|Lightbox backdrop prototype|
I've had several queries about my Lightbox backdrop and figure display stand, so I thought I'd do a bit of a write up and show the "behind the scenes" of it all.
Origin StorySo a while back I laser cut some buildings for my 54mm Imaginations woodens based upon some designs that my pal and erstwhile partner in crime Jaye Wiley designed. They all fit together to make a hollow "town" as a terrain piece. Looked like this.
|Town in use, with entry gate. Invading army sold separately.|
|Erm, I never quite got them finished in time for the battle...|
These worked like a charm,telling both the story needed and, being hollow, a way to hold the troops who captured the town. During packing up after the game I dropped it and, as I only had it lightly glued together ( it was still a WIP painting wise...) it came apart. No biggie, I was going to take it apart anyways. I packed them away until the next battle.
Ideation TimeOn the drive back from the convention, I had a thought. These sections reminded me of stage flats.I need to take some pictures of troops, wonder what they would look like as a background?
|Basic building cut outs, with a stain and some grey on the stacks|
|Back view, kinda cobbled together.|
|Early stages shot with little layering and WIP paint|
|side view showing"layering"|
|Cobblestone street is 2mm hobby foam. I like the texture and it paints up well|
|This shot has an extra side building as a test.|
What Next?Like I said, I've had a lot of questions on how I built this, and a few folks wanting to commission me for one (I'm booked solid till next year). My next steps are to design a backdrop that assembles easy with slots, possibly easy to take apart for travel and storage. I've also been drawing up some new building types, as well as a "scary woods" and a dungeon backdrop. All fun stuff!
Depending on how things go, I might just present this as a small Kickstarter mid next year. If you have any basic terrain skills of your own, this kind of thing could easily be made out of foam core and balsa.
I'd love to hear feedback from you. What size would be good for you? What style(s)?