17 May 2014

Black Fangs Cave: Slow Progress, and How I Made a Door

Hello. I found some hobby time from ordinary life, and decided to use it one the Pathfinder dungeon. Here's what I've got this time... Quite many pics in this post, sorry bout that!

Next Dungeon piece, made as described in my last posting. Difference here is that part of the cave wall is not "natural" cave. It's more like masoned dungeon room wall... I made the wall bricks with my sketching pen, for I didn't have the time to cut them with a knife. They turned out ok.

Here's the wall section painted and ready for action.

It's a weird shaped block.

Then I started on my first attempt (ever) for the dungeon door. I drew the lines on a piece of urethane.

Cut it in half...

Then I cut the doorways open.

At this stage, I took some material off from around the doorways, from both pieces, for I wanted to fit the door in between them.

I glued the pieces together again with hot glue, and cutted a door from balsa wood. The picture is crappy, but if you look carefully (and use your imagination), you can see the gab between the two door sections...

There it is... Just fits.

Then I painted the frames, and cutted some planks from balsa, and glued them on the door sheet.

Slide out....

Slide in... Now I can use the door as "opened" or "closed" versions.

Door planks were washed with Agrax Earthshade.

The other side.

Here's all the wall sections and new door in place on the map.

And last pic from another angle. Still lots to do with the cave, but slowly getting there. Bye now!

11 May 2014

Black Fangs Cave: Easy 3D Dungeon Walls

Hi there! First of all, my blog has just broken the 100K views... Thanks for all who visited here! This post is about RPG for a change. While ago I re-opened my Pathfinder starter box, and got the brilliant "Black Fangs Dungeon" map out for viewing.

It's a beautifully detailed map, and works visually on it's own just fine... But I wanted something more. First I only thought of making all the smaller things, like statues, fountains, goblin beds and props in 3D. But later, I got the idea of trying to make the walls... Here's what I did.

First I drew the lines of the wall sections through a greaseproof paper.

I turned the paper around and drew the line again on a piece of polyurethane.

And there's a nice line for cutting...

I roughly cutted the piece with my trusty carpet knife.

Then I "chopped" the edges full of vertical cuts. This makes a really nice stone effect...

Finally I made few diagonal cuts and deeper gaps to the foam. The "chopping" looks great and is really fast to do... Just dont chop your fingers!

To make the wall section higher, I drew a copy of the first one, using the original as a liner.

There... a perfect copy!

 Which I did'nt like, and decided to make it a bit smaller... so I made a new line, and cutted it again.

Looks better when they're not identical twins... Fastened with hot glue.

Here's another piece made in same manner, and added some sand on the edges of the first elevation. Now there's only painting left.

Allrighty... Three wall sections done, and It's time to see how the effect works. Here are the heroes, lost in a 2D dungeon.

And boom! We got walls. "What the hell"!? There was also a Cave Troll, lurking in the shadows... Heroes are flat footed now, for sure.

I added some of my old props just to see how they work together. The pics are abit flashy... sorry bout that. I painted the stone with base color of dark grey, then made two fast high light layers adding white to the mix.
 I painted the top of the wall section black, to make it more abstract. I think it gives a feeling that the walls could rise alot higher. Maybe, if the top was painted stony color, it would look like the players could climb on, and over them... I dunno.

One last pic... Entering the Black Fang's dungeon. More walls coming soon. Bye now!

4 May 2014

High Elves of Caledor: Sentinel with Spear

Hello! I haven't posted anything for awhile. So I thought it would be good to post at least some WIP-pics, to prove that there's still some hobby action every now and then in my life.

 I have been working mostly on my RPG-Dungeon walls, and found some cheap and fast recipe for it (more of that later)... But here's something from the painting table. High Elf Spearman Champion.

I tried to keep the colors rich, and "old-school" Dragon Princelike... Some parts are not painted yet, but I'm gonna leave the spear handle black, for black is also one of the Caledorian colors. I'm also slowly learning the secrets of non-metallic gold, but need alot of practice :) And the shield is still on it's way...

Had to post this pic too, for you can see part of my new Dungeon wall set on the background :) Bye now!