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Default Reaper's Laser Cut Terrain - UPDATE 17/06/13 Shipping Container

As the title says, I picked up a copy of CorelDraw, the 2d design program and have been playing with it. Here's an early draft of a set of low walkways, ideal for your favourite skirmish game:



* resolution isn't the best, blew the image up a tad much.

Once I've gotten to a stage I'm pleased with, these will be getting sent off to be laser cut from HDF (high density fiberboard, a wood) to see how they build and paint up and from there. . . who knows

What do you think folks?


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It will be really obvious when you tell me, however: what are the wiggly bits in the lower left corner?
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Stairs frames? They go with the thinner floor sections I guess.
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Stairs frames? They go with the thinner floor sections I guess.
Lazy hit's the nail on the head, they are the braces for the stairs. The stair frames are the part I'm most torn about. On their own they look strange and boring, but I'm hoping that once the stairs are mounted they will look fine. I want the kit to be as easy to assemble as possible (and disassemble, and reassemble and I think you get the picture) so I don't want lots of little fiddly bits.

I fiddled around and managed to add another straight section, which means the frame now has 80cm (or 31.5 inches) of walkway, which is pretty cool.



I've also been working on a connector sprue to do corner sections and "crossroads". I've decided to separate these out from the walkway itself so that the walkway sprue can have as much as possible on it.



Obviously envisioning how they would go together would be easier with a 3d rendering, but I haven't worked out quite how to do that yet, so I'll have to wait to use the actual prototypes

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So the prototypes for the medium walkways have arrived! A huge thanks to metalmonk for cutting these bad boys out!

Here you can see a stair set and the walkway:



A closeup of the walkway sectionL



And a (shaky) shot of the walkway detailing:



Things I've learned from this:

- I hadn't been taking the width of the laser into account, which has caused the holes to be larger than I intended. It's not a problem, as I was going to glue them anyway, but I'll need to adjust accordingly so that future kits can be built right out of the box.

- Same with the engraved sections, I will need to make them smaller. They look awesome as they are now, but they're a little too big.

- I made the supports too thick, I was concerned that if I made the beams on the main walkway support too small they would break, but I think they can stand to be half as thick as they are.

-This wood has a grain in it, which may lessen the effect when it comes to painting, we'll see. It's not a problem now as it's merely a prototype. But the final product will be a smooth wood.


Overall I'm very pleased with it. I've got 80cm total of walkway, which means I can have 2 40cm sections on the board, which should add a lot to the visuals.

It's also given me a lot of information on what I need to take into account when designing the pieces. I'm eager to get the shipping container cut as soon as I have a little spare cash too!

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things like this make me wish i played 40k.

thats amazing; well done sir

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A few shots of the kit on the table:





Nothing is glued yet so it's a little rickety. But overall I'm really pleased with how quickly it adds verticality to the board.

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Very nice! I need these for Infinity ASAP

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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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