Hot dang! For those of you that have been following this blog for a while, you’ll be aware of my efforts involving paper buildings and terrain.
The free models I was most impressed with were samples from Dave Graffam models; in fact I was so impressed that I was planning to actually buy a couple some day.
Well, folks, that day is today, because all of Dave’s models are on sale today for only a buck apiece! davesgames.net
How do they look? Well, here’s the free samples I built a while back:
Imperial. Get it?
I’m really liking the concept of paper terrain. After getting a friend to print a couple out at work, I decided to try having staples print a couple for me. I know that the hidden costs (cardstock, ink, etc) are what can really sneak up on a person making paper terrain, and I figure getting stuff printed would help keep those costs more visible, if not actually under control. It might cost a bit more, but at least its up front.
Turned out to be pretty decent. About 70-75 cents a page for colour laser on 100lb cardstock. It did come out awfully shiny, but them’s the breaks. I can check for matte cardstock next time. Anyway, here’s the coach house and hovel I built last night.
Hovel was a page, and the coach house was 5 pages, so after tax it was still under $5 to get it printed. Could have been under $4 if I’d opted not to base the coach house, as that was one of the pages. I’m impressed; I think they look really good, and the scale is about bang on. These two building models are free samples available through dave graffam; the ones he has for sale range from about $2-5. I wish they were a touch cheaper, but given they come with multi-layer pdfs to allow different ‘skins’, it might be conceivably worthwhile, especially if I went in on it with a friend of mine that needs some new terrain. I’ll probably buy a couple at some point, and I’ll post any I build. First I’ll likely do a second coach house, and see if I can’t use the layers to make it look a little more 40k-ish.
Finally, one other crafty project; I’m in the process of attempting to build a dreadnought drop pod. More on that later, but here’s a peek at the progress I’d made a couple nights ago….
Before you even start reading, I should probably clarify that in northern Ontario a ‘shag’ is a pre-wedding social event, like a ‘buck and doe’, or a ‘social’.
I worked a close tonight, so I got home with a bit of time, but not enough to have anyone over for games. My wife was out at a friend’s shag, so I was home with H (who was well asleep by the time I got home from work). Seemed like a good night to try out some papercraft terrain I downloaded recently. I’m really pretty pleased with how it turned out… it doesn’t really jive 100% with 40k, but its science fictiony and the right scale, and most of all the price was right. The download was a free sample on rpgnow.com and I managed to get somebody to print it out at work for me, so total cost was a few sheets of cardstock.
Admittedly there are bits of weirdness going on. I should have inked some interior surfaces, and some bits are a little crooked looking, but I also didn’t really read through the instructions and used old white glue I found in a drawer. Once its dried I may be able to end and twist some crooked parts, and I’ll see what I can accomplish with some aftermarket sharpie edges. I have high hopes.
Mostly, though, I’m intrigued by the paper terrain, and interested in seeing what else this particular designer has available for sale. Just in case there’s something that *does* look 40k-ish at a decent price. I’ve gotta say, the free sample is simple, but it did its job… I’m intrigued.