I've posted a couple of individual threads here about projects I've worked on (like this and this), but the trend seems to be to create one thread and document projects under that, so I'm starting this one to do so.
My most recent finished project: a caulk-and-fabric ocean battle mat. I still lack scatter items and a nice ship to put on it, but it's a start
Nice work! If you are not using a release agent, on your texture rollers, try using Armor All spray. It is what is recommended for use with texturing polyforma clays. Just spray it on the clay, then roll the texture onto it -- the roller will not stick, at all. It is easy to just rinse off, with water, in the sink. It does not affect polyforma clays, so I doubt it will affect your two-part epoxies, either. Cheers!
A 3D printed Black Dragon mini didn't quite seem to want to print without some flaws in the wings, but I ended up painting it anyway. I have mixed feelings about how the paint job on it turned out (i.e. it's good for having been painted by me, but that only goes so far )... but really liking how the swampy base turned out.
I ran an ancient, huge, Black Dragon in my 1e AD&D game, back in 1989. Its lair was underwater, beneath a hollow volcanic cone of rock. The PC's showed up, expecting it to be on the surface... On their second visit to the Dragon's lair, they came prepared with essentially pipe bombs: metal tubes, with screw caps on the ends, filled with oil. They cast Heat Metal on them before they dropped them into the water... Upon heating up, they burst (not really exploding), deafening the beast, which was resting in the water!
It erupted into the air, some distance away, flying high, then performing a dive-bomb run against them, perched atop the volcanic cone's rim, high up. The PC's had fashioned special bamboo arrows: scored along the length of the shaft, to weaken them for rupturing upon impact on any hard surface; hollowed out, filled with powdered Lye (used for centuries, to make soap... very available in medieval times, made by pouring water through wood fire ashes). Since the Dragon's breath weapon is acid, and acid mixed with a base (lye), creates salt, I ruled that the lye would react, very badly, with the body of the Black Dragon... Their arrows were aimed at his head, as he approached. They got a Natural 20, and very high numbers on all of their other To Hit rolls. The beast was dead before he flew into them on their narrow perch, killing two of the PC's upon impact. I've never played with a Black Dragon since. With Lye, a very strong chemical base, readily available, and bamboo arrows too simple to make, and to justify as a common component in making arrows in the tropical environment where the Dragon lived... It just seems like killing a Black Dragon is too easy with such a long-range weapon: could easily be adapted to making X-bow bolts, as well as long bow arrows... With 20-40 men, armed with Heavy Crossbows, and Lye bolts, it would be fairly easy to kill a Black Dragon of any age or size, with a cloud of lye bolts flying at it.
I ruled they just had to hit it externally, they did not need to penetrate its hide, so it had an AC of 10, not the -1, it should have had due to the hardness of its scales. Maybe a give-away, but it seemed too logical, and too simple. YMMV. Cheers!
I've been meaning to do the BMC Xmas pine trees to gaming terrain conversion for a while now, and with the holiday season coming the trees are available again, so over the last couple of weeks I built myself a pine forest. Ended up differing my materials and techniques a bit, but it worked out well overall.
Lots of projects in progress all at once, but I did manage to get some minis painted. Rather proud of these because not too long ago I would have thought them far beyond my skills. I think they need some more matte varnish, though, to mute some of the shine on their skin.
I made a big pile of assorted potion props because my players are terrible at keeping track of who's carrying what and which ones have been used. Soon they'll be given actual physical bottles which will be put back into my box once used, or if at the end of a session they have potions that haven't been placed in some character's pack
erho: Too many minis, not enough time... Am I right?
Oct 29, 2019 21:28:01 GMT
sgtslag: If we could just do away with this whole "work" thing, and supporting ourselves, financially, and otherwise... Life always seems to get in the way of gaming. AHHH!!!...
Nov 6, 2019 18:32:16 GMT
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