Friday, October 31, 2014

Topping off the Outpost Tower

It just didn't feel finished, not having SOME roof to go onto the outpost tower. I'm thinking of adding a simple roof like this:

I could be convinced to make an interior texture for it, and I am considering making simple TLX anchor-like tabs on the corners so the whole thing could fit snugly into the posts...

Yay! New kitbashes released!

A couple of kitbashes managed to get pushed through the system and are available on the WorldWorksGames kitbash section of the storefront! In it, we've got a new portal based on the Atlantis conversion I did, a new set of orc palisade walls, and a version of the Sentinel tree without the scary face, so now you can have a big ol' dead tree without it having to be a monster.

Work has been beating me down lately, and I haven't made as much progress on some kitbashes as I'd like. Seeing some get released is a nice treat for me.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Visit your local library!

I was with my son letting him look for some Minecraft books when I stumbled upon this gem:

That was so cool to see a David Okum book there in the library. Of course, I had to borrow it, and I think this will go on my birthday wish list. I'll never draw like he can, but I would love to be able to spend 30 minutes a night trying. Here's a page from my notebook:

It's going to take a LOT of practice to be able to draw the right proportions, and faces... ugh! But this book has 150!!! different sketches that are done typically in 3 steps so you can see the progression. Such goodness!

The Swampwood Pharoah - a jungle temple

Just toying around right now - I did some sketches, and wanted to see if I could make a jungle temple. Here's a quick mockup combining a wall from Pharoah's Descent with the texture of the trees from Swampwood Village.

I want more moss hanging down in places, but this gets the idea across. I've got some ideas for how I will add some patterns to the stones and what not. You like?  Here's another type of wall. I did some bump mapping along the top, which I kind of like, sunk in an alcove which I kind of like, and found a pretty cool statue from Akshardham Temple in Delhi.

The moss would have to make a comeback. Or not. Here's a shot of the moss after I played with it a bit more:

So the whole thing is a little more green, a little more dripping with growth...

Ok. One last picture on this and I'm leaving it alone for a little while:

Lightened up the amount of moss there, but added some spattered all over. I also added some pattern along the bottom. I think that might be a keeper! I'm really liking it. Makes me kind of excited to know that I can probably now make things like archways with etched patterns on them

This also reminds me that I was never able to really pull off overgrown Himmelveil Street tiles, but this kind of moss would do the trick nicely.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Swampwood Village TLX kitbash

There were a couple threads on the WorldWorks forums talking about converting Swampwood Village to the TLX format. Doing the tiles is easy, assuming folks are OK with just scaling down the 7" tiles to 6". I have to make sure this will look good. If it looks too squished up against Hinterland Forests tiles, then I'll try to be clever about it. Converting the tiles is one thing. I'm also looking to convert the tree huts into TLX houses. Here are some pictures showing progress:

For tiles, I expect to do 3", hall and 6" tiles in the three grid formats. I separated the elements from the original hut tile so I can add/remove different elements:

I expect to also support round huts, so I'm going to have a 6" tile with a round hut base and grass on the corners. Additionally, I'll make a round hut (with TLX anchors) to support putting arc walls around it. That will allow raised huts...

For walls, I've again teased apart some elements, so I can move things around. I'm planning on 3", 6" and arc walls to start. No angled walls, double-height walls, etc. With it will be 2-way and 3-way posts. I have no plans to do 4-way posts, because I don't think they'll be useful for hut-building (any more than 2- and 3-way posts will be, combined).

Sunday, October 19, 2014

An orc version of the corporate ladder?

They have to climb *something* to get into the outpost, don't they? Well, here's a sample ladder I made up this evening:

My question is, which one is the right want to have it on the page? Dark all around, and you can opt to cut it all fancy with the rungs sticking out, you can slice em off, you can cut in between the rungs... whatever. Or, a thin black border making it easy to fold in half correctly, but assume that everyone will want to cut out all the details?

I'm thinking the dark one is better. I'm planning on making a different kind of latter that plays well with the TLX system. Those are wider, and slot into the tiles. I'll put it to the WWG forum to see what people think.

Outpost Tower is coming together

Here are some shots of a single floor, with some posts that will possibly support another floor, or perhaps just a floor tile as a roof.

I think that these pieces will be good enough for the kitbash, but I want to make a ladder that will to with it. Here's a mock-up:

Basically, two long thin logs with some small logs crossing it. It's all tied together using rope. I'll probably try to design it so the openings are wider (for minis) and the rungs might extend out a little more, in case you feel like having the extra detail.

I'm thinking about possible rails - I was imagining I'd need something to hold the tile on, but it seems fine as-is, and fiddly railings fall apart when you try to pull them out of the tile. Still, I might be able to make some low railings out of logs or wood (maybe just using the floor texture) to make the tower a little more "finished" - it'd be more like a fort.

But, in an effort to get things into the hands of the kitbash judges sooner, I'll wrap these up and do the railings (and maybe a small roof) for another kitbash.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Outpost Walls - first attempt is pretty darn good!

Despite a printer error causing the page to come out skewed, I went ahead and fed the page through the robocutter. I had to paste the page down crooked to compensate, and it still was off by about 1 - 2mm on the cut, which is quite a bit when you're trying to not have ugly white edges...

Anyway, here's the result:

Sorry it's a little overexposed, but I think this came out pretty good! I've got enough printed to make a couple more posts and finish two more wall segments. That will let me build a floor, and a railing to hold it all in place.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Outpost Tower walls - first attempt

I took the logs from my orc camp walls kitbash, and took some rope from the Swampwood Village set. I think the effect works pretty nicely.

Starting on the Outpost Tower

The walls around the camp are looking pretty good, so I'm starting to rough out ideas for an outpost tower. The plan right now is to harvest the walkway textures from Swampwood Village as an example of logs that are lashed together.

Not sure if I need more than the 3" tiles for this particular project. I'll leave it at this. I'm also not sure I like how the grids were done in the old system, but maybe... I'll either use the old grid, or maybe attach ropes along the grid lines, which may me more subtle.

Next will be the posts and walls. I'm thinking of using posts almost identical to the camp walls. That is, they'll be rough logs. I'm also thinking I'll use those logs for the walls, criss-crossed and attached with ropes. I will likely also have some railings, which will make these tiles hold in place nice and snug.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Dressing up the orc walls

So, I'm trying to keep in the spirit of kitbashing, and am pulling as much of the textures from WorldWorks sets as possible.  There are four examples of bits I'm pulling from the Swampwood Village props. I think they work really well!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Orc Camp walls take shape

Voila! Kids are trying to get to sleep, so I can't mass-produce things with the robo cutter. At least this was a good enough test for me to see that I forgot to put grass at the base of the wall. Oops!

Unfortunately, this is as far as I'll probably get this weekend. I might be able to get some robo cutting time tomorrow before the whole family pours into the house for some birthday party celebrations. (No, not mine!) That's ok. I've got to think about what sort of features I'll add to the walls...

Orc Camp Phase 1: Walls

So, the first phase of this kitbash is going to just be walls. Here's a 3" and 3" angled wall sample:

I've only got a handful of logs to work with, made from the Hinterland Forests log textures, but I'm trying to avoid the patterns being too repetitive. Work work working to get the wall segments done this weekend, and then I'll get the posts knocked off!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Kitbash Idea: Orc Camp

I had this 3" wall bit on my harddrive for ages, and just dusted it off.
I think I'm going to try to whip up some 3" and 6" variations like this, and make some posts for them with the wood texture, and see if that wouldn't be a good starting point for some kitbashes to publish. I've got lots of ideas that I had sketched out a long time ago, but I'll solicit some ideas from folks, too.