Daily Log Entry 3/3/2017

Finally finished the climate map.

Patreon patrons at the $3/month monthly support level will have access to this image as an approximately 6000 x 4000 jpg, at which size the 1″ hex map becomes apparent. Printed, this beast would come to about 4′ x 7′. I decided my alien world needed a blood red sea because why not? And apart from this view (and the previous step on the way to this one), the climate map itself won’t feature into the story graphically. For my purposes, it informs the terrain choices I make for various settings as well as what the flora and fauna will tend to be. Next step, a simplified view that I can apply to the next bit o’ crafting.

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Daily Log Entry 3/2/2017

Mea culpa. Failed to log the day’s progress again. Bad Bog Monster. Took a break from the climate map, which was coming along nicely, I think. Pretty soon I’ll have what I need for the next storyline illustration, so my mind is already wandering to the next requirement. So I had to take some time to shop around for a proper bit of real estate for The Only. After all, a character of its nature deserves a suitable domicile, if not an entire dominion. I now know where on Iaon The Only will┬ábe, and I’ve an idea of the surrounding environs. Then I spent some quality time seeking out inspiration for The Only’s home. And had some pretty good ideas about where in that home The Only will first be encountered, and what that looks like. These are all seeds for my crafting endeavors in the very near future. Once the scene is arranged, the story can commence anew.

Daily Log Entry 3/1/2017

Mea culpa. Failed to log the day’s progress. Mostly it was one of those aggravating efforts where things didn’t quite work out, but errors are lessons and move us forward toward something nevertheless. Graphics for the biome map just weren’t quite working out. Spent time reading into earth climate and biogeographic realms. Attained some clarity. Realized that for my purposes, a nicely done climate zone map would do just fine. Populating those zones with flora and fauna will be a matter of taking creative license with terrestrial biogeographic realms. Continue reading “Daily Log Entry 3/1/2017”

Daily Log Entry 2/26/2017 5:08 AM

And we have our very first 1″ square floor tile, though I think it’s probably better suited as a cave tile than a dungeon tile. Bonus points for it being the first completed mini anything I’ve done. Hooray for YouTube videos, a touch of knack, and the magic of dry brush.

Daily Log Entry 2/26/2017 2:17 AM

Spent a good part of the day setting up the scroll saw and trying it out. For the price point, I’m just glad it works at all. It’s the Rockwell Bladerunner X2, and about what one should probably expect from a tool advertised on late night TV, though that’s not how I discovered it. Price point at Amazon balanced against risk indicated by sour reviews balanced against not wanting to pony up for a DeWalt just now. It definitely handles the 1/8″ craft plywood with ease, but the cuts are really chippy. Next available opportunity, I’ll upgrade to Bosch blades and see if that makes a difference. I’d hate to have to blow through twice the stock just to pad the cut on the pieces I mean to use.

As for the plywood, it’s from Midwest Products via Amazon, and it’s a bit wanting. The factory edges aren’t square, for one thing. And I was surprised that it wasn’t sized as advertised. I learned last year that dimensional lumber isn’t what it sounds like, since a 2×4 isn’t really 2″ x 4,” but I expected that craft ply stated at 12×24 would actually be 24″ inches long, not ~23 3/4,” and all the boards are the same size, so that must just be how they come. Alas.

After that, I experimented with the clay roller and the polymer clay more today, and came up with a textured stone pattern I’m happy with for now. I’ll see how well they take to the Reaper paints tomorrow evening if all goes according to plan. Mounted to the 1/8″ thick 1″ square wooden bases, they come to 3/16″ thick, which seems nice and substantial while still being very lightweight. Now I’m looking forward to getting the wall design done so I can build the first corner and see how durable it is. Hard to check on a single 1″ square tile.

With that, here’s a peek inside the Bog Monster’s lair. One of these days I might even grow up into a real shop space, but this is plenty cozy for now.

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And here’s the first 20 textured floor panels. I’d meant to start work on the biome map, but how could I resist the siren call of modern dungeon flooring solutions?

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And a small army of mostly 1 hit dice (or fewer) monsters awaiting a beginner’s ham-fisted brushflogging. Gotta start somewhere, right?

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Tonight’s music selection has been top heavy on the Killing Joke. Perhaps you’ll enjoy their Dark Forces.