Thursday, July 31, 2014

Roof, round two

I got home from work and rushed to print and cut the roof and truss pieces I designed last night. They worked perfectly!

Here's a shot of the slot and tab  I used this time. It holds in place very well on the truss, though it might feel a little clumsy setting it up.

Here's a lousy shot of the slots on the truss:

I'd like to try the same setup, but rather than a slot and tab, I'll try one or two tabs, and see if it still holds in place well.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

One step back... two steps forward!

It turns out, I apparently told GIMP to not save ANY of my work last night. Not a thing. So, I had to start over from scratch. I managed to get the one end truss redone, and I changed the template quite a bit. It has a peak to it, rather than following the TLX style of having a flat top. It also has an extra slot that I hope will allow me to keep the roof piece anchored in place better, and make way for a possible system for adding an overhang. I redid the one roof style as well. I found an interior texture from another building set, so the roof hopefully will work a little better. I again redid the template from scratch, so I think the tabs are shaded better, and there's an extra flap at the top that I hope will help cover the top edge where two roof pieces join up. We'll see. I was having a devil of a time trying to measure everything correctly.

Sadly, my two hours of play time is over now, and I won't have the time to print and build tonight... If I'm lucky, my kids won't want to play on the computer tomorrow morning (hah, right) so I'll be able to print out some pages before going into work.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Roof Redesign Redux

Taking another stab at simplifying the TLX roof templates, and I thought I'd post some pics of what I did this evening.

What you're looking at there is my TLX version of Fat Dragon Games' Dragonshire sets. I'll post more about that later, as I build out more of the templates, but for now, I'll focus on the roof.

 I made up a new template similar to a TLX truss, but in this case, there's a notch on the outer edge of the truss, not the inner edge. This lets the roof slot in and obscure the face of the truss that would otherwise be textured like the roof. It's almost like how the roof attaches for SwiftScenics builds from WWG, but in this case, I'm sticking to a two-part roof.

Here's a roof and two trusses. They lay out flat, because I don't need to make the trusses boxy.

I'm making another roof piece now, and then I'll find some time later in the week to make smaller 3" trusses so I can finish my little building. The benefits I see are this:

1) Trusses will not be specific to a roof texture. My roof pieces are now usable on any truss.
2) They are faster to build. It's a single sandwich fold like the TLX walls, plus a couple small notches.
3) They take up less space. They are as flat as the walls.
4) They are easier to kitbash. There's less texture to try to line up.
5) I can convert older sets pretty quickly.

Downsides? I'm sure there are some. I'll let you know when I figure that out.

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.