Sunday, 14 October 2018

Crowdfunding Watch – 3D-printing – a modular terrain system, wastelands and tombstones

Three campaigns this time, covering a wide field.

We’ve seen a lot of modular dungeons of different flavours. Modular outdoor terrain is rarer, but here we have a campaign full of very nice terrain.
We’re presented with 4”x4” tiles that are truly 3D, as you can build hills, cliffs and of course flat piece to. On top of that there are river-tiles, a cemetery, trenches, swamps, bridges and more.
The tiles connect with OpenLOCK clips, and you can build on several layers, making a truly 3D-board.
This looks really good, and you will get a proper review in a week’s time or so, as I was kindly given some review files to print and play with.
Absolutely worth a look!
This KS ends on November 8, 2018

Hayland Terrain is back with another kickstarter, this time themed around apocalyptic wastelands.
You’ll get scatter terrain for your warbands to fight over, everything from a wrecked diner, to a shipwreck to power lines for your very own electric fence.
As always with Hayland, the fun starts with the stretch-goals, and the first one is an improvised shooting range.
If you’re really into wasteland stuff, then there is a chance to pledge for the earlier two campaigns. With all these you will have a truly great gaming board.
Do have a look if an apocalyptic world is your thing.
This KS ends on October 26, 2018.

Who doesn’t need a tabletop graveyard?
Here’s your chance to get a low-cost one.
You can decide on just tombstones or upgrade to get some larger pieces too.
The one drawback is that there are a lot of crosses, limiting the set’s use to non-fantasy settings.
That aside, you can’t complain about the price; €4 for 24 crosses. That can fill a sizeable graveyard.
Check it out!
This KS ends on October 31 2018.

If you would like to see more 3D-printing crowdfunding projects then look here.
Do you want to see reviews of 3D-printing stuff then check here.

All photos, renders and illustrations © Nick Fatchen, Hayland Terrain and Michael Novelo respectively and used with permission.

Friday, 12 October 2018

3D-Printing Review: Dungeon architect - Build a dungeon in a day

I was kindly sent a bunch of review-files from the Dungeon architect - Build a dungeon in a day kickstarter.
If you read the 3D-crowdfunding watch on this campaign a while ago, you know I found this to be good idea, and having tried it out I’m more than happy with the results.
The idea here is to 3D-print your rollers or stamps and then imprint their design into a suitable medium.
I printed the roller using PLA, layer hight 0.02 mm, Infill 50% (to get it really rigid). Print time was less than four hours and I used filament for around €1.50.

XPS (extruded polystyre) foam is the recommended candidate for walls and floors.
I first tried to work on pink foam, which is high-density. That turned out to be too compact, as the stamp I tried on it just couldn’t make a good impression. So, no pink foam, which is a pity as I got loads of that.
Next was EPS, that is the ordinary expanded polystyrene, you know the very cheap, white sheets (or packaging material) built from small beads that get everywhere if you try to cut it with a blunt blade. I’ve got loads of those sheets, too.
The roller and stamp worked great on this. Okay, you see contours of the beads, but there can simply be no cheaper way to get a dungeon up and running in minutes.
If you want a really cheap dungeon made in no time, and are not so focused on the aesthetics then this is a decent candidate.
Finally, I tried to get hold of the blue XPS foam (one brand is sold as Styrofoam), which is a bit lighter in density compared to pink foam. I tried several craft shops and builders shops. It seemed impossible to get hold of thin sheets of this, so I ended with a big 5 cm thick slab. From that I carved (with a very sharp blade) centimetre wide strips and finally I imprinted these.
It took me a couple of minutes to imprint two walls and one floor-piece. A minute or two with a glue-gun to stick them together. Another couple of minutes to paint them and probably two minutes to drybrush. A sizeable piece of dungeon corridor in ten minutes or so. You can hardly beat that!
I will continue to play with this, as I also got a brick-roller, a couple of more stamps, a cutter for door-arches and a printable door. You will see a couple of builds with this, that is for sure.
Absolutely recommended if you ever need a dungeon in a hurry. Great stuff!
My gamer-son said it all when I showed the rollers and stamps to him: 
This is just so smart!"
I do hope these will be for sale in some form after the Kickstarter. I'll keep you informed on that issue.
But don't worry, there is still time to pledge on the kickstarter, as it closes on October 17.

Monday, 8 October 2018

Prusa 3D-printer – up and running!

Monday last week I got a really big box.
Oh, a black box. You usually don't know what's inside one of those, just what goes in and what goes out. This time I knew.
In it was the long awaited 3D-printer, a Prusa i3 MK3.
I got it up and running immediately, as I had ordered an assembled printer. Well, mostly running actually, as there are always some glitches in the beginning.
For me it was initially one of the fans that didn’t work, resulting in failed prints. When I figured out what was actually the problem with the prints I blew through the fan with compressed air, and that seem to have removed whatever was in there. One less problem.
Up and running the first print
After that one of the prints, a wall-section of my Printable Scenery Rampage Open Lock stuff I build dungeons off, got loose during a print. That turned out to be really messy as the printer gladly continued to print into thin air, resulting in a bundle of thin filament. A large bundle.
First object to print was this statue, the same I used to play around with on my old printer to get the settings right.
That was fixed with added brims, to those prints with small foot-prints, in the PrusaControl software I use to produce print-files from the STL-files.
All this while I was fiddling with layer-heights and infill to get a feeling of how it all affected the end-result.
A mystery print for a friend. Can you figure out what it is, Koen?
So now I’m printing away, happily. Everything seem to work as it should.
Next mystery print coming from a kickstarter that will go live on tuesday. Expect a review.
I’m printing a lot of modular dungeon at the moment, to be used in next weekends’ D&D game, and also review-stuff from two kickstarters. More on that soon.

Sunday, 7 October 2018

Crowdfunding Watch – 3D-printing – A book, SF and a texture roller

I’ve got review-copies from three different kickstarters recently, and I'm looking and printing from then now (Yes, the printer is up and running!). Expect several reviews shortly.

Back to the kickstarters of this watch! There are three of them this time, covering a very diverse field.

I know absolutely nothing about 3D-modelling, that is, how to make printable files of miniatures (and other stuff). So, I guess I am the kind of person this kickstarter is geared towards.
Figure template parts
What you get for your £10 pledge is two pdf-books on how to make your own miniatures and close to 300 model files that will help you as you read through the books.
I kindly got a review copy of the core-book and I’m reading it through right now.  It is looking really interesting. Expect a review in a day or two.
This KS ends on October 15 2018 (you can also find it at Indiegogo where it runs until early November)

Here we have stl-files for a bunch of really nice-looking vehicles and scatter terrain to go with them.
The pledges felt a bit low on content at first, but the first stretchgoal was quickly reached, as were the second one. And with that it started to look very sweet indeed.
I really like the Supply Station-stuff. That would make some great-looking terrain, maybe an objective in a game. Nice!
This KS ends on October 30 2018.

Here is another kickstarter with a stamp of sorts where you use pressure to create texture on either clay/putty or XPS-foam.
You’re presented with several rollers that can either be bought as physical rollers or as STL-files.
They seem to be suitable mainly for roads, but for that they look excellent.
There are rollers for Roman streets, several versions of cobblestones and one for broken stone walls.
The rollers for streets looks really good, and it would be interesting to test them on latex to get flexible roads. That would be great, if it is possible. They would also be useful for creating a road-grid an a big sheet of XPS-foam and use that as a base for a town to be used for Pulp Alley or The Chicago Way. 
Lot's of potential!
This KS ends on October 13 2018

All photos, renders and illustrations © Steve Hampson, War Scenery and Falkenwelt Modellbau respectively and used with permission.

Monday, 1 October 2018

James, a nurse and September Tally

The final two minis finished during September were James from Zombicide: Black Plague and a nurse from Shadows of Brimstone.
James in the art does look a lot like Sean Connery from The Name of the Rose, and that might explain his name.
The nurse is a hero specializing in healing and taking samples from monsters and whatnot, hence her green bottle.

A summary of September:
Total: 19

2 pulp characters from Bad Squiddo Games and a 1/48 car-kit.
Total: 3

Bought:         194
Painted:         -116
Sold:              -180
Total:            - 102

Saturday, 29 September 2018

Crowdfunding Watch – 3D-printing – End of September edition

Three really varied campaigns this time. Enjoy!

Here’s something out of the ordinary; files to print tools to imprint a design into expanded polystyrene and other materials.
It looks like a super idea to get a quick dungeon up and running, and there are other designs, too, if dungeons are not your thing.
Included are also stamps to get floors or ground made, cutters for doors, door inserts and more.
Lots of useful bits to make quick dungeons, walls, floors and whatnot.
Absolutely worth a look, and you can expect a review here in a week or two as I have received some review samples that will hit the printer as soon as I get it working (the Prusa i3 Mk3 will be delivered on Monday October 1. Yay!)
This KS ends on October 17 2018

If you’re into SF urban warfare then take a look at this campaign.
Here you’ll get 11 structures and a couple of stretchgoals.
The structures range from stores and residential buildings to subway entrances and ATMs.
A couple of stretchgoals are unlocked, among them a slum storage building and two-story residential building.
Everything looks just great and would fit perfectly with Infinity or other SF-games
This KS ends on October 21 2018

This is a more limited KS, building on an earlier one (and yes, you can get hold of the earlier files here, as a bundle).
What I especially like is the bridge, that would look so good on a Frostgrave-table. 
You can build it in different configurations and on different levels.
Absolutely worth a look if you need some fantasy terrain to spice up your gaming table.
This KS ends on October 6 2018.

All photos, renders and illustrations © Wartorn Studios, Project Mobius and Kieran Billings respectively and used with permission.