Friday, 1 May 2015

Dungeon Monthly (May 2014)

It's the beginning of a new month - so that must mean it's dungeon monthly time again...

So once again, I must say a big thank you to the folks supporting the dungeon monthly project over on patreon - which, I have to admit, is really helping to keep my motivation up :)

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Note that unlabelled versions for all of these 'dungeon-monthly' maps can be found in the following G+ albums:

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Into the Darkness : Map 2

If you've been following my recent G+ posts, you will have seen that I've been posting a lot of W.I.P. images of my latest dungeon map.

Well, now that map is finally finished, I'm pleased to say that Into the Darkness : Map 2 is now available from RPGNow & DriveThruRPG for just $1.50 (approx. £1).

As you can see, this map features a large crypt/mausoleum style dungeon, and is provided in the following formats:
  • A pdf booklet featuring a labelled version of the map.
  • An unlabelled jpg image of the map (scaled at 100 pixels per grid).
  • A miniatures scaled battlemap* (i.e. printable at 1" per grid square).

*Note that a 'printer friendly' version of the battlemap (i.e. one with a plain white background) has also been provided.

Friday, 10 April 2015

Chainlink fences (and barbed wire) for 28mm miniatures

I've been picking a few things up from the local 'bargain' stores again that must mean it's time for another quick & easy terrain project...


From left to right:
  • Silver spray paint (cost £1 from the local Poundland store)
  • BBQ/kebab skewer (cost £1 for about 100 ...I think)
  • Tongue depressor (can't remember the exact cost ...but they're fairly cheap)
  • Oven mesh (cost £1 from the local Poundland store)
  • Brown paint & flock (for the base)
  • Glue (not shown)

The only thing that might be a little unusual is the oven mesh (I've never actually used anything like this in the oven ...but, then again, I don't cook all that much) - so here's a scan of the packaging (to show what it's supposed to be used for :) ).


Unlike my other tutorials, this one doesn't really need a step-by-step guide, as it's pretty obvious what I've done...

...and as you can see, all you need to do is cut a BBQ/Kebeb Skewer to about 2" long, glue them to either end of the Tongue Depressor, and then  cut a piece of Oven Mesh (along the diagonal) to the size you require - and glue it in place.

And, if like me, you would like to add a bit of barbed wire to the top, then it's a simple matter of cutting a long strip of the Oven Mesh (lengthways) - leaving just a tiny bit of the mesh (that runs widthways) where they cross one another these will function as the 'barbs'.

Then coil the strip around something circular (a pencil for example) and thread it along the top of the fence (note that it doesn't hold a shape very well, so I had to secure mine in place with a spot of superglue).

Then simply spray the whole things silver, add a little paint and flock to the base, and you're done!

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Into the Darkness... (cavern/dungeon maps)

If you've been picking up the building maps in the recent Into the City and Into the Village ranges, then you might be pleased to know that I've started work on an accompanying range of cavern/dungeon maps (drawn in the same style and scale) called Into the Darkness...

Into the Darkness: Map 1 features a large cave area (with several areas of interest) that should be suitable for inclusion in most fantasy games and settings.

Included in the map-pack are:
  • A pdf booklet featuring a labelled version of the map.
  • An unlabelled jpg image of the map* (scaled at 100 pixels per grid square).
  • A miniatures scaled battlemap* (i.e. printable at 1" per grid square).
*Note that small sections of the map have also be provided as separate images/printouts - so that the hidden areas can be placed on top of the main map when they are discovered (as shown below).

Into the Darkness: Map 1 is available from RPGNow & DriveThruRPG for just $1.50

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And while I'm here, I think it's also worth pointing out that all of the current Into the Village maps are now available as a product bundle... that you can grab them all, and save yourself a little cash in the process :)

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Dungeon Monthly (April 2015)

Well it's the beginning of April ...and that means another map for the Dungeon Monthly Project...

...and it's hard to believe that I'm now one third of the way through this year's project :S

Anyway, as is usual, you can also find unlabelled versions of all these maps in the following G+ albums:

And as a final note, I'd just like to say a big thank you to the folks supporting the Dungeon Monthly Project over on Patreon ...thanks guys :)

And while I've not reached the first milestone/goal yet, it's pretty awesome to get a bit of support for these maps ...which (if you include those from the previous Map-a-Monday project) have now reached a total of 133 modular maps ...all of which are available for FREE!

Monday, 23 March 2015

Quick & Easy Bocage

A little while back I posted a couple of tutorials on how to make basic trees, hedges, bushes, and roads, for use with miniatures (and if you missed them ...simply click on the links provided :) ).

Anyway, while I quite like the look (and simplicity) of the low hedges, I've been wanting to make something a little more suitable for use as bocage - but at the same time I wanted to keep things quick, cheap, and simple ....and this is what I've come up with:

- my first two test pieces placed on either side of one of my road sections -


To make the base of these 'bushes' you'll need a wooden tongue depressor (the one pictured is about 6" long), a couple of cocktail sticks, and some cheap (ready mixed) wall filler (this tub cost £1 from the local Poundland store).

You'll also need some cheap brown and green acrylic paint, PVA glue, super glue, and a old paintbrush (anything between size 4 and 8 will do).


The first thing you'll need to do, is apply some of the 'filler' to one side of the tongue depressor. To do this I generally build it up to at least ¼" high, and then give it a bit of texture by stippling it with an old paintbrush.

However, it's worth noting that, as the filler dries it does shrink somewhat - which means that the tongue depressor will warp quite badly. To combat this I tend to glue the tongue depressor to an old place mat (or my work table) with a spot of PVA glue - which will keep the wood straight while it dries (and because its only PVA, it's pretty easy to remove afterwards).


Once the filler is dry (note that I usually leave it overnight), you might find that it has not stuck to the tongue depressor very well. If this is the case, simply glue it back in place with a bit of PVA (note that you can also add a bit more filler to the edges, if the piece has shrunk a little more than you would like).

Then, cut 3 or 4 cocktail sticks in half, and insert them (pointy end down) into the filler at regular intervals (note that I also like to secure them in place with a spot of superglue - just to make the whole thing a little more solid).


Once you've got the cocktail sticks fixed in place, it's a simple matter of painting the base brown and the sticks green.


For the foliage I'm using three different types of aquarium 'grass mats'...

...all of these are roughly 10" square, and cost less than £5 (for all three, including P&P) on ebay - though they did come from Hong Kong the delivery took a couple of weeks. However, if you're interested in picking up a few for yourself, HERE is a link to the seller that I used.


The next step is to simply pluck some of the 'grass' from each of the mats and start threading random pieces onto each of the cocktail sticks (as each piece will already have a perfectly sized hole running straight through the centre).


Once you've filled all of the cocktail sticks, you're done!

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And while these pieces don't look 100% authentic, the overall appearance isn't too bad at all (or at least that's my opinion) ...especially when you consider how easy (and cheap) they are to make!

Monday, 2 March 2015

Dungeon Monthly (March 2015)

Well, it's the start of another month again it must mean that it's time for another map:

Note that you can also find an unlabelled version of this map (and all the other dungeon monthly maps) in the following G+ albums:

And, thanks to my supporters over on Patreon, we're getting close to my first milestone/goal ...which would mean that I'd be able to dedicate more time to the dungeon monthly project, and begin work on some smaller 'mine' geomorphs (similar to the ones I created back in 2011/2012) to complement those I've drawn thus far :)

So, my thanks go out those folks that have supported me oven on Patreon, and indeed to everyone who continues to visit the blog!