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Grim’s Dungeons of Doom: Scraping the barrel, making mini barrels.

25 Oct

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Every self respecting cheesy stock fantasy dungeon environment needs barrels? Right? Well, in this part of Grim’s Dungeons of Doom, I’m going to show you how to create whatever barrels you need for your games.

Me personally if I had loads of spare cash to buy my terrain bits, I would get lots of them, in all shapes and sizes, but why buy them if you can crank them out at a cost of mere pennies? Let me show you…. We’re going to have a barrel of fun….(Pic heavy…)

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Grim’s Dungeons of Doom: You’ve made your bed, now stick it in your dungeon! Making 28mm beds!

10 Sep

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Welcome to another Dungeons of Doom article, my attempt to cover pretty much every aspect of a modular dungeon build for 28mm dungeon crawling skirmishes and RPG. Further along with the furnishings of my dungeon build, as promised I’m taking on the subject of more 28mm furniture this time in the form of beds. Every mini dungeon should have some, don’t you think? it can easily set you back a fair few quid buying metal or resin versions, so why not just make some? These are easy compared to other stuff you might come to make for a project like this, so lets get cracking!

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The build starts with our friend, the humble lollystick. As you can see above, I cut two pieces for the single bed, and three for a double version (just in case any of the dungeon denziens ever want to get jiggy!) Affix the pieces together to form the base. I used contact adhesive, but you could do as the tables tutorial, with a piece of card underneath if you prefer (whatever works for what materials you have) Measure if you want, I usually do as much as I can by eye, as I am lazy!

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Next, cut a further two pieces that’ll form the head and foot boards. (They should be slightly smaller than the width of the bed frame) Glue them on.

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Take some thin skewer type sticks and cut four lengths per bed to form the legs. Glue them on. Also don’t worry too much about how they sit flat, you can trim them later when everything is dry.

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On the single, I added a small piece of EVA foam to simulate a mattress, and a small square for a pillow. (So that it’d bulk out the next bit.)

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The Double bed skipped this step and I added a thick blanket instead. This blanket was made from some scraps of material taken from an old ripped sock (A clean one, not a smelly old one!) Most people I’ve seen doing similar beds have used toilet paper, but I opted for real material so I could capture some detail in the weave. The material was saturated in neat PVA before adding. Add more PVA if required to tidy up the scrawny edges. Leave to dry.

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On the single I added a blanket in the same way using the material in PVA. Make it form creases by manipulating the piece as it starts to dry.

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Form pillows by taking small rolled up scraps of the same material and adding PVA. Material soaked in white glue will be pliable and soft, so to some degree can be shaped, so go ahead and add your stuff, blankets and coverings and be as creative as you like.

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When the PVA has mostly dried, to achieve a proper resin feel hardness, I used really thin, cheap superglue to plasticise the pieces, by allowing it to absorb into the PVA cloth. you’ll notice a strange chemical reaction between the glues, but don’t worry, this way will achieve a rock hard finish to the cloth. Who ever said cheap superglue was no good for anything?

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Once dried, glue them onto a piece of card for basing, leave them to dry before cutting them out to your desired base sizes.

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Undercoat black in your preferred method (or whichever undercoating style you usually use) then proceed to paint up as you would any other miniature or model.

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I opted for a dirty scruffy sort, since these beds were destined for use in my dungeon, it made sense they were not clean and tidy (although, if yours are going in a castle or tavern type place, then you could make them as neat as you like) I also paid homage to the beds in Minecraft by making the single one red (since my kids play the hell out of it, it made sense since they’d be playing in the dungeon games too)

That’s all there is to it. Easy. You can elaborate as much as you’d like on the design, add a bigger headboard, chunkier legs, different material used will give a different effect with the textures etc.

Next time, I’ll be back with adventures in expanding foam, to show you how I make modular cavern walls….

Grim’s Dungeons of Doom: Need storage? Help yours(h)elf! Creating Mini Shelves.

5 Sep

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Back again with more tiny furniture for your own Dungeons of Doom. This time we are going to tackle bookshelves. Again, this is not a hard thing to do, and does not require lots of time, money or effort. As well as the tables we talked about earlier, these beauties are ideal for showing off the books and items found in the free PDF (as you can see in the pic)

On a side note, it’s been mentioned to me that this is virtually the same as making dolls house furniture. Well, I agree that the skills you need are not too dissimilar, although it’d be a case of scaling things up, so you’d also need to change up the materials somewhat as well. When I start making things of that nature, I’ll let you know!

While we are going to deal with bookshelves in this article, this build will be slightly different in that, this one has a built in bottom cupboard. There are many other articles and videos that detail basic shelving in 28mm, so I thought I’d do it slightly different and throw it out there. The principle is the same in construction if all you want is basic shelves (but I’ll tell you later in the article) as are different sizes and shapes, all you need to do is follow the formula.

Anyway, lets get started with the things you’ll need for this build.

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You’ll need lollysticks, cardstock, glue (white, contact adhesive, superglue) EVA craft foam, your books, scrolls and maps pieces from the PDF and additional oddments or bits to add to the finished shelves.

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First, take your lollysticks and cut three identical lengths to form the bottom, and middle shelves, and another two identical pieces to each other that will form the sides. It’s up to you how wide the shelves will be on your build, just ensure they are the same. The two sides will dictate the rough size of the unit, so again its up to you.

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Assemble the rough frame as above and affix it directly to a piece of cardstock. I used Contact adhesive, but PVA or even superglue would do.

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Cut another piece of stick to form the top, and attach to the piece. Make sure it overlaps like the pic, dont worry about it being uneven or too big, you can trim the sides later if required.

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Take a piece of cardstock cut the size of the bottom shelving area and glue it on. If your making a plain shelf, leave  this step.

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When dry, cut out the piece from the card, trim it up, and add a bigger base to stabilise it when standing up.

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For the bottom cupboard detail, take some more card and start glueing on thin strips of card, leaving a millimetre gap or so. Dont worry about the uniformity, as long as they are roughly similar to the pic, it should be fine.

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For the back, again glue on strips to form faux planks. Trim off the excess when dry.

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Trim the cupboard piece to size, and attach it to the bottom at the front.

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Take two thin strips of card and cap off the top and bottom of the cupboard area.

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Cut two small hinge shaped pieces (like the ones used in the chunky doors article and opening doors article) leave a gap as in the pic, you’ll be adding more detail capping bits later.

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Next, take some EVA craft foam and cut into small varying shaped rectangles These will form some stacked books on the shelves. Glue them in, but remember to leave plenty of room to add other stuff you have and the books, scrolls and maps later.

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Next, cut a small cardstock lever catch arm shape,  glue this on at a similar angle to the picture shown.

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Take some nail art embelishments (found cheaply on ebay or similar) and add them as the studs of the hinges and catch.

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Take a drinks straw and cut a few small bits to make beakers/cups. Add them to the shelf (totally optional)

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I added a few thin wood pieces, stacked them up and glued them on too. Again these bits are optional, So if you have bits of your own (like weapons, items etc) add them now unless they are already painted, as you’ll need to paint them along with the main unit.

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I then took some thin wood strips and added some more trim detail. its up to you how much, just that its there to hide any edges and neaten them. Also it adds a bit more raised detail, as plain shelving can become a little repetitive. I also added another lolly stick piece to the top to make the top fill out more symetrically.

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BLACK BOMB!! Yes, get undercoating to the finished unit.

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Brown base coat applied. You can use any darkish brown colour you wish.

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Paint in the wood shades until your desired effect is achieved.

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Next, paint in the books. Use a variety of colours of your choice. Add small bands and a thin white/yellow strip to simulate the paper edges on some. Also paint in the hinges and catches black to prepare them for more detail later.

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Paint in the catches and hinges using whatever metallic shade you prefer. Also use the same to paint the cups on the shelf. The strips are painted as scrolls/candles (they are quite ambiguous) by using light brown up to white. Don’t forget to paint the base to match your decor too!

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Take your books and items from the PDF. Add them as you wish to create more detail.

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At this point,  I added a white skull bead (from ebay very cheap) and superglued it on the shelf. These are the howlite ones, so need fixing securely. Add some Nail art embelishment jewels to the eye sockets to make the skull stand out and sparkle!

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You should now have a nice detailed shelving unit, fit for any dungeon or gaming interior or game. These are easy to construct and are much cheaper than expensive resin pieces. Vary the widths and sizes to create other units with variety.

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Well, thats all there is to it, and I hope you get chance to make some yourselves. I’ll be back next time with a basic beds make.

 

Grim’s Dungeons of Doom: The tables are turned (or constructed…)

1 Sep

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Now I’m back off my recent holiday, I wanted to get back into the further adventures of fleshing out my dungeon creation. Since my last related post was the Free Books PDF, I wanted to show you how to make stuff that you can display your newly constructed pieces upon.

This project is easy-peasy, really simple and will get you loads of nice tables for your dungeons, RPGs and Wargaming. This is just one simple way out of many. Remember we are just creating a flat top with four legs, I’m just putting the creation of tables here, because its for completists sake (Plus there would be those out there who ask me to give a run through, so here they are.)

For this, you’ll need some lolly sticks, cardstock, glue (PVA, Superglue) and something to form the legs (we’ll get to those in a bit)

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First,cut your lollysticks to form your tabletops. I used 3 lengths here,but you can use two. It depends on just how big you need the tables. You don’t need to measure, I do this by eye, but if you prefer measure them if you like (if they are uneven you can trim them after the next bit.)

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Cut a piece of cardstock and white glue it on to join the slats.It should be smaller than the width, but still wide enough to glue all the slats. You can join the pieces side on, but this way is quicker and makes the tops sturdier (Plus, you wont see the underside anyway) You can trim them up when the glue has set.

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For the legs, I’m using skull beads that I got for a couple of pounds from over on ebay. Stick on the legs with strong glue (superglue I used here)

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Since the height wasn’t sufficient enough, I added some little glass squares I had, taken from a christmas bauble that was destined for the bin, although its up to you what use as risers or legs for that manner,use what you have (matchsticks, dowel, cigarette filters, junk etc) Since theres not much to the tables, adding character to the legs is a good move.

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Now, stick them down with superglue or any strong glue to the base (cardstock) and leave to dry.

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Next, Spray/paint them with a black undercoat (or your preferred method) and leave to dry.

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Base coat with a dark brown (mine was Burnt Umber) or your choice, and slowly build up your desired wood colour to lighter shades.

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When the basic table is finished, paint in the base to match your set up.

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Now its time to add your decorations. I added my patented homemade mini candles since I’d imagine if there were something being used on them, they’d need light to see! Then just add your books, scrolls or maps to your hearts content! After this, they are ready to go. I made a few tables, and from the PDF I got quite a few variations as you can see below.

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The table above is straight out of Fighting Fantasy! A dungeon map and a map of the FF gameworld Allansia. A few scrolls and maps and books and its all ready for any dungeoneers to come across it on their adventures!

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This arcane table has magic books and tarot. I think Mr Crowley would approve!

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See, easy as pie. You can add all sorts of bits and pieces in addition to the books from the PDF, Skull beads can be used, as can weapons or anything you like. Its an easy and quick project that can give a great end result,so why don’t you give it a go?

I’ll be back next, with more tiny furniture, and more to stick your PDF books on, so I’ll see you then!

Grim’s Dungeons of Doom: If you choose to open the door, go to part 6…

16 Aug

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Back again with the next in my series of dungeon terrain building articles, if you missed the last episode, we dealt with my chunky basic door pieces, but this time we are going to go more advanced and create opening ones like thus:

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These are not hard to make, but are a little more involved than the basic ones. So gather your craft bits and tools, and lets get started…. Continue reading

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