Monday, February 12, 2018

Some freshly painted figures for the (potential) coming meat-space campaign.

Here's the ones that are 'finished'

And here's the mess of figures I'm working on. As some of you know, for the most part I prefer the really old 'chunky' Grenadier figures, along with Ral Partha, Heritage, and RAFM. I also backed a couple of the Reaper Bones Kickstarters, so there's a few in there, too.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

1st Completed MegaDungeon level

Just a few pics of the first 3' x 7' level of my Mega Dungeon made of 1' square modular dungeon sections. (Ignore the figures surrounding the dungeon, I had them spread on the table divided up into painting schemes in preparation for painting).

Monday, January 29, 2018

Dungeon modular terrain

I'm going to start this one with a pic of the foam cutter I used to cut all the 1"x 0.5"x 0.5" bricks I used to build these sections. Quite handy, I say. Picked it up at Hobby Lobby. The blue material you see on it is just poster hanging goo I used to hold my guide in place as I pushed the foam through the cutter.

I began these tiles with cardboard pieces cut into squares, two pieces each glued together perpendicularly so as to help with warping (still got some anyway). I then used my old standby: light-weight spackle to coat one side of the board, then used a straight edge to press out 0.5" 'tiles.' Precision isn't necessary, I want these for gaming. If they get banged up, fine, at least they're seeing use! My first layer of bricks, I used Gorilla Glue, as I wasn't sure how the foam would stick to the spackling compound.
Here's a shot of the first one I did, but hadn't quite got the knack of mass-cutting the bricks. You can see below my masonry skill gets much better. 3 layers of bricks seem right for this section.
A base-coat of black spray paint...

After a medium gray heavy drybrush on the floor tiles, a brown drybrush and the 'dirty' sections, and a dark green wash of the brickwork. Next is a light drybrush of green on the bricks and a very light green wash to the tiles.

The completed 2' x 3' dungeon section!
It looks a little greener in this pic than it actually is. That, or I need to start painting with a brighter lights.

That completes my 1st level of my megadungeon, which I will take a picture of it all together. In the future I may add another 3 tiles to this, but really, due to vision distances in the dark and the modularity of the pieces, they're probably not needed. My next level of the megadungeon will involve different methods of construction and color schemes.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Underground Sea modular terrain

Every mega-dungeon needs an underground sea area, right? Found some fairly inexpensive foamcore with a nice green base color. For this type of terrain brown or blue would have worked as well. Just slapped some spackling compound on the edge portion for a shore line. I love spackle because you can really pile it up if need be and it comes in great big tubs if you need it.

Painted some 50/50 white glue and water randomly onto the shore areas to give it a more interesting texture.

Next came some random black spray paint.

Finally, after 3 coats of clear gloss finish (warning, it's oil based, just about guaranteed to wreck whichever brush you use on it), I have completed the shore line of my underground sea. If my players figure out some way to get/find a boat/raft down there and want to sail, I can easily whip up more a couple more for that endless seas appeal!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Quick ruined tower for miniature gaming.

On this project, I just started out with a single layer of cardboard where I glued down the bottom layer of 1"x0.5"x0.5" Styrofoam bricks with Gorilla Glue. All other rows I just used white glue.

I had a few squirts of spray foam left over after some gap-filling in my house, so I just used that for some thickness, then glued down random bricks cut on angles for that collapsed structure feel. After drying I added my favorite terrain standby of spackling compound for added filler and then some sand where the grass has been worn away. I also attacked the bricks with a small cautery to put some crumbly/ancient touches to them.

Base spray-coat black, ftw!

Hit the stones with a thick dry-brush of a medium gray, then a light dry brush of a light gray.

Started adding the flock. I've had the most luck doing small separate sections as it doesn't lead to big balls of fuzzy green goop.

And the finished piece, ready for the characters to discover. A campsite of travelling murderous cultists? A hidden trap door to a Mega Dungeon? Or a defensible position when the Spider hordes attack? Perhaps all three...

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Speed -modular- cavern terrain for miniature gaming.

So here's a little half-ass tutorial on making terrain for your games involving miniatures. I grew up reading Conan and Elric and ogling the miniature display at our local hobby shop, so when I think of this type of gaming, I'm thoroughly in the RPG camp, not wargaming, so some of my ideas may be skewed for a certain style of play.
Not being rich, I can't afford all that fancy pre-made terrain stuff, so I grab what's cheap, on hand, or easy to acquire. My raw materials list is fairly short, and the big expense being the insulation and hot wire cutter (but that's pretty much a lifetime supply).
  • 1 sheet 2" 'blue' Styrofoam insulation.
  • A bunch of cardboard boxes I had left over from my move from Florida to Michigan.
  • 1 bottle Elmer's white glue.
  • 2 spray cans of cheap flat black pain
  • 1 can spray-on ceiling texture
  • 1 hot wire cutter.
  • Normal cheap modeling/craft paint
  • Tools you best already damn have if you call yourself a gamer
The first step is probably the most intensive, that is cutting cardboard into 12" squares and gluing 2 of them together to 'help' against warping and adding extra strength. Note: as I am using my moving boxes, 11.5" is as big as I could get out of them, but I'm able to get 4 per box.

After scoring the insulation and snapping off 12" strips from the insulation, I then snapped them into 12" squares. I laid out 9 of these in a cube to accommodate my gaming table's width of 4 feet, and then sketched out the plan on the surface of the insulation. This particular level I opted for 2 exits per side, while the other level I have planed is only 1 per. I then followed the sketch lines with my hot wire cutter and glued down the pieces with white glue. I kept the negative space pieces for a future Mountain of Doom I'm slowly building.

I then took the can of spray Orange Peel ceiling texture and sprayed the passages and rooms throughout to give a more organic look and to help disguise the cardboards corrugation.

Flat-black spray paint applied. I got the cheapest stuff, hoping for more disintegration of the insulation, but the hoped for effect was minimal.

Note: easy stacking storage or transport!

Big-crappy brush used to apply a liberal dry brush of a medium brown, then a smaller drybrush of a medium green for a sickly, diseased effect. Note: In my campaign this cavern complex is next to the underground sea, so the green, moldy look may not be for you.

The finished 3' by 3' modular cavern complex. Design for this loosely stolen from the creative fellow in this post on Lead Adventure Forum.

A couple of other projects will be posted soon, along with a strip or 2 of Licheville, and my great experience at GameHole Con, plus, my thoughts on what a relative outsider sees in the OSR community and gaming in general. This will all be posted really soon in the within, say, the next 20 or so years if my current posting rate continues.