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About this project
Who am I?
I am a simple man who lives on a small island called Malta. I like to create nerd stuff. In the last months, I was experimenting with a router CNC machine to do my own terrain.
Kickstarter is a great platform! It offers an ideal opportunity for me to share my creations.
My idea is to create buildings that are easily assembled (in less than 1 minute) ideal for people who want to start terrain crafting. The scale of the buildings is for 28 to 32mm miniatures games like Dungeons and Dragons, Frostgrave or wargames. Here is a sample of how the houses come unassembled.
Small Village The Small Village includes 2 Small Houses,1 Medium House, 1 Chapel, 2 Market Stands, 1 Shop, 1 Hero House, 1 Stable and 1 Watch Tower.
Village The Village includes 3 Small Houses, 2 Medium Houses, 1 Chapel, 4 Market Stands, 2 Shops, 1 Hero House, 1 Stable, 2 Watch Towers,1 Forge, 1 Guild House, 1 Tower and 1 Windmill.
So this pre cut, MDF outhouse came to me through the Box of Goodwill, Euro / UK edition....
Didn't feel much like hobbying last night, but when a couple folks joined me on the hangout, I thought I needed to do something, and my eyes fell on this....
And here is the lovely Astrid the Chronicler, much relieved.....
I still don't have a painted Sir Forescale...
Thanks for looking!
So I finished Los pollos hermanos from the awesome GCMINI, great piece. The building, jersey barriers, ac units and dumpster are all GCMINI, the copter is a revell kit with various die cast cars, balsa and posters printed from the Internet. This was a lot of fun and I am very happy with the results. Minis are reaper and frigate games.
By Jordan Peacock
A friend of mine (and fellow Fallout enthusiast), Chris Thesing, loaned me a box of MDF/plastic/resin terrain pieces he'd picked up from Warsenal and Antenocitis Workshop, in the hopes that I might be able to use them for my upcoming Fallout-themed games. (Well, that, and once I'm done, he gets them back, painted up, and I don't have to worry about where to store them for long. ;) Win-win!)
Warsenal and Antenocitis Workshop terrain is usually engineered with the Infinity game in mind, which isn't QUITE in keeping with Fallout's retro-futuristic post-apocalyptic aesthetic. However, there are various ways in which I can "brand" such pieces to fit in better, and then "grunge it up" for a post-apocalyptic setting.
To start off, I've been taking measurements of various available surfaces on the terrain pieces, grabbing Fallout poster images from the game (and a few retro images that just happen to have about the right "feel"), using retro-themed fonts (from FontDiner, especially), and then printing off and cutting out, and seeing if it all fits.
Most of the sets I have to work with are from "Warsenal," a local terrain-maker. They consist of little packs of laser-cut MDF and plastic sheets, including some "glowing" translucent plastic elements for that cyberpunk touch here and there.
Nothing quite beats a BILLBOARD for being easily "brandable" for a particular setting. The Warsen.al "billboard" pack was therefore pretty high up on my list. These things are actually intended to perch atop a building (and will probably do so atop some Plasticville O-scale buildings I've been cobbling together and "post-apocalypticizing"), and they aren't designed to stack up like this, but I just found that they perched well enough like this when I wanted to take a snapshot so ... why not? Images are cobbled together from Nuka-Cola and Vault-Tec imagery from Fallout in Photoshop in order to better fit the peculiar dimensions, with some "torn paper" texturing on the edges. I also made use of FontDiner's retro fonts for some of the text replacement (e.g., the "FREE Nuka-Blaster" message at the bottom of the Nuka-Cola billboard).
The billboards are cut MDF, and assemble fairly easily with Tacky Glue. The set also comes with some laser-cut translucent "neon" plastic pieces that serve as "spotlights." Why would they still be glowing in the post-apocalyptic world of Fallout? Well, that's because so many things (especially lights) seem to have their own nuclear power sources that last 200+ years, so you can experience the fun of wandering around in a vault with creepily flickering lights and eerie automated announcements over crackling speakers, vs. the much more realistic and BORING likelihood of pitch-black darkness and dull silence. (And who'd want THAT?)
Another Warsenal project was a set of pallets. They come in a set of 8, with the main support boards made of laser-cut MDF, and the much thinner planks made of plastic (with laser-etched "nail holes"). One might think that such pallets could just be made from cardboard or craft sticks with a hobby knife and some patience ... and you'd be *right* ... but the nice thing about these laser-cut pieces is the PRECISION I'm just not going to easily get when I'm cutting things out by hand. What's more, the MDF support pieces have shallow ridges/grooves that serve as guides for where to attach the planks in orderly fashion. Otherwise, it'd probably end up looking like these pallets had been assembled by ... I dunno ... a clumsy giant with thick fingers?
Painting was pretty easy. I found it advantageous to spray-coat the pieces while still in the "sprue" in a light color, to provide some "anchoring" for the plastic planks (and also to make it easier to see which side had the "nail holes" etched, so I could make sure those were outside). Once the pieces were all assembled, I spray painted the things white again, painted in slightly watered-down "Territorial Beige" acrylic paint, dry-brushed with flat white acrylic, then swirled a brush down in the bottom of my paintbrush water jar to get a nice grey-brown GRUNGE, and then flicked/speckled that on the pieces for a bit of oil-stain and splatter, to make things all the more "grungy." (Sure, after 200+ years in the elements, it's far more likely that the pallets would be NONEXISTENT, rather than merely a bit mussed up, but ... eh ... chalk it up to futuristic manufacturing techniques?)
In the background on the right is another pallet with some barrels on it. That was actually custom-made by Chris Thesing on his 3D printer. I made some custom paper "labels" in Photoshop, using the Red Rocket label (from Fallout) and a rusty-barrel texture, to fit into the recessed areas on the main body of the barrels, and then I painted the exposed surfaces a mix of "Rust Orange," some washes of "Graphite Gray" and "Melted Chocolate Brown," with some flat white dry-brushing to try to get the supporting bands to roughly fit with the look of the printed rusty-barrel textures. The 3D-printed pallet was painted using the same scheme as the Warsenal pallets.
The brick wall ruined pieces are (I believe) some loose resin Armorcast pieces. I was going to put some tattered remains of Fallout-themed posters, signs, etc., on them, but the problem is that they were sculpted in such a way that it looks like there are remnants of plaster clinging to sections of the brick. In that case, if the walls are so wasted that the plaster has been knocked off, there's no reason a POSTER would still be clinging to any sections with exposed brick (and the patches of plaster just aren't large enough for a sign or poster of note). Ah well. I guess not EVERY last thing has to scream "FALLOUT!" to still be usable for such a setting. ;)
Then, some more "brandable" terrain: some Antenocitis Workshop resin "tri-ad" pieces. Technically, these aren't fully assembled, as there are some "neon" plastic rod pieces that are meant to be cut to length and inserted into the recessed corners (for lighting, I suppose), but I was mostly focused upon making some custom poster inserts for the panels. To accomplish this, I scanned the paper poster inserts included with the set to get the dimensions just so, and used various Fallout-themed artwork (some official, some fan art, some just retro art force-fit into the Fallout universe), with a bit of FontDiner text (Sparkly and Swanky typefaces, mostly) to fit in. These are for a specific scenario taking place at a Repconn Aerospace Museum, so there's a mix of ads for recognizable Fallout products (especially by Repconn subsidiaries, such as RobCo and Abraxo), and then things that might plausibly represent exhibits. Once I'm done, I might swap out some of the ads with some more generally useful to the Fallout universe ... but, honestly, who's going to be looking THAT closely, anyway?
The important thing is that the pieces give a general sense of the "retro-futuristic" setting -- not that the players are going to feel compelled to lean in and make doubly sure that the text on the poster reads exactly the way the GM is narrating it. (At least, I hope they won't be doing that. That would be sad.)
Other, more involved Warsenal & Antenocitis Workshop pieces are still in progress, as there's only so much room on my little portable workstation (and I have to keep putting it away in between crafting sessions).
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