Leveling Up!

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Re: Leveling Up!

Post by Arbados » Fri Aug 09, 2019 4:14 am

Unbelievably impressive! WOW! I'm amazed at what I see here week to week! Very inspiring!

Hey John, I have a gaming friend with the same first name and last initial! His name is John Downey! Are you him? If you are are bring some of these gorgeous pieces to the game this Tuesday :lol:!!

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Re: Leveling Up!

Post by John D » Thu Jun 27, 2019 4:16 pm

biowizard wrote:
Wed Jun 26, 2019 8:40 pm
Sorry for the bump, I missed a lot of forum posts and the current KS only recently drew me back in the forum.

Beautiful project John D, It is truly inspiring.

I tried to make a similar system to yours using Styrene sheets (viewtopic.php?f=13&t=6866&hilit=sheet) as it is a material definitely more user-friendly. The end product in metal is far more beautiful and elegant, I am jealous. Back when I was considering using metal myself, I even considered using powder coating instead of paint to make a more beautiful/durable product but lacked the dedication and patience required. I am glad for dice4hire's foam block that fixed my elevation needs in my builds but your project definitely has more character and style. Bravo!
Thanks for the kind words.
I read thru your earlier post - very interesting. Much like this one, it turns into a conversation about alternative methods. Powder coating sounds fascinating. I've noticed the primer I used scrapes off quite a bit - I'm in the midst of giving them a 3rd coat. Otherwise, the whole set has held up like a champ. I use it all the time. In fact it's changed the way I approach builds - I start out by looking about 6" above the board, and deciding what I want to see there, then work my way down.
I even added more wooden posts this spring - 18 each of the flat 3 1/2", 2", 1 1/2". I used the strong magnets on both ends for these - turns out the weaker ceramic ones don't really have enough grab. I also added a few 'Heavy Lifter' metal sheets (for raising a whole side of the build quickly)- 12"x12"s, I forget the gauge but they're pretty stiff, and I have plenty of extra posts for more support if I need it.
Thanks again, Biowizard. :D

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Re: Leveling Up!

Post by kitenerd » Thu Jun 27, 2019 3:25 pm

Good to see you again Thierry!

This current KS is just waiting to land on your lightbox!
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Re: Leveling Up!

Post by biowizard » Wed Jun 26, 2019 8:40 pm

Sorry for the bump, I missed a lot of forum posts and the current KS only recently drew me back in the forum.

Beautiful project John D, It is truly inspiring.

I tried to make a similar system to yours using Styrene sheets (viewtopic.php?f=13&t=6866&hilit=sheet) as it is a material definitely more user-friendly. The end product in metal is far more beautiful and elegant, I am jealous. Back when I was considering using metal myself, I even considered using powder coating instead of paint to make a more beautiful/durable product but lacked the dedication and patience required. I am glad for dice4hire's foam block that fixed my elevation needs in my builds but your project definitely has more character and style. Bravo!

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Re: Leveling Up!

Post by John D » Mon Mar 25, 2019 9:36 pm

Whew, the Escher-ish piece is phenomenal.

Once I get my shoulder back in working order (I arm-wrestled Old Man Winter and lost), I'm looking forward to a creative & productive Spring/Summer. Thanks for paving the way.

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Re: Leveling Up!

Post by Oldent » Mon Mar 25, 2019 8:21 pm

John D wrote:
Mon Mar 25, 2019 6:24 pm
Oldent wrote:
Mon Mar 25, 2019 6:13 pm
Hirst Arts has very good how to sections, I found both Jason and ladysabelle on the Hirst Art Forum
♪♫ Thank You ♪ -
I had a feeling Hirst would be a good place to start. I really like those Gothic Medieval sets you pointed out last week, and thought I should look before I leap (..for a change ;)) .
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Don't forget Styrofoam

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Textured with Woodland scenic rock molds.


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Textured with heat

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I use pillow ticking for lava. I do not always get carried away and build dioramas. I mostly build adapters like the doors.

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I make special rooms too

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You can always use helping hands

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When you get lost

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Go back this is not the way DOOM :!: ;)

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This is the base for the helping hands facade.

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I used break away walls

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Early version

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Idea with stacked resin narrow passage and passage tiles.

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Lady sable made the hands and the Alarms.
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Re: Leveling Up!

Post by John D » Mon Mar 25, 2019 6:24 pm

Oldent wrote:
Mon Mar 25, 2019 6:13 pm
Hirst Arts has very good how to sections, I found both Jason and ladysabelle on the Hirst Art Forum
♪♫ Thank You ♪ -
I had a feeling Hirst would be a good place to start. I really like those Gothic Medieval sets you pointed out last week, and thought I should look before I leap (..for a change ;)) .

[15 minutes later - Yeah, the Casting page was just what I wanted. Thanks again.]

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Re: Leveling Up!

Post by Oldent » Mon Mar 25, 2019 6:13 pm

John D wrote:
Mon Mar 25, 2019 12:07 pm
Oldent wrote:
Mon Mar 25, 2019 11:51 am
I hope you like some of the ideas here.
...almost goes without saying ;)

Oldent, you have me looking into plaster molds now. Plaster is a material I haven't worked with yet. I can certainly google tutorials, but was wondering if you might be able to direct me to a comprehensive starting point?
I learned mold making in college from one of my riends who was an Archeology Professor. I did not make molds for toys until I started building my terrain collection. Hirst Arts has very good how to sections, I found both Jason and ladysabelle on the Hirst Art Forum

http://www.hirstarts.com/index.html?fbc ... QHupDC_4ec

https://www.4botindustries.com/

https://ladysabelledesigns.com/
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Re: Leveling Up!

Post by John D » Mon Mar 25, 2019 12:07 pm

Oldent wrote:
Mon Mar 25, 2019 11:51 am
I hope you like some of the ideas here.
...almost goes without saying ;)

Oldent, you have me looking into plaster molds now. Plaster is a material I haven't worked with yet. I can certainly google tutorials, but was wondering if you might be able to direct me to a comprehensive starting point?

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Re: Leveling Up!

Post by Oldent » Mon Mar 25, 2019 11:51 am

John D wrote:
Sat Mar 23, 2019 12:35 pm
Following some of Oldent's suggestions, (if I had a 3D printer) I might have started by adapting the Dias/Grand Stair configuration. Something along these lines:Multi Piece Ramp.jpg Where the base lengths of each piece would be 4" (producing an 8" ramp when combined) or 3" (granting a 6" ramp) - Personally, I find the 6" long ramp to be easier to build around, tho they're a bit steeper. If these were solid pieces, you could avoid the hollow underside, have a flush back, and create more build options (half levels, for example). I'd also experiment with Steps.
Bear in mind - the smaller you can break down the individual pieces, the more options you'll have when using them together.
I would cut the risers from hardwood dowel. However, with a 3D printer I would take a different approach.Why not make the risers two inches wide and texture them. It would be possible to lay them on the side or use them standing.

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Why not texture the ramp?

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I prefer wedges to ramps and stairs to wedges.

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This is an example of a MT floor used as a facade.

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If you textured the 3D printer risers and made them wider you could use them like walls. This is Griffin Tamer's gate with 4 bot walls.

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There is also no reason the 3D printed risers need to be square. I made this set of wall risers with 4 bot molds. Note that one side is round the other is wedge/grooved shaped.

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I hope you like some of the ideas here.
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