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Printed Maps: The Farmstead Part 2 – Layer by Layer

The Farmstead map is finished. It took a while but we’re pleased with the result and I learned some new tricks along the way, which is always fun (more on that later). Since I teased the layout of the map in part 1, I thought it might be fun to go through the finished map bit by bit and write about each part like a DVD commentary track. So let’s dive right in at the bottom layer of the map: Continue reading Printed Maps: The Farmstead Part 2 – Layer by Layer

Tutorial: Pig Pen/Wooden Animal Closure

Farms are a mainstay in tabletop gaming.  They add a variety of terrain for a countryside battle and offer a remote location for more intimate skirmish settings.  Even today, you can still drive through parts of the country and see farms that look similar to how they must have been over a hundred yeas ago.  Adding a tractor brings it to the 20th century and the present.  Adding rustic wagons can make the landscape appear hundreds of years old.  Farms definitely give us tabletop gamers some versatile scenery for our collections. Continue reading Tutorial: Pig Pen/Wooden Animal Closure

Epic Fail

Hi all,

Sometimes the best lessons learned come out of failure. This blog tells a story of such a lesson that came out of an epic fail.

I’ve been working on our newest terrain set – western town tiles. Like the river tiles, the western street tile will all be six inches by six inches and let you arrange them in countless combinations on your gaming table. Personally, I can’t wait for this project to be done so my gaming group can use them for Malifaux as well as our new miniature game Dark Age.

When i sculpt tiles, I use a variety of mediums from different putties, clay, wax and natural materials. Once I’m happy with the finished product, I use silicone to make a mold and then use this mold to make the resin tiles you see on our website.

For the western street tiles, I have been experimenting with a mixture of Green Stuff and Apoxie Putty. It holds detail really well and gives me a few hours of work time before it hardens.

Here is an example of the wooden sidewalk I’m sculpting on the tiles and the streets with the wear marks from the wagons.

My next step is to create a mold using silicone.

The type of silicone I use is mixed at a 10:1 ratio by weight. Our postage scale works double duty for this process.

We use to use a silicone that was mixed at a 1:1 ratio by volume. The reason we switched is that this silicone is a little more durable and allows for more pronounced undercuts ( undercuts are when the piece you are making a mold of has overhangs).

Once I am ready to cast a tile, I attach it to a board amnd create a dam around it using lego. Silicone doesn’t stick to Lego so it is easy to break apart to get your mold.

Here is where the “epic fail” comes into this blog post.

Silicone doesn’t stick to many things. That is why it makes such an excellent medium for mold making. Unfortunately for me, I found out that it does react to Apoxie Putty.

The silicone bonded with the putty and destroyed the mold and my sculpt!

Needless to say, I wasn’t impresed but I did learn a lesson.

So, after doing some experimenting, I found a solution. If I spray the putty with a light coat of an acrylic spray (primer or sealent), the silicone won’t stick and there isn’t a loss of detail.

Problem solved.

Now that this lesson has been learned, I’m back on track finishing the western tile set. I’m sure that it will be done pretty soon.

Peace out, eh?

MiniCannuck

How the West Was Sculpted

Hi all,

I just wanted to start by saying thanks for all the positive responses we’ve been getting for our river tile system – especially the people who have already purchased a set! We love making terrain and it is a real confidence boost when people think it is worth buying for their own gaming tables. It is very much appreciated.

We have a lot of projects on the go right now.

Dan, our tech guru, is working with our new 3D scanner to help us with scaling challenges for some upcoming projects. I dont want to give too much away but I’m sure it will DRIVE you nuts. We are also super stoked about our 3D printer that should be in any time now. Once we have this, it will offer us even more tools to make quality terrain with.

Brad has been pretty busy on a number of fronts. He just finished our new rock sets as well as a couple of vortex designs. He is also working on some additional terrain features for your fantasy army tables.

Me, I’ve been working on developing our western street tiles. Like our river system, this set will let you create a number of different street layouts to suite your gaming needs. Since our game club plays a lot of Malifaux and were in the Wild West Exodus Kickstarter, these will come in quite handy. We love our miniature wargaming and great terrain just makes the experience even better.

Check out some preview pictures below.

Peace out, eh?
MiniCannuck