Mediterranean Island Pirate Mega-Map ReaperCon 2012
Quote:ForestZ said:
That kraken is an awesome find and works great on this map. I'd suggest creating a full blown base for it, complete with splashing waves, to both provide a stable surface and create a cool visual element. Drawbacks are of course time, which is short for this project, and the likelihood that the flat bottom of said base probably won't sit flush on your final water texture (although this is a problem with him as is, also).

Quote:TheRat said:
Everything looking fantastic as normal.

I especially like the crow cages. I tried to build one a bit ago with some wire mesh, but couldn't find a gauge that looked right. These are fantastic, consider the idea stolen!

I really wish I had a large enough workspace to make full boards. I am trying to convince my wife to let me have half the house for hobby stuff, but it isn't working out so well   Big Grin  despite all that ..I have been hoarding supplies to build a board anyway  Tongue  I might just have to steal the temp idea.

@ TheRat - I used to play with my mom's plastic curlers when I was a child so I was very familiar with their shape and feel. When I decided to make the body cages, I first thought of using wire hardware cloth rolled into small cylinders. After thinking about the challenges of using that material for a few seconds, I then immediately thought of modifying some curlers.

The curlers my mom had would have been even more ideal as they had extra spikes on the insides of the cylinders (as my young fingers well remember). Those extra spikes would have made these cages even more diabolical.
@ ForestZ - Funny you should mention that.   Big Grin
Before I read you comment I had already deiced to add a small egg-shaped base to the kraken. The narrow pointy part extends out the belly side to keep the model from tipping over. The rest of the base sticks out around the remainder of the kraken a little less than half an inch to provide extra stability and a surface for caulk waves and foam later.

I made the base out of a sheet of metal about 1mm thick. This not only provides nice stiffness and some extra weight, but being metal, the base is thin enough that it should blend into the table well.


After gluing on the base with a generous about of hot glue, I took the kraken out into the yard and hit it with some dark brown primer and some matte green.

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After that dried, I spent some time with my acrylic craft paints to try and get it back into decent shape.

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The final paint scheme seems to blend in well with the overall color palette of the map.

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The water base will be covered in caulk waves and foam.

I am debating about leaving the kraken itself as it is now, or to try and hit it all over with a thin coat of clear glossy caulk to make it look wet.

Any suggestions?
I decided to go with the wet look for the kraken. Instead of using clear caulk though, which would have added too much thickness and texture, I used clear glossy nail polish.

I am quite pleased with the results (and at how quickly it dried too).

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While I was at it, I hit my figurehead with some gold paint. In reality it does not look quite as bright as it does in the pictures. Still, if I have time, I may consider toning it down just a bit. I want it to look like the original figurehead was gilded, but much of the gold has flaked off over time.

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Tomorrow is caulk day. I am going to try hard to get all my clear caulk done in a single pass.

While I wait for that to cure so I can add my glossy white foam, I can work on some piles of crates and such, maybe even some pirate flags.   Big Grin
Quote:Elderac said:
That kraken looks great. I'm going to keep my eye open for one.

Quote:Ambience 327 said:
Oooh... I really like that "wet look". Clear glossy nail polish eh... He still looked a bit like a toy before you applied the gloss, but now he looks FANTASTIC!  Smile

I sculpted a "Watcher in the Water" set for the scenario printed up in White Dwarf several years back (main body plus eight tentacles on separate bases) that I think would really benefit from this look. My only issue is I cannot stand the smell of nail polish. I wonder if I could convince my wife to add the glossy finish for me...?   Big Grin
6 DAYS...


Time to get the water areas coated in clear caulk.

One side note first, when buying caulk for a project, always return the unused ones to the store rather than keeping them until your next project.

I reached for one of my unused saved tubes but could not get it to work. Cutting the tube open, I found that the caulk had completely cured (even though the label said it would still be good until this month).

So, a quick trip to the store was necessary before getting started.

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I decided to give Caleb's suggestion about smoothing caulk with vinegar a try. I liked the look it gave me but ultimately had to abandon it. Because I was spreading out such thin layers of caulk, I would have to wet my finger and go over the surface every 15-20 seconds or the caulk would have started to cure too much.

Stopping that often really slowed me down. Also, if I splashed any vinegar onto the uncaulked wood while I was smoothing things out, the caulk would not stick to the vinegared wood when it came time to spread there.

So, even though I like the smoother look a lot, I had to be content with the fine "ripples" left by my brush strokes.

The top pic below had the vinegar-dipped finger smoothing technique done to it, while the bottom one shows the brushed look most of my map ended up with.

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The "fine ripples" look is satisfactory enough for me to be content with it.

Here are a few more pics showing how the clear caulk turned out.

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Next step, adding some white foam along the shorelines.  Big Grin
I have added some glossy white caulk "foam" along the edges of my water. I think the results came out rather well.

I had considered going back and adding some waves in the water, but I think I will leave things like this and be done with it.

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I also added some nail polish to the seaweed on my shipwreck so it would look properly wet.

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I then added some clear caulk thrashing waves around the base of my kraken. After they cured I hit them with a generous amount of glossy white caulk foam.

When adding the caulk to the kraken's base. I placed a piece of plastic wrap down on the table first. Prior experience let me know that the caulk will not stick to the plastic wrap, even layers thinner than a sheet of paper. When this all cures, I will be able to peel away the plastic wrap and set the kraken down and have the splashes blend in really nicely with the rest of the water, disguising the base.

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Quote:pendrake said:
It is looking good ableman. If you have time you could darken about the first half inch of rocks next to the water (to make them look wetter) or the nail polish might work.

Did you buy a gallon of nail polish?   Wink

Oh and it is probably too late but the usual base for big monsters (kraken) in Warlord is 2x2 inches (50mm) square.

Quote:N810 said:
Wow amazing amount of progress in just one day,
I'm really surprised the water came out that good,
I thought it might be really choppy and un-even.
But instead it came out amazing.   Big Grin

@ pendrake - I thought about "wetting" the lower part of my rocks, but given that this island is supposed to be soft chalky limestone or crumbly volcanic ash, getting the rock wet would only make it darker rather than shiny.

In the end, I decided the slight darkening of the lower portion caused by the draining of my washes was sufficient.

If I was going to make the bottom bit shiny all around, I would have to switch to something like clear wood finish or varnish rather than nail polish, if only from a cost point of view.
The caulk on my kraken has cured. It came off the plastic wrap just as easily as I suspected.

Now, when it is plopped down into the water anywhere on the board, it looks like it was caulked in place rather than just plunked down.

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I have been filling my sanded wood beads with hot glue to turn them into solid barrels. Once the glue cools, I will paint the ends and they will be ready to join my to-be-built piratey bit piles.   Big Grin
I made some progress on putting some piratey bits together.

The rope in these pics is made from cloth-wrapped floral wire stained with diluted brown ink. All these piles are based on some heavy card (2-3mm) that made up some old salvaged dungeon tiles.

For reference, the squares on the ground are 2 inches across on a side.

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I also hit my shipwreck figurehead with a dark wash made from a fairly strong mix of black ink and alcohol. I wanted to give a more sinister tone to the figurehead, as if the dark tainted wood beneath the gilding was showing its true nature as the weather peels away the old gold.

It looks a little darker in real life, similar to the first two pics. My camera tried to helpfully find and emphasize any light gray on the figurehead in the last two pics.

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I am officially done with fiddling around with my shipwreck, water, and land now. What time I have left will be spent on making more pirate embellishments.

Looking ahead, I have at least half of each day between now and when I need to pack everything up filled with other commitments. I will try to get as much done as I can, but this is starting to get close.  Smile
Quote:Elderac said:
Please, please, please take some pictures of this in play. It would cap off a wonderful WIP.

Quote:pendrake said:
Rafts made out of craft sticks would be an easy pirate embellishment.

Lean-to shelters might be another.

Barbecue spits? sized for entire sides of beef (I think I suggested that before).

Sheep folds or cattle pens? (Pirates have to eat ---except for the undead pirate faction.)

A pillory? Sometimes pirates break one of 'the articles'.

Quote:kerinst said:
If you need a place to store this I will pm you my address   Smile

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