Tuesday 19 January 2016

Frostgrave Scenery Project - Magic Circles (Teleport Discs)

This is the shortest post yet and the simplest for me to make.

The scenario in the main rulebook calls for 4 two inch diameter discs to act as teleport points around the table. I had planned to make these up and laser cut them, however, I came across this blog article in which J P Price had already created some really nice artwork to print out.

I took his artwork and set it up for laser cutting and also added a couple of layers steps up to the disc. I engraved the discs both as raster graphics and also did a vector graphics version.

The discs on the left are raster graphics, the laser engraves in the same way that a printer prints an image, going backwards and forwards over the entire area. The right hand discs were converted to vector graphics, in these the laser follows the lines.

I have given them both a blast of undercoat and then dry brushed and washed them to bring out the stone effect.. I may well add some faded paintwork and will also add some snow to finish them off.

Tuesday 12 January 2016

Frostgrave Scenery Project - Trees

After a couple of rather long projects I have a couple of quicker ones to show.

First up we have some trees.

I bought a couple of bags of wintery trees from an Ebay dealer in China. The trees are supplied with the snow already on them, but just pieces of wire coming out of the trunk. For the two packs they cost around £16.

To base them I cut and sanded some random shapes out of some scraps of 6mm MDF. The edges are sanded down to the table level with the plan that they will look like snow drifts once complete.

I drilled 2mm holes where the trees were to be placed and glued them in with PVA woodglue.

Once the trees were firmly stuck in place I moved on to finishing the bases. Normally I would add sand at this point, but as they were snow covered I skipped this stage. I simply applied a nice thick coat of white emulsion paint and while the paint was still wet I sprinkled Woodland Scenics Soft Flake Snow over them.

I will give them all a spray coat of matt varnish to hold the foliage and snow in place.

A nice simple little project that took very little time at all...

Wednesday 6 January 2016

Frostgrave Scenery Project - The Mausoleum Part 05

Sanded and painted the basic building.

I went for a darker grey than I had first planned, but I think this adds to the somber tone that will suit Frostgrave...

The actual tomb will be left un-fixed, so that the building will be able to be used for other games. It's lack of windows could be a problem but that can be put down to various things (a banks security, a cold house etc.).

Once the paint on the building had set I moved on to the woodwork. The support for the small steps at the back of the building was built from balsa-wood.

Some strip spruce for the steps.

The doors were cut from balsa-wood.

Once in place I painted them a faded brown to give a enough of a feeling of old wood, without looking too rotten.

I am happy with the building as being finished now and just need to add some sand to the base, and possibly a few dead plants. I will do this when I have a few other items to do. So I am calling this job finished.

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