Sunday, 27 October 2013

Dungeon Terrain. Getting down to the Nitty Gritty.

Time to start getting serious as to how I present these pieces for sale, still have reservations as to how big a market there is for three dimensional resin dungeon products so the intention is to cast up a dozen sets for starters & market them through this blog & maybe eBay. I would prefer to stick exclusively to the former course to save on the fees extracted by eBay & paypal but I suspect the greater market exposure might result in a better long term pay-off.

Currently I have the following pieces in production:

This shows the basic elements that will be available in a boxed set along with two further staircase elements, two doors, a 4x2" corridor/room section & a 60 degree corner section. All to be packaged in a decent quality cardboard box with a foam liner.
Price will be in the £60 bracket including postage for the full set which is all that will be available at first purely to keep the logistics simple at my end of the operation, though if there is sufficient interest I will consider setting up a proper online store with individual elements & bundles available separately.

I'm hoping to get the sets cast up & packaged before the end of November but this will very much depend on when the next batch of moulds is received but i think the end is in sight.

More Painted Dungeon Terrain.

Steadily working through the catalogue of dungeon elements, next up 4x4" pillared chamber:

This piece was treated with a neat sepia ink base coat, with subsequent coats of red & green inks to get the marbled effect in the centre sections. The square tiles & walls were block painted & dry brushed with acrylics.

I'm still awaiting delivery of the remaining moulds to complete the inventory, these are mainly accessory pieces like doors & stairs but there is also a 4" wide corridor section that will double as a building block for larger chambers. Once these are in hand I can start to assemble sets ready for sale, I will post a picture of the basic set later today once I've completed some admin for my real job.

Friday, 25 October 2013

Yellow Musk Creeper.

Inspired by a post on TMP enquiring after the above to which I supplied with a tentative suggestion as to how a representation might be achieved:

This was scratch-built using etched brass ivy, yellow foam flock material & a skull from a very old Citadel Miniatures plastic skeleton. Inspiration from the description presented in TSR's Fiend Folio.

Resin Dungeon Pieces in Glorious Technicolour.

These were painted up just before I got away on my Bi-annual holiday:

A departure from the normal grey offering, a crossroads in sandstone

The X intersection above was painted as a homage to the 9 tons of indian sandstone paving slabs I laid leading up to my holiday, an image of which in perfect colour will be imprinted on my brain till my dying day.
In common with the more traditional grey offerings, the finish was built up with layers of dry-brushing over a sepia ink base coat; walls were pointed in with a 2:1 mix of water & Vallejo Panzer Colour Canvas.

Saturday, 5 October 2013

Resin Dungeon Terrain, Significant Progress.

After quite a long wait my mouldmaker has finally come through with the second batch of blue rubber goodness. In honour of this I took a couple of hours off work this afternoon to try them out :

20x20' room with intriguing pillar detail.

Y shaped intersection, never previously attempted!

New casting offered up to Torchlight original to prove compatibility.

45 degree corner sections.
 These have turned out really well considering they were drop cast, albeit in a favourable temperature range. Once production starts in earnest items will be cast under 4 atmospheres of pressure to make sure no bubbles or other irregularities occur.
Particularly pleased with getting the Y intersection right as I don't recall Torchlight carrying this item in their catalogue back in the day.