Just posting some old skateboard designs
These were made back when I was making skateboard decks to sell to local skaters. Problem was, skaters are often broke so despite the fact that customers were easy to find, PAYING customers were scarce. I probably should have done a better job on the anchor and chains on the left board. It looks very half-assed.
I really liked how simple #26 was. I still have the three little birds board on my wall.
Firebreather is OK, but the rest of this group is pretty bad. This was done between 2003 and 2006
My sister used to say these would make some kick-ass band-aids, though there seems to be some reason the custom bandage printing market has been left widely untapped.
Preview of a new model I’m working on.
This is the Raptor MWP (Mechanized Weapon Platform). I sketched it up over a lunch break. Spent the next day’s lunch break converting my drawings to vector and by the end of the week I had a model on my desk. The torso rotates left/right and the guns move up/down on cylinder pivots. The model stands about four inches tall. I plan on releasing this with detailed instructions for an article I’m writing in Games Magazine so be sure to pick up a copy when it comes out. Hopefully if all goes well, this will be a continuous gig and I can get Mini Dungeon Adventures and Flipit Paper Combat published to a larger market.
Blood Ravens Stormtalon paper model
Here’s the Blood Ravens recolor of my papercraft Stormtalon template. I built this in about three hours. Owning a Silhouette SD cutting machine really helps cut back on the time it takes to make papercraft models once you know how to program the cut lines. I’ll do a tutorial on it later.
Papercraft Contemptor Dreadnought
I built the Contemptor Dreadnought from plans made by Eli patoroch. I had to modify the arms a bit since it seems the weapon arms did not include a part for the joint between the guns and the shoulder. The foot part was also colored incorrectly on his template. Some of the parts were inverted, which I corrected in the recolor I did. A few of the parts required tabs which were not present. Still, mad props to the guy for making such an awesome kit into paper. I plan on giving this to another player who’s been wanting one, but is having difficulty paying rent, much less ordering stuff from Forgeworld.
If anyone wants a copy of my modified plans with the corrections I mentioned (including dual autocannon arms and silhouette automated cutting paths) just email me and i’ll send it to you.
I just finished my test build for a papercraft template to make Stormtalons. The engines and assault cannon turret rotate on the model. I’ll go back later and add in the other weaons options once I get a few built. As it stands, its actually a pretty simple model to build at only 3 pages of parts. Once I get the Silhouette programmed to cut out the parts in the template I’ll have a few squadrons together in no time.
It might be a while before I get any more projects done
This is what’s left of our garage/workshop. Some time around 5am it caught fire. An electrical problem it seems. The lady that lives across the street was awake and called 911 to get the fire trucks en route before banging on the door and waking me up. The fire started to spread to the main house just as the fire trucks arrived and got the hoses connected. If she hadn’t been up to warn me I would have still been asleep inside as the house caught fire. I find this pretty darn frightening.
My roommate’s 1985 Iroc-Z Camaro he’d been restoring for 3+ years. He almost had it finished before the accident. All our tools were inside the garage. I also lost $1K in paintball gear.
Neither of my roommates were home at the time. I managed to save the Jeep before it caught fire, but lots of the front needs to be replaced due to proximity to the blaze.
When the neighbor woke me, I was barefoot while I was sprinting around trying to save as many cars as I could. For some reason, the truck here wouldn’t start. I tried putting it in neutral and pushing from the side, but I didn’t have enough leverage barefoot over hot cement. I finally gave up as the trash cans in front of it caught fire and spilled out onto the hood. If I’d had my head about me at the time I would have backed up the jeep and connected a chain to the trailer hitch to tow it back, but pushing it was the extent my panicked mind could grasp.
I’d never been around a serious fire before. I’m still a bit shaken up. It’s not so much the pain from my feet being a bit burned, but the sensation of intense heat and the crackling of the wood burning that drowned out the sound of my own breathing. It was like something out of a nightmare.
I plan on eventually selling off most of my 40k stuff and a few other projects to help my roommates rebuild the garage and replace all the tools inside. I only had minor damage to my Pontiac and lost a little over a thousand dollars in property, but Josh lost two cars, one of which he’d been restoring for years and Devon lost his truck as well as a fortune in tools between them.
I decided to add some craftworld allies to my Dark Eldar army. Went for a white and red color scheme. The little dragon skull is a pain to paint on everything.
I still need to do a bit of work on the wave serpent. I plan on using it to shield my wraithlord and talos while they trudge across the board since it’s AV12 and hard to score a penetrating hit against.
Here’s my wraithlord, Athanaz. Went with a single brightlance for the weaponry. Its nice that the kit comes with multiple arm poses, but I really wish they would have done the same with the legs. Had to chop them up into segments, drill a large hole in the lower thigh and upper shin to pin it together with a hollow metal tube that could be bent to the desired pose and greenstuff the joints back. Hollowed out the front knee section and popped it back on. That’s a whole lot of work for just a slight change to the pose, but it does make the model look more interesting. The brightlance is held onto the handle grip by two metal pins so I can swap it out for the other weapon options. If I want to use the wraithsword, I’ll just leave the brightlance on since I used some leftover talos bits to make an in-built executioner blade on the end. The spiked forearm guards from the talos kit fit unnaturally perfect over the wraithlord’s shins. They snapped on without glue and the cuts in the edge slide perfectly over the soulstones in the sides of the lower legs.
Another shot of Athanaz. I used the metal spikes and blades bits from the talos kit in place of the back “wings”. This gives it more of a corsair look that helps it fit in with my dark eldar forces.
My Dire Avengers. I like how they look, but they’re less effective than kabalite warriors while costing several points more. I built an exarch for them, but the bladestorm ability is overrated in my opinion. Using just five dire avengers is the cheapest option for allied troops in terms of points, so I guess the serve their purpose even if they perform lousy in-game.
My farseer on jetbike. I call him Ohno. The jetbike is made from the front plate of a new style reaver, the main chassis and guns of a craftworld eldar jetbike, leftover blades from a dark eldar raider and the engine from an old style dark eldar reaver. I used a 40mm base and a modified building buttress as a stand. I never really spent too much time on basing, but I tried some new things with these guys. The little green tuft things look ridiculous when they’re just in your hand, but make convincing shrubbery once applied to a textured base.
Mini Dungeon Adventures new test rules revision
Here’s a list of what’s been done since the last revision:
Stats for the four different hero races have been re-balanced. Humes gained a speed. Elves gained a health. Orcs gained a speed. Dorfs lost a toughness but gained a speed.
Fighters are now able to wield 2 handed weapons with 1 hand.
Extra items have been added to the shop. Handicaps on some items have been removed. Footwear is now available.
The hero character cards are now flat and have a space for footwear tokens. I liked the 3d cards, but they don’t really add anything to the game to make up for the extra storage space required for them. Now that they’re flat, you can just stack them up with the other cards and sheets when the game is done.
There has also been other random tinkering done throughout the game. Hopefully after a week I’ll be able to tell if the new revisions make things better or worse. When the final rulebook is ready, the models will be separate pdf files. I’m hoping to have a simple web page put up to host everything.
Who wants to play some MDA?
Here’s a mostly finished copy of the Mini Dungeon Adventures rules and model pages. I just have to add some illustrations, photos and a little bit of back story before I can make the final rule book.
In the meantime, the game is completely playable. I’ve had it thoroughly tested over the past two weeks and tweaked and adjusted it until it was something I think is an enjoyable dungeon crawler board game.
Mini Dungeon Adventures
For the past week, I’ve been working on this idea I’ve had to make a miniature dungeon crawler type board game using paper models and a modular dungeon system. I have a playable rules set that works with 1 - 5 players. The 1 player game has the player using two hero characters and the dungeon has pre-determined behavioral patterns for the enemies. 2-5 players have one player take on the role of the dungeon master. You generate your character from one of four races and four classes, then give them some starting equipment and send them off into the dungeon. Each time a room is explored, you roll on the monster generator chart, which shows how many and what kind of monsters there are as well as if there are any treasure chests or not. I currently have 7 hero models and four enemy types, of which I will be rapidly expanding in the ensuing week.