Palm Tree Scatter

A quick update… I made many palm trees a while a go and still had a couple extra left over. This combined with a lack of small tree bases when setting up a game of Pulp Alley the other night led me to this. Palm tree scatter bases.
So I started with a couple of 4Ground 50mm round mdf bases and glued a couple of lead ingots to the top. (I know! Bad lead! Evil lead! I know, but I didn’t eat it, lick it, sniff it or in any other way try to ingest it. And let’s face it. Lead is great for adding weight!)

Now I needed to smooth out the edges and create a sandy effect. I looked around for something that would stick to lead and mdf and epoxy glue. Now, I have a fair amount of sculpting putty in a variety of flavors but they are pricey and take a while to cure. While checking over my stock in the freezer (cuz that’s where you keep sculpting putty!) I found some actual plumber’s putty. Why not? Cures hard. Sticks to metal pipe. I have it and I’ll probably otherwise never use it. So, plumber’s putty it is. Now, me being a male who “knows putty” didn’t bother to read the directions. Of particular notice would have been the curing time. I dove right in. I cut off a section and mixed away. Once mixed, I applied it to the base and started to smooth it out with my fingers. It’s sticky but workable. I had it roughly pressed into all the crevices and surfaces when I thought “I’ll add a rock.” Tearing off a chunk from the mixed supply, I realized the stuff was getting quite hard already! Light switch “on!” Faster cure time than my usual sculpting putty. I quickly added a dash of saliva and madly attempted to erase all of may many finger prints. It was a frenzy but I was able to erase most of them. I repeated this process on the second base.
Within 10 minutes, both bases were rock hard and presumably ready for paint. All in all, this went much faster than I had thought it would.
Notes to self…
1. Plumber’s putty is a great terrain medium.
2. Plumber’s putty cures REALLY REALLY quickly.
3. I should probably read the package of the products that I use.
Hopefully, I remember at least one of those things.

Looking Well

I added a few detail items to the town well. Just a few random parcels and a lantern. The small additions really make the well come “alive” with day to day activity.

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The only part of this model that is not complete is pouring some water effect inside the well. I don’t have any at the moment so that will have to wait.
Overall, I like the way it has turned out! It wasn’t really difficult to do either. The worst part was making the molds to reproduce the parts, but if you’re just making one for yourself that part really doesn’t matter. Sculpey is a versatile product that works well before baking and still seems to behave for post bake detailing. I will definitely use this product and methods again.
Perhaps I’ll even look into doing some other scenery pieces and adding a small line of them to the shop.

It Takes A Village…

It takes a village to raid one!  So, with a battle looming, I find myself in need of a Carib village. And that village requires huts.  So here’s my take on the Carib hut and how to create one.

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In this case, it’s the hut of the village witch doctor.

It started out as pretty much all throw away items. A circle of foam glued to an old CD and painted black. To this, I glued pine needles that I collected from the yard and dried. Continue reading

Jungle Crawl Tiles

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Okay. So I didn’t go with the preprinted Fat Dragon tiles. Who has time for shipping? I did pick up this though…

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Landshark Tunnels.

My plan is to create random tiles and cards to simulate exploring/searching the jungles of the Caribbean. Perhaps in hopes of rescuing missing crew members from the Caribs?

Well, that is my next objective. My pirates have stopped at an unknown island to resupply. Part of crew has gone ashore to find fresh water but do not return. Now, our heroes must go rescue them.
But, before they can do that, they must find out what happened and then find the village. Hence the random jungle… Continue reading