Paper City Buildings Complete!

Well after spending almost an entire day in playing around in Gimp, I digitally kit-bashed Microtactix free paper Model, Horseman’s Deli.

My Purpose in doing so? I wanted some variety in my Mini-mall. Now due to legal reasons I cannot share the files, but I can show you then end result. All it takes is a little time and know how.

I could have made my building signs modular (ie, magnetized them the way I did with my Big Red Buildings), but chose not to, as I already had a 2-storefront building and was making a 3-storefront building. Plus I wanted to speed up my Build Process. Shrug. I also made the second-store box for my Big Red Buildings, and chose not to kit-bash the model any more than putting some paper-clips in the Front and Back so I had the option of attaching signs to the upper two floors. Continue reading

Well I took the weekend off from Crafting (Mostly)

I did practice my Gimp skills a bit, and did some digital Kit-bashing of some paper models. Due to uncertainties of legalities, I’m not certain I can share them at this time. But basically I noticed One Monk’s Chimera Brood Bio-Weapons

provided one of each weapon pose per page. Most war-gaming army squads are of single-unit types, which would have meant printing on page for each unit and lots of wasted ink. So I decided to take it upon myself to to cut-out the individual weapon poses in Gimp and make single-pose pages.

This is for two reasons:

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Grim’s Modelling Tips: Fake Grass Freebies!

Here’s another post from The Grinning Skull on the topic of Free Stuff!

The Grinning Skull

artificial-grass

So, I have found something out completely by accident that is excellent for us scratch builders & wargamers, yet the best thing is, it wont cost you a penny!

A while ago, my missus and I were talking about turfing a few patches of bare earth in our garden and discussing options. Rather than shelling out for real grass turf, we thought we’d explore the artificial astroturf route, being that our kids are kinda destructive at the best of times and that real grass would take a real beating with their antics. I decided to get some prices & info about it, and discovered that most suppliers of the stuff, actually are willing to send out small samples of the various grades and styles of it.

This lead me on to thinking, just maybe this stuff might be useful as a potential free modelling material. Soon enough I was using…

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Grim’s Modelmaking Tips 2: Another 10 Cheap or Free materials for scratchbuilding

Project Update: Yesterday was game day so no crafting got done. This morning I finished my tile texture stamps and experimented with them a bit. I can’t complain one bit about how they turned out! Here are some pics to hold you over:

These were taken yesterday during gameplay. There are a mix of my first batch of tiles (which were horrible) and my second batch (which were only horrible due to warping):

http://s5.postimg.org/52z5k1a07/Old_and_Older_1.jpg

http://s5.postimg.org/rg6w6uaxz/Old_and_Older_2.jpg

And these are the Test-Paints I did using my Stamper. The first is on black posterboard, and the second is on a prepared tile. I think with a little more work I can get the effect I want.:

http://s5.postimg.org/44ishqwo7/Paint_Tests_001_A.jpg

http://s5.postimg.org/x5n4r5h47/Paint_Test_001_B.jpg

Well here it is, Part Two of Grim’s Cheap/Free Scratchbuilding Materials. Enjoy!

The Grinning Skull

It’s me again, here with another installment of my model making tips for low cost or free materials to use in your various projects. Here I will give you some more ideas for stuff you may not have thought of before. Remember, this is not intended for the more experienced scratch builders out there, but hopefully even some might find the information useful in making your models!

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Grim’s Modelmaking Tips: My top 10 Cheap or Free materials for scratchbuilding

One of my friends from the DM’s Craft Forums (grinningskull aka Grim) gave me permission to reblog this article. You should definitely head over to his site as he has a ton of great articles and free stuff!

You can find Part Two of this article here.

The Grinning Skull

I know this article probably won’t be as useful to some readers here, already well into the scratchbuilding bug like me, but I would hope that some of you that may have little or no experience in this subject will find some or all of it useful in some way. I intend to put up a few of these articles using this cheapo method I have been using for many years.

To me, paying for some modelling supplies is a real pain. I begrudge forking out for anything that impacts on my budget. Call me tight, but this comes from many years ago, when I was really skint, barely scraping a life, paying bills for myself and such, I am very much into making things of all types, and get stircrazy when I get a great idea and can’t carry it out for lack of stuff to make it with…

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