Thursday, July 24, 2014

Cutfile roundup

I haven't been very good at keeping this blog up-to-date with the cutfiles I've been creating, so here are some links to some of the cutfiles I've made recently.

Cutfiles: Darkfast Classic Fantasy Set 1 - Orc Tribe
Cutfiles: Darkfast Classic Fantasy Set Six - Crypt Crawl
Cutfiles: The Potato Salad That Ate Kickstarter
Cutfiles: Serene Fist Set 3 - Ninjas vs Samurai 2
Cutfiles: Beasts & Barbarians Hero Construction Set

I'm working my way through the Darkfast Classic Fantasy set. Next up will be goblins!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Eledriel's Cloister

Complete! Here are some pics of it built:



I will say, it's a beautiful and sturdy model. I messed up one of the ramps, but it's still usable - I glued the back piece upside-down. There were little bits that gave me trouble - setting the hang of attaching the roof... assembling the pedestal... the benches! But, it all came together in the end, and it looks GREAT.

Now on to some okumarts cutfiles so I can try out his skirmish game!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

A new toy has arrived

I entered myself into a drawing for a Silhouette Cameo as part of the Lord Zsezse Works elven wall kickstarter, and won! The Cameo arrived on Thursday, but it was too large to fit in the space I was using for my older Silhouette SD. So, I spent Thursday and Friday adding some shelf space to my desk, and this morning I prepped my printer (that's another story...) for some serious cutting this weekend.

I'm starting with Eledriel's Cloister, a model Lord Zsezse Works released to tease the elven wall set. It's 8 pages, and I think it's their first set where they've included cutfiles, so this will be fun to try out!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

A little overboard with the ninjas!

I put together cutfiles for Serene Fist Set 3 - Ninjas vs. Samurai 2 by okumarts.  The figures are really wonderful, but I might have gone overboard by printing out every color:

That right there is the pile of figures in the process of being edged. I'm done with the edging, and onto gluing, but I've only finished maybe 24 of them. Still lots to go. I think I'll start working through the other Darkfast sets in preparation for the successful release of the Darkfast Dungeons kickstarter. He's released a quick skirmish version of the rules, and it didn't look like those pages were cutter-ready, so maybe THAT should be my next set of files.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Beasts & Barbarians

 The Beasts & Barbarians: Hero Construction Set is a great collection of standees by Okumarts. The PDF uses lots of layers to let you choose from three different head, body and leg styles for each of 12 figures. That's... 324 minis? Ok. So, you're not going to go and make all 324. But, it lets you make them just the way you want them, and the variations are great enough that you might just make more than one of each.

 I don't enjoy cutting out standees by hand, but this set proved to be a fun challenge for making cutfiles. I wanted to make cutlines for each layer, allowing me to be as selective for cutting the figures as I can be for creating them.

 So, there are 108 labelled and color-coded cutlines to let you choose which combination of pieces to cut. I've only done one page so far, so I can't promise that all the cutlines will work perfectly. Still, I'm reasonably confident that they'll be a lot better than cutting by hand.

The cutfiles are available over at the cardboard-warriors forum. If you give them a try, let me know if you have any issues. The only thing I am aware of is that there are two layer options that don't fit within the cutting region, and may not even fit within the margins for printing.

Happy cutting!


Thursday, July 3, 2014

Leaving the dungeon for a while

I'll declare success. Like Fat Dragon Tom suggested over on his forums, I eventually did get the feel for how large to cut out the squares on the tiles so the columns squeeze in snugly, but not too snug. In the end, I made about eight 6" tiles and they work well.

I've let myself get sidetracked onto building some standees. I had a whole slew of Brave Adventures minis cut out from the very nice Undead Warband and a few minis from a previous cardboard-warriors Garden of Doom (Hoard #115). I finally got around to making cutfiles for the Okumarts Darkfast Classic Fantasy Set Six: Crypt Crawl set, and so now those minis are ready to be glued. Lots of edging going on...

Right now I'm about half-way through making configurable cutfiles for the Okumarts Beasts & Barbarians: Hero Construction Set figures. That set allows you to customize 12 figures, each with three different heads, torsos and legs. I think that works out to 324 possible minis - 27 pages of little barbarians. The cutfiles will have selectable head, torso and leg cutlines, and in theory you can pick just the ones that match your minis and you'll be all set. Sadly, Okumarts doesn't put registration marks on his pages, and he doesn't stay within the necessary margins, so some minis won't completely cut out (but it'll be close enough!). It means you'll have to print your desired combination to a PDF, extract the page to a PNG or JPG, drop it into the cutfile and print from there to get your registration marks. Boooo. I'm going to beg him to re-release the set with some tweaks.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Second 'Fat Dragon' Tile == progress

On some recommendations from the helpful folks on the Fat Dragon forums, I built my second tile by cutting outside the lines for the column holes. It turned out to be about 1/32" extra on each side, so the hole is 1 1/16" on each side. The column certainly fits into that, but it's a little *too* easy to fit it in now. I've got 9 more tiles printed and waiting to cut out, so hopefully by the time I'm done, I'll be a pro at getting the cuts just right. I'm thinking I'll cut them 1/32" extra on only two of the four sides next, and see how that goes.

I'm considering putting a layer of cheap cardstock or plain paper on the underside of the tile, to keep the pillars in place. I'm imagining making a 2nd floor to some things, and I'd like to be able to make it just like a 1st floor.

The use of TLX-style tabs on the sides seems to work well. I'm considering making railings that plug into the sides like TLX railings, and it would work to hold a 2nd floor in place.