July 2nd, 2012 at 06:46 pm (CST) by Jeff
Now that the awesomeness that is Warhammer 40,000 6th Edition has arrived, I have the opportunity to create unique Eldar fortification terrain counts-as for the Aegis Defense Line, The Imperial Bastion and others. I’ve got a few ideas running through my head (open air curvy structures with transparent plastic ‘force fields’) and have already started work on an Eldar Skyfire Lascannon/Quad Autocannon equivalent for the Eldar Defense Line.
I’ll probably design the Bastion in either SketchUp or Lightwave (or maybe even use this as an excuse to learn Blender!)
I do know that I want: an open-air feel, along with semitransparent plastic force/holo fields.
Here are some works in progress for my Aegis Defense Line, the big cannon is meant to be a counts-as for either the Quad Auto or the Defense Laser — I don’t plan on ever taking more than 1one and it’s got parts for both representative. There will be a bit more in the back, mainly a platform for an Exarch, Warlock or aspect warrior who’s manning the turret.
The whole conversion is from two of the old style support weapons, 4 metal starcannons and the front vane of a Falcon Grav Tank (I have lots of these ones thanks to my Wave Serpents and Fire Prisms)
The walls of the defense line will have clear-plastic force-fields between them and mounted on thin bases for stability.
So.. is it overboard or awesome?
July 24th, 2011 at 03:13 pm (CST) by Jeff
Yay it’s done (except letting the Gorilla Glue dry on the mountains and then spray-Matte Coating the extensions)!
Now for onward and upward on the next Table!
July 21st, 2011 at 10:35 pm (CST) by Jeff
Ok I’m done for the night…. it’s late for me and I got tired waiting for paint to dry.
Here’s what was done in the 2.5 hours of “work” tonight (although an hour of it was waiting):
I got 1 Hex Module completed with the hex lining so you can see how easy it really is…
First I lay my plastic Hex template over the new Hex Module and use a Sharpie to make lines as per the template.
Then I pull off the Template…..
Draw vertical lines along one vector of Hex Sides…. (from left to right since I’m right handed)….
Rotate it, draw in the lines for the second vector (remember this is very easy and quick, they’re usually only half and inch apart)!
Then the final vector (and clean up the ones I missed–I always miss a couple )
More to come this weekend.
July 20th, 2011 at 12:34 pm (CST) by Jeff
Hex Module Pattern
First off I want to share, in the sprit of Open Source, the pattern for my Hex Module.
When I create my Hex Modules I make them with 1″ thick foam so that a level 2 hill covers a typically sized ‘mech pretty completely.
BattleTech Hex Pattern (Large Format Printer Required)
Remember to turn scaling OFF to make sure that it prints correctly. I have NOT tested this on a large format printer yet (I don’t have one), please feel free to test it and leave me feedback if it works or not.
Each hex is 2″ from face to face (which means that the Hex Module should be 14″ face-to-face). Theoretically if you build your table to these speficications Hex Modules from two different hobbyists (or manufacturers!) should be PERFECTLY matched.
Prospective Board Sizes
A Size 1 Board is up to 21 hexes tall and 27 or so hexes wide and consists of 7 Hex Modules. This Board requires a minimum space of 42″ by 42″ (3.5′x3.5′) play area.
A Size 2 Board is still 21 hexes tall but about 38 hexes wide and consists of 12 and 2 half Hex Modules.. This Board requires a minimum space of 42″ by 65″ (3.5′ x 5.5′) play area.
A Size 3 board remains 21 hexes at its shortest point, but is about 52 hexes wide. This configuration requires 17 Hex Modules. and 4 half Hex Modules. This Board requires a minimum space of 42″ by 89″ (3.5′ x 7.5′) play area.
A Size 4 is the largest “reasonable” configuration I can imagine at 28 hexes at its shortest point and about 52 hexes wide. This configuration requires 25 Hex Modules and 6 half Hex Modules. This Board requires a minimum space of 56″ by 89″ (4.75′ x 7.5′) play area.