3d printing small board game accessories

Boardgame bits funnel tray - holding Fate and Honour tokens from Legend of the Five Rings (2017).
Boardgame bits funnel trays – holding Fate and Honour tokens from Legend of the Five Rings (2017).

I’m really happy when I can combine two of my hobbies. This time it’s Boardgaming and 3d Printing.

Often, many games have tokens or chits that are pooled for players to take at different times during play.  Usually, these sit in piles around the main game area.

On Thingiverse, swholmstead shared this neat design — which I promptly downloaded and printed.

From: Stackable Game Bits Funnel Tray by swholmstead, published Oct 3, 2017

Super Effective! Keeping the game table neat and tidy.

3d Printing Terrain for Dungeons & Dragons

Gateway.

Pretty cool what a little time, 3d Printing technology, some creative design work, and a spool of PLA will get you.

I’ve been testing various dungeon components to see how well they’ll work with our play style. And how good they’ll look once painted and finished.

Unfinished Crates

The crates above have yet to be finished. Usually, I prime them with Flat Grey, then colour, lighten or darken as necessary. This example also uses short walls, allowing us to see the contents of the room from anywhere on the table.

Surprise!

If you’re interested, I’ve been keeping all the landscape and terrain designs I find on Thingiverse in this collection.

3d Printing some feet to display photos on my desktop

We had these ugly plate-stand style photo stands for some aluminum photo prints. Had that ‘wrought-iron’ look. Totally not suitable for a very white shot of our dogs. 3d Printing to the rescue.

Then I found these simple ‘feet’ on Thingiverse — a perfect solution.

I printed off one batch, but had a bit of a flashing issue inside the front of one clip causing the clip to break along a print seam.

Simple solution, rotate the clip 90 degrees, causing the print seams to be vertical rather than horizontal.

Photo stand 1

Installed photo standClean look

Photo by bgrier

Lazy Long Weekend Project

About five years ago, we got a cute little R-Pod 173T.  It’s a trailer with a pop-out tent to extend the internal living area by about 36 sq. ft.

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Very cute and just the right size to be towed by our Santa Fe.

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A couple of years ago, my very patient wife suggested we remove the sofa to make more room inside. (not my photo — found on the tubes)

Brilliant! Awesome to have more space.

But what to do with the couch (sofa)?

She suggested we (I) figure out a way to use it in our Garage-Jang.

Garage / training room.

Of course, I over analyzed it. Here’s my project sketches to prove it.

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Fast forward to 3 years later. Yes, it’s done.

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And perhaps I over-engineered it a bit. (seriously. 2×6??)

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I don’t care. It’s done. It’s solid, and it’s actually comfortable.

Long Weekend Win!

 

More progress on painting Alien Frontiers Field Generators

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AlienFrontiersFieldGenerator_WIP_2Wow, when you take photos of painted miniatures, the photos always catch all the rough paint-work and other issues, making the minis look like crap 😀

Ah well, since these Alien Frontiers field generators are meant to be played with and not put on a shelf and admired, I’m not too concerned.

One done, one in progress and one primed and ready to go.

AlienFrontiersFieldGenerator_WIP_1The orange one’s interesting. I bought the Alien Frontiers Upgrade Pack. It included a lot of the new colony components, and these field generator components. It’s meant to upgrade the more generic ones from earlier Alien Frontiers generators.

AlienFrontiersFieldGenerator_WIP_3So this one came without one of the generator arms attached. After filling out a form and uploading a photo of the flawed component, Game Salute, the distributor sent along a replacement (it’s the unpainted one in the background).

In the meantime, I’d decided to paint this one anyway, and am going to turn that gap where the arm mounts into a docking port. I think I’ll be adding yellow and black ‘alert’ lines around it. We’ll see how that goes.

Then, finally, I think I’ll likely give them a final spray of Testors Dulcoat, just to eliminate the shine. I like the way it helps bring out subtle detail and gives them a more ‘realistic’ look. Must be a personal taste thing developed back in the day when I painted plastic models.

Alien Frontiers – Colony paint complete

Well, I finished painting the colony components. Looking at the photos, they kinda look messy. Note to self, don’t rush, even if you have 40 of the little buggers to paint.

Alien Frontiers Colonies

Alien Frontiers Colonies

Ah well, on the game board at normal viewing distances they look ok.

Alien Frontiers colony repaint

I didn’t want to paint the originals that came with the game so I had 3 options:

I went for the Upgrade pack, even though my first choice was the Factions Expansion. It looks like a neat addition to the game but it’s damn hard to find, either online or locally. Both the Factions Expansion and the Upgrade pack include the extra components to allow a five-player Alien Frontiers game, using the publisher’s expanded rules. So on to the painting.

Before I started painting, I looked at a lot of space colony images like these for inspiration.

Then I primed the components – 2 coats, first a dark to fill in the shadows, then a white, from above only, to provide highlights.

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I wanted to test some colour schemes first, so I mocked them up using some image editing tools on the iPad. I took photos against a white background, converted the images to black and white, then kicked up the contrast.

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Then just overpainted the image on the iPad until I found an appealing colour scheme.

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I like this technique. It lets me work anywhere, gives reasonable results, and doesn’t cost me any paint to trial it.

Alien Frontiers Colonies

Alien Frontiers colony repaint

Next up, the Field Generators. And I’ve got some ideas for the Rocket Ships too.