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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 03-20-14, 09:46 PM Thread Starter
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Default Building a 40k-Themed Dice Tower

Why would anyone need a dice tower... one might ask?

Playing home games with the kids, we've had many a dice-hunting session under the side table and behind cupboard midway through games on our dining table! To solve the runaway dice issue, we've been using a paper version of a dice tower with tray made out of an empty cereal box. This is now starting to get worn and dogged-eared so it's high time to get a more permanent solution.

Trawling through the internet (as one does on evenings when not otherwise building, converting or painting), I came across this particular version on Google and liked it very much...




SO... this has now become the next project and this is what I've managed to do since Monday evening.

First off, the initial building blocks for the tower:



Then the internal bitz made out of plasti-card to form the three slopes to guide dice down the tower:



This is where we throw in the dice at the top:



And this is what the whole thing looks like when dry fitted:



What's next is to add felt to the plasti-card sheets to dampen the noise from the rolling dice, build the dice capture tray up front,add balconies on the upper level so that we can actually use this as a ruined building in the game, see how I can get some "stained-glass" images done for the various windows on the tower and finally have this magnetised so that it can be separated for easier storage & possibly transportation to games outside with friends.

Will update after the weekend or next week when I get more of this completed.

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Ooh me like.
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That's an excellent idea, I like what you've done so far.
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That's beautiful - very good idea and will look forward to seeing your finished version


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Great idea! Hope you dont mind if i steal it.
I did notice one thing though... you will want to put a couple of triangular pieces against the edges of the door where the dice come out to the back wall so they dont get stuck against the flat wall inside besides the door. it will funnel the dice straight out of the building.
i hope i explained it right.
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@rayrod64 : Yep, got that already. Not sure if you can see it but if you zoom into the third image above, you might just pick out the faint line of the right side triangle piece. Thank for this reminder though... for the benefit of the other readers here.

To the rest, thanks for the encouragement. It's becoming more and more tedious as I carry on with this build. Spent this entire evening simply building one balcony... made all that much more difficult as the pieces were never designed to fit a balcony on the outside! Got there in the end and will post a PIC of it in the morning.

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Looking good so far! A varnish will also help the finished product to retain its paintjob after being handled after a few games.

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Maybe get a heat-gun or a hair-dryer and melt the platform where the dice enter eeeever so slightly so that the dice are more prone to roll/slide into the hole.

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As promised last evening, here are some more pics of the tower with the first balcony added:



Had to add extra vertical struts to attach the supporting extension (i.e. the eagle beams) for the balcony to get round the issue of external balconies for this particular build:



I've also re-done bottom dice rolling slope to make it steeper so that I can get full access to the rear door as I decided last evening on the way to bed that I wanted to model them with one side slightly ajar! Somewhat related to this and in view of the comment by @rayrod64 on the triangles for the bottom slope, realised that not everyone may actually understand what we were talking about... here are pics of the bottom slope (right external door not modelled ajar yet!).


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A varnish will also help the finished product to retain its paintjob after being handled after a few games.
That is valid point and a very good suggestion for the varnish!

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Maybe get a heat-gun or a hair-dryer and melt the platform where the dice enter eeeever so slightly so that the dice are more prone to roll/slide into the hole.
I fully get your point and will probably do that or something to achieve that effect... Thanks for the suggestion!

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