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Made in lt
Beast Lord





Entertaining and inspirational, what not to like here? Full 3D too... and I cannot pass by another planet-builder! Good luck with ALL of it!

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Infinity - Ariadna (8/10) : Hordes - Circle Orboros (7/10) : Alkemy - various (12/10) : Burrows-n-badgers (10/10) : KoW and misc fantasy (13/10)

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Infinity - Ariadna (11/10) : Hordes - Circle Orboros (11/10) : Alkemy - various (11/10) : Burrows-n-badgers (11/10) : KoW and misc fantasy (11/10) : Deadzone and misc Sci-Fi (11/10) : Warmachine - Convergence of Cyriss (14/0) 
   
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Mekboy Hammerin' Somethin'





USA

Wow, I wasn't expecting so many great comments, thank you all.

@KernelTerror: Thanks Unfortunately both things from my last post have not bee worked on, heh heh. The pints are waiting for me to switch my crafting area from building to painting. And unfortunately, I keep forgetting my planet model at school. I brought it in to show my students and inspire them to have more interest in plate tectonics. Which worked great, luckily, but I keep for getting it at school and haven't been able to work on it because of that.

@Ezki: Thanks Ezki! The cups were very difficult because of the size, you're right. The cards in today's post were difficult for the same reason.

@Briancj: Thanks for the words of wisdom and encouragement, Brian. I enjoy thinking to far before and after things, and am bothered when authors say things like "I don't know any more than you about what happened before or after a story". I'm glad you got my joke about "from the ground up"

@Meer_Cat: Thanks, I actually hadn't thought about isostacy, but you're right since I was greatly exaggerating stuff on the globe (and couldn't get it back together perfectly), it does show that nicely. I'm looking forward to getting back to it so I can plan out the plate movements, then add water plus currents.

@Viktor von Domm: Heh heh, thanks Vik, I think it's probably both Science has been a big part of my life and I've always found it more interesting than other subject areas, but there is also no denying how bonkers some of the ideas i run with are. I wish I had thought of cutting tube styrene for the handles, that would have been much simpler. Your set looks great by the way, I especially love the pitcher.

@Wirecat: Thanks Wirecat! I hope you enjoy my blog as much as I enjoy yours.

I got back to work on the card table for the LoER terrain contest. I still need to draw on the three face up cards


I also made a master 3 inch base to make a mold of for huge D&D monsters like the dracolich I'm making



   
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Mekboy Hammerin' Somethin'





USA

Only a small update tonight. I haven't worked much on the dracolich except for casting a few more vertibrae. I have made the faces of the three face up cards on my card table. I like how they turned out.


I also decided to make an ochre jelly for D&D plus all its parts it can be cut into. It's not much to look at yet without paint, but it was fun and easy to make. 100% cheap hot glue.

   
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Shroomin Brain Boy





Berlin Germany

have you thought about getting yourself some coloured hot glue sticks? for that easy to make blobs? not that they need that much improvement, cause they´re already very convincing! especially the grabbing "arms" are very good!
table looks exactly like i pictured it myself! fine deatil on the cards is a super!

   
Made in fi
Emboldened Warlock





Finland, Espoo

Wow. Just wow!
Really good work on those cards!

   
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Stealthy Warhound Titan Princeps







Those playing cards are insane!

Building a world from the ground up is great - I've never seen in done physically before. Kudos on that.

And a planet is a model that comes in handy sometimes.
   
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Mekboy Hammerin' Somethin'





USA

@Viktor von Domm: Thanks Vik. I had thought about using colored glue sticks, in the past I even saw a video on using them to make ochre jelly. I don't know where to get the colored glue sticks, and I had an itch to make something new quickly which led to the ochre jellies.

@Ezki: Thanks! I'm very happy how they turned out.

@kestral: Thanks kestral. I'm having trouble deciding how much to add to this physical model. I'm worried I'll cover up information the more I add, but it would be fun to place the mountain ranges and bodies of water on it (maybe air current too).

It took a lot longer than I expected, but I have written in all the movements of the tectonic plates on my model world:



I had my first productive day hobby wise in a while. I spent several hours working on these orcs for D&D.


And tried out four different techniques for these dollar store spiders to use as dollar store spiders for D&D. On the left is my attempt at attaching the legs to the base, the way Cam explained to me. Second from the left has a wire drilled into it to simulate jumping. The third, the legs are not attached, and I have the spider attached to the base with a small pillar of hot glue in the center of its body. Fourth spider, I cut of the legs and replaced them with wire, as the legs aren't very dynamic on this toy. Please let me know what you think about the spiders, which you think work better and any advice you'd like to share also. Thanks.



On an unrelated note, I was surprised to notice that I hit my 1000th post tonight. I had no idea I had gotten anywhere that high.

   
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Shroomin Brain Boy





Berlin Germany

No wonder you reached a literal milestone....18 pages of cool stuff...that captures people's attention! Congratz and keep on crafting!!!

Also... I've quite often stumbled over coloured got glue...but...never bought any as i only recently i got me half a decent glue gun...so now it might come in handy...
Where i found them? In nonfood aisles of your basic super market...mostly around the time before or after summer holidays...when parents are supposed to resupply for their kids...thats the industry for you
Also Amazon and ebay are too eager to sell you these in abundance these days as Chinese products are flooding the crafting market all over the planet...

As for your planet (nice change of subject...right?) did you even include now currents (water movements?) whoa!

When i look at all my GW stuff i might use for D&D...sadly the orks are the least usable items on the list.... Somehow the GW aesthetics arr not matching my own inner idea of D&D orks...the old skeletons are perfect in my opinion...and heavily converted humans too...elves...not thought about these yet... Goblins work...provided one wouldn't use the hooded oned too much...

As for yon spiders... Love them all...more poses is always nice, as you'll never know how many monsters you might need for an encounter...so uniformity would kill the mood...
I especially like the wire one... You might try some pva and superglue or baking soda to create some textures on the legs...?

I am currently watching and following quite a bunch of crafting DMs on YouTube...i will see about posting links here...cause some make really awesome selfmade monsters or ice prusons etc...


   
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Stealthy Warhound Titan Princeps







Dollar store spiders are looking good! I say use them all. I use the legs to base technique myself for dollar store critters, but I like your variations.
   
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Never-Miss Nightwing Pilot





Donegal, Ireland

I love that you're going for tectonic plates and their movements for your world. The geologist in me is very pleased! (Triple junctions are a pain to document!)

Love the playing cards and the table, excellent work!

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USA

@Viktor von Domm: Thanks so much Vik. It is hard for me to believe how fast this blog has grown. The first page and a half was about 3-4 months, it feels like it's from long ago. The next 14 pages are all from last year, and feels so recent. I feel like I've been slowing down a bit, but still have 3 pages already this year. I think it's because of how many great people are stopping by and commenting now. Keeps me motivated, and keeps the blog moving.

I'll keep the colored hot glue in kind, glitter hot glue is super easy to find where I am. That was a very good segue into talking about the planet I'm building, I haven't made the water movements yet unfortunately, but I am planning to.
I agree about GW orks not really fitting D&D orcs, but I love 40k orks so much that I like to use the models and play orcs in D&D like they are from 40k. Thanks for the advice on the spiders, I'm also surprised and glad that you and the others seem to like all of them. I'll try out some stuff on the wire legs.
crafting Dm stuff from youtube is a lot of fun for me too. I mostly watch the DMscraft with DM scotty, Runehammer/Drunkens and Dragons, Black Magic Craft, and Miniature Mashup. Plus Terrain Tutor purely for terrain stuff.
Thanks for such a large comment on so many of the different things I;m doing.

@kestral: Thanks kestral! I didn't expect you guys to like all the spiders. Do you have any trouble basing the dollar store critters? I usually don't, but these spiders were really hard. I failed to get them to stick many times before making these four. I especially had trouble with the super glue, until I change the material the base was made of and seriously roughed up the spiders legs with sand paper to get it to stick.

@Tyranid Horde: Thanks! I was hoping you would enjoy the planet for that reason. I hope it doesn't seem frustratingly amateur-ish or wrong to someone like you. My only background is elementary school science, being a teacher, and my own research on it for fun.

   
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Posts with Authority





Boston-area [Watertown] Massachusetts

Syro, I suggest bookmarking this site:

https://www.thistothat.com/



--Brian


Falling down is the same as being hit by a planet — "I paint to the 20 foot rule, it saves a lot of time." -- Me
ddogwood wrote:People who feel the need to cheat at Warhammer deserve pity, not anger. I mean, how pathetic does your life have to be to make you feel like you need to cheat at your toy army soldiers game?
 
   
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Mekboy Hammerin' Somethin'





USA

Thanks Brian, it's been bookmarked. It looks like it will come in handy, thanks.

I've been working on my orcs for D&D some more. It's funny for the large swarm units in 40k like ork boys, imperial guard, gaunts, etc, I didn't care about making the models noticably different since they move as a group and get wiped out in large numbers. But for D&D each model has it's own hit points, and you need to know which one a player is attacking. So it's important to be able to tell each apart (at least in my mind). This has been a little hard to get used to at first, but now I'm really enjoying it, even though it adds a lot of work.
I'm close to done with all of the orcs now, and have been adding trophies and little touches to most of them. (The leader of the orcs in the starter campaign is named "Brughor Axe-Biter", can you find him?)


A few days ago, I decided to calculate how many miniatures I will need to play the entire "Lost Mines of Phandelver" starter campaign, I'm probably off somewhere in my count, but including stuff like the smaller pieces the ochre jelly can split into and both genders for each of the premade heroes it looks like the adventure needs about 120 miniatutes. A little intimidating. I'll have to get around to see how many I've made so far to get a better idea of where I'm at.

   
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Shroomin Brain Boy





Berlin Germany

120 miniatures for a campaign???!...
Ouch...that and with the needed amount of details and character differences...
Quite the big bite of work...but inevitable...i even have that need horde armies ...

And i spotted yon axebiter...


   
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Mekboy Hammerin' Somethin'





USA

Yeah Vik, I feel the number a minis is excessive too. I'm talking the upper limit, having the maximum possible amount of each monster in random encounter tables, a different mini for each of the three evil wizards you fight, the three villagers you save in a single room and never see again, etc. I wonder if they want a lot of different stuff because it's a starter campaign and Wizards of the Coast wants to introduce new players to lots of different stuff.

It also doesn't help that as I've been making stuff for this campaign, I keep making more than is required for the campaign in case I need them in the future The game needs 8 twig blights so I made 10, needs 4 bandits, so I made 8, needs one grick so I made 5. Despite at that, I either counted wrong for needing 120 minis or I'm getting further than I had thought. I still have a lot of painting to do, and the dragon is just standing in for the one I'm planning to make, but here is a picture of basically every mini I will need for parts 1 - 3 of the 4 part campaign.

The 3 paper cut outs are the three villagers you rescue in the game, it doesn't seem worth having minis for them, even to me

P.S. I'm glad you found Axe biter and wow about wanting to individualize hoard armies. Most be a huge amount of work, but look great.

   
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Boston-area [Watertown] Massachusetts

Or, you could just use paper stand-ups for everything.

--B.


Falling down is the same as being hit by a planet — "I paint to the 20 foot rule, it saves a lot of time." -- Me
ddogwood wrote:People who feel the need to cheat at Warhammer deserve pity, not anger. I mean, how pathetic does your life have to be to make you feel like you need to cheat at your toy army soldiers game?
 
   
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Shroomin Brain Boy





Berlin Germany

Short answer for now' i think it is a personal challenge to have these villagers in 3D...minis of that look are hard to find...but when done good raise the motivation to rescue them... Also get some kids minis...just remember lassie movies...a perfect example of seek and rescue operations...

   
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Mekboy Hammerin' Somethin'





USA

@Briancj: Heh, That would make me sad. I like minis too much.

@Vicktor von Domm: I have a set of villager minis including little kids, and I agree villagers are hard to find. It's hard to know what to use for these three villagers because they are described and teenagers with their mother. All of my villager minis look really young like age 8 or younger or middle aged and above. Tough to say if I should change their age in the adventure, try to find more villager minis, or try to make some, if I don't stick with the paper stand-ups.

   
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Incorporating Wet-Blending





Japan

 Syro_ wrote:
@Briancj: Heh, That would make me sad. I like minis too much.

@Vicktor von Domm: I have a set of villager minis including little kids, and I agree villagers are hard to find. It's hard to know what to use for these three villagers because they are described and teenagers with their mother. All of my villager minis look really young like age 8 or younger or middle aged and above. Tough to say if I should change their age in the adventure, try to find more villager minis, or try to make some, if I don't stick with the paper stand-ups.


You have villagers? Where did you get them? I have a few from the first Reaper Bones Kickstarter, but they are essentially human-shaped blobs of plastic and I can't bring myself to paint them.

Now showing Wizard Study scatter terrain from Mantic!

Painting total as of 3/9/2019: 35 plus a wooden bridge and gnoll encampment and 28 pieces of Mantic scatter terrain

Painting total as of 12/31/2018: 220 plus three sets of Osgiliath ruins and Great Cthulhu and a Japanese peasant farmhouse and a rice paddy and a whole bunch of resin Frostgrave terrain.
 
   
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Mekboy Hammerin' Somethin'





USA

My villagers are mostly from the Reaper "Village of Kullhaven" set. They are metal, but I know some of them are the same as in that first Reaper Bones kickstarter. 13 models total, most with pretty unattractive sculpts: 4 children, farmer with a staff, maid with a broom, mother holding two children, Ale Wench, serving girl, Barkeep cleaning a glass, beggar with staff and bowl, Strumpet flashing a leg, and blacksmitth posing with anvil on stump. Other than that I have peasants with pitchforks for the 1997 miniature boardgame "Lion Heart, and the occasional random mini from stuff like a Man holding keys from "Lord of the Rings Heroclix"

   
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Shroomin Brain Boy





Berlin Germany

i am wondering if some necromunda stuff would be usable as kids(teenagers... the juve ones? also...if all else fails...victoria miniatures and anvil industries make some nice heads that could work...male youngster heads on these not too openly female looking female torsos?


Automatically Appended Next Post:
also...what about using halflings?

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Gargantuan Great Squiggoth





Not where I should be

Well that was a wonderful catch up. loads of really wonderful bits and pieces.

My I suggest also looking at the survivor packs from the zombie games, although they are based in more modern style the heads are separate and the quite a few could pass off as olde worlde.



 
   
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Shroomin Brain Boy





Berlin Germany

^cool hint... i know i got the sprue from you and i know there is good stuff still on it for that purpose!

   
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Stealthy Warhound Titan Princeps







Orks look good! The individualization is great.

I usually have to pin dollar store creature's feet to their base as it happens. I bookmarked this to that as well. I personally think there are lots of good villagers out there, and if you go to a historical line, they should look kind of thin and teenaged.

I'm looking at running the starting module for Dark Heresy with figures and started going insane figuring out how to find,/make/paint all the figures needed, until I decided that A) I could change up some characters, and B) not all scenes were worth doing with figures. Now I think I can run it quite well with just a couple more priests and the player's figures.
   
Made in gb
Stabbin' Skarboy





Bedford

Love the little details you have done down to Syro, the playing cards are a great touch on the table

The D&D Orks are looking good, I am partial to an Ork conversion and making each one look unique. Good luck with making 120 different characters for your adventure.

   
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Mekboy Hammerin' Somethin'





USA

Thanks for all the great advice everyone, I've spent about two hours going through different miniature sites and offerings. I just spent $33 on 8 new miniatures for myself, but 1 or 2 are actually why I went searching in the first place

Along with brain storming from this group, I have a good plan of what to use for the miniatures for the three villager captives. I went back and read the description again, and the teenage boy is quite young, 13 years old, so I'm planning on using Vik's idea and use one of my hobbit miniatures for him. I just bought an elf cleric miniature with no weapons and no prominent ears that I can see in the photo, along with a Reaper milk maid villager, either of which I think will work well for the 18 year old daughter. I have a Mage Knight miniature that I'm planning to try to convert for the mother, but can also just use a villager mini.

@Viktor von Domm: Thanks for the advice Vik, I checked out the necromunda stuff but didn't see anything that really grabbed me, but as I said above I really like your halfling idea and think it will work well for the boy. Thanks!

@Camkierhi: Thanks for the advice Cam, and it's great to see you more active again. I know you've been busy with life and Cam Creations. I didn't realize how many zombie games their are now, I looked through and found a few I liked, almost got them until I found some reaper stuff that I liked even better. Thanks.

@kestral: Thanks for the advice kestral, I checked out a lot of historical lines on Miniature Market. Hail Caesar, Pike and Shot, Blood and Plunder, and Black Powder but had trouble finding villagers. I probably should have checked the company websites. You've found lots of cool civilians over the years, so make sure you post about it on your blog when you find new ones and 'll check them out . That's nice that you've figured out how to cut back for how much is needed for Dark Heresy, I'm a little jealous. But like Vik said, this is kind of a personal challenge for me now, so I want to get minis for it all. Thanks

@Midget Gems: Thanks! And yes, I would agree that you are partial to ork conversions My conversions are pretty minor compared to what you do, but thanks it is fun customizing them.

   
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Shroomin Brain Boy





Berlin Germany

I ´ve had a quite large research amount done one that department...and quintessence is...reaper...they have the best fitting range... i will get me some of these non combatant minis soon...they have kids, teenagers and moms and barkeepers...milkmaids and so on...it literally leaves nothing to be desired of ...oh...and some hassle free minis...^^

   
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Longtime Dakkanaut




Canada

Syro_

For your campaign...what happens if the adventuring party decides to skip a few rooms?

Cheers,

CB

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USA

@Viktor von Domm: I agree, my entire miniature order I mentioned last time is Reaper stuff. An adventure I thought up last year involves rescuing a lot of different villagers, so I've wanted a large collection of villagers for some time. it's certainly getting there.

@Captain Brown: It's a pre-made module so there is quite a bit of railroading in places, especially in the beginning. Even with all this preparation, I don't mind them skipping stuff, it's not worth forcing them in certain direction just to show off my minis. The central part of the module something like five different locations, and they can skip straight to the end after one of those if they make the right decisions and ask the right questions. I'm planning on playing the starter campaign to many different groups when they are starting out, so that's why I want to be so over prepared, I expect everything will get used eventually.

I've been exhausted from work, and having been doing much crafting lately but here is a little. I've also noticed that I am actually really close to being finished with my goal of having every mini for the starter campaign. I only have stirges, a spectator, and the final boss left to make (I think). Lots left to paint though

Here is a tiny beholder family made up of the gazer I made, a gauth for a D&D board game, the spectator that I am going to make for "Lost Mines of Phandelver", and a beholder that I'm going to slap together for giggles. I have been wanting to make a bunch of beholders since the start of the summer, but haven't made the time. this guy will be my ugliest proof of concept beholder.


I also found these in the dollar store today, they look they will be fun for crafting

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USA

I should be working on the spectator for the starter campaign, so instead I have pretty much finished the quick and easy beholder. It's turned out better than I expected, I'll have to see how it looks once painted too.



With my ping pong ball with a marble embedded in it, I cut some floral wire and attached those little foam balls from my last post, to each piece of wire for eye stalks. After making ten, I started attaching them and posing them.


After the eyestalks were atatched, I textured the whole body with cheap hold glue, DM Scotty style.

After that I cut a little bit of foam for a lower jar, and used little cut shards of bamboo skewer for teeth.

   
 
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