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Something New!

Is there some terrain building technique you've always wanted to try but haven't given a go yet? Some material you've wanted to experiment with but never got around to? Some style of terrain that's always been on your to-do list but you've never tried your hand at? Some tool that's intimidated you but you've always wanted to learn how to use it?

Well this is the competition for you! Big Grin

This competition is all about trying something you've never done before, trying out new techniques, or working with new tools or materials, or building in a style or at a scale that you never have before. This competition is about expanding your horizons as a terrain builder. Smile



In more formal words, here are the criteria for this competition.

Your project must involve something that is new to you, either a new technique, a new material, a new tool, a new scale, or a new subject matter.  You can, of course, try out more than one new thing during your project. Big Grin

During your Work-In-Progress thread you need to clearly explain what new thing (or things) you are trying. You're on your honor here, but this is all about learning by doing in a supportive environment so take risks and have fun. Smile


In no particular order, here are some examples of new things in each category you might try:

Techniques/Tools
  • Casting
  • Moving Parts
  • Electricity/Lighting
  • Air Brushing
  • Welding
  • Puppetry
  • Power Tools (scroll saws, drills, dremels,...)
  • Hot Glue/Cyanoacrylate Glue/other specific adhesives
  • Carving
  • Sewing
  • Cooking
  • 3-D Printing
  • Pop-Up Book
  • Modular/Interchangeable Terrain
  • Easily Packed/Stored Terrain (where pieces are designed to fit together compactly for storage)
  • Weaving
  • Moving images (projected displays, TV screens,...)

Materials
  • Foam
  • Metal
  • Wood
  • Clay
  • Plastic
  • Papier Mâché
  • Fabric
  • Leather
  • Edge-lit Plastic
  • Food/Edible
  • Plaster
  • Resin/Water Effects
  • Glitter
  • LEGOs
  • Paper/Cardboard
  • Gilding
  • Natural Materials (leaves, sticks, rocks, moss, roots, bones, feathers,...)
  • Living Plants
  • Crystals/Stone
  • Glass
  • Wire/String
  • Shadows

Scale
  • Really Small
  • Really Big
  • In a bottle
  • Diorama
  • A specific scale you haven't worked at before, such as 6mm or 1:12.
  • 1:1 (that life-sized terrain for the young ones in your life, or you...)

Subject Matter
  • Snow/Ice/Arctic
  • Desert/Canyon/Dunes/Cacti
  • Jungle
  • Forest
  • Futurisic
  • Steampunk
  • Dieselpunk
  • Cyberpunk
  • Modern/Urban
  • Fantasy
  • Post Apocalyptic
  • Industrial
  • Space
  • Super Hero

These aren't exhaustive lists, just some ideas to get the creative juices flowing.

We had a lot of great projects during our last contest, and lots of great feedback and help during construction in the WIP threads. I look forward to seeing what everyone comes up with this time around.

And remember, we welcome builders of all ages and skill levels. And you can always create and enter more than one project. Big Grin

Good luck everyone, and happy building! Smile
Love it. This is exactly what we should all be doing anyway (ie: aim to improve out skill sets), but it's nice to formalise it and make it fun.
Ok, this sounds like a great idea! But, I don't have many...that fit here anyway Sad

1. As you know, I've been starting out with Airbrushing and used it to reasonable effect in the last comp...so I went out and got some Modulation Paint Sets - this is the kind of thing I want to practice next...

http://www.missing-lynx.com/articles/other/modulationmr_1.html

But, it's not really for scenery - and i'm not gonna buy a new model, only to break it for a wreck (well, not yet anyway)

2. Myself and a few friends got in on the first Raging Heroes Kickstarter - and I'm going to have the Iron Empire - so I have bought myself a few cheap chinese Gundams - I'll use the above modulation technique for them...again not scenery.
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3. I have, a bought but not started project...a 1/72 Winter German Army for Bolt Action - I have a box of soldiers, a Tiger Tank, JU-87 Stuka and a PAK34 - I could knock up a display base...but I did that last comp. And winter again.

4. I have a few plastic Hexagonal chocolate boxes (they had 'coins' in) which I was saving for a couple of Warcraft Style Towers for my Frostgrave / Mordheim games...but I have done too many towers already here.

5. I could re-purpose one of the towers for a Lighthouse for my games...but I'm not sure the LED at the top is really pushing the boat out very far. (and I did Electronic Engineering back in the 90's - although I've forgotten pretty much all of it now)

6. You may or may not know, but I'm a ESL teacher in Vietnam - and I was thinking about doing a little gaming with some of my classes...making a modular dungeon for them to go through in class (I'll have 3 or 4 students control one character - I'll worry about the rules later) So I was thinking about knocking up a load of Tiles for that...Wyloch Style Wyloch's Crafting Vids on Youtube

7. I was thinking about making a whimsical "Fairy House' for my Balcony box. Making a Mushroom house and putting one of those solar powered lamps inside, so the 'lights' come on inside when It gets dark..my 4 year old will go nuts...but I'd have to keep it secret though.

*PHEW* Ok, I'm def leaning towards 6 and / or 7.
6 because it'll actually get used and it fits the Modular / Interchangeble which I've not really done before.
7is an interesting one, as i'll probably have to take the 'lamps' apart and also make the house from materials that are weatherproof. Hmmm....

Thoughts and ideas welcome - all of the above are "next" on my to do list...if it can also fit the comp here then I'll bump it to the top.

Thanks for reading my random ramblings Smile
@ djmothra -

Both of the ideas you are leaning toward sound like great projects that would fit in nicely with this competition. Smile

And remember, you can always do both. There's no limit on the number of entries you can make in a competition. Tongue
@djmothra

I like no.6 - have you thought about casting floor tiles out of plaster? Like making moulds and churning out a bunch of corridors and stuff?
Casting eh? Never made my own mold or ever cast anything...it's doable though I spose.

I was eyeing up the Sodapop forums earlier and looking at the homemade boards for Super Dungeon Explore...people usually use the Dwarven Forge or Hirst stuff though.

In fact, I have no idea where to start! That's making and casting your own (I know how the hirst stuff works)
If you've never cast anything before, either working with commercial molds or creating your own would both qualify for this competition. Smile

I know casting is something I've always wanted to try, both in plaster and various plastics/resins.

There are lots of videos and tutorials out there, including from commercial mold sellers, that you could look over to see if it interests you.

Best of luck everyone. I'm really looking forward to seeing what everyone comes up with. Smile
I don't know if I will get any farther with this one than I did with the last one. But, this is going to be such fun just working through this check list:

Ableman's List

Techniques/Tools [bold means never attempted]
Casting
Moving Parts
Electricity/Lighting
Air Brushing
Welding
Puppetry
Power Tools (scroll saws, drills, dremels,...)
Hot Glue/Cyanoacrylate Glue/other specific adhesives
Carving
Sewing
Cooking**(I've attempting cooking; but never for terrain)
3-D Printing**(This is something I want to try.)
Pop-Up Book
Modular/Interchangeable Terrain
Easily Packed/Stored Terrain (where pieces are designed to fit together compactly for storage)
Weaving
Moving images (projected displays, TV screens,...)


Materials [bold means never used it]
Foam
Metal
Wood**(I have worked with basswood and balsa but it was to build ships.)
Clay
Plastic
Papier Mâché
Fabric**(Does covering a table with a cloth count as making terrain?)
Leather**(I have worked with leather, but not to build terrain.)
Edge-lit Plastic
Food/Edible
Plaster
Resin/Water Effects
Glitter**(nope, nope, nope, nope... No. Not gonna happen.)
LEGOs
Paper/Cardboard
Gilding  ***(edited)
Natural Materials (leaves, sticks, rocks, moss, roots, bones, feathers,...)
Living Plants
Crystals/Stone
Glass
Wire/String
Shadows ***(edited)

Scale [bolded means never built any]
Really Small (I have done 1:1200)
Really Big
In a bottle
Diorama
Specific Unfamiliar Scale (I have always wanted to try that 1:900 stuff that Caleb has done.)
1:1 (that life-sized terrain for the young ones in your life, or you...)


Subject Matter [bold means none built]
Snow/Ice/Arctic
Desert/Canyon/Dunes/Cacti
Jungle
Forest
Futuristic
Steampunk
Dieselpunk
Cyberpunk
Modern/Urban
Fantasy
Post Apocalyptic
Industrial
Space**(I have always wanted to do an asteroid belt.)
Super Hero
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*** Gilding or Shadows? Please explain. Those do not seem like materials; I would not class those words as materials. (Thanks to explanation —see next— edited and bolding applied as needed.)
@ pendrake - Glad to have you aboard. Smile

Gilding is the process of applying super thinly rolled/hammered metal to the surface of a material. Almost always this metal is gold, sometimes called gold leaf. It lets you make "gold" objects or illuminate, in the old classical sense, writing like calligraphy.

Shadows as a material in this context was me imagining a terrain piece that projected light to create a shadow of something, either onto the ground or onto a nearby vertical piece. I was just out-of-the-boxing it with this suggestion. Think about making shadows appear that represent some sort of magic or mystical terrain, such as a safe path through fire/lava, the walls of an invisible maze, a clue to a puzzle or hint of past events (think scorch shadows from a nuclear blast), the outline of a flying dragon or lumbering monster to fight, etc. I've seen artists that make piles of what look like trash or random materials, but when illuminated from a particular direction the shadow created is of something completely unexpected, like two friends sitting back to back or a dinosaur attacking a city.

And remember, this list was just my few minutes of brainstorming. It certainly isn't exhaustive. If anyone has anything to add or suggest, throw it up here and we'll add it to the pile. Big Grin


Best of luck everyone, and happy building!
I did see a neat/easy technique recently on the Facebook that I'd like to try... I think I can squeeze that in this summer!
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