Well I sprayed the gnomes then messed around with glitter on them... nope the glitter is too much... so will be fixing that. Doors are in progress... working on them. Pretty happy with the way the doors are shaping up...
After a bath the gnomes look better but need a touch up spray and paint... I decided I did not like the jewels for eyes either. Fun experimenting on them, but I think granite with moss effect will look best. So finish them up tomorrow.
They are little prefab chalk board signs I found and thought maybe they could be mounted or modified and then we could write messages on them. The first one is in the standard position. The next one I will do will be pushed over to one side and maybe one on a pile of broken wood. I found them on one of the quests for things to craft with. I also picked up chalk pencils colored and white. I thought it might be fun to have signs we could reuse and pencil small messages on.
The door modifications are coming along... what I am doing is cutting foam board to fit onto the back of each door and/or to raise the doors up to the level I want to show a threshold between the tile boards we are making out cork board and fairly thick cardboard while creating an aesthetic uniformity between door types for the dungeon. I am also adding a card stock base to help stability but is thin enough to slide under tiles (I use Gorilla Glue for foam to cardboard). These doors were bought ages ago... some are made of a plastic, while others resin. I scored the areas of both type of doors were the foam is to be glued. I am using Gorilla Glue to glue the foam to plastic and resin mold doors. I am using foam glue to glue foam on foam to build up rise and thresholds. I then use a pen or embossing tools, along with tin foil ball to create stones blocks, texturing, cracks and so forth on the foam board. I seal the foam with Elmers Glue All and then paint to match the resin or plastic door’s stonework paint job. The threshold on the resin doors requires I put a chuck of something under the resin side to create a level surface as the Gorilla Glue takes a bit to get tacky, if I let the doors sit at a natural angle with out the chuck of scrap foam board the foam portal piece will slide off. I am happy with how the square resin doors turned out, so now working on the arched resin doors.
I have started the swamp creature painting... they are kids party favors I got at the Dollar Store, super glued to card stock. I may make a few look like they are swimming for their base and the others on land... not sure yet.
Well the foam part of the doors is drying from primering... so I should be able to get them all finished soon. Gnome Gods have been touched up. Finished up the party favor monsters... I decorated the mountings as some in mud, some on sand bank, and some swimming in water... this gave me a chance to play around with using sand as flocking and glue gun to create mud texture... I did learn if using a light color sand a light colored stand under it is preferred to black. I rather like how they have turned out.
I started creating the wildness foliage and because some of the foliage came with butterflies, I mounted the butterflies so Players can be attacked at some future date by giant butterflies... fear the flutter. I will see about decorating the various different shaped bases... I have a lot of little pieces of wood in heart shapes so I decided to mount some foliage on heart shaped stands, also oval, circles and squares. I will flock them with sand and rocks tomorrow.
They look good. Have you considered applying a clear, gloss coat over the blue sand, water, and atop the brown mud, to give it more of a wet look? Might work, might not. Don't really know, as I've never done it. Ha, ha! In my playbook, "Experimentation is King, Baby!"
You might use Pledge Floor Shine: clear acrylic base, high gloss, dirt cheap, at Wal-Mart. It is $6 for a large, 27 oz. bottle! Mix acrylic paints, and/or water/alcohol based inks, to make custom washes. It is commonly known as "Magic Wash," The Dip's kissing cousin. Apply full-strength, with a brush. Water and soap clean up. Dries in 15 minutes. Incredibly durable (designed to coat floors, to be walked upon, with shoes...). Magic Wash is your friend: completely customizable washes, of any color needed. You might want to add a couple of drops of Dawn Dish Soap, to the bottle, to break the surface tension, so it flows more smoothly.
One real advantage to painting Pledge Floor Gloss onto a painted mini, before any wash is applied: acrylic paints have a microscopic roughness; washes collect in it, making the whole of the surface, darker, even spotty; painting pure Pledge over the surface, fills in the microscopic divots. When you apply a wash, after the Pledge dries, the wash will be smoother, accumulating within the recesses only. It will not darken the flat surfaces nearly as much. It also seals the paint, with an extra, extremely durable, clear coat. Finish your mini's with a matte clear coat: if they become shiny, it is time to apply another matte clear coat...
I like your idea for Giant Butterflies attacking... That's pure 'evil'. Ha! Love it! Cheers!
Thanks for the tips. I will see what I have... might have the pledge in the garage. You know if it was Gamma World they would be Butterflies that shoot radioactive rays out of their eyes... they will be just as bad in D&D. Death Rays of Magic... and where there are beautiful butterflies of unusual size, there are ravenous caterpillars of unusual size that are poisonous to touch... Yep go exploring they said, it will be fun they said... 🙃
I am going to do a mass seal spray... on a bunch of painted and flocked pieces. I have matte and gloss... I also have some brush on clear coats satin and matte.
Anyway here are the completed resin doors I had to attach foam to, so I could create a good finished look to the blank backs. I think this creates a nicer look
Started working on the miniatures... so I decided to start with Orcs & Goblins.
A couple old Elfquest Trolls will be getting cleaned up and repainted to be used with the Goblins as Goblins instead of their previous use a random hobbit or dwarf substitutes I never liked how they looked for that anyway. Hubby is working on a set of Reaper Goblins... I am mass painting the Goblins and Orcs from the 1992 game Battle Masters (a friend years ago gave us his game which was missing parts so it had been sitting in storage).
I have most of them mounted, sanded, washed, identified under their stands... wolves will be put together and mounted after they finish drying.
I will also be recycling all the surviving Elfquest Elves for use into Gnomes. Too bad years ago some of our RPG stuff first was disappeared in military moves (totally lost all my Star Frontiers, Gamma World and about half of the Elfquest and D&D figures... along with rules, modules etc... movers helped themselves and don’t even get me started on all the broken household stuff) and then some of what survived the great mover raid or was replaced was lost again to natural disaster... we have been slowly just every now and then replacing things.
Back when I was starting to build my collection of mini's for my we 2e BattleSystem armies, I bought around three sets of mini's from the BattleMasters games, off of e-Bay. They were cheap, and painted up nicely.
I am now using plenty of Caesar fantasy, and Red Box's Light/Dark Alliance figures: all 1/72 scale (true 25mm), all plastic. The Caesar Goblins are properly sized per the 1977 1e AD&D Monster Manual, for 25 mm tall Human figures. The Orcs are a bit short, but not bad. They are very inexpensive, easy and fast to paint. I am using their Elf figures which are also shorter than my 25 mm-28 mm Humans, so they, too, are about the correct size per the 1e MM.
I decided that I want to see them as Gary did, in the 1970's. It has been a lot of fun, I must say. Gary put an incredible amount of detail in his first AD&D book: sizes, colors, tribal information, etc. It all gel's very nicely.
What got me started, were some 54 mm Cave Men toy figures, from Wal-Mart, in the late 1990's. I did the math, and in 25 mm, or 1/72 scale, a 54 mm tall Cave Man figure was the proper size for a Hill Giant! I did some more calculating, and I found that a Frost Giant would clock in at 60 mm tall... I found a few brands of 60 mm Viking toy figures! I have not found any toy figures which match up with Fire Giants, Stone Giants, nor Cloud or Storm Giants, sadly.
The other fun thing with this project, is that these toy figures are generally very inexpensive! They paint up well enough, when primer'd with artist's gesso. Since I am building armies, the lower the figure cost, the better!
I did a scale model of the Steading of the Hill Giant Chief, playing it out using 1e AD&D rules, with full figures -- I was only able to do the upper level, but... It was a high school dream come true! Working on G2: Glacial Rift of the Frost Giant Jarl, and G3: Halls of the Fire Giant King, as well. I have the Giant figures, and I have the terrain making methods proven, I just need the time to finish the terrain.
Still hoping to take the Hill Giants to Gary Con, but it hasn't worked out, yet. My goal is to take all three, when done, to Gary Con. I think everyone there will enjoy seeing it, if not able to play it.
In a playtest session, and at a small convention, the players snuck into the Great Hall, in the shadows, where it wasn't lit by torches, or bonfire, unleashed a well coordinated sneak attack, and the Giants all failed their morale! It was every Giant for himself (I rolled a 19, on the Morale Check!), as they panicked! The PC's had set up traps outside of two of the side exits. It wasn't pretty. A basic slaughter took place, with the Giants on the business end of it. The Giants were all drunk, and partying. They were completely blind-sided by the attack. It was devastatingly effective.
The Frosty's will be much harder to fight. The Fire Giants will be quite challenging, as well. I would love to do all three, in succession, at Gary Con, but the setup for G1 and G3 are tedious, and extremely time-consuming. I doubt I will be able to run all three in a long weekend.
Sorry for the digression. Looking forward to seeing your work! Cheers!
Your Army sounds awesome. The closet thing to an “Army” I have put together is 1/72nd scale Libyans painted as Red Martians... we split the army in half and played tested TSR’s old Barsoom based game for fun one time.
Well my first mass bit of the painting is done.... bases of the monsters still need decorating. My hubby is working on more Goblins by Bones to add to the horde. The Jungle, swamp, forest stuff is coming along... I have a bunch more to get mounted and bases done.I have a raft I am working on for river travel. My fine detailed eyesight is gone, magnification now required to see the mini details. My niece and nephew painted their first minis with my tutoring... they each painted one of the Dire Wolves. I will have them do Oxen next. They will help my with bigger stuff until they are more solid at painting, understanding the steps and built up confidence, then we will move onto more difficult stuff. Eventually I will get them building terrain too. Anyhow below are the links to how the horde and wilderness is progressing. My county is still in “Shelter In Place” so the kids will be distance learning... (I have to work)... but everyone here may ast well “craft” 😂. Happy Quarantine.
I am going to build this... 😆 My experience with Players is they go all murder hobo these days, I had a party once kill half the village over the half elf being insulted... when I was DMing 3E forever ago.
OOOooohhh! That is dark, very dark, guillotine humor... That ranks right down there with the Guillotine! card game. LOL!
Have you tried artist's gesso, to prime the mini's for your nephews? Water-based acrylic, soap/water cleanup, and non-toxic. It is simple, relatively fast, and very effective. It goes on thick (no need to dilute, first), but it shrinks, as it dries, getting sucked into recesses, forming a thin skin. It takes acrylic paints, superbly. Don't worry about small pinholes in the dried primer -- will not affect the painting results. Comes in four color varieties: black, gray, white, and clear (do not use the clear... disaster!). Cheers!
We picked up some acrylic primer of some sort for the Bones minis hubby is working on... I should do some test priming with the good stuff. The minis the kids and I did were just primered with cheap acrylic craft paints of different colors, black, grey and white, so I could see which colors would work best over the plastic colors and then take the top coat colors... I think slate grey type shade worked the best.
Definitely want to keep cleanup easy in case of oopsy situations with the kids... also they have zero clue on shop/craft safety so I will very slowly teach them safety with tools and materials. I don't need exacto blade injuries and blood everywhere....
It’s been extremely hot... paint and glue is setting way to fast... and some things like hot glue are not cooling fast enough. Been trying to work around these problems, but it is extremely hot... someone has set a huge fire, so now smoke and ash.
I have been working on gnome village floor tiles and odds and ins.
First hand built book shelves, books and scrolls done.
Built a pit trap for the dungeons... the unfinished foam walls will have spikes added next... thus as PCs trudge along if they trigger the wall trap they can be dropped in and start closing in on players.
The sectional walls are almost all done that are rows of blocks on three sides and painted as wood on one side.
I have a lot more to do... working on building things... next tables, beds, a mini map, ouside camp fire. Also glue sealing a bunch of terrain and getting bases dipped in glue and sand next.
I will definitely be making more bookshelves, books and scrolls... finally got all the homemade modular stone walls sealed. Started the Ogre, made some beds based them off of one bought bed for scale and similar design. Started making small odds and ends for the Castle Market Stalls I am planing... hubby is making good progress on the Tavern’s building front.... Hopefully when he is done he will post a picture. I started a wall/building front inspired by toy vampire teeth... I will definitely be getting more vamp teeth.
The Vampire Teeth building is all cardboard and glue gun with the exception of the plastic teeth. I like the way it is shaping up. Not sure where we are using it yet... but I just had to make this entrance. Maybe I will use it when it’s my turn to DM... I am planing for the Palace of the Vampire Queen. I have to get back to fleshing it out... and keep working on both the things the Keep needs and the Palace’s setting needs. Monster cross over is good so that will help with the minis but Dwarven Gnome Kingdom needs things to look different than Human Kingdom setting... but trying to build things to be reusable between settings. I also have some Sci-Fi builds to start too... those will start out pretty minor...
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