Any recommendations for a Hot Wire Foam Cutting tool? I looked at a few on Amazon and it's tough to week through the reviews since they are usually polar opposites. What do you guys use and would you buy it again? Would like one with multiple attachments (straight tool, wire cutter, etc).
The Proxxon Wire Cutting Table is the bomb!!! Don't take my word for it, though. Search for it on YouTube, and see what other people (crafters, in particular) have to say about it.
I am using mine to cut extruded foam insulation pieces into modular cavern pieces. I keep the cutting wire vertical, for the ends of the long oval shaped foam pieces, as they need to butt up against other pieces, end-to-end; for the sides, I angle the cutting wire, and I move the foam in a wavy pattern. Basically, these techniques give me plausible, underground river-carved, modular cavern wall sections, which I simply need to paint, and add some sand in random spots, to create very decent caverns. I use DM Scotty's sponge painting techniques on foam mat floor tiles' smooth bottoms, to create a mottled, 2.5D Next'ish base, then I place the cavern sections on top, in an appropriate pattern, to create full 3D caverns.
I use these primarily in BattleSystem Skirmish games, rather than D&D RPG sessions, but they're super simple to carve on the Proxxon Table. They are also super simple to complete: add some small patches of sand, paint, stain (The Dip), and then game!
The Proxxon Table is capable of far more than I have mentioned, or tried. It is an amazing tool, especially with the add-on tools you will see on YouTube (have not purchased any, yet...). I also plan to make a circular cutter tool for mine -- too easy to make, can't see spending money on this add-on.
With regards to hand-held cutters, I can't comment. Never used any. There are plenty of videos on how to make them yourself, though, on YouTube. Cheers!
I agree with sgtslag for the Proxxon table. But I also have quite a few of the Hot Wire Foam Factory tools. The table is great for cutting lots of pieces quickly and you can easily cut consistent angles with it!
I also have the Sculpting Tool and Hot Knife, think mine is the 4 inch one. I do have the Scroll Table but have never used it having picked up the Proxxon instead.
Woo-hoo!!! It is... Amazing! Mine is a luxory item, without a doubt, but it is sooo easy to carve up 3D cavern pieces that I need for my modular cavern system. You will love using it. The mechanics of the system are really good; the current/heat control is fantastic in function.
I've only carved pink insulation foam, so I can't comment on white foam, or the black open-cell foam. Let us know what you think! 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