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Sketch Art: D&D Homebrew

Here’s a work in progress.  It takes from all the religions of the Earth and places them into the location representing the domain’s alignment.  It uses the standard D&D alignment square. Upper right is Lawful Good thru to the lower right which is Chaotic Evil.  The central snake is part of the Hindu beliefs (according to the web).  Anyways, my interpretation doesn’t follow D&D or real life completely.  I’m particularly happy with the snake and the Kraken.  Not bad for a first time effort.

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Enlarged Here

The blank space to the right is for the legend and detail explanations.

Thanks for looking.

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A Bit of Cartography

Here’s a map of my current Dungeons and Dragons campaign.  I need to work on my lettering.  My handwriting is dookie.

The ancient jungle has  magically halted the glacier to prevent its destruction.  The red overlines and underlines denote Dwarven locations.  The others are primarily human based so they contain more of a mix of races.  DSCN0724 We’re playing the starter box set story, but I’m altering it slightly to use my own towns and regions.  At the moment, the party is in Rock Peak at the lower right of the Dragon Claw Region.

Thanks to WASD20 for the tutorials and inspiration.  Also, thanks to Jared Blando author of the book How to Draw Fantasy Art & RPG Maps.

Thanks for looking.

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Upcoming Projects

Well, the holidays and preparing to oversee a Dungeons and Dragons group of players new to roleplaying sapped my days.

My niece and nephew from Chicago are coming back east for a late Christmas.  He is a Matchbox truck nut and so I’ll be making a wall mounted shelf with a truck cab pulling it.  It’s not that original, but mine will be a bit old timey looking (1930’s) more so than the others I’ve seen.

Well, that’s the plan anyways.

Thanks for your attention.

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Miniatures Ship Projects

I’ve been on a ship building spree the past month or so.  I am about half finished with my Goblins display/fighting ship (tis’ a proper ship as it holds a small torpedo boat as well).  Anyways, it is half of a wrecked ship with the damaged end held above the water by fish nets worth of floating crates and barrels.  I finally got the barrels and crates, but. . .

I have been on a Steampunk Sky ship kick in the past week.  After slapping together the goblin boat above and a 1:300 scale corvette boat for use with Fighting Sails rules by Osprey Wargames, I decided to try and make nice ones I could be proud of when showing them off.

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HMS B Carol Fuhl (aka the Be Careful)

I decided to use the Cloudships and Gunboats of Mars from the old Space:  1889 game by Frank Chadwick.  Making a copy of the Aphid class gunboat is almost mandatory for anyone interested in making Martian fight vessels so I’ve built a copy in about 6mm scale.  The end result is a bit chunk for 1mm = 1 foot, but I’m more concerned with the visual appeal at the moment.  I’m making at least one more ship (perhaps USA or France) from the game as well.

The game rules for Chadwick’s game are overly complicated for the style I’m looking for so I’m looking for a different rules set.  The theme is steampunk Martian sky fliers.

Here’s a Work in Progress.  Mostly have only to paint it.

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Leather Mordheim Map

Well, the test ended with mixed results.  The corner was intentionally torn as an adhesion test.  I think I should wipe the leather with a degreasing soap before applying leather next time.  I think this might be the end of the project.  Functionally speaking, we are better off using a laminated copy glued to a steel sheet for magnetically tracking territories owned.

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The surface has a sheen to it despite two attempts with Dulcote.  Overall, the picture is hazy and obscured in all but the important parts; namely, the numbers, legend and title.  After printing I used a black gel pen to give a shadow to all the numbers, title and scale.  I then yellowed the numbers with a yellow highlighter.  The legend was missing too much to not fill in the blanks and to make some uniformity I had to write the entire legend.  Much of it was just tracing over the words underneath.

Here is the image before transferring. on facebook

The detail in the black artwork was completely lost and I feared tearing of the image so I did not rub off the backing as well as I should have.   This image will be laminated and attached to a steel back to allow use of magnets for tracking progress.

In conclusion, using a laser copy probably would be better, but I was able to obtain only ink jet copies.  Despite all I read on the internet, I was able to use an ink jet copy and transfer it to both wood and leather.  In addition to transfer testing, I was also able to better learn how to use my Photoshop Pro program.

Anyways, thanks for looking.

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Mordheim Campaign Map (Large Image)

Note:  I use an ink jet printer.  Even the large image printed at Staples is an ink jet.  I have no idea how a laser printer would look.  Laser printer colors are more vibrant so it might be a better way to go.  Also, I use regular printer paper because other papers tend to require more rubbing and the more the image is touched the better the chance of damage.

All art and images are taken from the internet or the Mordheim rules book PDF.

After testing on red oak, pine and beige leather, I found the numbers are too light to read easily.

Update – I’m still testing which backgrounds work with the following image, thought I’d post it anyways.

Parchment with Yellow numbers.  (Large 24″ x 16″ File)

17-8-25 (24x16) Final w-Yellow numbers

 

After many attempts, I finally found a solution to the faint numbering.  After using the transfer solution and removing the paper, the image must be sealed with a thin coat to allow for both image durability and visibility of the numbers.  Using a common red ink pen, the center red areas of the image’s numbers are traced leaving the yellow border.  Then, a common black ink pen is used to create shadows.

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Note the Lovecraft image at the top.  It was the first thing transferred using straight Future floor wax (the old formula).  Unfortunately, far less than was needed remained in the bottle (I’ve had it for ten years).  The bottle was left open (due to it always wanting to stick closed).  Perhaps the formula evaporated over the years allowing the transferring?

UPDATE:  O.K., Here we go!  I printed a 12″ x 18″ parchment (brown) file and adhered it to a lest strip of leather.  Few wrinkles, but the ink squished out heavily around the edges so I suspect the image will be runny and ruined.

12 x 18 Leather Test

Well, the test ended with mixed results.  The corner was intentionally torn as an adhesion test.  I think I should wipe the leather with a degreasing soap before applying leather next time.  I think this might be the end of the project.  Functionally speaking, we are better off using a laminated copy glued to a steel sheet for magnetically tracking territories owned.

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The surface has a sheen to it despite two attempts with Dulcote.  Overall, the picture is hazy and oscured in all but the important parts.

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Book Display Stand

As always, completion of one project leads to a hundred more.  While filling the display case, I realized I need a few things to better display some items.  I have a few books I bought off of Etsy (made by Mille Cuirs) that I want to display, but I could not find a suitable display stand so I created my own using some oak and a broken 3/8″ thick glass shelf I happen to have laying about.  The glass was supposed to be trash, but now that I realized I can cut it, i’ll keep it.

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I want to do something with the rear base.  I thought of painting it black, but that seems too simple.  Perhaps add a tapper to narrow the width?

I have one more book by Mille I want to display and the above look is equally suitable so its display stand will be pretty much the same except smaller.

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