Monday, June 29, 2015

New House

A little picture of some textures that are starting to come together. I need some hardware on the door, and I need to (maybe) invent some window panes or shutters, but this may serve as the base for another type of house. The layout on the page is like this - you reverse score the middle and glue the two untextured bits together. The rectangles are cut away, leaving a little slot into which floor/wall/roof pieces can be inserted. I might need to trim the interior a little bit on the sides so that the whole thing can still fold relatively flat. Not sure how well that will work.

I'm not altogether displeased with the textures, though I need to add a little more grunge to things. I'm thinking of going with a tile roof.

Here's a simple picture of what this might go to. I'm thinking of making a couple modular bits that can have removable roofs. Maybe they'll clip together, or not. Not sure. I want them to all have some form of playable interior, so the roof bits will come off easily, and the multi-floor pieces will separate. Making a version with no interior, or making a static build version should be straight-forward enough.

I'm going to try to make two different styles - one with wonky wood frames and beat up windows, and one with nicer details. I've got a couple other buildings to lay out as well:

They'll all share similar textures. I'm only finding time here and there to work on this, so it's slow going, but it's going none-the-less!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

A post about a post

I am going to start trying to focus myself in earnest in completing more templates for making my own modular builds. I'm afraid I might be wasting my time a bit, however. Assuming the good folks at Fat Dragon keep on keepin' on and Lord Zsezse Works gets their stuff together and releases their kickstarter wall set, that may very well cement the big, boxy build system as the standard... But, I'm not here to whine about that! I whipped up a corner post template and tried a quick untextured test on plain paper. I'm shooting for a single-layer of cardstock, not two. I'm not sure if it'll be sturdy enough... I hope so! I'll test that later. I tried a couple different things. The first was a basic square tube with slots for bits to slip into. This is compatible with some other modular build systems, so that's a plus. The second idea was moving the slot down so the tube wasn't cut on the top edge. It meant adjusting wall tabs a little bit, which sacrifices compatibility, but it allows me to make a piece that isn't quite as floppy up top. After that, I tried adding an actual cap. In the end, I'm not sure I like the modifications. It sacrifices compatibility and prevents some techniques for stacking pieces that I might come to regret. Of course, by making it 1 layer thick, I lose the ability to darken the interior of the post. So, I might regret that decision, too. I might end up back with a double-sided template using slots.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

A whole month has come and (almost) gone...

It's been a lousy month, I'll be honest. It started out busy as usual, but was extra busy with tax season. After that, I got a lot of business paperwork straightened out, and was feeling optimistic now that I can 'do business as' - I even have my state and federal tax stuff ironed out, I think. Then I got some lousy family news which stressed me out. Then I got hit with even more lousy family news that knocked me into a pretty serious funk. Then I started physical therapy for a lame hip, and threw out my back. I suppose it's nice that when it rains, it pours. Gets everything over with quickly, and it always looks pretty after it rains. So, April is a bust. I'm taking a week of time to devote to family for school vacation week, and at that point, there just won't be much of April left, so I'll consider it total loss and focus on May.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Most recent experiment with tiles

I need to fiddle with this a little more to see how well it will hold up, but here's what I just quickly tried:

I started with a 6" tile template that wraps around the foamcore. Before gluing down, cut small slits in the face for the post supports to go in. I basically cut one edge of the anchor glue spot area open (one of the edges NOT on the edge of the tile...) This let me slip in a special connector that the post would fit into. The fact that the edge of the tile template is 1/4" and the tile is less thick than that is actually helpful. There's a little space available to wiggle the connector into.

Don't glue the face of the tile down. Or, at least, only glue the middle of the face down - I don't want glue at the edges of the face. Glue the flaps down underneath.

It seems to work OK, but I want to try it out on a couple tiles, and I want to come up with my own post template too. Sadly, I threw out my back this morning, and it's getting uncomfortable to work for a long stretch...

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Getting serious

I've picked up some domain names, and am starting to set up a small online presence. I need to get some paperwork in order to call it a business, and then I'll start doing some branding. I'm still a ways off from getting a product ready for a storefront, but I needed to take that step to keep things going. Really, once the mental burden of tax season is over, I hope to pick up some steam.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Little freebie house textures are "done"!

Well, with the following caveats:

1) I need to make some instructions.
2) I need to turn it into a PDF file.
3) I'm considering adding some grunge and cracks to the walls.
4) I have no product branding. :(

#4 is the big sticking point now. I need to come up with a name.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Freebie is totally textured!

I wanted this to be a quick-and-dirty model to get an idea of what the textures would be like on the 'real thing', so I have a 2"x3" little house ready to go! It's two pages, and is designed to fold-flat. The roof is in two pieces, meant to pin together or glue. The trusses are meant to be pinned to the roof, or you can glue one or both in place. They slip into the first floor, which should fold flat. There are two simple floors that you can mount to foamcore, or glue together to make a double-sided piece, or simply leave them separate. Now I have to do the hard part...

I need to invent a name for what it is I'm doing, and I need to make some packaging (i.e. assembly instructions).

I might seek some interested private parties first, then release on the cardboard-warriors forum, then on DriveThruRPG. It's all free, but it'd get me a feel for some of the mechanics.

I wonder if one of the existing vendors would be willing to let me use their ground textures to make a base for the house...