Time to get crackin’

Righty-o! Sorry there’s been no posts these last few days. Dayjob added a thing to the end of my day, which isn’t bad, just time-draining. After that, I’ve been crafting and scrapping things that didn’t work, and crafting some more. I’m on the edge of something good, I think.

For the moment, here’s the playlist for today’s funtimes. That’s the Spotify artist’s page for My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult. Go to Artist Radio from that, and, Algorithm willing, you’ll get a standard club night at the Blue Crystal back in the day. I could go for epic fantasy mood music, but right now I need something a bit stronger.

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XPS dungeon tiles…getting thinner

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All right. Once I got measuring and putting the fence into position, I decided that 1/4″ is as thin as I want to go. So I did nine tiles at 1/4″. I did the other nine at 11/32″.

Now I can do this thing up there. Continue reading

XPS dungeon tiles a la Black Magic Craft

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I’m going to learn to love/hate the digital calipers. When I had all 36 pieces stacked together haphazardly, nothing seemed amiss. When they were laid out, I noticed variation in thickness greater than I expected. I thought it was supposed to be off by only 1/32″. As it turns out, half of the pieces are over 1/2″ by 1/32″. The other half were short by a hair under a 1/16″, which is huge and made worse compared to the others that are over a 1/32″. I’m going to try and shave the slightly thick ones down a hair. The others I’m thinking of cutting down. I’ll cut six each of 1/4″, 11/32″, and 1/8″. Then the disparity is by design, suitable for various stacking and placement to indicate drops of 15″ and steps of about 7″. For long corridors, they’d be good for representing slope. Nothing wasted. Continue reading

Broken slab/cavern dungeon tile casting: the gate did it, maybe

All ready for the big finale!

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That’s the mold pressed between two pieces of Wonderboard cut to size with some 2×4 scrap that seemed just right applied to help even out the pressure. What I’ve read said to use rubber bands, except I didn’t happen to have any of those on hand, but I did have some elastic bandage and thought I’d give that a try. Everything looked good when all set up. Nothing bound was budging. I wrapped the bottom in foil just in case of leakage. Continue reading

Broken slab/cavern tile mold making II: The Redemoldening

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As seen above, the two-part mold came away from the mold board and building brick flask. If anything, it was a smoother operation this time.

Much to my relief, the two-part mold didn’t turn into one stuck-together block. As noted previously, I had brushed the cavities with a 50/50 paint thinner/petroleum jelly compound. After picking up excess compound with a dry brush, I set the mold aside to air dry for a bit. That turned into overnight. So I really wasn’t certain that the parting compound would work at all. Yes, yes, it did. Continue reading