Monday, October 15, 2012
Pegasus Hobbies Sandbag packs to create an improvised military base for an Episode of Maxed Out my science fiction Savage Worlds game. I picked up a set of "Straights" and a set of "Corners". Each set was $20.00 a piece. I really like these. They are nicely detailed and finished and they are ready to use out of the box. I think they worked well in this situation.
Friday, October 12, 2012
Last night I glued corrugated cardboard rectangles inside two of the plastic crates then I glued the crates together to make one apartment building. I used Aleen's Tacky Glue which seems to have bonded fairly well. I would suggest a tacky craft glue over a regular PVA glue or perhaps some wood glue for this. The cardboard will provide a base for me to glue details on like doors, windows, and tech bits. Normally I would try and make a building like this playable and use clear plastic for windows and add floors and doors but this is suppose to be a simple and cheap terrain project aimed at new players so I decided that would be too complicated.
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
I've started my Infinity Terrain “How low can you go?” challenge and I'm already at $43.88 US For my supply cost. I do however have most of the things I plan to use for the table that I am not going to make from recycled junk. I'm trying to keep the terrain set under $100.00 and I hope to go lower if I can manage it. I'm going to need to leave some budget for some more paint and a few other bits.
I went to three stores today and this is how it broke down:
Lowe's: I picked up a 4'x8' sheet of 3/16th inch masonite (MDF) board which they cut into two 4'x4' sections for $13.99. I am planning on using one section for my table top and one section for basing some of my other terrain elements and possibly for streets.
Walmart: I picked up four cans of cheap store brand spray paint. Two cans of primer grey cost $1.38 each and two cans of flat black cost $0.96 each. I also bought a package of cork tiles that cost $5.94 and some plastic canvas “Granny Grating” for $2.97. The total at Walmart with tax was $14.76.
Dollar Tree: Everything at Dollar Tree cost a dollar except the two sheets of poster board that cost $0.50 each so I'm not going to break down the prices. I picked up two sheets of poster board, two packets of alphabet and number stickers, eight plastic crates, and four sheets of foamcore even though I was only charged for three. My total cost was $15.13.
I'm going to use the foamcore to build a small factory or two and a three or four building strip mall as well as using it for other details on the crate buildings. If I can work it in I'm going to go for a small park as well.
As I pointed out I'm going for an Ariadna industrial city look. I'll probably draw from Russian sources for my inspiration.
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
I was thinking about the recent thread “Terrain as a hindrance to new players?” which is about how hard it is to set up an economical table full of terrain and I was thinking that making a simple 4'x4' table full of terrain that is as economical as possible would be a good forum challenge.
If you would like to participate here are the rules:
Contest ends on the last day of November.
You must start with nothing. Not even a table surface. Pretend you are not a miniature gamer. No finished buildings or even a finished table top. No finished hills ect.
Track the cost of everything you spend putting the table together. You can use existing materials and bits if you can show the cost of those materials and bits.
Using free bits like recycled junk from packaging is perfectly acceptable and encouraged.
Use simple techniques. Please no resin casting or techniques requiring complicated tools. Exacto knives, rulers, tape, glues, paints and other easy to find and use tools are encouraged.
At the end of the challenge the table must be finished. Everything must be painted and ready to play on.
Post pics of your progress in this thread or link your progress thread or blog.
Starting Now! Good luck!
Here is a link to my thread if you wish to participate: