Leveling Up!

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Re: Leveling Up!

Post by John D » Sun Mar 17, 2019 11:53 am

Zenako, Oldent, Unclebilly, Animesensei, & Hunter_something, Thank you for your kind words and inspiration.

Animesensei, honestly I never want to do this again. I need to get the paintbrush back in hand! ;)
hunter_something wrote:
Sun Mar 17, 2019 7:16 am

You mentioned using a couple different strength magnets - are the stronger ones in the base, the weaker ones on the tops? (for the angled pieces)

Any chance you could post a close-up of where the ramped terrain meets the level terrain?
The Ramps have the strong magnet on top (the angled end) to prevent them from 'sliding'. The weaker magnets (they're ceramic by the way) are really just there to add a bit of grip if the table gets bumped or something. Take a look at this again-
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There's 8 magnets (4 strong/4 weak) all working together in this clump, and the posts themselves are back to back. It's surprisingly solid.

As for the occasional 'lip' where the slope meets the ground, sometimes it's noticeable, sometimes it's perfect. Even when it is noticeable, I'm not bothered by it - Gaps happen. Here's some early experiments
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In this section the doorways mask the seam altogether
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This is an 8" slope (since the lava pieces are all 4"x4")
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I was testing the resin lava with some unpainted dwarvenite caverns from KS2
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and I thought I was done editing photos.....

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Re: Leveling Up!

Post by AnimeSensei » Sun Mar 17, 2019 11:25 am

Shut up and take my money!

Start a kickstarter or Etsy shop please!

You can make more, right? 😉
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Re: Leveling Up!

Post by unclebilly » Sun Mar 17, 2019 10:13 am

These are amazing. I would buy some if the where offered some place.

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Re: Leveling Up!

Post by Oldent » Sun Mar 17, 2019 9:46 am

Very well thought out :!: :!: :!:
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Re: Leveling Up!

Post by zenako » Sun Mar 17, 2019 8:34 am

Oh and the commentary along the way with MonoChrome and his lackeys was hilarious. Grown boys get to play with toys too!!

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Re: Leveling Up!

Post by zenako » Sun Mar 17, 2019 8:31 am

Outstanding John D!!! That is a clever and effective use of materials. Seems to almost leverage off the terrain tray concept of using moderately sized sheets of steel to support structures. I know that was how I did some serious elevation, but this allows you to be far more efficient in using your actual DF pieces and not having to use tons of them just to elevate. (Assuming one does not have some rather useful foam blocks...)

If you have a power drill (with grinding attachment), or grinding wheel, that might have been a lot quicker than sanding all those plates.

Do you find the magnets on the sloped topped supports (which are one of the neatest things in this) work well to hold those plates in place when loaded with DF? I would be tempted to create some small wedge inserts to fill the gaps at the top and bottoms of the ramps when they do not align with other DF parts closely. (Also been looking at that with ramp schemes that mate with docks as well!), since I do not plan of carving up some DF tiles to create a tighter bond.

Your 6" (multiple of 3") scheme will also work well with the Forest Tiles from the KS I believe. That should allow for some interesting combos with the Mountain set.
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Re: Leveling Up!

Post by hunter_something » Sun Mar 17, 2019 7:16 am

John D wrote:
Sun Mar 17, 2019 4:33 am
Going wide for the finish.ROTA 05.jpg
That's some amazing work! Nicely conceived & executed!!!

You mentioned using a couple different strength magnets - are the stronger ones in the base, the weaker ones on the tops? (for the angled pieces)

Any chance you could post a close-up of where the ramped terrain meets the level terrain?

I was just thinking of trying to make myself an elevation system, but my thinking wasn't anywhere near as cool as what you've done here. I was thinking of 3D printing some 4" elevation blocks, mimicking the height of the DoD elevation blocks. (I have a ton of filament to use up.) I still think that could be cool and useful, but storage wise your setup is vaaaastly superior.

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Re: Leveling Up!

Post by John D » Sun Mar 17, 2019 5:09 am

dice4hire wrote:
Sun Mar 17, 2019 4:27 am
Looks like a lot of work, but well worth it. You will be able to do some amazing things!!!!
Thanks, Dice. It was more work than I expected, but a lovely light at the end of the tunnel. :D

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Re: Leveling Up!

Post by John D » Sun Mar 17, 2019 4:43 am

The idea for this one occurred to me as I was building everything else.

It's footprint is a mere 2'x2'. One Woodlands set and some pieces I made out of Sculpy Clay and texture stamps (courtesy of a few Happy Seppuku KS's).
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Here's the underside
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I made these clay houses back when we were waiting for CBS to ship. They're 3"x 3" because 4"x 4" pieces kept breaking down the middle. I use them for Halfling/Gnome villages.
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The little stream is really the same stamp offset from piece to piece.
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Monochrome conducts the local Choir. Lets peek in at a rehearsal -
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"Allrighty then... Laurel, I want you to come right up to the edge there for your solo. Don't worry, if you fall the Swamp Troll will catch you. By the way Swamp Troll what have you been drinking? I can smell it from here..
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"Double Gator, those harmonies are amazing! We should just ditch this whole thing and hit the road Martin & Lewis style.
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"Band members, who would believe we could do this with just a Flute and Anvil. You guys are Tops!
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"okay, let's bring in everyone for a run thru...
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and a one and two and..
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All: "I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General...."
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Cheers :D

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Re: Leveling Up!

Post by John D » Sun Mar 17, 2019 4:33 am

ROTA Rules!

Here we have 2 ROTA I's and 1 ROTA II.
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Monochrome would like me to point out that 3 Sq. Feet isnt that much coverage, so instead of the 3'x3' board used in the previous post, we're going to cut down to a 2'x3' board.
We'll start by building up from the back a bit.
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I changed it up a little as I started filling it in.
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Let's swing around to the front...Oh, I know! Let's raise the entire build up a floor (this took maybe five minutes) and add another ramp.
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Going wide for the finish.
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Here's what it looks like after I removed the ROTA pieces.
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This build used maybe a third of the Elevation stash, and was surprisingly quick. I really like it.

but wait, there's one last bit....

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