Checking in from Victoria, Australia. Long time D&D player, but I've always done **theater of the mind**... but looking at expanding my hobby, skills and really cut down on arguments about positioning at the table.
So I'm starting out. Watching all the vids. Making some terrain. About to look at making some tiles.
To all the content creators (DMScotty, Wyloch, DMG, etc..) thank you all so much for sharing your passion and skills with us. I find myself continually amazed at your creativity and knowledge.
Welcome aboard, lordkhadow ! I am what you would call a "mostly-converted crafter"... I still use Theater of the Mind (TotM), quite often, as well as my battle-damaged Chessex vinyl mats. I am deep into fantasy mass battles, and skirmish gaming (TSR's 2e BattleSystem games), as well. D&D Edition does not matter to us -- none of that 'Edition Wars' stuff here! I play full-on terrain for my war games. I pull out as many figures, of the correct types (if I have them in my collection...), for battles in my RPG sessions, but I only go all in with terrain, when I am playing 2e BattleSystem games; RPG sessions get the Chessex treatment. Sometimes I will pull in bigger terrain pieces if appropriate, though. Recently had the PC's attacking a wooden fort, built by Orcs, in a forest. Since I had a wooden fort model, for my miniatures games, I placed it atop my Chessex mats, along with a bunch of Guard Towers I had ready for mass battles games. It was a hodge-podge, but it was fun.
I, too, find that models, and figures, make combat easier, with much less arguing, and mis-perceptions about who is where, and when... Had a PC's figure on the mat, one time, when an enemy, standing outside the door the PC was in line with, cast a Lightning Bolt spell through the door, and through his PC"s chest. He pays much closer attention, now, as to where he places his figures on the mat! He is very careful about standing in front of any door...
Anyway, welcome to the addiction! We're all addicts here, and proud of it. Looking forward to seeing your crafting efforts. It doesn't matter what your skill level is, or what level of painting you aim for. All crafters are welcome here. Some are true artists, and then there is me, aiming just above the dirt: an army painter, shooting for, 'Good Enough to Game With' (GEtGW), at arm's length.
We love all RPG crafting things, any genre: terrain, miniatures, painting, etc. Let us know if you need assistance on anything related to the craft. Cheers!
I'm only very new; I've got a few scatter rocks, a rough BMC style dice tower and four DMScotty trees so far. I've yet to determine my cheapest source of flocking, so things are 'nearly-but-not-quite' finished. I don't even have any minis!
Cheapest source for flocking: sawdust, wherever you can get it. DM Scotty discussed it in one of his videos. My nephew is a carpenter. I took a sifter, per DM Scotty's recommendation, and I sifted out a large plastic bag's worth. Paint it, per DM Scotty's instructions. Only cost is time, effort, possibly gas to drive to the source, and then some craft paint. 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