Thursday, 31 January 2019

Crowdfunding Watch – 3D-printing – From the hell to deep sea to space, with special effects thrown into the mix.

Here’s something special, a kickstarter fully devoted to special effects.
Do you want explosions, muzzle flashes, bursting napalm, jets of fire or smoke?
You’ll find it here.
Really neat stuff for your printer, and the painted examples looks great and should be achievable for us ordinary mortals.
Highly recommended.
Check it out before it end on February 15 2019.

Do you need an elevated road, an asteroid (or Moon) mining camp or settlement, then this could well be worth a look.
There is also a walker that looks really interesting and vaguely familiar.
The campaign is well into stretch-goal territory, with lots of buildings, vehicles and weapons unlocked, and more to be achieved.
Take a look before February 11 2019.

Do you want another chance to get your hands on the Modelling Miniatures handbook, showing you how to 3D-sculpt miniatures with free software?
A Swedish viking?
If yes, then you have to hurry as this mini-campaign closes very soon.
Here you’ll get the first handbook for free (!) and the second for whatever you want to pay for it (with a minimum of £1).
What’s not to like?
Hurry over, download and/or pledge a pittance, but do it fast as the campaign closes within hours!

Does your adventures take you below the waves? If that is the case you should head over to this campaign and check out the scatter terrain and figures.
There’s a link to some free figures, if you want a sample of what the minis will look like.
A fun little campaign. Check it out on February 25 2019 at the latest.

Here’s a chance to get a feeling for what Hell looks like.
What can I say? Oooooh, probably.
This all looks great. I really like the lava fields and tubes.
The statues are… disturbing.
So this is what I’ve been promised? As an atheist I’ve had more than one threat of a special long-term stay down here. I’m not too worried about that, as I believe it is far more likely that I have a game on this terrain.
Do have a look before it ends, on February 27 2019.

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All photos, renders and illustrations © Deadly Print Studio, WOW Buildings, Steve Hampson, Tracey Henry and Eric Askue respectively and used with permission.

Tuesday, 29 January 2019

Making your own clear bases

I’ve been using clear bases the last couple of years, as you have seen, and I’m really satisfied with that.
A female pulp adventurer on a home-made clear base
I found a YouTube video on how to make your own clear bases from Pulp Alley the other day. I seem to have missed it when it first aired, about half a year ago, but checked it out now.
It’s all about a very simple and cheap way to make your own clear bases, and I decided to try it out.
First you have to buy a punch stamp, and the video recommended EK Tools. I found a Medium Punch (1”) locally in a e-shop selling scrapbook-stuff and had it delivered just two days after purchase.
Then you collect all those blister-packs that you kept, as they could, someday, be useful for windows/water/whatnot. Now they will actually be used!
Use a scissor to cut out all biggish flat surfaces.
Start punching! I found some of the thicker blisters to crack when I punched out my bases, but it all works well enough, and I’m pumping out cheap (as in free) bases. What’s not to like?
Finally - ask your friends to keep their blister packs! One of mine had to do some trash-diving to collect what he had just thrown away (well, he actually rummaged around in a bag of plastic bound for recycling).
When I scrapped a lot of material from courses I took ages ago I found a sheet of clear plastic used as a cover for an old spiral bound collection of papers. The paper and metal tread is in their respective recycling bins, while the plastic is refined into clear bases.

Monday, 28 January 2019

3D-printed cargo piles, barrel cart and more

Got a bunch of 3D-printed stuff ready for gaming.
The cargo piles are really useful pieces of scatter terrain. They will be at home in both fantasy, Wild West and pulp settings, and of course other historical ones, too. You’ll get cargo piles for $5 at Printable Scenery.
The barrel cart is a free piece, from Thingiverse this time. It's just great! I have to bind the barrel down with some suitable string, but haven’t found what I need yet.
Finally a marker stone and some stone braziers, also free and from Thingiverse. The marker stone be useful both in Frostgrave and our D&D campaign, while the braziers have a place in the next solo Pulp Alley game I’m planning, not as braziers but relegated to a lesser role as pedestals (the statue is a Reaper Bones figure converted into a bronze). 
This is really the beauty of 3D-printing. I needed five pedestals for a game, looked through my library of stl-files, found something suitable and had them printed in a couple of hours. Great!
A lot of scatter terrain this time. I’m also printing dungeon terrain pieces, and more on those and what you can build with them soon.
(Sorry that I said that the cargo piles were free the first hour or so, as they are not. My bad)

Sunday, 20 January 2019

Female Pulp Explorers from Bad Squiddo Games (and 3D printing)

Got these female explorers painted. They are from Annie Norman’s Bad Squiddo Games, sculpted by Shayne Hoyle, and they are great.
When I see the photo of them I think I should have painted their eyes, but when you see them in the flesh (or should that be tin?) they look good enough. I think that is what I should strive for, to actually get minis to the gaming table.

I’ve had some problems with the 3D-printer from early December. Filament extrusion wouldn’t work as it should and everything turned into crap most of the time. I tried everything to solve the problem, but nothing worked.
Well, not until I thought of ambient temperature. I had the printer in our garage, i.e. my hobby-room. It’s the coldest part of the house, and now, with winter in full swing, it was down to 160C in there. That proved to be the thing. I moved the printer up to an empty bedroom, turned it on this morning, and it worked just like it should. Yay!
It’s happily printing away as I write this.

Saturday, 19 January 2019

Crowdfunding Watch – 3D-printing – Spaceships, a whole town, a citadel, trees and Normandy

Five new interesting 3D-printing projects this time.

Wow. Just Wow!
What’s not to like with this campaign? Three modular spaceship-models that can become a fleet of different variants.
Not only that, they have fully playable modular interiors, too.
Everything looks absolutely fantastic.
As a bonus this kickstarter is Swedish.
Do check this out right away, or at least not later than February 15 2019.

Ever wanted a whole city to play your fantasy or Victorian Sci-Fi games in? If “yes” then take a look at this, as it might be just what you are looking for.
Modular houses, roofs, streets, castle, bridges and more.
Fantastic stuff.
There are also a lot of add-ons. Everything from airships to huge monsters.
Absolutely worth a look, and do look before the campaign ends on February 14 2019.

Are you even a bit interested in a modular, OpenLOCK compatible citadel, with towers, walls and roads?
If yes, then this is for you.
A truly great looking kit, with a huge number of individual pieces, so you can design a fort to your liking.
Check it out before this kickstarter ends on February 8 2019.

We can’t let our little tin-soldiers do all their adventuring in towns and forts, can we?
Here’s stuff to take it all outdoors, with a chance of printing a really clever forest of your own.
You can adventure in the tree-tops thanks to the smart design of the leafs, making gameable platforms.
A very nice set of trees, well worth a look. Do it on February 7 2019 at the latest.

Here we have Jens Najewitz’ great looking WWII-terrain again.
Jens had two Normandy campaigns on Kickstarter, and here we see most of them on Indiegogo.
There might be a couple of new models also, I’m not sure.
I backed his first Normandy campaign, and I’m just now printing the farmstead, which looks great.
Here’s a great way to get a very nice set of buildings, and vehicles, suitable for your WWII Normandy gaming. They do work just as well for Pulp and modern gaming, too.
Check it out before February 13 2019.

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

All photos, renders and illustrations © 2nd Dynasty, Rocket Pig Games, Jeremy Gosser, The Exotic Greeble and Jens Najewitz respectively and used with permission.