Hi folks. I recently discovered DM Scotty's youtube channel and found myself making stuff for my games, I've been into 3d gaming for quite some time using Dwarven Forge tiles and such with my mini's, but I've never found anything to make a quick to set up forest canopy until I saw Scotty's youtube video.
I pulled out some giant trees during my campaign night and surprised my players with them. We took a couple of quick pictures during the game.
This image is with flash - it shows the trees and a 'flying' kobold up on a stand (I created flat branches with magnets so I could create perches in my trees) I like the look of the "depth" caused by the large scale trees and my players and I really enjoyed the forest battle. (you'll also note a green bread bag clip with SHAK on it (we play Savage Worlds and SHAKEN is a status during combat) that's another kobold up on a perch.
The second image is in the 'dark' I use red and blue LED Christmas lights to simulate night or dark conditions, it really adds another layer of fun to the game. In this image you can clearly see how well the torch looks and the looming effect of the trees.
I've made a few more trees since I took these shots as well as some ground cover and even a pair of fallen over trees. Hopefully, my players will head back into the forest next week and I'll get some shots.
Oh - in case you're wondering, the little kobold on the green top is flying (that's another trick we use in game) and the halfling standing inside of an upside down bottle top has a armor spell on (again, I like to indicate status's and such in game).
Thanks folks. The LED torch came with one of my Dwarven Forge kickstarters (caverns I think). I'm now eagerly waiting for my foam knife to arrive so I can start making some elevation terrain. I'm also working on some more forest terrain (my group loves it). I'll post some pictures once soon.
I'm really impressed with a lot of the work here on these forums - just awesome and inspiring. Big thanks to DM Scotty and everyone for keeping up the high quality of the work here.
The group discovers a barrow mound deep in the forest....
They notice some bodies on the ground and a rock ring around the mound (sort of like a mini-stonehenge). They approach and when they attack one of the bodies a nearby tree comes 'alive'.
It's a giant 'Ent' a keeper of the forest. This one is covered in strange fungus and attacks the group...
(a close up of the Ent)
A major battle ensues in the darkwood with the party eventually winning...
I had a blast making the Ent, I basically made a forest tree out of a toilet paper roll and kept it hollow, then I made the arms out of hot glue and CAT 5 telephone wire. The LED was from a tea light. The cool glowing effect is from my game rooms blue and red ceiling lights (LED Christmas lights). It all added up to a excellent session.
I should have video'd the response from my players when I pulled out the Ent! They knew something bad was going to happen and they were so careful sneaking up to the rock ring... It was a perfect 'gotcha!' moment and we all enjoyed it. I'm going to use a similar setup at a local gaming convention in a few months (sadly I can't bring my lighting effects).
The forest parts that I've made are really great for quick setups - I was able to describe the scene and set it up in about 2 minutes - I did have the parts at hand and had previously set them up in a dry run - so in terms of pacing for the game it was perfect. I really recommend making a bunch of trees for your gaming tables.
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