Monday, October 28, 2013

Fountain or Obelisk or Mausoleum or... [Part 1]

So, over at The DMs Craft, DM Scotty posted this video about how to make a fountain --

Great stuff!  I decided I wanted to make my own so I busted out some cardboard and got started.  DM Scotty uses a couple thicknesses of cardboard in his project.  I have a corrugated box and a cereal box.  Should work...

Here's my idea pic -
Fountain with skull pillars around the sides.  :)

 I cut out a cardboard strip, the width was the same as the height of the skull pillars.

I cut out a 6" square base for the bottom.  I'm thinking this will be a nice central piece with my Dwarven Forge tiles.

I made it double-thick to compete with the thickness of the Dwarven Forge.  I put a lip of 3/8" wide cardboard around the edge.

Here's the central pillar, the skull columns and the water in the bottom of the fountain; textured with hot glue.

I want this thing to be SOLID.  Not a quick throwaway piece, so I added some cardboard to the top of the pillars and across the top of the central box.  That way, I'll be able to put hot glue on them and glue the top on securely.

Here it is all glued together.  I'll probably put some runes or cryptic writing on that central box...  Now that I think about it, there's room to go crazy with LEDs if I so choose-- the batteries could hide inside that central box/column.  :)

I used some triangles to add corners up top.  That will guide where the "water" flows over the top.

I used Post-it notes to make a "water" template.

This "water" template will be made from cereal box, textured with hot glue and painted.  It will be REMOVABLE so that you can have a fountain -- OR -- something else that doesn't have water cascading over the top...

I also decided to camouflage the edges using flexible modeling paste.

More work to be done, but here is the start of a cool fountain that can be a unique locale in a future megadungeon of mine...

More pics and details to follow!

Saturday, October 26, 2013

The Dwarves Have Been Busy!

Received my Dwarven Forge Game Tiles!

Here are some pics of the Chamber of Sorrows!

I'm very happy with the Tiles.  I dropped several during unpacking (I'm clumsy) and nothing at all happened to them.  I plan on beating these up through heavy use, so I'm extremely excited about the durability.

I ordered painted sets and from the sheer volume I received (2 heavy boxes containing 5 sets plus extras) I'm glad I spent the money.  This would be weeks and weeks of painting.

I'm overloaded with Bones as it is!!!  :)

Wednesday, October 23, 2013


So I got my ADD Game Master's Toolkit and Bestiary in.  Thanks Joe Bloch!

I put them on the shelf and I had a chuckle at the row of books I saw.  I'm not as organized as some; this is just a random assortment.  :)


Eclectic is the word you are looking for...  :)

DIY Skull Pillars

These are still works in progress, but I wanted to get the word out to all of you so you could buy this stuff before it disappears for another year.

I was at the 0.99 Cent Store the other day when I happened upon these straws --

I thought, "Hey, those look cool!  Stacked skulls!!"  So I bought two packs.

I used scissors to cut through the straws.  I saved those for Warhammer 40k terrain (pipes!!).

I took the stacked skulls and I epoxied them to my "cheapo base of choice!"  The nickel!  It's heavy AND its cheap.  :)

Here's a look.  I haven't painted them or anything -- I will and then I'll do a followup post.

Go out and get some!  10 pillars for $2.50 -- including the nickels!!