If you can think of any other cargoes, by all means let me know.
I think the cargo labels are what make these look convincing. Because of that, I'm going to look these up in French, Spanish and German. If I can find the pictograms in Japanese and Mandarin, I'll include some of those, too.
I knew something was missing! I've added strings going around both other ways. They'll be on optional layers so you can mix up the look of your bales a little bit more.
Right now I have most of the cargo types labeled in Dutch, English, French, German and Spanish. That should keep things interesting. I couldn't translate some of the words satisfactorily, so I just skipped the ones I was less sure about.
I think I'll add some documentation paste-ons, add a couple more base colors, and then start laying out the PDFs. There's probably not a lot more I can do with these anyway.
Also, if I may, and this applies to the casks as well, I would love to not have the solid black lines along the scoring lines. It would be great to have dashed lines instead.
Well, the vote's now 1 to 1 on that issue. I've recently had someone else comment that they prefer the solid lines.
What's the advantage of dashed lines over solid lines?
On pieces that in reality would have hard edges, the solid black lines are fine. But on pieces that are simulating curved surfaces, like the barrels and the cloth bales, I think it looks much better to not interrupt the "curved" surfaces with solid lines.
It's the website of the Steamboat Arabia Museum in Kansas City.
Long story short, a sidewheeler bound for the frontier hit a tree snag and sank in shallow water just west of KC. By the 1980s, the river had moved so much that the final resting place of the Arabia was nearly a mile from the banks.
In 1988, some adventure-seeking and industrious blue-collar guys with zero excavation or curating experience dug up the remains, something like 200+ tons of 1850s cargo, settled some 50-60 feet below the surface, perfectly preserved in the anerobic environment.
This boat had everything: hardware, tools, clothes, building supplies, food, bartering goods, barrels, pretty much anything you could imagine heading for the frontier in pre-Civil War West.
There is a small gallery on their homepage, but they do allow photography in some areas of the museum, so a google image search may turn up some good pics too.
The above products, because they are relatively heavy and granular, were/are usually stored and transported in sacks, rather than large bales. It would be great to have a piece that features multiple sacks stacked in a 1x1 square shape. Here are some reference images:
I've got all the main cargoes covered, then. I figure it doesn't hurt to have a lot more to choose from. Some of the labels might be in a language you or your players don't understand, so they could be anything.
For other container types, I'm thinking about these:
Bolts of canvas/cloth Chests/trunks/crates Large brewing casks Sacks Stacks of lumber Straw/hay bales Tree logs
Afet, I think you're right. The good news is that I'd created some smaller (and squarish) bales before I moved onto the angled-edges version. Most of the goods that wouldn't have been found in a large bale probably would have been found in something smaller. So I can salvage most of the names (which I've already created graphics for) and provide a second bale type. Win-win!
Vermin King: Not the style you are looking for, but try a search for 'paper theatre' or 'paper theater', and you will find a few pages of epinal figures. Not many, but I know there are a few
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shep: Does anyone know where to find decent individual minis of late Roman Republic era civilians? From senator to slave, every mini would be great, as long as they are not legionaires or generals or other military (Praetorian Guard and Roman Vigiles excluded)
May 14, 2019 4:20:32 GMT -9
wyvern: Nah, just rewatched the 1931 Universal "Dracula" movies (the Lugosi one and the Spanish version)
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Vermin King: did you do your bonfire?
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woosh: also, where can i find cool ships and mechs? im looking particularly for any spider tanks or spider mechs. ive seen the site with all the mechwarrior papercrafts and ive made a couple of those but none of them are especially spider-like
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woosh: ebbles sent me here when i asked about his ud41 utility dropship, and that hed seen a mod that had 4 engines, which id like to try
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woosh: i was typing up a thread and it said it was too big. soooo whatever
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