Saturday, March 15, 2014

TLXifying FDG buildings... (pt 4)

I ran through and made five pages of 3" walls - exterior walls with doors, widows and plain, as well as interior walls that are plain and with a door. They're printing now, and this should let me get a floor plan going!

Friday, March 14, 2014

Slow and steady...

I brought in a pile of the posts to edge, and so I'm better equipped now to make a first floor of a building.

I usually don't bring enough things to edge during the day at work, but getting a dozen posts done over the course of a day is actually a big help. I'd like a couple more tiles done, but now I can also start making some interior walls and short exterior walls, and I'll have a place to hang them.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

TLXifying FDG buildings... (pt 3)

I fixed up all my walls, so the anti-warp triangles are on the inside. I also did up 3-way and 4-way posts, and a hallway tile for the floor. I printed one page of the two new posts, one hallway tile, and a page of fixed 6" walls. I had enough time to score and cut them out, ready to spray-glue them and finish them up. I'll do that later, though. It's not even 10pm and my eyes are exhausted, so I'm not gonna push it.

Here's a picture of the growing mess on my computer desk...

Monday, March 10, 2014

TLXifying FDG buildings... (pt 2)

So, by hand, I whipped up six wall pieces, four posts and a 6" tile in relatively short order. I actually really like the end result - the Fat Dragon textures look great once fully assembled into a scene. I screwed up the anti-warp walls, though. I over-thought them, and ended up with the anti-warp piece on the OUTSIDE of the wall, not the INSIDE. Poop.

I'll have to go and redo the walls, but making walls is cheap. I'll try to remember to snap a picture of the simple room to share the progress.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

TLXifying FDG buildings...

OK. I've built a couple pieces of Fat Dragon Games' Dragonshire City Interiors set, and I'll be honest. I don't really like how the sets are assembled. The pieces don't that THAT long to assemble, but what I end up with doesn't go together quite as well as what I've come to expect from TLX pieces. As a result, I'm going to focus my attention on using TLX as a building system, and try converting some FDG stuff over to it.

Right now, my printer is spitting out a 6" tile and anchors to assemble. I've also got sheets of 3" and 6" exterior walls, and a set of 2-way posts ready to print. I hope to have enough time this weekend to get everything cut out and assembled so I can demonstrate a single 6" building. After that, I'll look into doing up trusses and roof pieces. I am making my own templates for all these pieces. They're TLX compatible, but they are not the WWG resources I've used for their kitbashes. I like the tiles, posts and walls, but have never been happy with the TLX roof system (I've posted about this before) so now I'll try in earnest to come up with something better.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

First attempt at FDG and WWG coexisting

There you have it. Some FDG walls playing nice with my WWG tiles. Something I only now see in the FDG sets is that because they've chosen to make the walls narrower than the pillars, this leaves a fair amount of the tile exposed on the outside.

So, clearly the 1" pillars aren't what I want to base my plans on. Instead, it's the "connectors". As I read the instructions, I see that not only will the connectors work exactly for what I want them, but the support pieces are based on a tab system strikingly similar to the anchors on the tile, so this should work out great... tomorrow...

There's another pic of the pieces attached together. They assemble reasonably fast, though not as fast as a WWG wall. I didn't use a bottom flap on them - I left them open. Moreover, they aren't as stable as a WWG wall-and-post system, but they hold together well enough.

The more I look at the FDG E-Z Lock system, the more questions I have. For a multi-story building, how easy/hard would it be to remove a floor, or part of a floor? The floor itself rests inside the structure, with no way to easily pull it back out. Assuming you use foamcore on the floor, that means the upper floors are 1/4" shorter than the first floor. No biggie, but a little weird. If you want interior walls, I wouldn't be able to rest the connectors on the floor - they'd be too tall! I'd have to poke holes into the floor. If there's nothing below it, will it be secure? I suppose once it's pinned to other wall pieces, but it seems more work than I'd want to do for something that's supposed to be modular.

That shows all I had to do to get the pillars to attach to the tiles. They fit on really nicely I have to say. Very easy to install, and it makes all my TLX tiles hold the pillars down securely.

So, from what I've learned, I'll try using the connectors rather than pillars, and see how that looks. If they work well, then I guess there won't be all that much difference between a TLX post and my preferred FDG post. :)

Bridging the gap between FDG and WWG

Now that I have a heap of products from Fat Dragon Games, I want to start building and see how their sets go together. I really want some level of modular compatibility, though, so I'll probably be converting their tiles over to TLX format, at least with respect to how the tiles themselves are built. For anchors, posts, etc. I'm still thinking, and here's what I am hoping to try out very soon.

I'd like to take a regular FDG post - not the ones that are extra long to fit into holes in the tiles, but the ones designed to rest on top of the tile - and add a little piece inside it that would allow it to slot onto a TLX anchor. I'd either leave the bottom of the post open, or just modify the base so it has a hole around where the anchor would fit in.

By doing this, I'll be left with a Fat Dragon post that would continue to work with Fat Dragon tiles made the way Fat Dragon intended them, but I'll also be able to slot them onto a TLX tile made the way WWG intended them. That would allow 1", 2", 4", 5" and 7" FDG walls to fit onto a standard TLX tile, and If I'm so inclined, I could add WWG posts and walls to the same tiles. They'd abut the FDG posts, and might look a little out of place, but it would mean one tile set to rule them all.

Now, because I don't mind the TLX anchors, I'll end up kitbashing the FDG tiles into something TLX-compatible (I'm making my own collection of templates that are completely hand-made by me, not using any WWG files). If folks want to go in the other direction, they can easily take WWG tiles and carve the holes in the middle of the tiles like FDG's system wants.

It's not a one-system-to-rule-them-all kind of thing, but it makes me feel more comfortable about starting to make some FDG sets.