I'm an inveterate gamer in Portland, Oregon. Worse still, I've caught the crafting bug, and I will likely take the plunge, soon and start crafting tiles, sewers, nefarious traps, etc.. I've crafted virtually nothing in the past, so I'm excited and realistic. My goal is to create several modular pieces.
To add a wrinkle, my current game of choice is the recently-rerelease The Fantasy Trip - a GURPS predecessor with fast rules and deadly combat. Although it's a great system, the game utilizes hexes, rather than squares, which shall make my endeavors a bit trickier.
Post by factoriatabletop on Apr 28, 2019 15:23:59 GMT
welcome greypaw, let me tell you that this forum is the place what you need! you will find a lot of people here that will give advice to you, and there are tons of pics in the threads posted you can be inspired!! like you, i am making tiles and matts ( handmade)...dont forget to post images from your work here!!! my best regards!!!
Welcome to the forum! The difficulty with using a hex grid for encounter terrain, as I am sure you realize, is that its hard to build straight walls on things that are meant to mesh with other hexes. It might work best to make mats and use a grid overlay and separate strips for walls. You can get a 36x30-inch acrylic panel [Optix] from places like Home Depot that you could draw a hex grid on with Magic Marker. Or you could incise it, but that’s a lot more work. www.homedepot.com/p/OPTIX-36-in-x-30-in-x-093-in-Acrylic-Sheet-MC-06/202038044
DM Scotty’s method for making low, stand-alone walls is shown in DM’s Craft Next #3: Reusable Dungeon Walls
Or you can use lengths of ¼ inch by ¼ inch square wood dowels to make stand-alone walls. You can’t create texture on those as you can with foamcore, but it’s faster. Both hardware stores and some craft stores sell the square dowels.
You can store a large, painted map by rolling it around a large-diameter pool noodle. Dollar stores should be carrying those soon, if they aren’t already stocked.
Almost all scatter terrain works on hex grids as easily as on square grids or no grids. And road and water overlays can be placed between the mat and the transparent grid overlay.
A stone-colored cave/dungeon floor mat, a mottled green mat for grassland/shrubland/forest mat, a mottled sandy-colored mat if you are doing deserts, and maybe a random cobblestone mat for cities. Overlay road or water strips as needed, put the transparent grid overlay on top and add your scatter terrain and stand-alone walls and you will have a great gaming layout.
You might even be able to find mottled green and mottled sandy-colored fabric in the quilting section of a fabric store that would give you those mats without any painting being needed. That fabric is a bit too easily shifted to use on its own, but with an acrylic grid overlay, it should work well.
Directions for making thin-sheet modular water terrain can be found at DM's Craft NEXT #8
The rocks and rapids would have to be added as scatter terrain on top of the acrylic grid sheet. Laying the grid sheet over thin hot-glue stream-flow stripes should work OK. If you want blue-er water, use a blue report cover instead of a whitish one.
Re: sgtslag's comment: I certainly agree that gridless terrain would be simpler to create than a hexagonal solution. But The Fantasy Trip seems to have a lot of hex-grid-controlled diagonal movement as well as orthogonal movement and the diagonal angles are trickier to control without an actual grid. If you have a way to deal with that, then gridless terrain would be fine.
I remember when Fantasy Trip was new(ish?), and quite popular, back in the early 1980's. Never played it, know virtually nothing about it. If my comment on going grid-less is not possible, then please ignore it. I spoke as a grizzled tabletop war gamer, who is virtually ignorant of grid-based systems. I have no idea of what singular requirements they may have. I use Chessex vinyl, square and hex BattleMats, but I do not rely heavily upon the squares and hexes, only using them for convenience' sake, to speed up measurements. I do not use them for Area of Effect measurements (never played D&D 3.X/4e, never occurred to me to translate A of E's into squares...), other than simple, rectangular A of E's.
I'm heavily into improvisational style of gaming. I play loosely with many rules. My style may be incompatible with your style. That's OK, for me, but it may not be useful to you. The approach I recommend with this, and any other forum is: Chew the straw, and spit out the sticks... LOL! Take what is useful, and ignore the rest. Cheers!
You can get Magic the Gathering: Arena of the Planeswalker games pretty cheap. It has hex grid game boards, and comes with interesting minis. They are printed cardstock boards, but can be accented with scatter terrain pieces.
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