Saturday, July 26, 2014

Pipe Organ

Here are a few photos of my current project.  It's a pipe organ that's going into a larger project I'm doing.  A cathedral in hell.  I'll post more in progress photos of the larger project as I progress.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Columns and Wood Debris

Here are my latest projects.  The first are natural stone columns.  I have mixed feelings on these.  The paper towels I used (Bounty) had a pattern in them and it didn't go away when it got wet.  I fiddled around quite a bit trying to smooth them out and make them go away, but they just wouldn't.  I even tried some hot glue on the top of one to try and hide the pattern but I think that looked worse.  I then tried some super cheap Wal-Mart paper towels and while they look better, they were an absolute nightmare to try and use as they fell apart like toilet paper and I ended up spending quite a bit of time trying to salvage pieces to use on the columns.  In addition, I spent so much time trying to "fix" them that the paper tubes ended up getting really wet and a lot of the angled features disappeared as they dried.  If anyone has a good suggestion on paper towels, I would appreciate knowing what brand works best. Anyway, here at the pics of the columns.

While those were in different stages of drying, I decided to start another project.  I made a bunch of wood debris.  All in all I'm happy with how they turned out.  I took some of the advice on not piling the debris too high but I did want some of the boards to be jutting out at different angles so added a few pieces to some that stick up but there is still plenty of room for minis to stand on the piles if needed.

Last project was a quickie I did while waiting for the other two projects to dry.  It's a small section of Jagged rock I made out of a remnant aquarium piece I had left over after pulling the plants off it.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Quick Update

Today I'm just putting up a quick update.  It still really bothers me that I wasn't able to get all my paints into my shelves.  Yesterday I was surfing some other craft projects from other people and I saw a photo of someones paint setup where they had put their reaper paints on their sides which made it much easier to see the colors.  I thought it was a great idea so I came up with the following to store my reaper paints.  This allowed me to put an additional forty-five paints onto my shelves (sadly I have 48 bottles of reaper paints).  Although I ended up restarting 3 times trying to get the spacing right, in the end, I was pretty happy with how it turned out.  Here are a few photos of the completed project.

My 3 year old daughter was helping me put the paints into the holes, so I'll need to rearrange them later to get the similar colors grouped together better.

Thought I would throw in a couple more pictures of my storage closet.  I just spent the last 5 hours or so digging stuff out of cardboard boxes and getting them into these shelves.  Should make it 1000 times easier to find things now.  These cabinets used to be filled with tons of misc gaming and computer stuff that rarely ever even got looked at.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Couple small projects

Here are another couple of small projects I've done while waiting for glue or paint to dry on others.  The first are some webs.  I got the idea from the Web Template on The DM's Craft, but decided I wanted them to not be glued to a base, so I just used hot glue on parchment paper.  Once they had cooled, I was able to just peel them off the paper.  They are soft and bendy, so I will be able to just lay them over whatever tiles or objects I want.  One is 20' across the other is 25'. (1" scale).

The second is a small prison cage.  It could either be used as a trap where it comes down from the ceiling, or as a prison cage in a larger room.  After looking at the photos I took, I'm thinking I need to add a bit of dirt or rust to the cage to make it look less perfect.

I've been kind of up in the air the past few days trying to decide what I want to try next.  The purple worm video looks awesome, but the ruins or the village huts look fun as well.  I just need to decide and get to work on it (and quit watching crafting videos!)

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Paint Shelves

I took a break from creating gaming terrain and decided to create some shelves to store all my paints.  Before, I had them all stored in a cabinet and finding a specific color was a complete pain in the butte.  It took me a couple days to finish, but I got them installed today and they turned out great.  The only disappointment?  I guess I have a lot more paints than I realized.  After filling the shelves, I still had about 70 bottles of paint left, so I doubled (tripled) up the bottom row and reluctantly left all my reaper paints in the  unit I already had them in for now.  I didn't really want it on my desk any more, but I didn't really have a choice in the end.  It also didn't help that my paints from a Kickstarter I pledged to last year arrived yesterday and took up the top 2 1/2 rows of my newly constructed shelves.  Anyway, here are the shelves.

Oh, the little fella in the first picture is Mr. Nibbles.