|from prototype to hero model|
Of Ships and Space and Sealing Wax...Continuing to build all the parts for my upcoming Kessel Run Race game,
Last time we covered the Summa-Verminoth and the Tie fighters, so this time we'll finish up with the other parts needed for the game. As always, I need to make a list of things to check off so here's the current list.
Game table mat- aka the race track
Correlian Freighter ships on stands-with dice holders
Asteroids on stands - Foam and wood bases
Tie Fighters on stands with dice holders - acrylic
Gun sticks - cut from acrylic
Summa-Verminoth Boss monster
D6's (have these)
I first started with a basic shape, because the size of the thing and the structure of how it would work on a stand was really important. These things have to stand up to game play, hold the right amount of detail, and not crowd each other as I have a finite size that the race track could be. I first did drawings on paper scanned and made a few scale sizes in photoshop- then cut them out and played with them for a bit to see what would work best. Paper prototyping, or cardboard is a fantastic way to play around with the pieces and get a good "real world" feeling for the piece.
|Testing the size of the stand against the Tie Fighters|
After I got the size I wanted, I needed to really make a ship that looked like the Millennium Falcon. Luckily there are tons of wonderful blue print type layouts on the internets; I found one I liked and used it to draw over using Lasercad- the vector drawing cool I use for my laser cutter.
|Corellian Ship yards|
AsteroidsThe asteroids are standard foam. I cut them with a knife, shaped them with a hot glue gun, then painted them with a dark black/brown mix of house paint mixed with a bit of Golden course pumice gel to give the outside some more texture. When dry (takes 24 hours). After that a bit of drybrush with grey and some raw umber. Bases are laser cut base and dowels, rattle canned gloss black.
|bases were made to not interfere with the ships|
|finished asteroid on the track. sorry I don't have any closeups of asteroids|
My game play space is two fold out tables from Costco, which measure roughly 4 x 6 feet when put together. I've made a stretcher bar to fit my table, which I use to stretch canvas over when painting my gaming mats. For the Space mat, I had a piece of black died canvas, that would work perfectly.
|Ready for painting|
Then I took the canvas out into the back yard and using black, grey and rust red spray paint commenced to paint out the worm hole style track.
|Done and awaiting peeling Ironing the tape down really helped|
|Detail of the Boss fight area|
Done and Done
Once that was dried we peeled off the tape exposing the canvas underneath. I unstretched it and set it up for some play testing.
|Track with a race in progress|
That's it- other than going over the rules. I'll do that after I get the game going, and figure out a way to get the rules so you can down load them yourselves if interested.
|Starting line up.|
|Tie fighter squadron fires at a player|
Thanks again! let me know if there is anything I did not go over well enough. Note- for some reason blogger won't let me comment/reply to my own blog, so I'm not being snobbish, just a tech dork. :)