, then you might want to look around for some scraps of foam insulation board to try out. Where I live, it's mostly pink, but it can be blue, too.
If you prefer, you can use 1/4-inch by 1/4-inch basswood sticks for things like 2.5D Next wall sets, instead of foamcore and cardboard. Wood sticks are sturdier, but more expensive and a bit less stone-looking, since they have angular edges.
Again, it really depends on what you want to do, but you can't go wrong with recycled cardboard and cheap foamcore when you are starting out. Oh and printer paper, for the times you want to make characters, monsters, or buildings from all the lovely print-ready files you can find on the Internet.
Welcome, and I am looking forward to seeing your future posts.
Sorry I omitted the "4" from the second "1/4-inch" above. Fixed now
Oops not sure how I missed your post. Welcome to the forum. Crafting Material: cardboard (double layered), Styrofoam (insulation styro blue/pink stuff, craft sticks, popsicle sticks, stir sticks (thin wooden ones, kabob skewers, match sticks, woodsies, wooden cubes, Halloween decorations (skull rings, spiders, bugs etc). dollar store paints to suit your taste. black spray paint, texture paint if you want to spend a bit more. Buy or make clumping foliage and flock for outdoor stuff. This should be more enough to get you going. Check out: black magic craft videos the DMG Info Wyloch
Welcome to the forums. As others have said, the materials depend on what you're trying to do. Main thing, find a style you like and keep to it, also, experiment if you can afford to do it. You'll be surprised what you come up with when you try new things.
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