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09-16-13 02:55 PM
imm0rtal reaper
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Originally Posted by Oldman78 View Post
Reaper you talented fecker, that is excellent, + rep and hope the business side is a success to boot!
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Originally Posted by Kreuger View Post
Reaper, I missed this thread before but this is excellent stuff. I wonder if there is a totally non-grained (and non-porous) synthetic that would work?

That would prevent the problems with grainy texture and also distortion from absorbing water while painting.

Maybe 1/8th inch PVC will work. I used to work for a sign company and we used that as one of our substrates.
Cheers folks.

Kreuger, theoretically you can laser cut any mayerial, it all comes down to cost really. MDF is pretty inexpensive. And the stuff with no grain (like the containers) takes paint *ok*, a light wash with watered down PVA glue helps with the absorption of the paint.

And as a special treat, here's a little early WIP on what's currently on my digital work table:



A nice and simple city block building. There are companies out there that offer similar products (such as 6-10 story buildings) but more often than not they're plain faced buildings. So I set out to do my own that maintains the ease of assembly (so you could realistically knock together a city of them in an evening) but has a little more detail on the surface.

There are no interior floors (yet, I may do a version with them at some point). These buildings are purely to "bulk up" the table for lack of a better term.

As it is, the back wall cannot fit onto the same sheet as these three. I'm going to experiment with breaking the back wall into smaller jigsaw sections and dotting them around the sheet. I'm loathe to put it on a second sheet as it effectively doubles the cost of building.

Thoughts?


It has also occurred to me that this style of building would be perfect for a small scale game (obviously re-sized accordingly), such as dropzone commander. Something where you don't need to access the interior of the buildings.
09-16-13 02:14 AM
Kreuger Reaper, I missed this thread before but this is excellent stuff. I wonder if there is a totally non-grained (and non-porous) synthetic that would work?

That would prevent the problems with grainy texture and also distortion from absorbing water while painting.

Maybe 1/8th inch PVC will work. I used to work for a sign company and we used that as one of our substrates.
09-15-13 11:29 PM
Old Man78 Reaper you talented fecker, that is excellent, + rep and hope the business side is a success to boot!
09-15-13 10:47 PM
imm0rtal reaper
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Originally Posted by Jacobite View Post
That walkway looks good mate, the container is missing something I think though, it's too straight I feel. The shipping containers we have here (I assume they are same as for you) need to have curved edges on the "ribs", I'm not sure of that's possible for laser cutting or not though.
I know what you mean, and as far as I know, it's nit possible to laser cut them that way. It doesn't help that this initiate design doesn't line up flush very nicely. V2 of the basic container should be much more flush and boxy. I'm starting work on some more sci fi ones too.
09-15-13 10:45 PM
Jacobite That walkway looks good mate, the container is missing something I think though, it's too straight I feel. The shipping containers we have here (I assume they are same as for you) need to have curved edges on the "ribs", I'm not sure of that's possible for laser cutting or not though.
09-15-13 04:51 PM
imm0rtal reaper
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Originally Posted by Deneris View Post
To paint the wooden walkways, I suggest simply using a wash of black/dark brown and using it as a stain. Then simply drybrush with your choice of metals when the stain is dry...
A metal drybrush would probably look quite nice on them! I'll give it a shot!
09-15-13 04:07 PM
Deneris To paint the wooden walkways, I suggest simply using a wash of black/dark brown and using it as a stain. Then simply drybrush with your choice of metals when the stain is dry...
09-15-13 02:18 PM
imm0rtal reaper Hey folks. It's been a while since the last update, but I have been continuing with my laser designs. I have a few prototypes that I want to get cut come payday. But I have started painting the ones I have.

I've found that the walkways, although awesome, are impossible to paint as they are cut from a wood with quite a significant grain. For V2, I'll have to be sure to get them cut from an mdf with no grain.

The containers have painted up OK though.

I bust out my airbrush for them, but chose the wrong colour really. I decided on a grey/white but should have gone with a more colourful choice. I've weathered one of the containers, and will be re-painting the other.











I'm pretty pleased with the results. I'm certain a painter better than I could have done a far superior job, but I still like it.
06-17-13 02:22 PM
imm0rtal reaper So the next batch of prototypes arrived. This time is a shipping container:





I'm reasonably pleased with how it came out, but I've already made some adjustments.

Firstly, assembling it square was difficult so I've added guides to the design to make it easier.

I've also made the ends longer so that they line up more flush.

I think the next thing will be walkway connector pieces, and the V2 walkways (with handrails)
06-04-13 04:04 PM
imm0rtal reaper
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Originally Posted by Desolatemm View Post
Very nice! I need these for Infinity ASAP
The plan is to sell them, but I need to iron out the kinks in the design first and then get my business site set up, apply for various copyrights and all that jazz. I'll be launching a sci fi mini line next year too. Hopefully these can go on sale before then though. Fingers crossed.
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