Monday, January 29, 2018

Making Jungle Huts, Part 1

I am gearing up for running a Frostgrave: Ghost Archipelago game at Cold Wars 2018. This will be a big multi-player game. I do not have any Jungle Terrain, so starting from scratch.

First up is Jungle Huts. I am fortunate that I have a lot of cool tools, and now I get to showcase one. The Proxxon Foam cutter. If you can afford it, it is a great tool to add to the workshop. While this is an awesome tool it can be better, that's where ShiftingLands.Com comes in. They make a jig that sits on the Proxxon and makes near perfect Circle cuts. Gerard Boom is the guy running this site and he makes a few other Jigs, that make the Proxxon all that it can be.

Ok back to the huts. The Original goal was to come up with a way to make simple huts that I could make a bunch off all at once. I'm not sure I succeeded in the simple part, so here we go:

A quick and easy base for the hut.

 Trace out pattern on to foam. Measure it so you know where to get the circle jig.

 Hot Wire action!

First cut done, now adjust the jig to make a small circle cut inside the first one. This will give you the walls.

All wall cuts done. I slice off a thin piece out center to make a small insert that will attach to the roof
and hold the roof on when done. This way the huts will have playable interiors.

 Glue walls to base, with low heat Glue gun.

I used my Proxxon and the circle jig to cut the roofs. Proxxon also makes angle cuts. The piece I cut was not big enough to complete the cone to the top of the point. Not pictured,  I had to cut a paper cone to complete the point. I had to use actual math to figure the cone size and angle of the cut. 

With the math done already I could use the same calculations to cut out the "thatched roof". I'm using a cheap Walmart Towel. I got like 20 for $4. I had to give half to my wife for house hold duties. Using the template allows the edges to meet with no excess or bunching up of the towel. 

I glued one straight seem down, then the other seem that matched up against the first. Then I just fold back the towel, spread some glue and pull the towel down towards the edge. Doing small sections of the cone at a time

Last part, flip the roof over, and then trim off the extra towel, BUT leave a little overhang that can be glued around the lip of the roof. You don't want any pink foam showing thru on the roof.

AND BOOM, I have 7 huts with removable roofs. Wasn't that simple? Ok yeah that was a fail on the simple part. But they came out pretty good so far. Very happy with the results.

Next up, detailing, carve the door and paint.


Old World Army Challenge, November's work

What a crazy few months. Real life was very busy since me last post. And it's amazing how quickly time flies by without posting.

So to catch up, here is my submission for the month of November.

First up are 2 old Marauder Miniature Chaos Knights. I love the solid lead horses. Heavy Metal.

So here is one of the knights almost done. I couldn't come up with a painting scheme I liked, so he might have 2 or 3 layers of paint on him.

I finally landed on scheme I liked. Basically just dark armor with a green tint.  Here's a couple of shots from different angles. Unfortunately I suck at taking pics, so some of the colors are washed out. Backdrop is a graveyard photo set I did for my Undead Army.

When moving the figures from my painting table to my photo setup, I dropped this guy. Thankfully no breakage, he only came off his horse.

November is done, though I only did a basic job on the shields, I might go back and redo them.

Next is December's submission, 10 Chaos Warriors.


Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Joining the Old World Army Challenge

In the Facebook group Oldhammer in the New World, an idea sprang up to have an army painting challenge. A casual way to generate some motivation to finish those long forgotten projects.

So two of the members, Iannick Martin and Chris Sabick, came up with the rules and format and launched a blog to chronicle the painting challenge. Blog is here and will be updated by the users as we go along. The Old World Army Challenge.

The basics are paint 1000 points of 3rd or 4th edition Warhammer Fantasy armies in 6 months. 200 points a month with a one month Mulligan. Post updates as we go along so we can all see the progress.

38 people signed up for the challenge. Here is a chart of the armies involved.

It will be fun to see the armies develop. I am going with Chaos. I have a smattering of lots of different armies, but Chaos was the one I had the most unpainted lead for.

So take a look at the blog and follow along.


Wednesday, October 25, 2017

My visit to the Smooth-On store

If you do any hobby casting I'm sure you are aware of Smooth-On products. They make ton's of products for casting and molding used by wargamers, crafters, artists, special effects artists and so on. Well they have a store near us called Reynolds Advanced Materials. My daughter needed some molding supplies for Art classes, and I've always wanted to go there so we took a trip out to Allentown PA

It blew my mind. First off all mold making and casting materials was overwhelming. Plus the shop was crammed with examples of what you could do. And to really blow my mind was the entrance way. A full special effects show. Stone walls, Glowing lava floor, Huge dragons crashing thru the roof, tons of details. Lets just get right to the Picture spam.

These are Elevator doors

 The floor has a pulsing glow.

 Tree in the center of the store.

Very realistic tree bark.

If you live near this store and are interested in molding and casting. GO VISIT! Hell it's worth a side trip on your way to Fall In!!!