Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Have you voted in the Papercut Awards?

If not, please do!

Community involvement is what it's all about!

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Finding inspiration - my own, and others!

I've been poking around the web looking for inspiring buildings to make next. For example, I liked this image of the Stokesay Castle gatehouse:

and whipped up a 3d model from it. I'll be leaning on photos of the gatehouse for style choices as I texture it.

While looking for inspiring photos, I enjoyed finding what may have been the inspiration for others as well. Take these for example:

Clearly the same model. I love what Mystic Mountain Productions did with it.

Here's another gem I came across. I love Dave Graffam buildings. Check this out:

I knew I had seen that model somewhere!

Anyway, I think it's fun to stumble onto these sorts of things.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

I've done it!

Or, at least, I think I have... I've submitted three little houses to be public on DriveThruRPG. I'm going to work on the set of tiles now and then I'll go back to more interesting buildings. Exciting! The doors to the Paper Realms will finally be open!

To that extent, I will also start posting more on the following URLs:

Twitter:   @paperrealms

I haven't bothered with a blog yet ( but that might come online too.

More info when the products actually come online!

Monday, August 3, 2015

Rounding out the first village set

Well, this certainly took a strange turn...

Working on a simple set of ground tiles, and I think it's coming along well. I'm playing around with grass, mud and cobblestone layers to see what effects I can make:

I might have to go back and fix up the house models to allow for these textures... poo... once that's done, I can probably make the 'bundle' be the three styles of houses and the ground tiles.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Progress report

I've been able to make some progress! Test builds of the "small house" and the "long house" are done, and they are packaged up and ready to go on DriveThruRPG. I'm not going to make the sets public until the next two are done. I am glad I did another round of test builds - found a minor issue with one of the layers being a little misplaced. I may tweak it a little more - I realize I don't have any score marks on the chimney, and one of the cut marks is a little hard to make out. But, they're ready to go!

So, on to what I've been calling the 'manor house'. It's actually not all that large, so I might back off and call it a 'two-story house' instead. I might do a true manor house in set #2, as the 'big' structure of that set. But... must focus...

The two-story house will be big enough. Then, onto the tower.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Instructions for the "Small House" are done.

I think I'm calling this the "Small House" under the sub-heading "Medieval Village Set 1". I'll have at least four buildings in the 'set' though I'll offer them separately, and as a bundle. It's a slow process for me to do the instructions. Since I can't take a good photo to save my life, I'm doing renderings in Sketchup. Tomorrow night I'll lay out the actual PDFs for this one, and make the thumbnail pics for it. With any luck, I'll be able to tick this one off the TODO list Monday night!

The "Long House" is next. It'll be the 3"x6" one-story house. Wednesday night I'll start the instructions, but realistically it won't be done before the weekend, what with normal weekly responsibilities...

I started laying out the graphics for the "Manor House" for real this time. Added to what I've already done will be two or three extra bits that will allow more variety to the layout.

Still a work-in-progress, but you can get an idea for some of the additional bits. This will likely take all of next week, assuming I finish the "Long House" on time.

And there's more after that, but this is my 'keeping it simple' strategy...

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Quick renderings before bed

I added a chimney to the models, and have put together a small 2x3" house, a long 3x6" house, and the original 3x6 two story house that will start to get a couple additional features!

Filling out the first product line

I worked through the process of making assembly instructions, and I liked how it turned out. I played a bit with promo pics, and I still have some twiddling to do to get things where I like it, but it's moving along. I also started filling out a product listing on DriveThruRPG, though I ran into some snafus. Nothing major, but I need some back-and-forth with them to sort out how I can get some images in my product descriptions...

I'm now getting the geometries and textures done for four separate pieces - the first in my collection of a 'medieval Italian village'. Hopefully I can crank out the basic shapes in short order. The tedious part will be building up layered PDFs to give a little control over window and door placement.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Scaling back, ramping up

I'm trying to put the finishing touches for real on a product that I can put up on OBS. I've scaled back quite a bit from the modular builds and the fold-flat builds, though I'm still working on those. This will just be a static build of a simple 3x6" stone house. I'm working on instructions right now, but it doesn't look like I'll be finishing this up this weekend...

Here's a 3d rendering of the house:

It's the first part towards these slightly more interesting buildings:

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...

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Progress on possible fold-flat freebie

So, here's what I was thinking... I was thinking I would take the walls I had already gotten done and whip up an easy-to-assemble fold-flat free model. A little 2"x3" house. No interiors or anything. So, I've got the walls and most of the trusses laid out. This week I'll try to find the time to make up a roof texture and actually assemble the thing.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Layered PDFs and performance

Anyone have any experience with making layered PDFs? I mean, I've done it before, but I have a PDF with 22 layers in it, and it's PATHETICALLY slow. I'm not sure if it's something about the file that Scribus made for me, or just that it's got so many layers.

All my layers are made of 8.5x11" PNG files that fill the whole page. Is that an issue? Would the performance be dramatically better if the images were smaller? Seems like it'd be a pain to line things up.

Advice is welcome. The alternative would be to make lots of pages of single-layer PDFs. I'm guessing a 20 page PDF with layers for just the registration marks would be faster than a 1 page PDF with 22 layers.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Totally new templates underway!

I'm working on hand-crafting templates for my own stuff now. Plugging away on the 3" wall sections right now, and they're looking pretty good. I'm not sure if I'll offer walls with a reinforced beam or not. I'm designing them into the template, but I may provide them as layers. I'm trying to do things 'right' by keeping cut and score lines on their own layer. It's also nice to finally work against a template where all the lines are clean and all the spacing is accurate. That's new for me. :)

So, the train rolls on. This weekend... 6" wall sections? Once that's done, I'll look into smaller wall sections - 1", 1.5", 2", 4", 5", and longer sections too. 4.24" and 8.28" are the angle lengths, but 7" and 8" lengths will work fine within the cut region.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

What's behind door number 7?

Darker doors were requested, so I quickly fiddled with some contrast, saturation and what not. I'm not saying these are any good - I'm just posting them because I did them.

Again, just some door ideas. I think the darker they get, the less likely they will print well. I think the middle one kind of works. I think the top door needs to be bright and colorful. :)

One does not simply walk into more doors.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Opulent Oubliette

Someone on the WWG forums had wondered why the Oubliette set had no doors. It's a great question. There were no doors in The Garden either, if I recall correctly. No worry!

 [Example doors on Oubliette walls]

I went with a fancy door. Maybe this should go up in The Garden, and I'll choose another door for the dungeon... I just kinda liked how over-the-top it was. If folks have particular door styles they'd like to see, I can make some up.

Back to reality!

That is, back to what I know I can do. I've been working more on my new house textures, getting 3" wall layers in place. They're pretty much done! I think I will plug away at smaller length walls. I almost never have used the smaller walls, but they seem key to making more interesting floor plans. At least I know I can eliminate many of the wall options for these smaller wall pieces!

I messed up and made some bad assumptions on my 6" walls - discovered while I tried to massage the textures down to the 3" walls. Nothing too tragic, but there are seams in the textures because I had assumed some layers would have to be ON. Well, they don't have to be on, which means I have to eliminate some seams. So, that FIRST, then the smaller wall bits.

Soon up after that will be posts.

Saturday, February 28, 2015


I'm giving up on this for a little bit. Maybe I shouldn't have tried working on this after being up late the night before.

It's just too fiddly, and that will never work. If everyone used a robo-cutter, maybe. Even then, I think I'll need six more iterations to get all the pieces to just fit right.

I've lost my motivation for the weekend.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Building some prototypes... I love it and I hate it!

I'm continuing to work with the idea that you make a cardstock template that will lift up the face of the tile, and there will be post connectors and tile connectors that can slip together. I've turned the slots on the post connectors 45 degrees, so they go in diagonally.

[see the booboo I made?]

I did my first test on one side of a 6" tile using a single cardstock template to lift up the face. That, as I suspected, didn't give me enough room to easily slip the posts in place. Wiggling it a little with the tip of my craft knife allowed me to get things in place. Snug fit, but I guess that's a good thing.

[First face done... Sloppy, but a learning experience...]
I'm trying now with two layers of cardstock to lift the face. I'll also see about edging the darn thing BEFORE gluing... You'd think this was the first build I've ever done!

Oh, and lesson learned. Don't have GIMP print transparent regions... it chooses BLACK, not WHITE. :(

[...time passes...]

 [A corner post connector in place]

[A corner post inserted on the connector]

[A top-down view of the tile with a corner and side connector, and a tile connector]

[Closer view of the connectors in place]

Ok. I screwed up a lot, but it came out ok. First, with 2x cardstock, it all goes together nicely. I think it'll be easier to hand-cut than robo-cut, honestly, simply because you can glue to sheets of cardstock together first, then cut them at the same time, rather than having to robo-cut two pages, then get them lined up perfectly. If you robo-cut, you can always trim any bits that don't line up great.

Second, my cutfiles had a booboo, so I fixed it by hand after gluing the pieces together.

Then, I printed my floor from GIMP rather than from Silhouette Studio. This means I didn't have the cutlines on it to guide my cutting of the corner/edge squares... Oh, and I printed from gimp with almost all of the image transparent. That means I got a 6" tile and the rest of the page was printed pure black. Ugh. That made it even harder to cut the tile properly... I ended up about 1/32" too small in each direction.

Since I had no cutting guide, but I needed to cut the corners and edges off, I glued the spacer cardstock to the face first. That let me cut the corners and edges out at roughly the right side. Roughly... They're a little wonky.

Then, to mount it to the foamcore, I used spray glue on the whole back of the cardstock, which meant I had to wipe clean the areas I didn't want glue. Not that bad, but it took time.

Only after it was assembled did I realize that I really should have edged everything. :-P

But now that it's together, it looks really nice.

I might make the posts (and connectors) a bit bigger, which would bring them closer to TLX compatible. Actually... I just slipped some of my TLX posts onto my connectors, and with walls inserted, they pretty much stay in place. I will continue to experiment with this.

[This is my new tile with some of my kitbashed TLX walls attached.]

Note that I didn't bother edging the tiles. I'm not sure folks really care that much. Adding edging adds unnecessary complexity. I think if you have exposed edges, I could convince myself that a plug-in railing system would work well.

Pictures tomorrow.

Notes to self: 
1) Try making the posts 1/16" bigger (and the holes to cut)...
2) Consider a slotted post rather than using pins... Consider flat walls rather than boxes...
3) Make the post connectors shorter... 
4) Post connectors should be textured at least with black gradient around possibly exposed areas.
5) If the post connectors were rectangles rather than triangles, they'd fold flat!
6) Make a template for printing on plain copy paper for cutting the tile and for placing the textures. 

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Want to try something new?

I haven't had a chance to try any of this. Tuesdays are a late day getting home for me, so I tried to hurry through making some template files. I haven't textured them yet, but it would be enough to get the idea... Tomorrow I will buy some cheap cardstock and try this out. I fear that I've designed this for 3/16" foamcore, and I really need to convert it to be for 5mm foamcore instead - just a tiny bit thicker.

Anyway, here's a link to my dropbox folder containing random stuff.

There's a README.txt file there that you can look at. The idea that I'm going with right now (thank you rambinator!) is to wrap the tile with pieces that will serve to create the gaps for the tabs of the posts. Then, you can attach a flat piece to both faces of the tile - double sided!

I worry about a couple things... yes - the pieces that wrap the tiles are not the most fun to cut out. I don't think there's much I can do to prevent that. Still, this method allows for both faces of the tile to potentially be covered with texture, and it will be *flat* - no anchors poking up. I don't think it will lend itself well at all to speed mounting. At least TLX allowed for that - you could put anchors anywhere you want. FDG, too, lets you poke holes anywhere in the masterboard. Not so much with this...

I also worry about the durability of the slots. I can't predict how it will go - I'll have to just try it.

Lastly, I worry that one layer of spacer isn't enough. I think I need two. And if I need two, I'm not sure the easiest way to do that.

If you feel like being brave and randomly cutting stuff, try hitting me up on Steam chat (mproteau) or Skype (michael.a.proteau) if you run into trouble. If you're not feeling so ambitious, no worries. I will get around to building this soon enough. First I have to clean my office. :(

Office is clean(er)! An ambitious soul (thanks again, rambinator!) tried it out, and it's not gonna work as is. I'm whipping up a new design right now and will try to make a tile tonight. It'll be hand-textured since I'm not feeling like fighting with my printer (assuming it won't cooperate...)

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Here are some pictures to show off what I'm trying to, er, show off...

Keep in mind, all of this was quickly hand-sketched and hand cut...

So, I started by sketching out where posts and tabs will go. The darkened in rectangles would be where I'd want to put tile texture. I then cut out two 6"x6" cardstock blanks and glued them together. I started laying down all the lines so that I could figure out where to cut. In reality, you'd just print a page with the cutting guide already on it, sandwich two pages together, then just cut rectangles out.

Then, I cut out a page that represents what would wrap around the tile. This would be totally textured.

That's just a closeup to show you that I've removed some chunks from the page. I printed this on plain copy paper, so it's flimsy. It'd have been easier to cut (a) if I had printed a guide, and (b) I was using a straight edge... :)

In theory I'd glue the cardstock template above to the inside of this guy, but for prototyping, I just stacked it all together onto the foamcore:

So, there would be holes for posts to slip in, and holes for tabs to slip in. Again, I'm kind of counting on this being more rigid with actual card stock. If the tab holes don't work out, there's always the idea of putting foamcore tabs in the sides...

Here's a post and a tab. The tab is 2x thick cardstock. I am not sure, but I suspect it is a strong enough joint for most builds. I'd have to test it at scale. The post is a mere 1/4" thick. I was going to have the top closed, with holes for pins, but it was too fiddly, and since I cut this out by hand, I was lucky it folded together at all. The top end was a little wide, so it got all mushed while I attempted to force it in place...

 You can see there's a bottom tab sticking out. That slips into the corner. The space created allows it to fit in snugly. On it's own, the post might seem a little wobbly, but with a wall or two attached to it, it should be plenty rigid.
So, once I feel more ambitious (my office is a tiny room, and is a mess right now, so it saps my will to build) I'll do up my new floors and walls in this style, actually following a cutting guide, and see how it call comes together.

But, that illustrates the basic idea of what I'm trying out.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

I haven't thought this through yet, but an idea struck me...

So I had this image of posts 1/4" in size maybe and on the bottom would be a tab that stuck out in one direction. Then, tiles would be made such that the corners where the posts would go would be about 3 cardstock thicknesses lower than the rest of the tile. There'd be a riser attached to the cardstock that wraps the tile that is 2 layers of cardstock thick. It would be designed so that the tab on the bottom of the posts would slip under the texture and hopefully stay in place. Then, walls could be pinned to the posts, or maybe they'd slot together kinda TLX-like.

I'm thinking you could print a template onto plain copy paper and paste that into foamcore. That would give you a gluing guide for the corner textures and where to put the riser in the middle. Then, you'd rap the whole thing in cardstock.

Rather than having foamcore tabs to connect the tiles, just use 2x thickness cardstock tabs.

I realize anyone reading this probably can't follow my babbling, but I'll be able to remember it tomorrow, and I'll be able to try it out pretty quickly. Could this be a workable solution for having NO ANCHORS, and even NO TABS? That would mean just cutting the foamcore tiles square without notches for tabs... We'll see.

Spent a few minutes on the floor

Just a quick update about where I'll be stopping with the floors. I'll do 3", 6" and hallway floors that include layers like this:

A little trap door, and some blood stains. I will possibly make layers to position the trap door in a place or two, but I'll also offer the door as a simple square cutout that you can put on an existing tile using some tacky stuff. The rug would be available as a layer in a place or two, but it'll also be a separate floor 'token'.

I should return back to doing 3" walls and posts next, but I'm done for the day!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Tile tutorial video - a first for me!

I posted a video to YouTube that shows how I did the floorboard TLX grid. Y'all can check it out here:

I tried to keep it short, and I hope you find it useful!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Inching along with the new tlx house

I did the grunt work today of getting all the layers in place, so I have the pieces parts for all the variants of the 6" wall. I started working on a floor tile, again using some stock photo base. I spent most of the time straightening things out and now I'm lining the boards up with 1" and 1.5" grids. After that, I'll drop in some seams and see how it looks.

The lower one was actually about where I was stopping, but then I tweaked the color because it was so darn yellow. So, I'll darken the lines that align with the grids, and will come up with seams that divide the boards.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Multiple layers - when is it too much?

I'm looking at my 6" walls, and here's what I see. First, I'm chopping the 6" wall into three sections. I'm not sure if this is the best idea because it won't line up great with a grid. I'll have to see how I feel. I might end up with 5 positions for things...

So, let's do the math for if there's three positions. Three door types means 9 layers. I've got one style of window, and I will make it so I either have one or two of them within each 1/3rd. So, that's 6 more layers. I created a layer with a thinner wooden beam to be used on its own or between the double windows. So, 3 more layers. I added a variant where you can have stone at the bottom of the wall, and there's a wooden beam that acts as a border to it. That's 6 more layers. So, 24 layers? Oh. Registration marks. 26 layers.

That's without any wall decorations (torches/sconces, tapestries, art, whatever... I couldn't really come up with anything I really wanted on the walls...)

So, I'm wondering how big this file will be, how slow it will be to use, etc.  I'll just have to try it to find out. If I go with five positions for things, I'll likely treat that as a separate pdf - one for three spots, one for two spots. Though, I suppose I could rely on 3" walls handling the two spot version, right?

I'm starting to think about a small prop set to go with this. Maybe some simple tables, chairs, fire pit, boxes, barrels... stuff. We'll see.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

More experimentation

I'll lead with the pictures, then go all long winded on you...

Ok... what is this all about? I'm going to try to get a simple TLX set together. House parts. A couple walls, a couple floors, and a roof. Nothing fancy. Maybe... MAYBE stairs. I want to see how long it will take me to put something simple together. I want it to be fairly small - maybe something worth only a couple bucks rather than the $10+ that most sets would go for. Am I hoping to sell this? Well...

... I mean, sure, it'd be neat if I could get a new product on the WWG storefront, but I also need practice with making this stuff. So, maybe. But I want to find out if people like what I'm doing, and I want some idea for how much effort needs to go into it. I figure a simple set like this might take me a week to put together.

The walls I've done today - we're talking maybe 2 hours of interrupted work using some free photography that's been bent to do my bidding. I'm not thrilled with the proportions of the beams. I think I'd make them all wider. But, it's not TERRIBLE. I will hunt down some things to hang on the wall and declare it more or less done. I will probably keep the textures similar on both sides, making interior walls sans stone, and I'll make archways, and different positions for the windows and doors. Can you say layers?

Making a roof is time consuming but not difficult. I've done it several times over, so I'm confident I can do that. I need some floors, but now that I've got my magic scripts, that's only a few minutes of work. Not sure what kind of floor I want, but probably wide wooden planks.

You like?

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

So what exactly have I been up to?

I've been quiet here for a couple reasons. First, my printer was giving me fits, which was making it hard for me to make progress on some Cathedrae Noctis conversion efforts. I got my printer chugging along again, but I switched gears and started printing and cutting some of the Okumarts minis I had made cutfiles for. SEVEN SETS of minis. I can't get enough of them! I've also started running a 5th edition D&D game for my kids and their friends. It's starting out slow - mostly hard to get everyone together all at once.

So, that's kinda partly some of why I haven't been posting.

The other reason is that I've been trying to communicate with the WorldWorks Games folks about the future of their company and the forums. I have offered up some ideas, and they have expressed that they're willing to talk things through with me, but my goodness they are TERRIBLE at responding in a timely fashion. I'm not talking instant messaging here. I'm pretty it is faster to hand-write and snail-mail letters to people than it is to get one email back from them. I'm giving them another week to see if we can't fix this communication barrier. If that doesn't work, it might be the final nail in the coffin for my relationship with the place. That makes me sad enough to get in the way of crafting more stuff.

I'll start posting more of the gory details about this stuff once I've had a back-and-forth with them and see where things will go.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Swampwood Huts submitted!

I've been spreading my time too thin, so updating on the progress of things takes a back seat. I'm still doing stuff! Today, I wrapped up the cutfiles for the Swampwood Hut TLX kitbash.

Not a very impressive picture, but I needed to snap something for the kitbash tumbnail. Here's an aerial shot:

Kinda fun. I left the the square huts open, for no particular reason. Maybe they're falling apart. The kitbash judges will surely find some suggestions to make, but until then, I'll start making progress on converting the cathedral!

Monday, January 12, 2015

Building the TLX Swampwood set

It's about time, right? I've battled some serious motivation issues, some scheduling issues, some technical issues, and the holidays. Oh, the holidays! But, the new year is in full swing, and I've muscled out some printed pages from my aging printer. I *will* get this TLX conversion completed. I will.

The TLX stuff actually builds pretty quickly, even if it's not exactly thrilling work. In one distracted evening, I've got enough walls and posts for one or two huts, and I've got the trusses and tiles started. Once I'm done, I'll be able to build a whole bunch of different sizes and shapes of huts, and it'll be easy peasy to add on to it!

But, here's what I'm planning. First, I'll get the hut tile made for this round hut. That, and a small and hallway tile for square huts. Then I'll get a couple standard TLX roof pieces made, and... FINALLY... I'll try making some of the different special roof pieces. Yay.

If nothing goes wrong, then it's only cutfiles that stand in my way of releasing this conversion and moving on to the next thing.