Hey everyone, My brother and I were looking into playing around with crafting things for out DnD games. However we have never done much in the way of craft. I was curious what projects you would recommend (probably from DM Scotty's channel) as an introduction. Ideally something which doesn't require too much material yet is versatile enough to see regular use.
I'm curious to hear your suggestions. -Kron
"If only I could be so grossly incandescent." ~ Solaire of Astora
This thread of my campaign is using my 2.5D Next set exclusively. There are a lot of great examples in there of all the things I made with that same set. There is really nothing you cant layout with a set of these.
Probably the fastest and most versatile is to make 2.5D Next walls like Meph did, using 1/4 inch square wood "dowels" and painting them. Costs a bit more than cardboard, dollar store foamcore, and construction sand, but all you have to be able to do is saw them and paint them. And it's not a huge cost - approximately one dollar for a 36-inch length from your local home-improvement store.
You can use the same square dowels to make the measurement rods for the different player character by cutting them to length, marking them in inches and painting the inch segments in alternating colors.
You can also buy packages of short, fluted [ribbed] wood dowels at the home improvement store and cut them into shorter pieces to make barrels. Glue a narrow strip of paper around each end for the hoops. Can't find the URL where I saw this - it's someone else's idea. Keep some as individual barrels and glue others together in stacks or clusters for easier positioning.
DM Scotty has a post on this forum about making streams from strips cut from plastic report covers, which is pretty quick and easy. Or you can use strips of blue felt.
After that, maybe some doors made to clip over the walls when the scenario calls for a door. Lots of suggestions for doors on this forum and Wyloch's #35 crafting video has suggestions for clip-on wall segments for dungeon dressing, as does the DMG's video #58. Curufin's thread on this forum has some nice wall piece ideas, too, at dmscraft.proboards.com/thread/3590/dmg-style-wall-segments-upgraded These projects would move you into the realm of the cardboard and foamcore world of crafting.
At that point, scatter terrain of all kinds will probably get you the most effect for your efforts until you decide you are ready for tile-making, if you ever do. It partly depends on how much storage space and time you have, as well as discretionary funds.
Download the apps for Michael's, Joann, and Hobby Lobby so you can use their 40%-off-one-item coupons for any hobby store supplies you need, particularly for things like larger tubes of paint and glue guns. Also, in my area HobbyTown has the best selection of basswood if you need basswood pieces for something. As far as I know, they don't have a coupon app.
I actually made mine with leftover laminate floor tiles. Ripped it into long strips on the table saw and then setup stops on my chop saw. Cut them all and hot glued 2 piece together. Spray paint them black and then sponge paint them with your brick colors or make a stamp. I did my entire set in about 4 hours one day.
I love making tiles and have made just about every kind. I started a Wyloch set before I bought my 3D printer and started with those. Wyloch tiles are time consuming to make but definitely worth it. I did Openforge tiles and have now settled (hopefully permanently) on True Tiles. 3D printing is very time consuming also. There are a lot of great methods but no other method will give you such a large, versatile set as quickly as 2.5D Next.
Nothing says you can't have multiple sets of stuff like I do. 2.5D Next will get you started playing though while you settle in for the long haul of crafting =)
I have made a ton of different types of crafts for dungeons. I would look at the web and see what you like the look of. I have made that many, because every time I finish one set, I see something better and sell the old. I don't have the cash for a 3D printer. I'm saving up for an atlantean sword, so I tend to do things on the cheap. Check out my thread "Crom, I'm trapped in a dungeon". To see my current stuff.
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